Shanghai is a large city but the central city river area is fairly compact and this hotel location is good for walking and touring that city experience. There are a number of bars and restaurants in the area that are a good mix of local and semi-western bars also. Make sure to get a river view room - by far the best part of the hotel is the nice older atmosphere along with great views of the Bund and Pudong along the river. The hotel rooms are normal Chinese standard with very hard beds. The hotel facilities are also normal Chinese standard with very poor internet, largely inedible breakfast catering, no hotel bar facility at all and very smoky common areas. There is the Metro and there are plenty of taxis around for heading out to other parts of Shanghai such as the French quarter or business meetings. It is somewhat similar to the other older hotel across the street - the Astor House, but the Seagull has much better room views.
Staff were very helpful and efficient. The room was large with all features you could every want including a laundry cupboard where you put your clothes and they arrive back there on rail.. the view from the window of the Bund is incredible better than Hong Kong. The buildings have LED lights and the charter boats have led you can lay in bed a view this amazing scene.
I was very pleased with my stay at Sunrise on the Bund. It's a little off the beaten path, but it's close to many things to do in Puxi, either by taxi, or by Metro (Tilanquiao station, about two blocks away). My room was very compact, but very comfortable for a single traveler. Might be a little tight for a couple. My view included the Pearl Tower.
The neighborhood is Hongkou, and has an interesting as the Jewish section of town in the years leading up to WWII, and after Pearl Harbor, the area became the Jewish ghetto.
Definitely a great room for the price. Excellent workout facility. I didn't use the pool -- they require a swimming cap, which is a little odd for a guy with a shaved head. The breakfast buffet is quite good, though like most of these, it's a bit pricey, but still worth the convenience.
We always stay here. Starbucks is 2 blocks away. View of famous bridge is right across the street. Great little British Bar on the first floor. Takes a hour to get to Pudong airport by Metro - but you will never get stuck in a traffic jam again.
The room tended to be dark and needed more or better placed lighting. There were no doors separating the washroom and the lack of hooks made access to towels a bit awkward. Otherwise, the suite was spacious and nice.
It is expensive for what one gets. No bottled water, breakfast or coffee. Breakfast is Y20 per person. No enclosed closet. It is close to the #4 Hailun Metro station. The Linping Rd station is just a little farther away. Close to Lingping Rd station there is an E-Mart supermarket (located in a modern high rise complex) which I recommend for any supplies that you need or want. They also have good prepared chinese (shanghainese) food from a local supplier. Behind the high rises near the hotel, there are local neighborhoods for cheap neighborhood food. It is also within walking distance of Dunlun St with its Museum of Modern Art and antique/art stores. I did not give this hotel a 2 star because it is a typical cheap hotel and I did not have high expectations. However, it appeared to me that other brands were booked full before Jinjiang.
Bordered by the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek, the residential and multi-cultural Hongkou enjoys a premier setting opposite Pudong’s striking skyscrapers. For intriguing backstreet adventures, visit Huashan Road’s former Jewish ghetto, where Victorian brownstone buildings rub shoulders with small stores. For shopping and entertainment, head for prosperous North Sichuan Road.