Some of the positive reviews here must have come from travelers who either had an unusually quiet room and quiet neighbors, or don't need more than 3-4 hours of sleep every night. Because what good is the location (which is this establishment's strong point) if you cannot get enough rest to be able to explore the city from that location.
I stayed here for two months a couple of years ago. So even though the review might seem a little outdated, it's still very applicable, as every building in China gets worse with time, not better. What I remember the most is that I changed rooms 3 times, solely due to noise issues. Take a look at the videos and photos and judge for yourself.
As others have mentioned, the room facilities are ok. A relatively comfortable bed, a sofa and coffee table, a dining table, a washing machine, a small kitchenette. Internet/wifi was ok for China, but the speed would drop hugely when accessing foreign sites (this is due to GFW throttling). Hot water in the shower was good enough, though the old bathroom fixtures need basically replacing. I can't comment on the heating/AC, as I stayed in October-November.
One letdown is the lack of a fitness center. There is a gym at the building next door, but when I checked they were charging rates as if they are the one and only gym in Shanghai.
Now for the negatives:
a) There were major renovations of rooms going on in at least 3-4 floors. If you happen to be within 2-3 floors up or down, you can forget about resting. Renovations in China start at 8 am or earlier sometimes and yes, even on weekends (see photo and video).
b) Noisy neighbors, I have to say, usually Chinese neighbors (see video).
c) Furniture design flaw, with chairs being constantly dragged on the wooden floor, resulting in annoying sounds to the people staying below (see photo and video).
d) Trucks picking up garbage from the building next door at 12-1 am (see photo and video).
e) General traffic noise from the busy street below, no matter what floor you're on (non-existent sound insulation).
f) A package from overseas was lost, even though I had given Skiline's office room number and telephone. When I saw how they deliver mail to the building, I wasn't surprised (see photo).
Obviously, and to be fair, these issues affect the entire building, not just Skiline. So no matter which operator you choose (there are 3-4 in this building), you're likely to encounter them.
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