Grand Skylight Garden Hotel (Shanghai, China)

We stayed here on a recent trip and enjoyed the quiet this hotel offered. It was relatively close to the airport (about 1 hour by taxi) and close to the Shanghai South Railway Station (about 10 minutes by taxi).

This hotel is next door to the Botanical Gardens, there are trees and birds everywhere, loads of greenery, and an entrance to the gardens from the hotel (although we couldn’t figure out how to get through the gate). The breakfast was great (although we booked a villa for 3 people, we only had 2 included breakfasts, so we had to pay for the third). We stayed in a villa, which had 2 bedroom, kitchen, dining room, tv room, 2 bathroom and a laundry. Check in staff were fantastic, had us checked in and in our rooms in about 10 minutes and the Chinese restaurant was fantastic.

One of the beds in the villa was really hard (but that’s often the case with Chinese beds). The fridge in the villa didn’t work. Only 2 breakfasts were included in a 3 person room (as per above) and there weren’t alot of restaurants in the nearby area. Whilst the reception area was gorgeous, the villa itself was a little run down. The business centre staff didn’t speak a lot of English, they booked tickets for our train trip the next day, but it was hard work.

Overall, a recommended hotel, particularly if you’re flying into Shanghai and planning on taking a train out (from the Southern Station) the next day. Also great if you’re looking for somewhere to base yourself whilst exploring Shanghai, particularly as a family group, as the villas are great value.

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