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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
Thank Travelbloggeruk
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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 So even though the review might seem a little outdated, it's still very applicable, as every building in China gets worse with time, not better.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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Thank EliasNYC
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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
Thank Grantds
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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
1  Thank paulJwaraY
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

We were satisfied with our one week stay in this apartment. Don't be discourage when you enter the building and the room. This is not a trendy and new place. But you don't stay there for the building. You stay there for the great location, helpful and friendly staff. Room is spacious with fridge, stove, microwave, coffee maker and washer.
First night there was a problem. We could not sleep. The double bed and the sofa bed are so hard. By 2:30AM we put the mattress of the sofa bed on top of the double bed. It worked. Next day we asked for an extra comforter to add more cushion on the bed. We also folded the sofa bed and we got more space. From then on room worked perfectly fine. As days went by, we came to like the room more and more.
Great fast free WIFI in room, it has a water fountain cost 25 Yuan for a big container of water. Pots are old but you can bring cooked food in room or eat outside. Lots of eateries nearby. There are 4 restaurants in front of apartment, your landmark when you're looking for the entrance to the building when you first arrive.
Location is great. 5-10 minutes walk to metro and bus stops. Metro Line 2 from Airport to Jing'an Temple or to Pudong Airport. 15 minute walk to Airport bus terminal near Jing'an Temple ( bus #2 from and to Pudong Airport for 22 Yuan each way).
Entrance to apartment is at Yuyuan Branch Rd. (not Yuyuan Rd or Wulumuqi Rd(their St. address). Reception is on the 19th floor.
Lots of groceries and a supermarket nearby.
Evelyn and Weston are always there ready to help even with their limited English. We don't speak Chinese either. Cleaning crew are honest.
Price is very reasonable.
Check in and check out is fast no problem. They have 24 hour reception. There is security in the building.
I will stay again in Skiline apartment when I go back to Shanghai.

Room Tip: All rooms are on the higher level anyway so no problem with traffic noise
  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tony O
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