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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.


a tall building with many windows

Location 

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.a sign outside of a building

Room

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. a hotel room with two beds a room with a television and a window a room with a glass table and chairs and a lampa room with two chairs and a table a room with two beds

Bathroom

Spy on his or her from the bathroom while enjoying the rain shower. This might be awkward for business travelers sharing a room. a shower head in a bathroom a room with two beds and a window a group of small bottles on a marble surface a soap and a tube of cream on a black dish a bathroom with a mirror and sink

Welcome Fruit

Can you name the fruit in the picture? a bowl of fruit on a table

View 

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.

a city street with cars and buildings
I gave up a king size for this?

a tall building with many windows

a city with many tall buildings
Le Meridien on the right.
a city with many tall buildings
Pudong way off in the distance.

Lounge

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).  a room with a television and a couch a room with tables and chairs a bar with bottles of liquor and other beverages a plate of food on a table a group of sandwiches on a table a bowl of rice and vegetables a bowl of broccoli and cheese a plate of food with meat and cilantro

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.

a burger and fries on a plate
Blue Frog

a restaurant with umbrellas and a sign a bowl of soup with meat and noodles

Breakfast

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

a large building with many people
The whole floor overlooking the lobby is the breakfast restaurant.

a buffet table with different types of fooda bowl of food with a spoon in it a group of bowls of fooda bowl of soup with meat balls and noodles

a tray of donuts with powdered sugar a tray of muffins on a table meat on a trays with meat on it a plate of food on a table a omelette on a plate

Overall

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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