Long long before my time, Shanghai Bund is kind of famous and once housed numerous banks, trading houses and consulates from various countries.
Besides being a well known place for both cultural and popular Bund centres, Shanghai Bund also famous with 52 buildings of various architectural styles. As many might know, TikkoSS is not a person who admire the past but this time, TikkoSS about to stay in 70 years old hotel.
The hotel is still well maintained and looks a lot older than TikkoSS at the age of 70. Don’t ask me how I know how I look like at the age of 70 because “I just know”. The entrance is as grand as before and I was greeted with old yellowish chandelier lights.
As creepy as it may look from the outside, the hotel is like isolated from civilization and even the greeting hall is slightly like a haunted mansion . Well, as least that is how I felt at that time.
It is actually not that bad. The walkway to my room is actually quite decent. Please don’t expect a 5 star doorway as this hotel is just rated 3-stars. Ohh.. I get to know that this hotel is actually a 9 stories mansion.
Yes!! Finally I get to stay in a mansion but this is nothing like the mansion in my dream. If I am not mistaken, this hotel did not have swimming pool but has health club like many other decent hotel. With a distance from bund about 0.9 km, you can actually jog there in the evening.
This is a 70 years old building, so I didn’t expect much from the room but surprisingly, the room comes with flat TV. Hmm.. this is a lot better than most that I visited recently. Security? No problem, you have safe box to keep your important documents.
You might notice the photos are terrible. All because I did not use my baby cam to take it but used some compact camera instead. The room also comes with complimentary broadband which makes it close to perfect for the 880 yuan per night.
For that amount of money, I get to sleep on a comfy not so springy bed. I don’t know how many people sleep or “play” on top of it for the last 70 years.. Ok.. I should not go far from there.. let’s just say it is really old.
Toilet on the other hand is tip top. If you ask me where I spend most of my time in this room, I would say the bath tub as you have a transparent glass that you can watch TV while you are enjoying warm bubble bath. OK la.. I still survive from the stay.. no creepy things or uninvited friend .. so good laa..!
New Asia Hotel, Shanghai
422 Tiantong Lu,
Hongkou District, Shanghai, China.
If you read my post on Shangri-la Pudong, Shanghai, you will probably realize that I have a lot of nostalgic moments in this hotel.
Nothing can embrace my memories except carving the good one on stones and not so good one on sands so that the waves can help to flush them away.
Another way to do it, is to feed my stomach well first and start reflecting later. One way to do it is by ordering decent dinner just for myself in my own quiet room.
The trick is, you have to either order food that you crave for or food that you love. This time I go for potatoes wedges and salad as starter. Now, I can sense that my memory puzzles start to align on its own.
To speed up my thought process, I have to go for wanton noodles soup with mushroom and char siew. As a pork lover, I have to say char siew really helps in merging my brain cells together.
At this stage, I felt like as if I already travelled back through time to meet with my loves one, my family, probably about 20 years back.
To avoid myself from waking up from this hypnotic moment, I have to continue feeding my stomach with Sirloin Steak and strawberry milkshake. Or stomach growling will definitely creates distractions.
I recalled, my dad gave me my first present, my mom and sis too. How mesmerizing. I remembered we used to have a lot of fun time together and thanks to decent food, it helps to blend a good chemistry between my present and past.
The sweet moment was really short and I woke up straight away after I got slapped with the dinner bill. It costs me RMB 495?? That is approximately RM 250???
After this meal, I have to probably eat instant noodles for another week. Worth it or not, why not you tell me.?
In Room Dining, Shangri-la Hotel
33 Fu Cheng Lu, Pudong,
TEL: +8621 – 6882 8888
If you all know me well, my birthday just passed like few days ago. Thanks to all for your wishes. I did not celebrate at all. Why? Well, I get older every day, so, what so special about getting older?
Same day like 20 years ago, I remember my parents used to bring me to a place called Shangri-la to celebrate my birthday. I came from poor family, so my dad will only ordered banana split with extra waffles. That was good enough to make my birthday a special one.
20 years later, I spotted this hotel by coincident in Shanghai. My initial plan was to stay in Ritz Calton but I took the liberty to refresh my sub conscious memory by staying in Shangri-la Pudong.
Whenever I see Shangri-la, I have an unexplained urges to at least try it out. I don’t know how many stars is this hotel but it appears decent to me.
With nice chandeliers on the walkway to greet my arrival, I quickly looked for my bedroom. As soon as my key card unlocked the room door, I was so amaze with the room.
With semi-modern Chinese decorated interior, I know this will be the right hotel for my stay in Shanghai. If you are there with your partner, I tell you, this room can be romantic..
Toilet cum bathroom with long bath tub and glass door shower room turned out to be my favorite spot in the room.
Why? Please don’t ask me why.. This is kind of personal.. er.. er.. to do big and small business, to refresh myself and oh yea.. you can do a lot of things here.
If you are bored facing your partner or tired of Chinese tv program, you can drop by at the indoor pool. This is probably one of the decent swimming pool with no green algae
OR maybe you want to be slightly healthy by visiting the hotel gym. I am sure you will not disappoint as the equipments are in tip top conditions.
Yea.. I feel slightly healthier after staying here and honestly, I have a great time here..
Shangri-la Pudong, Shanghai
Beside Oriental Pearl Tower