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Just returned from a week in Shanghai where I stayed at the China Mansion Hotel. I was taking my daughter to her study abroad program and really wanted to stay somwhere luxurious and memorable. The Mansion delivers on both counts. Located in the former French...More
The hotel reception was beautiful, filled with antiques and photographs of old Shanghai. A really nice reception. Checkin went smoothly. The rooms were fantastic! Huge rooms, very comfortable bed, and a massive bathroom. The hi-tech toilet was a bit overwhelming (had to leave the light...More
Please keep in mind that this was our first time to China, for a long weekend. So, I am comparing this to how a 5-star hotel should be.
On the upside:
1. The hotel's location is ideally located in the heart of the French Concession....More
We made our reservation at the Mansion Hotel with great expectations ... and could hardly have been more disappointed. Yes, the hotel has many beautiful features, but nothing could make up for the truly dreadful service and serious problems with our room. The hotel staff...More
The Mansion isn’t a bad hotel. It’s clean and comfortable and its location in the heart of the French Concession is ideal for exploring Shanghai. However, the hotel’s prices (for rooms, food, laundry—most everything) are at the top of the line for China and it...More
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet,
tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.