What We Love
- Daily Chinese or Western breakfast is included in the rate
- Century Park views, with glimpses of Shanghai’s glittering financial district in the distance
- Some rooms have private balconies
- Asian design mixed with bold colors and furnishings
- The nearest subway stop (Century Park) is directly below the hotel — you’ll be at the Bund in 20 minutes
What To Know
- A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Guests must sign a liability waiver to have the private balcony unlocked (and there's no patio furniture)
- City-view rooms overlook residential streets of apartment buildings
- Expect to see business travelers
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
In a city with a skyline as dense as Shanghai’s Pudong and Puxi peaks, greenspace is not really a buzzword. So it’s a novel treat to pull back the curtains at the Dorsett Shanghai and look out onto nothing but the tall evergreens and zigzagging walkways in Century Park — Shanghai’s answer to New York’s Central Park and this hotel’s neighbor. Opened in 2010, the Dorsett is a stylish and affordable alternative to the big brand names in downtown Shanghai. Although it typically hosts international business travelers (a point of pride is being just a 30-minute drive from the airport), it feels and looks as dapper as a boutique hotel. The lobby lounge is dressed with a white chandelier, velvet-upholstered chairs and a baby grand piano spotted with whimsical red flowers.
Bed and Bath
The 264 guestrooms have a contemporary feel. Soft beds have mirrored headboards with floral decals, walls are adorned in vintage damask wallpaper, and sitting areas have Victorian and Deco-style chairs. A traversing lattice pattern adds to the traditional Chinese look; bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and deluxe bath products. The hotel caters to its foreign guests by providing CNN, the Financial Times in the restaurant and a copy of Time Out Shanghai in the rooms — a big plus for any hotel in China.
Elsewhere, the Breeze bar is a quaint alfresco spot for drinks and small bites. The two restaurants satisfy intercontinental palates, covering everything from traditional Southeast Asian delicacies at the second-floor Gusto on the Green to traditional hairy crab at the Xin Guang Chinese restaurant. Before imbibing cocktails at the illuminating Feng Shui bar, take a stroll through Pudong’s back yard, Century Park. It makes for an ideal digestif, and if you listen closely you may just hear a rare sound in Shanghai: chirping birds.
In the Area
The 346-acre Century Park is Shanghai’s largest, and it’s conveniently located just across the street from the Dorsett. Take a stroll (or a nap) on one of the many grassy fields or find a pickup soccer game on a sunny day. Take in the view from Shanghai’s tallest building, the World Financial Center in Pudong. The glass-floored Sky Walk on the 100th floor — the world’s highest observation deck — is not for the faint of heart. One benefit of staying in Pudong is proximity to the airport. Convert a 30-minute drive to a 10-minute ride (with a transfer) aboard the world’s fastest train: the Maglev, which reaches a top speed of nearly 270 mph.
How to Get There
Great stay and staff very helpful - arrived late on Thursday evening and they helped me arrange some food to be delivered (Past 1:30AM). Ideal location to get into Shanghai central and PVG as Metro Line 2 station (Century Park) is connected to the hotel.
I am from Hong Kong and I stay in the hotel from Feb 20-22, good environment , decent breakfest and just next to metro are great advantages. Staff are really helpful, wanna say thanks to Eileen who is working at the reception and really helpful and good English and atittude as well :)
FIRST, be aware in china the google maps are 600m out of phase. We found this hotel right at the top of the steps of the Central Park (shi ji gong yuan) subway station. It is NOT where google says it is on the maps in the middle of the park !!!!. The hotel is at the top of the subway steps!!! It is VERY VERY conveniently located with respect to subway!!!!... right on the airport line too (although be aware to allow extra time as although it says all LINE 2 to pudong... in fact you have to change trains twice to new carriages for pudoing... hongqiao maybe one carriage change... sometimes... bit confusing but follow everyone else with suitcases).
Great hotel for price too. Staff are fantastic. We were upgraded , maybe as i stayed 15 nights. The room was great. The aircond actually worked on the thermostat, which is a common problem in China... Even better, no filthy smoking is allowed here... one of the few hotels enforcing the law on this disgusting habit. The brekkie is quite adequate and pleasant.
If you're there a few days, grab yourself a jiaotong ka for subway for 20 yuan plus amount loaded on. saves farting around at machines. you may lose the 20 yuan and any fare left but the convenience more than makes up for it.
Also , be aware line 17 is now open. so Zhujiajiao water village is now on metro line 17. (long one hour trip line 2 plus 17).
Back to the hotel, I was very pleased with this hotel. The price was quite budget with breakfast too, but the hotel was certainly not budget, and the staff really really good. VERY RECOMMENDED. and i have been in many hotels in china, believe me!!!
I booked this hotel 2 months in advance at a rate of 160euro for one night. I wanted a well located hotel with the service of a 5 star. For whatever reason, the day before our arrival our booking was cancelled. So when i got to this hotel after a very long journey i was told that my booking was cancelled. At first, i really thought the person at the front desk was joking, but he was dead serious. I showed my booking and even the booking on my bookin.com application which confirmed i had my room. But no they insisted it was canceled. So after a lot of complaining, I just said ok i'll pay for a room. They had no rooms available :( Ok, so at this point I've been traveling for the past 16 hours or so and I have my period, no more battery on my smartphone and I need a shower and basically this hotel which i booked so long in advance is telling me they cancelled my reservation the day before and that I need to get another hotel room elsewhere. I just started crying, like it was too much for me.
Imagine yourself in China, with no phone and even if you had one you cant access google, or whatsapp, or anything, In a neighbourhood where there are no other hotel nextdoor, and where no one outside that hotel even speaks english, in a city you've never been. It was supposed to be romantic with my boo but turned into a nightmare. Completely desperate and with no where to go I just stood there, crying at the counter trying to get them to help. The manager literally told me to call booking.com. I asked him please sir call them for me. So yeah i cried for an hour there, and then went to sit somewhere in the lobby, as i waited for my phone to charge to try to figure something out, and still sobbing. after another 30 minutes a room magically apeared. I say magically, because 2 hours previously this big 5 star hotel had absolutely no room or solution available. We said we would wait but they said no they are full, period. So yeah magically, this room apeared. The room was an upgrade to the basic room we booked, and this is hilarious but they said it was 175 euros for the night and there was no way to even get the 160 euro rate that we booked. We of course were not offered a breakfast or anything else. We are super chill people so even offering a breakfast would have made us see that they made some kind of effort to compensate, but they said it was booking.com faults and therefor, I suppose felt no need to help us in any way. This was my most traumatizing experience in a hotel. I felt such humiliation of looking terrible after such a long flight and everyone seen me crying. I think they found a room just so they could get rid of me, cause it looked terrible as I saw other guest watching, wondering and asking what was happening. 5 star facility but 0 star service in my experience. We had a very short stay and wanted to visit shangai and planned eveything and this incident basically ruined our stay.
I'll add I was traveling for 45 days in asia and never ever had any problem throughout asia but there... Also this room was way overpriced, do not pay that rate its not worth it.
The Dorsett is right next to Century Park, many rooms have balconies and they serve a great breakfast! WiFi is free and it’s an easy walk to a nearby Metro Station. The rooms are neither small nor large, but you’ll really like it here! This hotel offers a great optimization of price and a starred hotel’s amenities! It’s a great option for people who don’t like throwing money around but who demand comfort!