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GUXIANG HOTEL SHANGHAI (HOWARD JOHNSON PLAZA)

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I really wanted to give this hotel a higher rating. The staff certainly tried (for the most part) hard, but it is hampered by the area. The number of hawkers in the area seeking to sell watches, shoe shines, massages and more is annoying. The fact that the hotel cannot keep them out of the lobby is unacceptable. I do not like being propositioned as I am getting on the elevator. Period. End of story. The Good: Responsive Front Desk Staff. Quick check in, Good cab booking for early morning trip to airport, friendly. Location: Convenient to mass transit, the shopping and the bund. Room: Well set up room with mostly functioning items including good shower. The only "broken" item was a clearly broken towel rack. But that doesn't really knock off anything. Internet: Good connection Plugs/Adaptors: Good power availability. The Bad: Location: Near the shopping street and the hawkers. Hawkers in Hotel Closings: The hotel closed the second floor pub. Gone. Still mentioned in the hotel literature. Fix the literature if you close the place. Indifferent Bar Staff: In lobby bar they stood over you when you sat down to order a drink. Then they disappeared. Completely. For an extended period. No chance for another drink, no chance for getting the check. Gone.

Comfortable hotel that has seen better days. Convenient, walkable, And safe. But feels dated. A good value but I believe there are more current properties in same price range that compete.

Good location, but the bathroom smelled very bad and some lights didn't work. Unexperienced staff in the front desk and door.

Ok I've now stayed at the Grand Central, the Central and HoJo. Roomwise all three are comprable. I liked them all. Somehow HoJo had a slight edge, but just slight! I would stay in all three! The Chinese restaurant on 3rd floor was very good and prices were very reasonable...and if they can control the fnng Chinese smokers, it would be a real five star restaurant! Ate there twice! My travelling business partner was Mr Latte at the Starbucks there! All in all highly recommended even tho the registration process was a little cold and impersonal!

I spent one night here after a cruise from Vancouver. Very nice Howard Johnson with excellent finishing. Terrific location. Walking distrance to the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Peoples square, maint shopping center.. etc etc. I was on the 12th floor room 1205. Very quient. A/C was slow to cool down, and the check in staff did not explain that you had to hold the card up to the sensor to go up in the elevator. also swipe the card to open your room. I did not use the restaurant as it seemed overprices, but withing 1 block is the large shopping area which has fast food... MdDonalds,Pizza Inn, KFC, as well as local foods. This could be the center location if you spend several days in shanghai. Taxi to the PUDONG Airport about 35 minutes and costs about $40 (214 Yuan).

Location was wonderful. Good restaurants and fun shopping area was near by hotel.

This is my second time at this hotel and intend to stay there again.

Only thing good about this hotel is location, location, location: just next to the main shopping street and very convenient but is not worth the big bucks you pay for. Furniture is old style. I had much better expectation for the money I have paid. Definitely not a five star. If they adverstised themselves as 3 or 3.5 stars, I would've given them better rating if the price was also right accordingly.

Excellent location, which is located right near the shopping street that leads right up to the bund. Also, it's just a short taxi ride to Yuyan garden to get a dose of some Chinese culture. Next time I'm in Shanghai, if the price is right I will definitely be staying here again. P.S. the breakfast buffet every morning is excellent and the staff are very kind and helpful.

Great location with family to travail especially with kids. Staff was nice, but buffer was little pricy.

Very good location, right beside on the shopping street.

I spent 6 nights in this hotel. Its location is great, convenient for everything. Room and service are satisfactory. I will recommend it to my friends.

This hotel exceeded our expectations. It is a block away from the pedestrian mall and a short walk to the Bund. We were upgraded to an even nicer room than we booked! The concierge, Oliver, was super helpful. His English was excellent, which made it even easier for us to learn about this local area. The only complaint we had was that the room was quite warm because of the heat setting that is 'universal' (or something like that), but they provided us with in room air conditioners and that remedied the situation.

The best location if you want to tour the center or Shanghai

Hotel is good and vey convinient. We got late check out.

The hotel is in a good location in the downtown area of Shanghai. Only a 10 to 15 minute walk to the Bund and easy access to the Shanghai Metro station. Clean rooms and a decent gym. I thought it was a good value for Shanghai.

Is the second tine i stay here and have to say its best feature is location. Staff is average, front desk no too friendly, concierge average.

Hotel is in a good location near the People's Square and three subway lines. Service was good, except the lobby bar was slow and overpriced--use your minibar if you want a beer, it's half the price. It's walking distance to the Planning Museum, art museum, and a 20 minute walk to the Bund. Breakfast buffet was extensive, with both Chinese and Western offerings.

I always stay in howard johnson plaza in ningbo and decided to try this one in shanghai ....there is no way i can compare this hotel with howard johnson ningbo ....the rooms wasnt as i expected the only thing is the location which is very convenient....

Shangai is full of scammers. This hotel is part of the massage scam deal often seen around Shangai. The concierge or door men alert massage woman of your arrival and you will be hounded non stop. We managed to get robbed thanks to this hotel, we lost over $2000. A frightening horrible experience. They do not like 'us, guests' here. I would absolutely never visit this hotel again. I recommend you consider something more mainstream. The Howard Johnson is a franchise and is not USA owned/run.

595 Jiu Jiang Road Shanghai Shanghai

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Nanjing Road Shopping District and People's Square
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Downtown Shanghai, GUXIANG HOTEL SHANGHAI (HOWARD JOHNSON PLAZA) is adjacent to Nanjing Road Shopping District and within a 15-minute walk of popular sights like People's Square. This 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 161 rooms and conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Located centrally in Shanghai, it's also close to The Bund and Jing An Temple.


Dining

Enjoy dining at Rivera Restaurant, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


Rooms

The 161 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers. Guests can expect TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Free bottled water, safes, and phones are also available.


Property features

Guests of GUXIANG HOTEL SHANGHAI (HOWARD JOHNSON PLAZA) have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for CNY 600 per vehicle one way. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 8 meeting rooms, and a business center.

Room options

Club Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Club Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Business Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for GUXIANG HOTEL SHANGHAI

Everyone (2) Business (20) Couples (4) Family (7) Other (6) Friends (2)
3

i don't want a massage or a watch

Everyone

I really wanted to give this hotel a higher rating. The staff certainly tried (for the most part) hard, but it is hampered by the area. The number of hawkers in the area seeking to sell watches, shoe shines, massages and more is annoying. The fact that the hotel cannot keep them out of the lobby is unacceptable. I do not like being propositioned as I am getting on the elevator. Period. End of story. The Good: Responsive Front Desk Staff. Quick check in, Good cab booking for early morning trip to airport, friendly. Location: Convenient to mass transit, the shopping and the bund. Room: Well set up room with mostly functioning items including good shower. The only "broken" item was a clearly broken towel rack. But that doesn't really knock off anything. Internet: Good connection Plugs/Adaptors: Good power availability. The Bad: Location: Near the shopping street and the hawkers. Hawkers in Hotel Closings: The hotel closed the second floor pub. Gone. Still mentioned in the hotel literature. Fix the literature if you close the place. Indifferent Bar Staff: In lobby bar they stood over you when you sat down to order a drink. Then they disappeared. Completely. For an extended period. No chance for another drink, no chance for getting the check. Gone.

By , from Midwest US on Dec 22, 2016

3

comfortable convenient but dated

Everyone

Comfortable hotel that has seen better days. Convenient, walkable, And safe. But feels dated. A good value but I believe there are more current properties in same price range that compete.

By on Sep 11, 2016

2

expensive for what it is

BusinessTravelers

Good location, but the bathroom smelled very bad and some lights didn't work. Unexperienced staff in the front desk and door.

By on Dec 17, 2015

5

wonderful experience

BusinessTravelers

Ok I've now stayed at the Grand Central, the Central and HoJo. Roomwise all three are comprable. I liked them all. Somehow HoJo had a slight edge, but just slight! I would stay in all three! The Chinese restaurant on 3rd floor was very good and prices were very reasonable...and if they can control the fnng Chinese smokers, it would be a real five star restaurant! Ate there twice! My travelling business partner was Mr Latte at the Starbucks there! All in all highly recommended even tho the registration process was a little cold and impersonal!

By on Oct 18, 2015

4

well located central shanghai

Singles

I spent one night here after a cruise from Vancouver. Very nice Howard Johnson with excellent finishing. Terrific location. Walking distrance to the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Peoples square, maint shopping center.. etc etc. I was on the 12th floor room 1205. Very quient. A/C was slow to cool down, and the check in staff did not explain that you had to hold the card up to the sensor to go up in the elevator. also swipe the card to open your room. I did not use the restaurant as it seemed overprices, but withing 1 block is the large shopping area which has fast food... MdDonalds,Pizza Inn, KFC, as well as local foods. This could be the center location if you spend several days in shanghai. Taxi to the PUDONG Airport about 35 minutes and costs about $40 (214 Yuan).

By on Sep 30, 2015

4

great location

Couples

Location was wonderful. Good restaurants and fun shopping area was near by hotel.

By on Sep 11, 2015

4

good value hotel at a great location

BusinessTravelers

This is my second time at this hotel and intend to stay there again.

By on Jul 14, 2015

2

only good thing is location

Singles

Only thing good about this hotel is location, location, location: just next to the main shopping street and very convenient but is not worth the big bucks you pay for. Furniture is old style. I had much better expectation for the money I have paid. Definitely not a five star. If they adverstised themselves as 3 or 3.5 stars, I would've given them better rating if the price was also right accordingly.

By on Jun 19, 2015

4

great location

Singles

Excellent location, which is located right near the shopping street that leads right up to the bund. Also, it's just a short taxi ride to Yuyan garden to get a dose of some Chinese culture. Next time I'm in Shanghai, if the price is right I will definitely be staying here again. P.S. the breakfast buffet every morning is excellent and the staff are very kind and helpful.

By on Jun 16, 2015

4

great family trip with best location

Singles

Great location with family to travail especially with kids. Staff was nice, but buffer was little pricy.

By on Jun 1, 2015