Most avid world travelers need to squeeze every nickel out of a dollar to better afford their habit, so it’s ultimately important to conduct a thorough investigation concerning the most major of all expenses, those incurred in the pursuit of suitable lodging. Very few are seeking out a five, or even a four star rating for that matter, but cleanliness, comfort, and safety, are the top three bell ringers on everyone’s list. If the mere title of this article caught your undivided attention, the Hyatt Regency is not on your list of requirements, and maybe not even preferred, depending upon your adventurous spirit.
This week, we are traveling to Shanghai, China. Shanghai offers the extreme in extravagance and luxury, to the more modestly priced, to the dumps, just as in all major metropolises. Homework is highly recommended. The following are but a few suggestions to get you started in your search, with a focus on getting the best bang for your yen.
The Anting Villa Hotel, located in the Former French Concession area of the city, is a European garden style hotel. To assist you in escaping the madness that is Shanghai, the hotel is located on a safe, secure, quiet side-street, which also helps cut down on busy traffic noise. It is an easy two-minute walk to the Heng Shan Rad metro subway stop, which will take you to the glistening towers of Xujiahui, and put you right in the heart of the best shopping in town. There are several wonderful local restaurants, a couple of bars, and a few boutiques, all within walking distance.
All of the hotel’s 120 rooms and suites are surprisingly well appointed, with central air-conditioning, color televisions, mini fridges, and direct dial international in-room calling.
The hotel boasts a large green garden for relaxing, a beauty salon, and a moderately equipped gym.
While there are many privately owned establishments in Shanghai, such as The Anting Villa Hotel, with minimal effort most can be easily researched and sought out. It may interest you to learn there are recognizable American chain hotels also in operation, as well as Chinese owned.
Super 8 Hotel – With locations scattered throughout Shanghai, Wyndham Hotel Group offers their guests pretty much the same thing they do elsewhere in their worldwide chain of hotels. A clean and comfortable room for a reasonable rate. As an added bonus, they claim to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in town. What more could you ask for?
Home Inns – Founded in 2002, Home Inns objective was to offer an affordable, comfortable, alternative lodging experience throughout China, and predominately in and around the Shanghai area. Offering prompt and courteous service, they are well suited for budget minded business, as well as leisure travelers.
Holiday Inn Express – Managed by InterContinental Hotels Group, Holiday Inn Express offers seven Shanghai locations to put you anywhere you choose to be. They maintain the tradition of cleanliness, and are an excellent budget choice, no matter your reason for travel. The company employs “The Smart Simplicity” concept.
Editor’s Note: A great way to get a taste of the culture, as well as being budget -friendly, is to enjoy a signature cocktail from that country. Check out this article for a great recipe for a Shanhai Sipper.