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New Harbour Service Apartments
Reviewed 4 December 2007

You need to verify your information regarding the bed and size configurations when you reserve your room. The largest bed is 180 cm, followed by 150 and 130. This corresponds approximately to Queen, double and super single size. There are no King size beds. And by the way the beds are as hard as bricks, very uncomfortable but normal for China.We always bring our own camping pads to make them sleepable. My kids don't seem to care, but I do.
The Superior two bedroom has a Queen and a double and is less expensive because the "decorations are old" meaning the furniture is older (but not disgusting) and often stinks like smoke. If you request nonsmoking rooms, they will air out the room before your arrival if possible.
The Deluxe two bedrooms are above the 14th floor and and more expensive. The view and the relative quietness off the higher floors are worth the price difference. But they have "new decorations" meaning newer and unbelievably, even harder beds. The beds are also smaller, only a double and a twin.
The windows in all rooms are single pane glass and the traffic noise on the lower floors can be substantial until about midnight. The curtains move in the breeze even when the windows are closed. We use the apartments often because we live in China and travel to Shanghai often. These are what offset the uncomfortable beds.......
The Western breakfast is fair enough for the price and the pool is heated and quite nice. My kids like it and there is a lifeguard most of the time. There is a park with track for jogging that is fairly close by and the gym has two treadmills and an assortment of freeweights.
There are microwaves, stoves(gas) with ovens and small refrigerators in each apartment (although I have never stayed in a single bedroom apartment so I don't know about those). Just caticorner to the New Harbor, there is a small local grocery store where you can buy ramen, cereals, milk, disposables like paper towels, bowls and plastic cutlery.
Four blocks away is the Times Square shopping center with a City Supermarket in the lower level. Buy your ham, cheese or microwaveable pizza rolls there and save some money by eating in the apartment. YuYuan Garden, a beautiful photo op of ancient architecture, is a 10 minute taxi ride away and you can buy your teapots, fans, kites and all things China there.
The bund is also 10 minutes by taxi.
Peoples Square is two blocks away, as is the dinosaur museum that my kids love. The location justifies the cost so you need to modify your comfort expectations. At least there is room to spread out compared to other accommodations (in this price range) in the area.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed 17 November 2007

My family of 5 stayed here while we were in Shanghai for 4 days. It is situated in a local neighborhood not too far from the main Shanghai sites such as the Bund and Nanking Road. I loved it because it really gave me a feel of the city and not just the touristy spots. We had safe, fresh street food every morning for breakfast - all situated withing a 1 block radius! There's also a great street for dinner where you'll find an assortment of restaurants filled with locals within a block away. We had some of our best meals there: traditional hotpot, famous Shanghainese steamed dumplings and Uighur lamb kabobs (the best I've ever had!). Our apartment was on the 11th floor - great view! It was spacious with approx. 1,100 sq ft. - we were in a 2 bedroom, 1 bath space. For 5 adults, it was a treat to have more space than the usual hotel rooms though we did struggle with 1 bathroom. The only drawback since it is not a hotel but rather a serviced apartment is that there is less service. You do have your apartment cleaned every day - beds are made, bathrooms ar cleaned. However, the front deck staff is not entirely helpful. If you're looking for a day trip to one of the water villages near by (highly recommend Zhouzhuang dating back to the Ming and Ching Dynasties - it's where they filmed MI3), we were ripped off by the front deck folks who set us up with a private van costing 1,000 RMB when would could have gotten it for no more than 700 RMB. I'd recommend asking the laundry women for a private van since they seemed more sincere and told us afterwards that they could have gotten us one for much less. If you're looking for more than just a typical tourist's trip to Shanghai and are interested in exploring how the locals live, too, this is a great place for a great value!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 November 2007

We only stayed here for one night, but were impressed with the standard of the apartment. Very spacious and has everything you need. Breakfast is great value at 60 RMB (about £4) per person. My only criticism would be that on check in/out the staff were not very friendly or welcoming, but not really an issue. Would stay here again, particularly if was in Shanghai for a few days as an apartment like this would feel like a great base. Good location too, 10 mins walk from People's Square.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ali1ali
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Reviewed 26 October 2007

Myself and my husband stayed here for four nights at the beginning of October. We found it extremely satisfactory. We had a one bed apartment with sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. It was serviced very well each day and was clean and spacious. We are currently on a round the world trip and liked having the space in the apartment instead of just a small hotel room. We were also on one of the higher floors and had a great view of the city lights. There was a TV in the sitting room and the bedroom.

Like another reviewer said, we found the supply of hot/cold water in the kitchen great-also for making cups of tea in the morning! True, if you want to self cater you do have to hire the crockery, cooking utensils etc but I can't imagine why anyone would want to do this when the food outside the door of the hotel is so cheap and yummy. It cannot be cheaper or easier to self cater.

The location was excellent. A friend of ours lived in Shanghai for three years and she also said the location cannot be beaten. It is in a fairly local area so all of the nearby restaurants etc would not be tourist friendly in that no English menus etc but it's only a 10 min walk to more user friendly parts of Shanghai and it is nice to be in a local area to get a flavour for the real parts of the city.

There is no WIFI in the rooms which was a bit of a minus for us but there is a business centre with two computers (although it is not cheap). There are also two restaurants which we did not use.

All in all excellent value for the price-we paid 30 euro a head per night.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2007

Selected this hotel/apartment based on trip advisor recommendations. Not so lucky this time. In the past we have stayed at great places based on trip advsior. This is the exception. Pictures looked good, beds were solid (like granite) Disturbed that housekeeping had to bring and charge for all items beyond a teacup. Ahh... the smell! Raw sewage and mould. Still coughing! Gas shutoffs are worrisome.
Consider another location, had to leave, just couldn't stay.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled on business
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Additional Information about New Harbour Service Apartments

Address: No.88 Yongshou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200021, China (Formerly New Harbour Serviced Apartments)
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > People’s Square
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 394 Speciality Lodging in Shanghai
Price Range: ₹ 5,541 - ₹ 7,325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — New Harbour Service Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully combines the elegance of hotel living with the comforts of home. this apartment-style Shanghai hotel offers a refreshing respite from the flurry of activities in the area. ... more   less 
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