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Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Holiday Inn Express Shanghai The check in was very fast and easy. I think this hotel chain might have me as a frequent visitor because they didn't even want a room deposit. I like the way the shower door and bathroom door are the same door. You just swing it 90 degrees from one to the other. Everything was fine. One difference was that there was no soap bar, only soap dispensers. The free buffet breakfast was adequate with fruit to take away. My only concern was my room key for room 729 didn't work to open the door except after the 5th attempt for the 2 times I needed to enter. That was a frustrating experience, so I give this hotel 3.6 stars well worth the price!

After a wonderful six weeks cruise we terminated in Shanghai and stayed for three nights in this terrible Hotel,The rooms are adequate but the food was Horrid,they changed the price of beer on a nightly basis.and on the first night i accidently broke a glass,I cleared it up myself and handed the remnants to the bar tender,five minutes later i had a Manager ranting "You Break Glass,You pay" i argued how ridiculous it was but she demanded i pay,So not wanting to argue,i payed.i didn't have any more drinks from glasses.

Holiday Inn Express Zhabei is located near Shanghai Railway Station and Long Distance Couch Terminal, and very popular among transit visitors to the city. Overall - the hotel is clean and often offer good rates. As a regular guest at this hotel, I would like inform that the major dissapointment is difficulty to get a taxi. Always use the taxi service of reputable companies, as many unregulated taxi drivers in the area charge newcomers exorbitant fare without using meter for short distances. Hotel staffs may order the taxi on behalf, but they often take very long time to get one.

From metro line 4, take exit 4 and turn Left and walk straits for about 8 to 10 minutes and you can see the hotel in front of you. If you are using metro line 1 most of the time, this is not a good hotel for you as walking from line 1 to line 4, it will take about 8-10 minutes. So, from line 1 to the hotel, it'll take at least 15 to 20 minutes. It is not as convenient and requires lots of walk & time. Also, if you want to take the airport express bus to Pudong airport, you have to walk about 25-30mins or take a taxi about 8-10 mins (about RMB20) to the airport bus no 5 station. Overall the hotel is clean (room carpet looks dirty) & bed are comfortable & breakfast is not bad. But if you want to depend on metro line 1 or line 2, you should reconsider if this is a good hotel for you!

Great base-good access for metro and railway station. Easy to get taxis. Don't get into the burgundy cabs as their charges are extortionate!!Breakfast not great but Starbucks just near metro for your daily latte😄 all staff helpful

Finished 4 week cruise here and stayed 3 nights . Long way from cruise terminal and taxi drivers dont speak english . always have your destination written in Mandarin Chinese which a helpful crew member will do for u . Hotel was excellent , large rooms english breakfast next to Shanghai central rail and Spectacle warehouse city - no bull u can get a pair of single lens glasses for $A30 & multifocals for $A100 just shows how much we are ripped off for glasses over here . Shanghai fantastic watch taxi drivers as they wil charge Y80 to go anywhere ( which is only $A15) go to BUND

Just came back from my trip in Shanghai. We stayed in room 823, and the moment we entered we were sneezing from the filthy carpet and dusty furniture. It was terrible called for housekeeping, lady came to try and justify the situation and said it the carpet was old that's why it was dusty, she brought a hoover and attempted to make it better but it was of little help. Effort was appreciated though. I understand its Holiday in Express but feel that there is more that can be done to improve the world standard quality of other Holiday Inn express. Furniture is just so old and needs some maintenance. We ended up moving after 2 nights. However i must compliment the service we got from one of the front desk staff members- Ryan. He was just so helpful and managed to help us with our city tour and Disneyland and bookings. He was the best part of our stay here. And welldone to him for making our stay bearable.

5 minutes walk from Shanghai Railway station in a "spotty" location. The hotel itself is quite functional but has little charm. Appears lots of tour groups use it. The check-in was efficient, the breakfast was adequate, and the rooms are OK if not a little worn. A couple of English language stations on the TV. The wi-fi is good but your VPN will not work, indeed its the only hotel in China that was able to block my VPN so no NY times or Google. Overall, I think this hotel is about quick access to Shanghai Railway Station. It serves it purpose but if you are looking for something a little more "authentic" probably not the best choice. Its fairly priced but next time I would be willing to spend a little more for a little more.

This hotel is conveniently located right next to the main Shanghai railway station. Due to its location, it has mainly and many tourists as guests. They have friendly and very helpfull staff, decent size rooms and fantastic internet. Breakfast has a decent variety, with good choices. However, it was very hard to get a taxi at any time, sometimes with a wating time of up to an hour. As it was sometimes not clear who was waiting for taxis, people would be annoyed when somebody would take a taxi, seemingly ahead of others waiting a long time. Another issue was the thin wall between my room and the neighbours' room. I could literally hear what the people in the other room were saying and as they stayed up till 2 to 3 am, made it hard to sleep well.

Always a balance between price and location the holiday inn meets that. No more than 15-20 minutes from Nanjing Rd, the Bazaar or the Bund (25 ¥ in good traffic) HI has basic but well appointed rooms with a neat bathroom setup. King bed, desk, occassional table and sofa bed, what more do you need? Double glazing reduces traffic noise for a good night's sleep. Light on for quality meal options nearby but Yangs Dumplings at the rail station provides great soups for a few dollars (average $2-3 AUD). Breakfast buffet of good quaulity although crowded. Best times to avoid the rush and queues are 0600-0700 and 0800-0900.

No 1738 Zhongxing Road Shanghai Shanghai

Located in Puxi within 2 miles (3 km) of Jade Buddha Temple, Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as The Bund. This 472-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Located in central Shanghai, the hotel is also near Jing An Temple and Nanjing Road Shopping District.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.

The 472 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including iPod docks, sofa beds, and coffee makers. 32-inch flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Free newspapers, hair dryers, and safes are also standard.


Guests of Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a 24-hour business center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for CNY 400 per person one way. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-in, laundry facilities, and a porter/bellhop.

Property features

Room options


Twin 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3


Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 858 reviews