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“A family trip to celebrate a milestone 21st birthday”

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Skiline World Union Service Apartment
Ranked #1,375 of 5,206 Hotels in Shanghai
Reviewed 8 July 2017

I have lived and worked in China (Shanghai and other regions) over ten years ago. When I was asked by my Brother to travel to China to celebrate my Nephew's 21st along with my 78-year mum, I was little apprehensive at first. This was purely due to previous experience. However, I was pleasantly amazed and absolutely blown away by the changes, growth and diversity of the city of Shanghai. Its diverse culture and acceptance of the aliens (as they describe foreigners on their arrival card)!! The mode of travel (Metro and taxi services) has been simplified to an extent that it puts advance nations like Australia and UK to shame. The trains stations and trains so clean and it’s a breath of fresh air to walk through those beautiful metro understand and you feel completely safe and secure. The hotel accommodation was fabulous with waiting staff at service desk 24/7. They made sure that rooms were clean and changed each day and ever hindered our stay at all. The location is central to Jing’an district and 5 minutes’ walk to the Jing'an Temple metro station. The links directly to Pudong Airport and that’s a bonus.

Stayed: June 2017
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We choose this apartment because we wanted home conveniences when traveling with a 7 month old. The apartment has all the amenities you need - there is a two plate hob, a good sized fridge freezer and microwave. There is also a washing machine and the cleaning lady will wash your clothes for you (the machine is in mandarin) we didn't use this service so I don't know if the machine also dries the clothes. The decor is very Chinese, we were on the 14th floor and could clearly hear street noise however we could sleep through it. We booked through an online hotel booking site and then found out that if you book directly the rates are 50rmb a night cheaper. The wifi is somewhat slow especially in the evenings however I think this is something one will experience most places in China. It is a well priced apartment in a good location however it is not the ritz so ensure your expectations are on par with the prices. We slept comfortably and fortunately were not disturbed by our neighbors.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

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.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

Checked this place out because the location was good and the price was right. In spite of requesting a non-smoking room, I was given one that reeked of smoke. Asked to change, but this was refused.

At night it was cold, and this was owing to the large single pane glass windows that were not adequately insulated. Also the heating system was inadequate as well. The shower has limited hot water, because this is a "tank system."

While this place may be ok for someone on a low-budget (willing to compromise), for the price charged, this is not a hostel and a certain level of service is expected. The only up-side was the washing machine. But with no dryer, you're going to have to stay several days to get your laundry dry.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

The self service hotel had everything you need! Washing machine also in the room.
Cleaned daily and to a good standard considering many other hotels I have stayed at in Shanghai.
The location is great, with a tube train just near by on west Nanjing road which also as a beautiful temple situated on it.
Directly outside the hotel there is a tranquil feel to the normal chaos. A small grassed area. A man selling meat kebabs from is mobile food stall and an excellent DVD shop.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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Address: Room 1912, No.199 Urumqi North Road, Shanghai, China
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Jing'an
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Ranked #1,375 of 5,206 Hotels in Shanghai
Price Range: €39 - €52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Skiline World Union Service Apartment 3*
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