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
The hotel is connected to the Metro Location, had gone for an exhibition which is just 2 km from the hotel and it had a shuttle to drop to the fair ground. he hotel is in front of the Century Park.Breakfast is ok
This hotel sits overlooking Century Park on Hua Mu road and is within easy reach of the main sights of Pudong and within 5-6 minute taxi ride to Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
One of the hotels restaurant we ate in one night was not great - it was pretty basic but the weather outside was poor so staying in was the option but it was average food quality and choice.
The bar is small and quite dark but service was decent.
The rooms were large and quite eclectically decorated but thankfully I had a room overlooking the park and the Pudong skyline in the distance so that was very nice to stand out on the balcony and take in the impressive view of Shanghai.
Staff were friendly and helpful and check in and out was efficient but I felt it was a bit expensive for what we got so not great value but part of that was our own fault in our decision in booking so late.
Excellent hotel, with first class, friendly service,great location 1 stop from Maglev and right opposite Century Park.Very good breakfast filled me up for the day with good choice including freshly made omelettes.Just about 15 minutes to the Bund on metro for about 40p.Would definitely stay again.