We took a taxi from Shanghai South Railway Station to Sofitel Shanghai Hyland. This four-star hotel is located in the heart of the pedestrian commercial hub of Nanjing Road and within walking distance of People's Square and the Bund.

The hotel lobby has a cozy warm atmosphere, very spacious with seating areas and couches. Upon arrival at the reception desk, fortunately, we received a FREE UPGRADE from Standard Room (US$ 159.00 per night) to Sofitel Suite.

grand lobby
reception desk

The Sofitel Suite contains a bedroom and a living room separated by a connecting door. The living room has a sofa with center table, writing desk and chair, LCD TV set, minibar with coffee/tea making facility (which was re-filled daily) and a safety deposit box. The long marble window seat which extends right along one side of the room is facing the side street. As for the Internet access, the hotel charged us 120 Yuan for a 24-hour use.

the living room

The next room has a Queen-size bed with crisp cotton bedspread and matching bedside tables and lamps. Another LCD TV set is also found here.

the bedroom

The en-suite bathroom has a bathtub with shower, water closet and hand basin, hairdryer, bathrobes, complimentary bathroom kit comprising of shampoo, bath foam, soap, shower caps, dental kit, cotton buds, nail file, shoe polish kit and sewing kit. Bedroom Slippers were also provided but they never gave us a new pair the next day.

the bathroom

We enjoyed a free full hearty buffet breakfast for two at the huge lobby Bar.

As soon as we were seated, our waiter appeared with a tray of delicious breads served on our table and there was also a nice selection of various bread spreads. He asked if we would like coffee or tea. We both said yes to a cup of brewed coffee.

They offer international cuisine, assorted fresh bread, pancakes, pizza, selected meat and cold cuts, different kind of cheeses, cereal and desserts. The fruit selection wasn't particularly impressive as there were only few choices. Drinks were coffee, tea, milk, orange, apple and grapefruit juices. One of our favorites was the mouthwatering sausage. All was outstandingly presented in the contemporary setting.

some of the foods that we sampled

Some has criticized the location of Sofitel Hyland for being touristy, but hb and I found it to be a terrific place especially for outdoor shopping. Since the hotel is located in Nanjing Road, we enjoyed strolling down the block with wide array of clothing stores. The hotel is also just a steps away from a coffee shop and restaurants such as Ajisen Ramen, KFC and Yoshinoya.

Nanjing Road

There's a huge bookstore just two blocks away from the hotel. Subway Line 1 and 2 are also within walking distance. During our two-day stay here, I noticed the hotel guests were mostly Westerners and Europeans.

Toodles, until next time,
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  1. Nice hotel. I would love to stay here. Hope the room view is nice too

  2. That's a nice breakfast to start of the day with. Solid room too.

  3. Looks cool. Its so awesome for you to travel to all these places. Do let me know if you ever drop by Malaysia! It'll be awesome to meet up with you xP Cheers!

  4. Hi Asian Traveler! Great post. I'm taking notes for my Shanghai expedition; one day... ;))
    Sofitel is the top of the Accor chain hotels (which also includes, Mercure, Novotel, Ibis...); it's usually rated five stars, though the French way of classifying stops at 4L... ;))

    Meanwhile Blogtrotter has entered Rajasthan! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  5. Wow...the acommodaiton really look good..hotel is a most important part for me in a vacation

  6. The hotel is awesome, the room looks comfortable. Shanghai is a very nice place to visit. Thank you for sharing. Feel free to visit my travel blog

  7. i had a nice visit to shanghai two years ago. maybe a lot of things have changed since.


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