Hotel Review: DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong

The DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong is a solid business hotel in the modern part of Shanghai. In this extensive review, we’ll show you what to expect of staying here.

There is an abundant amount of luxury and business hotels in Shanghai, one of the largest and most important cities in Asia. All major chains offer several options to stay in the city.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: One Bedroom Suite
  • Month of Stay: July

When you plan on staying in Shanghai, you should definitely look for a property with a suitable location for your trip. The DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong is only a good option if you have to do in Pudong in general or the area around Century Park in particular.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong

In case you are in the city for sightseeing, I’d personally recommend staying elsewhere as the DoubleTree also isn’t particularly great located for taking the metro.

One Bedroom Suite at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong

Thanks to my Hilton Diamond Status, I was upgraded to a One Bedroom Suite in the secondary wing of the property, which houses a couple of hundred rooms, but not as many as the other wing.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Living Room

The whole property is quite a bit aging, so you shouldn’t expect too much even from the suites. When entering, there’s a small entryway followed by the living room.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Living Room

It’s not particularly spacious and the interior doesn’t look particularly stylish, but there is a comfortable couch alongside an armchair and a coffee table.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Living Room

Then there’s also a flat-screen television as well as a dining table with two chairs and some more storage space on a sideboard.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Living Room

Next to the living room, near the entrance, you can also find a small kitchenette, which is nice to have, but was nothing I ended up using during my stay. There’s only a kettle and no coffee machine.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Pantry

What’s cool about these suites is the layout as the bedroom is located in the round shaped part of the building and thus offers a nice view in two directions.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Bedroom

While not huge, it comes with a very comfortable King Bed with two nightstands, where I slept well.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Bedroom

Right opposite of bed, there’s the work desk below a flat-screen television. The chair isn’t very comfortable, sadly. In the corner of the room, there’s a wardrobe, which is decently sized.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite Bedroom

As my suite at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong was located on a very high floor, I enjoyed a nice (?) view of the surrounding area – yet, the view I had at the Pudong Shangri-La or Waldorf Astoria Shanghai just was much better.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Suite View

What’s cool though is that even the bathroom comes with large windows in this particular type of suite.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Bathroom

It’s not the most spacious bathroom I’ve seen so far, but there’s a sink with plenty of storage, a toilet and a bathtub.

I also enjoyed that there is a separate shower with a good shower pressure, but no rain shower head.

Overall, my impressions of the suite at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong were fine, even though it could use a renovation. As I’ve been to so many much more modern hotels in China, I was a bit surprised by the age of the interior, but aside from that, I had a comfortable stay here.

Breakfast at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong

Pretty much all brand hotels I’ve stayed at in China, offered a really nice breakfast spread. The DoubleTree Shanghai is no exception here as the buffet is massive.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Breakfast

There’s a decent buffet with bakery goods, cold cuts, cheeses, fresh fruits and other cold options.

You can also find various different hot dishes, including Western classics like scrambled eggs as well as Eastern specialties like dumplings.

Noodle soups and omelets are freshly prepared on request as well. Something I also liked about the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong is that the breakfast restaurant offers a nice ambience with large windows and a nice garden next to it.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Lounge

Summed up, the breakfast offerings at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong are quite good and I’d definitely say that the spread is on a similar level as for example at the Hilton Beijing or the Hilton Singapore.

Executive Lounge at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong

Another facility worth noting is the large Executive Lounge at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong, which probably is that spacious because of the many status guests the property sees.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Lounge

It’s a physically nice space with an adjacent garden – I actually liked sitting here for work more than sitting in the room.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Garden

The lounge offers all day drinks and snacks as well as a smaller breakfast spread than the main restaurant. Then in the afternoon, there are cakes and sandwiches on offer.

The selection is wonderful and this continues in the evening, when alcoholic beverages as well as more food items appear.

There are various cold items, including a selection of salad and various desserts, and also more than five different hot items, mainly Asian dishes.

To my surprise, I thought that the lounge was actually better than for example at the more luxurious Conrad Tokyo.

Pool & Gym at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong

As it is the norm for business hotels in China, the DoubleTree Shanghai also offers some recreation facilities. The gym, sadly, is quite a bit disappointing and not on par with properties like the Pullman Shanghai Jing’an or the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Fitness

It’s very small and consists of just a few machines, all of them aging. You can do some basic weights and cardio training, but it’s not really a nice space.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Fitness

The other facilities are much nicer, including a jacuzzi as well as a sauna and a steam bath in the changing rooms.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Spa

There’s also a fairly spacious pool with some loungers, which allows for lap swimming.

DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong Pool

It’s not exactly the nicest pool to lounge for hours, but it’s alright.

Overall impressions of the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong

My stay at the DoubleTree Shanghai Pudong was fairly enjoyable. The property offers a good value for the money and a great status recognition. Nevertheless, I feel like the location is a bit off and the hotel is also aging quite a bit. As other hotels in Shanghai are also priced fairly low, I’d consider staying elsewhere next time, even though there’s definitely no reason not to stay here.

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