I got the “city view”: one of the most charming views from a hotel window I’ve had in years, admittedly not of the Bund (!) but a delightful sparkling avenue on a more human scale, still lit up for Christmas (no one told the Chinese how quickly that stuff comes down after Dec 25).
In a pedestrian friendly area, easy access to Shanghai metro as well as a smaller railway station with some intercity service (not to be confused with Hongqiao which is the gigantic, long-distance hub), plus a good selection of Western-friendly quick eats and cafes right within sight, plus the hotel bar has an adequate menu that’s not requiring the big splurge like a fancy restaurant or an all you can eat buffet. Hotel staff were pleasant and spoke English well. This was by far my favorite hotel in my 3 weeks in China. I was only here for one night but I was a little sad to leave.
Room service “Asian breakfast” (ordered for 1) had enough for 3 people, kind of ridiculous but clearly the hotel wanted to be certain no one could complain about going hungry!