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Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A bit out of town but still has a supermarket and cafes nearby. Also very close to train station. Room was fine and breakfast was good. Clean and comfortable. If you want a fridge make sure you ask for one.

Loved the place Vincent at the front Desk was amazing personality Very helpful and understanding Breakfast is mentionable Very good Lot of Indian And Pakistan were there Room size wonderful Bed very cozy Pillow was comfortable View was amazing Walking to metro And full connectivity 35 mins to airport by car Highly recommended!

Our first trip to Shanghai. The hotel we chose was a little far away from the tourist attractions, but the excellent Metro system allowed us to compensate.Rooms were well appointed, and clean, comfortable. Breakfast was ok, with a cooked to order omelette station, also soup to order (wonton/noodle) and the usual assortment of western/chinese dishes.. Staff were helpful.

Next to the train station and the metro. Not very far from all the cool spots in town. Free breakfast, a good value for money. However a lot people will be there for breakfast so one should go early to avoid the crowds.

Really this had a lot of short comings , looked the goods but didn't deliver anything. Room was basic but clean, NO fridge! strange No Air con, TV only had half channels listed in the book . Asked for it to be fixed and then they said they had no reception , oh well. Ice machine always empty , no lounge area to sit and chat with other people and no bar for drinks and socialising. Breakfast was the best thing about this hotel, location not good no restaurants around unless you wanted fast food. I suggest take a taxi into french quarter and eat there

Least favourite hotel on our Trip A Deal holiday. We stayed here 2 nights. No bus parking the front of the hotel. We had to walk down a not so nice alleyway from the bus to the hotel – dodging buses on the way. On arrival, we asked for ice as usual. They directed us to an ice machine which was almost empty and had no ice buckets. We finally got to our room to find there was no fridge?? Back down to reception to find out if we could get a fridge or be moved to a room with one. No. So back to the ice machine. Eventually we found someone who could give us an ice bucket with ice from the bar. The ice machine was almost empty for our 2 night stay. No biggie really but it’s the first hotel I’ve come across (and I’m 70) anywhere in the world without a fridge. Room was clean and tidy. No carpet or clothes line. Beds were hard but slept well due to the lovely soft pillow. This hotel had the best wifi of the 4 hotels we stayed. Breakfast was OK.

I like everything about this hotel, the location near the railway station is perfect, very clean and lovely rooms. The only thing they have to improve is the breakfast, very poor and cold, this very bad breakfast was never expected! The location is perfect and the price is very good!👍

I chose this hotel for my work trip to Shanghai because it was part of the IHG group and was within my budget. The positives included a clean, comfortable bed, helpful staff, excellent water pressure in the shower, the ability to do a load of washing, and being within 10 minutes' walk of the Shanghai train station. On the downside, the room smelled strongly of cigarette smoke, despite it being a non-smoking room. The TV selection was poor. The breakfast was pretty awful, the lobby was overcrowded, lots of things in the hotel (vending machine, phones) were broken, and the hotel wi-fi was patchy. Next time I'll pay more and stay somewhere else.

Stayed here for 2 nights whilst on a 10 day tour the rooms are clean and functional and the most modern we encountered while on our tour. Breakfast buffet was ok not a massive selection of western style food and the seating was spread over 2 dining halls which was not really sufficient space for the number of guests. There was no parking for coaches at the front of the hotel so they park behind and we all had to walk down a side alleyway approximately 150m. No nearby supermarket and limited dining outlets there are a few shop front food stands serving food. We walked to subway and used this a few times while staying in Shanghai which was easy to use as lines colour coded and stations had an English title as well as English announcements while on the train, ticket prices are either 3 or 4 Yuan about 70 or 80c so very cheap to get around. Hotel is approximately 10 minutes walk away next to the long distance bus station and main train station.

This hotel is not at the city center, but it is near a train station and bus terminal. A brief walk and you are there...along with the entrances to the Lines 1, 3 and 4 of the Shanghai Metro. The hotel is essentially a 2 1/2 star hotel. Entering the hotel lobby, the automatic doors were closed off and you have to use the regular push doors. I assume this is because it was a little brisk (10°C outside) and the staff were getting cold. The front staff was not really service oriented. They did not seem like they were able to handle multiple tasks at a time. You would have to check in ... and they did that. But if you had questions or additional tasks, you had to wait till they finished the task at hand. Upon checkout, the staff would just check people out instead of handling everything I needed, which was to leave my luggage in storage for later pickup and to call me a cab. I had to wait till they finished checking out everyone - and of course more people came down to check out - before they would entertain me. Eventually, I had to find someone from the back office and forced them to handle my luggage storage, just so I can leave for my meeting. The building is kind of old. The general feel shows it. The room was basically wood flooring and not carpet. The bed was surprisingly firm and gave a good night's sleep. The bathroom was kind of different. There was a glass wall on the side facing the room, but not the clear glass like a window. It was the glass blocks used for building a wall (like bricks). Just funny that they used that. On the outside, there is no curtain to cover up that wall...but I guess if you are spending a couple's stay, there is no problem. One other nice surprise was the breakfast buffet. It was quite a decent spread. It had the expected eggs, wieners, pancake and waffles for the western side and congee, noodles and fried rice for the eastern side, but they also fresh dumplings made at the soup noodle counter. The food was quite extensive for a hotel of this level. The main complaint I have with it is that the food is not heated (other than the cooking counter). None of the buffet trays are heated. The steamed bun cabinet is not heated either. The congee is hot by the nature of it be thick and hot to begin with and takes forever to cool down to begin with. Overall, for the price of this hotel, this is what I expect. It is an average place with overall average amenities. It is not close to anything significant and getting in and out of the hotel can be a chore. Taxi drivers tend to try to scam you (as many do in China). You can accept the scan and get your ride, or TRY and wait for the next one to arrive, knowing that they are rare in the area.

No 1738 Zhongxing Road Shanghai Shanghai

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour business center

Located in Zhabei 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.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast. 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.

Property features

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 24 hours) 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.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3


Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 970 reviews