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.
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.
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.
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.
This hotel isn't "fancy", but it certainly has lots of charm and history along with creature comforts and cleanliness. There are plenty of photos and explanations around the hotel which outline the important role this hotel had in the last 150 years of Shanghai history which my partner and I enjoyed reading. As well, it's very well located with The Bund and a subway stop very close by. Make sure you find out whether breakfast is included or not in your room rate. If not, it's about 80 yuan per person extra.
The wait staff was very friendly and gave me a room on the 18th floor. The amenities were better than expected and expedia price was very reasonable. They had free toothbrush/toothpaste, shaving set, daily drinks, slippers, and umbrellas.
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.