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
Even though I have lived half a mile away from that hotel I didn't recognize it until recently when I was looking for reasonably priced hotel with a good metro connection.
Well, the Dorsett fulfills that requirement. The staff is very helpful and polite. The room, park view, 6th floor, was very nice and clean but a bit smaller than the average. The bed was comfortable compared to Chinese standard. Our bathroom was spacious and well equipped. The biggest disadvantage is the breakfast. During peak hours you need to stand in line and wait until you get seated. The breakfast area is very small compared to the size of the hotel. During our stay the floor in that area was quite messy. The selection of food was OK but the quality was not as expected. The bread stuff was dry and probably days of. The buffet with western and Chinese food was overcocked and everything but tasty.
So next time without breakfast. 4 points for the nice rooms and the location
Well the hotel is quiet convinient if you are on a business trip specially attending expo at SNIEC. Rooms were clean and tidy. Only they could be more spacious as i found them a bit on a smaller side. Staff were supportive and checkin was quite quick.
1. Closer to SNIEC
2. Metro station connected with the hotel building
3. Shuttle service to SNIEC
4. Peaceful area.
1. Away from tourist attraction but ofcourse if you use Metro you dont have to worry about it.
2. Small rooms
I was really surprised at how much I liked this hotel.
Let's get the bad news out of the way: it's on the subway line, but not in the city. There are only two elevators for 21 floors, and the desk staff can be a bit brusque. All in all not that bad.
The good news is that the hotel is cute and stylish. It's not the generic "nice hotel" I was expecting, but actually put some thought into design, color scheme, etc. It's really pleasant to be here. The location isn't in the city, but the metro is literally downstairs, and the area around the hotel is quite beautiful with the expansive Century Park just across the street. There are restaurants, but you need to walk around a bit to find them. Head south to Meihua Road and turn left for an extensive food street.
One real surprise was the gym, which is much nicer than the pictures would suggest. Two treadmills, an elliptical, universal machine and free weights.
The price, at least when I stayed, was significantly lower than a comparable hotel downtown. Well worth a 15 minute metro ride to Nanjing Road.
I have become a fan of the Dorsett Blue color. Rooms are beautiful. Staff is helpful and nice. The hotel is right in front of Century Park and Metro below the hotel. Hotel is very close to Pudong Exhibition Center and MegLev.
This hotel is located right next to Century Park and the Century Park Metro Station on Line 2 has an exit leading directly into the hotel, which makes this a good choice for travelers that need to be around Century Park or Kerry Parkside. There are a couple of restaurants inside the hotel which is good, since it's a 10-15 minute walk to other restaurants. Rooms are clean, staff is courteous, and price is average. Some rooms have large, wrap-around balconies with views of the apartment building next to the hotel.