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Magnificent International Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

One year after, I had another stay this time for nine nights. Everything was more or less the same. My room on the 15th floor was all right with a view of the towers in Pudong which lit up at nights. The television, air conditioning, room safe, and refrigerator worked well. The room was quiet. The elevators were the usual milk runs at peak periods moreso by staff using it as a freight mover. Front desk staff was unfriendly and tried their best to avoid looking at guests. Security was always there looking at those entering and leaving. Close to the Magnificent is the building which housed Graceland International Hotel. Wifi worked well but in China gmail is blocked; this time whatsapp was also blocked. I was informed that VPNs were also blocked at this time of the year. However skype worked well. Every week Trip Advisor sends me an email advertising the Graceland and when I respond I am always told no rates are available for the dates etc. The Graceland is under significant reconstruction into an apartment building to be called Base. Trip Advisor should remove the Graceland from its lists of hotels in Shanghai.

Check in and check out were very acceptable; my reservation was acknowledged but as in all of China, your passport and visa have to copied and kept on file. On checkout, I had requested a taxi to the airport which was promptly on time and the bellman (more like security) helped with my bags without me asking. The taxi driver was a lady; her reg. no. is 292140 and she was very professional. I had no difficulty with the front office staff who communicated effectively in English. The room was basic. The air conditioning worked well. The television with one English Channel CCTV 9, was a challenge to get working with two different remotes. The in-room safe I could not get working so I never bothered. The bed was typically hard for China but all right. The shower was sub par: the shower head needs replacing; there is no shower curtain but a partial glass partition. The toiletries in envelopes/bags were no star. I found the room quiet and was not at all disturbed during sleep time. Breakfast was filling but the same for five days. There were signs in proper English asking people not to waste food but I saw some non-Chinese who disregarded the signs and wasted; I would take all I want but eat all I take. Overall breakfasts were okay. Lily the hostess at the restaurant spoke some English and was helpful. Her assistants were pleasant.There was a China Daily newspaper available. The location of the hotel is very good, close to Laoximen Metro station, Huaihai Road and Fang Bang (Old Shanghai Street) and Yu Yuan Gardens. There is a strip of very good restaurants within two blocks. There is also a very interesting pet mall next door offering animals, insects (crickets), birds and fishes and plants and flowers. The two elevators for 20 floors were most often milk runs. There is no freight or service elevator so the staff including housekeeping and maintenance would squeeze on board and cause more frequent stops. This was most disturbing of all for this hotel. The Magnificent is below average but not poor. It is a little over-priced

This hotel may certainly have been magnificent in its day . That day has now passed. It is old and dusty . However it does possess a certain charm . Centrally located for Nanging road ,the bund , yu garden market and city god temple,Xintiandi and many other places. The views from this hotel are outstanding;particularly overlooking the bund . All shanghai landmarks are to be seen from here . Breakfast is included so why not fill up on noodles,steamed buns and vegetables before a days sightseeing. Toiletries are provided every day; including toothbrush and paste . A kettle is in the room and bottled water is given daily .

You know a hotel is bad when you leave without refund the following morning after arriving. The place may have been a 4 star hotel 50 years ago but is now a decrepit building that is just not worth stepping into. Paint is peeling off the walls, ceiling tiles are missing or falling apart, furniture in our room was broken, shower head was broken, floor looks like they don't even own a vaccume cleaner, wifi didn't work, mold over the place, breakfast was a joke (if you like slices of spam sitting in hot water then it might not be too bad for you) and to confirm this all you can even walk into the lobby where they display a health inspection sign with a literal sad face on it. Look elsewhere.

This was my first hotel in Shanghai and I'm trying hard not to consider it a dump. The beds are old and hard. Carpets are stained. Hallways smell like smoke. Breakfast is ok. Bathrooms not very clean. Lobby furniture is uncomfortable. Internet accessibility wasn't consistent.

I have stayed in many hotels in Shanghai and this was one of the worst one. The hotel, even though it says it got renovated in 2008, it looks so old and outdated. The sofas, carpets and furniture looks like they have not cleaned since they were installed. The tables are so sticky and disgusting. You don't want to seat on the sofas as you can tell all the dust has accumulated from all these years, they even smell terrible. The reception personnel are not courteous at all and don't even speak English. Got a Deluxe Queen Room on the 10th floor. The room was big, but the furniture outdated and sticky as well. The mattress was so hard, I didn't sleep well as it felt like sleeping on a wood board. The carpet was so dirty and muddy. Make sure you wear slippers if you don't want to contact any diseases. The light in the room is quite dim, not bright enough. The bathroom light didn't turn right needed to wait like a minute for it to light up. toilet was disgusting, you can tell yellowish/brownish stains. When I took a shower, it was clogged and the water took very long to drain, when I was almost done, the water level on the bathtub was halfway of my leg. So I had to rinse my legs after getting out of the bathtub. Breakfast was a joke. The only western food I found was oatmeal, toast bread with either butter or strawberry jam, boiled pork sausage and coffee. The rest were local Chinese dishes like plain rice congee, steamed white bun, vegetables, fried rice, fried noodles. If you like seafood, make sure you go at night to the street next to the hotel where you find fresh seafood restaurants. When I checked out, two staff in the checkout desk (one very rude female and a guy) seemed like they never processed a credit card before. It took them both about 15 minutes to process the deposit refund on my credit card! worst is that they made mistake and charged me twice and then had to credit back to me twice again. Didn't even apologize, just said "WAIT A MOMENT!" each time I ask them why it was taking so long to process it. In conclusion, this hotel cannot be a 4* as it claims to be, but more like 3* compared to America Hotel Rating standard and the 3* is more due to its location. There are other hotels nearby that are about the same price but in much better condition. The front desk staff needs to be trained to give better customer service and be courteous.

Near the subway station it takes 5 minutes on foot. On the way there are market, so walking way is always crowded. Wide room and slight old, but big LCD TV in the room and WIFI is available. Price is reasonable for business using. There is no money exchange on the front desk. Breakfast is included and soso. The hotel building is so tall as to find it easily. You might not use safety box. Almost our member could not use that and easily can be opened using a cirtain magic number.

The hotel felt cheap, ugly and unmodernised. The interior had lost some paint and it felt unhygienic. The hotel has about 13-16 floors, but only 2 elevators. So you can imagine how long it took to get up and down! It was only Chinese food at the breakfast, such as rice, some fruits and vegetables, some weird sausage, white toast bread etc. It takes about 10-15 min by taxi to get to popular nightclubs etc.

The only advantage of this hotel was cheap with great location. Metro stations nearby, since we're group of four so taxi to all the hot spots which's around RMB$20. Mattress was collasped so can't sleep properly during out stay. Their gym located on the 3rd floor with three machines but all looks so old and dusty.(It was actually a normal room). The bathroom inside was horrible!

The Magnificent International Hotel is located conveniently between two metro stations, namely Lao Xi Min (2 street blocks from the hotel) and Da Shi Jie (3 street blocks). Without any luggage, you can reach either station in between 5 to 7 minutes. The room I stayed in was spacious even with a king-sized bed attached. The bed was comfortable and caused no problem. The furniture was simple and showing its age. The bathroom was basic and hot water was consistent. However it could do with an upgrade and improved lighting. The small fridge was not particularly cold. The wall was not as soundproof as I desire but you still get a quiet sleep. Overall, I am satisfied with my stay at the hotel.

381 Xizang South Road Shanghai Shanghai

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Xintiandi
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Downtown Shanghai within a short walk of Xintiandi, Magnificent International Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Shanghai Museum. This 185-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in central Shanghai and also close to The Bund and Jing An Temple.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


Magnificent International Hotel's 185 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, free newspapers, and free bottled water. Guests can enjoy satellite TV and stay connected with wired Internet and free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and slippers. In-room massages are available, and other amenities include safes and desks.

Property features

Guests of Magnificent International Hotel enjoy a health club, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available on request) for CNY 350 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, free newspapers, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Deluxe Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Family Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

45% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 191 reviews