Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental
What We Love
- 36,597 square feet of lagoon-style pools and two man-made beaches
- All guestrooms have a furnished patio or balcony
- Family-friendly: There’s a dedicated kids club, swimming pool and babysitting service
- On-site facilities include a swim-up bar, a fitness center, two tennis courts, ping-pong and billiards tables and a spa
- Club Rooms have access to the lounge on the fifth floor, which serves breakfast and afternoon tea and has a daily happy hour
What To Know
- The resort is an hour from Shanghai’s business district
- It’s a popular spot for conferences
- Aside from Happy Valley amusement park and the Playa Maya Water Park, there are not many attractions nearby
- Pool season generally runs from June to October
- The resort opened in 2009
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sporting a terra-cotta roof and a beige exterior, and surrounded by gurgling fountains and a vast free-form swimming pool, the eco-friendly Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental looks as though it’s been transported straight from the Tuscan countryside. But step inside and you’ll see how the resort seamlessly blends Western influences with conventional Asian character. From the lobby’s feng shui–influenced Link Lounge bar to the leather and marble finishes sprinkled throughout the property, this Sofitel is chock-full of carefully considered details.
Bed and Bath
The six-story resort features 368 guestrooms, each with a private furnished patio or balcony. Accommodations start at 484 square feet and are decorated in three distinct styles: Mediterranean, Southeast Asian and Chinese (the latter incorporates blue and white porcelain lamps and traditional hand-painted artworks). Some rooms have direct pool access, while others have four-poster beds with tufted headboards, spacious separate sitting areas with nail-trimmed armchairs and textured wallpaper that has a metallic shimmer. The marble bathrooms are luxuriant, with separate soaking tubs, rainfall showers, Hermès products and plush robes. At turn-down slippers are placed bedside, ready to warm your toes in the morning.
The Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental is a destination in itself, and one of its main draws is the 36,500 square feet of lagoon-style pools, which boast two man-made beaches. Make a splash and sidle up to the swim-up bar for a few rounds before heading to dinner at one of the five on-site restaurants. Vie, the all-day dining venue, serves a hearty buffet as well as an à la carte menu, but for a taste of Japan or the Mediterranean, make reservations at Fukami and M, respectively. Those who want to stay active can hit the well-equipped fitness center (open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or the two outdoor tennis courts. There’s even beach volleyball. Elsewhere, there’s a spa, ping-pong and billiards tables and designated kids play areas both inside and outside.
In the Area
The property is about an hour outside the city’s pulsating business district, so part of the appeal is the chance to slow down a bit and regroup. You can hike Sheshan’s namesake mountain or play the links at Tianma Golf & Country Club. If you’re looking for an action-packed day of thrills, make your way to Happy Valley, about 10 minutes away — it’s the largest amusement park in the Shanghai area. And if you want a break from the resort’s pool scene, try cooling off at nearby Playa Maya Water Park.
How to Get There
Go for the outdoor swimming pool and sand beach side. Otherwise, we were very disappointed with the breakfast. Food is very average, could even say not good for a Sofitel. And service is really incompetent at many levels. The rooms are clean (nothing to say on this) but it could really use a renovation (style and paint refresh)
The resort itself is beautiful but it needs a face lift, the outdoor facilities are nice (beach, garden). Children's outdoor playground is also nice, but in bad condition, needs renovation. The hotel is overpriced (food, drinks), coffee shop in the lobby is selling old stuff. You need to pay extra for entering children's playground indoors, and the room is totally molded. You can't take your child there! Staff members' English skills vary a lot depending on the person. We've stayed in many Sofitel hotels in Europe and unfortunately Sheshan is not the same quality as we are used to elsewhere.
On a trip to Shanghai my wife and i decided to spend a night out of Shanghai so took the no.9 subway out to Sheshan to stay at the Sofitel. We were so glad we did. Lovely place to stay with lots to do around it with the Sheshan Tourist Park nearby. The gardens are stunning and the facilities also. It was the most unbelievable buffet breakfast we have had. The staff here clearly take pride in their work
This hotel is about 45min to Puxi with some traffice, and longer to Pudong. If you are looking at this hotel, you probably already know it’s no where close to city center. It was about 25 min from SHA Hongqiao airport at night with little traffic. So my 1st comment is, only stay here if you don’t plan to visit other tourist attractions (unless you like traffic). It’s in the middle of nowhere.
The hotel itself is pretty awesome. It’s a huge resort, not just a hotel. It’s big. It’s fancy. It has a lot of amenities inside (because it takes a while to walk outside and there is nothing around it). I was there in February so it was cold and pool was not open. But I can imagine it would be popular during summer time for family vacationers. Room was nicely appointed. My room had a balcony (I think most rooms have balconies). It’s a 5-star resort and it was good. Breakfast was very good with lots of selections. The Japanese restaurant was so-so. I had a bowel of ramen and it was not very good.
So the hotel itself is 5-star, no doubt. But it caters to a certain type of travelers, the type that will likely spend more time inside the hotel and enjoy its amenities than going outside touring around. I’m the type that likes to go out and visit points of interests, or even shopping malls close by, so this hotel is too far from most of Shanghai attractions for my taste.
I chose Sofitel and was expecting so much more. The room still had a "Happy Birthday" banner that they didn't take out. Carpet is so filthy. Furnitures are dirty and unkept. And the Japanese restaurant took about 40minutes before the FIRST order arrived. Outdoor pool has no water and indoor big pool is terribly cold..so everyone, adults and kids just used the kids pool. There was a sign that said there was a buffet dinner promo and when double-checked, there was none. I regret spending holidays with my family in this place.