Courtyard Shanghai Central: Nice, But Not So Central


Courtyard Shanghai Central Hotel Review is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.

To recap, I started at an Airbnb (see Airbnb Long-Term? Never Again: My Shanghai Experience). I moved to the U Hotel. Then I used my Citi Prestige to alternate between the Renaissance Yu Garden and the Courtyard Shanghai Central (see Prestige 4th Night Free: My Last Great Use).

Getting There: Maglev or bust from the airport. DiDi doesn’t do airport pickups.


This hotel is not centrally located. I would recommend Twelve at Hengshan in the French Concession or Le Royal Méridien if it’s your first time in Shanghai and you actually want to be central.


The cheapest option was two single beds. I figured, upon checking in, I would be moved to a king-size room. There were none available with a view, so we made due with the his and hers arrangement.


Spy on his or her from the bathroom while enjoying the rain shower. This might be awkward for business travelers sharing a room.

Welcome Fruit

Can you name the fruit in the picture?


Coming from the Renaissance, I was spoiled by my view. I was miles away from one of the Best Views of Shanghai. I’m not sure a room with a view was worth the king-size tradeoff.

I gave up a king size for this?

Le Meridien on the right.
Pudong way off in the distance.


I enjoyed the lounge. There was plenty of space and plenty to drink and eat. The available snacks could easily substitute for dinner, which is not necessarily a good thing when Shanghai has so many inexpensive, delicious food options (see Cheap Eats Shanghai: Morning, Day, Night, Morning Again). 

Restaurants Nearby

Right next to the hotel is the infamous Taco Bell Shanghai. Don’t go. Across the street is the Blue Frog. Go for the burger. And if you’re in the mood to talk trash, head to Gossip Noodles. It’s all the fuss.

Blue Frog


Breakfast buffets in Shanghai are not lacking in quantity, quality, and selection. This hotel continues that tradition.

The whole floor overlooking the lobby is the breakfast restaurant.


The Courtyard is a nice hotel if you’re going to Shanghai for work. If you’re going for fun (see TPOL’s Guide to Libations in Shanghai), look elsewhere.

Courtyard Shanghai Central Hotel Review is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.

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