Hi everyone! If you follow me on social media and especially Snapchat, you probably know that I was away during the past week in Shanghai, China. To give you a little background, my family was originally from there and in Shanghai, they have their own dialect, but it was never spoken at home so I can’t speak or understand much of it. The last time I visited Shanghai was about 10 years ago, so this year I decided that it was time I returned for another visit to go back to my roots. 🙂 Essentially, I was a tourist there because I didn’t know where anything was but luckily I had a friend that was visiting Shanghai from South Africa too, plus I can speak Mandarin so communication wasn’t an issue for me. I’ll be writing a series of posts about my visit to Shanghai including a review of the 2 hotels which accommodated me during my stay in Shanghai and the city in general, some tips and so fourth.
I was in Shanghai for a total of 5 nights and the first 2 nights, I stayed at Lanson Place Jin Qiao, which was a serviced apartment (pretty much the same as a hotel). The residence belongs to the same hotel group that accommodated us during our stay in Hong Kong, click here to read my review. The major part of Shanghai is separated by the West and East side of the HuangPu River which runs through the city. The hotel which we stayed at for the first 2 nights is located on the East side of the HuangPu River, which is the same side as the airport. Due to our delay at the Hong Kong airport, we only arrived at the residence late into the evening.
One thing I MUST comment on is the scent of the reception as you step into the residence, it smells exactly like the Lanson Place in Hong Kong and since I had such great memories during my stay at Lanson Place in Hong Kong, I automatically felt welcomed and at home when I stepped into Lanson Place Jin Qiao in Shanghai.
The residence is conveniently located right opposite a shopping mall filled with shops and restaurants and also one street away from the metro station. It rained continuously for the first 2 days we were there but I didn’t mind because the residence was so beautifully decorated on the inside, I could spend countless hours downstairs cuddling with a book on the couch in the numerous lounges the residence offers. The lounge was my favourite part of the residence as it boasts wall to wall shelves of luxurious books, with fictions, non-fictions and magazines that cover almost every topic. There were also numerous books on traveling, which made me leaving the residence to explore the greater city of Shanghai even more difficult than it already is. There were also shelves of DVD’s to choose from to make staying indoors ever-more-bearable especially on those rainy days.
The apartment unit that we stayed in was equally impressive because it was spacious and modern. The best part is that it felt like home; it was cosy and comfortable, like how a home should be. Our unit had 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room conjoined with the lounge area and a balcony, which was obviously too big for just E and I, but we didn’t mind because that just means we can walk around freely without bumping into each other. 🙂 As expected, the residence is well-kept, clean (very important for me) and the amenities provided ensure that you’re well taken care of during your stay.
Eventually when the rain does stop, the residence boasts a beautiful and enchanting garden, perfect for picnics and lunches when the sun comes out. Luckily on our last day, it stopped raining so we could explore the garden area at Lanson Place.
The main difference between a typical hotel and a serviced residence is that there are no restaurants in the serviced residence. Breakfast is typically served during the weekday from 7am to 10am downstairs in the lounge area. It was a continental breakfast buffet that had a variety of fruits, yogurts, cereals, cold meats, cheeses and breads to offer. The best part about Shanghai is that food is readily available pretty much everywhere, the fact that the residence is located right opposite a mall makes eating out even more convenient. However, if you would much prefer to eat in then I’m sure the kitchen will come in handy and ordering food over the phone from various restaurants is easy and convenient in Shanghai.
One of the perks in staying at Lanson Place Jin Qiao is that there are still reception and concierge services on the ground floor so if you ever need tourist information or you need a cab, the friendly staff downstairs are always willing to help. Typically, these serviced residences cater for those who are looking for a long-term rental such as months or even a year, which explains why it’s less busy with people going in and out constantly compared to a hotel.
Lastly, a services residence or a hotel isn’t complete without a gym for me. Lanson Place Jin Qiao offers a full equipped gym which is accessible to all the guests staying at Lanson Place, as long as the guest has an access card. I couldn’t help myself but to use the facilities of course, just because I’m on holiday, doesn’t mean that I can’t be at gym doing my exercise. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my post and found my review helpful, if you find yourself in Shanghai one day. Make sure you check back for my other Shanghai posts! Enjoy your weekend everyone!