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New Hotel in Shanghai 
China Eastgate Hotel

by
Richard P. Greenfield

Shanghai has so many hotels that it can seem like a new one is opening each week.  That is not really true, and many of the newer hotels that have opened are of the 5 star deluxe category their two core client groups are elite business travelers and tourists with both time and money to spend on the trip and all the trimmings.

As airlines and hotels found out after last September there are larger groups of business travelers and tourists who travel and want certain level of facilities and conveniences and who are extremely price and event sensitive.  The travel business, in all sectors, is still trying to adjust to serving them, but a new hotel that has opened in Shanghai may point out part of the way.

The China Eastern Airline Hotel is not in the immediate downtown area of Shanghai nor is it immediately adjacent to either Pudong International Airport or Hongquaio International Airport.  The neighborhood is Zhen Ping Lu and there is a Pearl Line elevated train stop just behind the hotel.  Zhen Ping Lu is approximately 25 minutes from Hongquiao Airport and less than one hour from Pudong Airport.  In April the hotel will begin bus service to each of the airports.

The hotel first opened to the public on March 26, 2002.  It is in a building that was originally built as an office building and then gutted and repurposed.  There are 286 rooms including 2 deluxe suites of 3 rooms each and 8 super suites of 2 rooms, a bedroom and a sitting room.  The standard rooms cost 488 RMB and all have IDD telephone, satellite television and ADSL connection to the Internet.  There is a business center, open from 7am - 10pm.  Cong Jun, the Deputy General Manager of the hotel commented “We will provide any business related service that a guest requires — faxing, copying, renting a computer, providing translation and/or secretarial services.”

This is the first hotel that has been permitted to use the China East Airlines Logo and that is also noteworthy because the chain acquired several hotels during the airline consolidation in China.  But to underscore their commitment to this venture China East Airline, the major local carrier in the Shanghai area is moving their entire ticketing center from downtown Shanghai to the hotel, which will make it increasingly important as a hub.

The change in visa requirements (no visa necessary for travelers flying in to Beijing or Shanghai who are spending 24 hours or less in China) will bring more travelers into both cities.  Those who venture beyond the immediate area of the airport will also need hub locations that are affordable and convenient and well served by airport transportation.

China Eastgate Hotel
2088 Zhong Shan Road (N)
Shanghai 200063

Phone: 21 62057772
Fax: 21 62053570


Email: genghizk@netcom.com (Richard P. Greenfield)

 

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