I recently visited Shanghai, arguably the most international city in China. I chose to stay at the Sheraton Hongkou as it is one of the newest SPG hotels in Shanghai, the rate was really good as part of a promotion for all Asia-Pacific hotels, and I also qualified for the SPG Q4 promotion which gives double points as well as 500 bonus points for each weekend night. Because the hotel was so new, there are no actual pictures on SPG’s website, instead the website shows artist rendering which usually exaggerate when compare to reality. The hotel itself situates away from the business centre of Shanghai, to the north of the Bund. However, it is literally 2 minutes from the Hailun Road metro station on line 4 and 10, meaning it is only a short ride to downtown Shanghai. When I exited the metro station, I saw the hotel building right in front of me, it really stands out as it is the tallest building in the area, the driveway leading to the hotel front door is not yet completed, and I found the surrounding lacks the green space as illustrated by those pictures on the website. The reception hall of the hotel is grand and welcoming, I was immediately assisted with my luggage and check-in was a breeze. To the left of the reception hall is a sitting area and Sheraton Links (i.e. computer lounge/business centre), which is being installed in most Sheraton hotels by now. I was a little bit concern about the odor given the hotel has opened for only about a month, but I was assured by the duty manager that he has personally visited the room and everything should be spotless. I have to say that the check-in experience was great. The duty manager took us to our room and asked us to provide comment regarding our stay at this new hotel. My stay overall has been satisfactory. I was given a corner room on the 10th floor (the hotel has at least 30 floors), it was well appointed. The feature of the room seems to be the bathing area, as it is located right in the centre of the room, a floor to ceiling glass separate the bathing and sleeping area. The large LCD TV is sharp but does not feature any HD channels, however, they were thoughtful enough to have installed a satellite speaker in the bathroom. The towels provided are some of the best I’ve seen at a Sheraton, soft and fluffy. Of course, the hotel was far from perfect, especially consider that it is brand new and they must be still working on some logistics. A few quick notes on the negative side as follows: • The new building odor still presents, while it did not bother me that much, I can see that being an issue for some • The minibar/fridge wasn’t stocked and it did not look like we could order any drinks, nor I saw any vending/ice machines • We were informed that internet is available in-room, later we found out it’s only by ethernet cable and not wireless • I really like having the French press rather than a typical coffee maker, however, milk/cream/whitener were obviously missing • The hairdryer was placed bed-side rather than in the bathroom, later we realized it was possibly due to the fact that there are no proper outlets in the bathroom • As the hotel was brand new and most guests would not be very familiar of its features, the lack of guest directory prevented us from learning more about the hotel, I tried to look throughout the room as I was hoping to find out about the health club facilities. In addition, TV guide was not available. Taken as a whole, the “hardware” side of the property is up to my expectations for a Sheraton hotel, although a few minor tune-ups may make the stay more comfortable, though understanding this property is only one month old, I acknowledge that it takes time for the hotel to get up to speed. Thank you for reading and happy travel! More pictures available here.