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SkiAdcock Apr 16, 17 9:02 am


Originally Posted by Kryssa (Post 28185765)
Hello,



Does anyone know how the breakfast benefit works and what we can expect as far as choices? I read that it's continental only - can we pay for an upgrade to full breakfast if we want eggs? Or is it full cost and does anyone know what the price might be?

And finally any general tips? We booked the basic room, which is fine for us but of course would love an upgrade, especially to a room with a nice bathtub - do we ask at check in or will they give us the best room they can?

Thanks!

Asia executive lounges are much better than US lounges. It may say continental on the website, but odds are it's a full brekkie.

BTW - we have a sticky for exec lounge info:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/13849211-post1.html

Re: upgrades. You can check your reservation the day before you arrive to see if your room has been upgraded already. Otherwise, ask (politely) at check-in.

Cheers.

dmodemd Apr 16, 17 2:06 pm


Originally Posted by Kryssa (Post 28185765)
My husband and I are booked for 3 nights at Shanghai Marriott City Center. I booked before thinking about posting here so I guess my first questions is whether that was a good choice - we picked it because we wanted to be near shops, restaurants, and a metro station. The JW would have also been fine but it's further from the metro - any reason to cancel and book there (or elsewhere) instead?

I'll re-iterate my recommendation for the Renaissance Zhongshan Park. It is on the same main metro line as the JW / M City Center but the Renaissance is literally on top of the station and part of a huge mall with tons of restaurants and shopping (just not high end stuff but maybe better price).

Also, a must see, is the brand spanking new Global Harbor mall which is 1 metro stop north on Line 3/4 (or take a cheap cab). It has lots of great restaurants with various western styles as well. Tons of high end shopping there too.

The Renaissance will be much cheaper on points (I imagine cheaper with cash too) and has lounge for those with status or want to buy into it. The lounge will have enough food in the evening to make a dinner out of it (and breakfast of course with made to order eggs etc.).

The only down side is it is a few metro stops farther from the Pudong airport (add'l 15 minutes), and that more additional time getting into the central spots of Shanghai.

I have stayed there and JW. JW is nice but I don't feel it is worth the extra cost. I actually didn't like the heavy western presence of the JW. Use the money you save to buy into lounge-access rate at the Renaissance.

SkiAdcock Apr 16, 17 4:33 pm


Originally Posted by dmodemd (Post 28187188)
Use the money you save to buy into lounge-access rate at the Renaissance.

She's a Gold via the UA partnership. She automatically has lounge access, regardless of property.

Cheers.

kodansha999 Apr 16, 17 11:02 pm


Originally Posted by Kryssa (Post 28185765)
Hello,

This is my first time using any status with Marriott - I'm gold through their partnership with United.

My husband and I are booked for 3 nights at Shanghai Marriott City Center. I booked before thinking about posting here so I guess my first questions is whether that was a good choice - we picked it because we wanted to be near shops, restaurants, and a metro station. The JW would have also been fine but it's further from the metro - any reason to cancel and book there (or elsewhere) instead?

Does anyone know how the breakfast benefit works and what we can expect as far as choices? I read that it's continental only - can we pay for an upgrade to full breakfast if we want eggs? Or is it full cost and does anyone know what the price might be?

And finally any general tips? We booked the basic room, which is fine for us but of course would love an upgrade, especially to a room with a nice bathtub - do we ask at check in or will they give us the best room they can?

Thanks!

I stayed at this property in December, I think it's a good hotel.
Room is nice and modern, the club lounge is great with drinks until 21:30pm.
It's surrounded by malls and eateries and you can take a stroll to the bund.
Or the subway will also take you across the river without changing lines.

I believe you're entitled for the full breakfast downstairs. There's an egg station and the breakfast spreads are pretty big.

The fitness facilities are pretty good too.

I would recommend this hotel over Renaissance.

kodansha999 Apr 16, 17 11:07 pm

by the way from Pudong International Airport you can take E-go Shuttle Bus that will drop you directly at the hotel. The journey takes approx 1 hour if i remember correctly.

It costs CNY68 (USD10) per person. http://www.egobus.com/


Taking subway can be quite a horrible experience if you happen to arrive during rush hour.

Kryssa Apr 17, 17 12:24 am


Originally Posted by kodansha999 (Post 28188818)
by the way from Pudong International Airport you can take E-go Shuttle Bus that will drop you directly at the hotel. The journey takes approx 1 hour if i remember correctly.

It costs CNY68 (USD10) per person. http://www.egobus.com/


Taking subway can be quite a horrible experience if you happen to arrive during rush hour.

Regardless of how terrible an idea this is due to cost or time involved, we will be taking the maglev train to the subway. My husband is a transport nerd and has been looking forward to this the entire trip ;)

We arrive around 2:00 pm on a Friday so hopefully it's not too packed.

travelinmanS Apr 17, 17 1:40 am


Originally Posted by Kryssa (Post 28188975)
Regardless of how terrible an idea this is due to cost or time involved, we will be taking the maglev train to the subway. My husband is a transport nerd and has been looking forward to this the entire trip ;)

We arrive around 2:00 pm on a Friday so hopefully it's not too packed.

It's not a terrible idea at all! This will be the fastest and one of the cheapest options. It will be RMB 44 total (40 for the Maglev plus 4 for the subway to People's Square). It should take 45 minutes or less. You may even get the "fast" Maglev speed at that time. It runs up to 430 KM/H only for a few hours a day while the rest of the day it goes at a more pedestrian 300 KM/H.

weld3z Apr 17, 17 12:51 pm

shanghai
 
Shanghai marriott , JW and portman ritz carlton wich one and why ?
They are almost the same price and location any advice ..

Thanks

pinniped Apr 17, 17 1:04 pm

I've taken Maglev and ridden the subway at rush hour.

(1) I'd take the Maglev, even if you have lots of luggage. It won't be insanely crowded.

(2) If it's rush hour and you have a pile of luggage, maybe grab a cab to the hotel from the Maglev station.

Otherwise the subway in Shanghai isn't different than anywhere else. It's a modern system...no reason to avoid it. I recall it being pretty crowded at times, but no different than jumping on the Tube or NYC Subway at busy times of day.

CJKatl Apr 17, 17 2:06 pm

In any forum, including the Marriott Forum, if you look at the top of the thread list you will find "Search This Forum." Click it, a box opens where you could be a search term, such as "Shanghai" and find the threads where this is already being discussed. Such as this one:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marri...hai-china.html

The irony here is that thread is presently very active. It's one of the top five threads in the forum list. There wasn't even a need to search for it. The thread was already right at the top.

Mods, please delete this thread or collapse it into the existing one. Thanks.

weld3z Apr 17, 17 3:20 pm

Ok Delete it plz ..was looking for fast answer must book today cant read all this no time .. any way Thanks

moondog Apr 17, 17 7:59 pm


Originally Posted by weld3z (Post 28191685)
Shanghai marriott , JW and portman ritz carlton wich one and why ?
They are almost the same price and location any advice ..

Thanks

I like the Portman because:

1. It's not in or super close to Peoples Square
2. There are good food options in Shanghai Centre itself and close by
3. The pool/lawn area provides a nice escape from the hustle bustle outside

travelinmanS Apr 17, 17 8:38 pm


Originally Posted by moondog (Post 28193343)
I like the Portman because:

1. It's not in or super close to Peoples Square
2. There are good food options in Shanghai Centre itself and close by
3. The pool/lawn area provides a nice escape from the hustle bustle outside

Listen to the dog on this one, he's 100% correct. Portman is the best Marriott option in Shanghai.

Best value for money is the Ren Zhongshan Park. I would rather stay at either of these two hotels than the City Center or JW. But I'm not a huge fan of being surrounded by 1 million people when I exit my hotel. If you're into that, then Peoples Square is where you want to be.

Kryssa Apr 18, 17 12:35 am


Originally Posted by travelinmanS (Post 28193470)
Listen to the dog on this one, he's 100% correct. Portman is the best Marriott option in Shanghai.

Best value for money is the Ren Zhongshan Park. I would rather stay at either of these two hotels than the City Center or JW. But I'm not a huge fan of being surrounded by 1 million people when I exit my hotel. If you're into that, then Peoples Square is where you want to be.

How is the access to the metro compare between Portman RC and Marriott City Center?

travelinmanS Apr 18, 17 1:00 am


Originally Posted by Kryssa (Post 28194146)
How is the access to the metro compare between Portman RC and Marriott City Center?

Basically the same.

The Portman is a 5 minute walk from Jing'An Temple station (lines 2 and 7) and a 7-8 minute walk from Nanjing West Road station (lines 2, 12 and 13).

The City Center is a 5 minute walk from People's Square (lines 1,2 and 8).

Jing'An Temple is the easiest of these 3 stations to navigate.

As I mention above, I find the area of the Portman infinitely more pleasant than the area of the City Center.


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