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Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here for 4 nights, the location of the hotel is bit out of the centre of Shanghai however there is an underground station near by and the hotel is only 3 stops away from the People's Square! The rooms are big and plenty of room for 2 people the bathroom was a bit tired and needed updating however that was the only issue with the room. The breakfast for us wasn't great...this is because there was more Chinese food than Western, however we found something to eat every day. The hotel was fantastic value for money so we didn't mind too much!

I stayed here for 3 nights on a tour. I had a good room but many others rooms were below standard. In one of the rooms it looked like a boot had been dragged all over the walls with big black scuff marks, and a hole in the plaster on the ceiling. We wiped out a cup before having a drink and the tissue came out stale egg yoke yellow, not just one cup but 2. The staff were rude when they were asked for a change of room. My room was renovated on the 13th floor and not too bad. All in all I would NOT go back. Not up to the Holiday in Standard.

Stayed here with tour group. Rooms and bathrooms in need of renovation. Close to railway station if needed which we did use to go to underground markets. Breakfast was ordinary. Probably ok for just an overnight stay but it's not a hotel I would have chosen.

No refrigeration in room which was a no no for China as you always want something cold to drink. Location was fine considering other places you could be in the city. Of the four hotels we stayed in this one had the softest beds to sleep in. Breakfast was disappointing as mainly asian style, no bacon for bacon and eggs which most people wanted. Fell back on toast and jam.

This was one of four hotels we stayed at on our tour of China. Others were much better. This one not in a good location unless you are traveling by train, bit of a walk to good food and shopping. Room smaller than others we stayed at. No fridge in room, breakfast just ok. Restaurant not open for lunch and dinner. I guess being an express hotel you can't expect too much. There is another Holiday Inn nearby downtown which looks a lot better and overcomes these issues but is a bit dearer.

Accommodated here as part of a group tour, we weren't overly impressed. The room did not have a fridge, bathroom basin took forever to drain and room was in severe need of total makeover, including replacement of cigarette burnt table. A really good vacuuming would of been nice - felt like I had to leave my shoes on in the room all the time. No staff speak English at all and a fellow traveller was unable to source milk for his room at night as no one could understand hand gestures let alone English. Another couple moved rooms due to black mould on ceiling if their room. Breakfast is tailored toward Japanese tourists. For basic Western needs, done cereal is available, toast, jam and a fried egg. Would not recommend this joint to fellow travellers.

Stayed here on group tour. Clean enough but breakfast no western options other than toast which was disappointing considering 50 of us were Australians. Close to bank and train station and few shops. Bed not as hard as many chinese hotels

Room is quite old and has some odour. Some items in the room are spoilt, e.g. Clothes hook. It is okie if you just somewhere to sleep. Nothing fanciful. Location is quite hard to get taxi, however it is within walking distance to train station.

Convenient to central train station, but still a ten minute walk. Fantastic breakfast spread. Rooms are clean and decent; not luxurious. Staff is attentive. For a short stay i would definitely recommend.

We stayed as part of a tour group and it was one of the better hotels we stayed in. The rooms are clean,beds are comfortable and internet works! Not always things found when travelling in China. It is really close to the subway which is a great way of getting around. Line 1 going two stops will get you to a large shopping complex with great restaurants and a further stop along with get you to where the famous Era show at Circus World is playing. There are also a range of fast food chains within walking distance including McDonald's. The buffet breakfast offers variety and is quite tasty. The restaurant of an evening closes really early though. We went down to have a few drinks with the rest of the tour group and we were told at 930pm (after only having 1 drink) the bar was closed but as we were heading back to our room they started serving all the other guests. This was disappointing as it was our final night in China. All in all not a bad place to stay if you don't mind not being too close to The Bund or Financial district.

Room options


Queen 1 | Full 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


Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

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70% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 903 reviews