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We came to Shanghai from Brooklyn to shoot video at a trade conference. Our co-worker has rented with Stella in the past so we decided to save some money and not book a hotel.
Stella was fantastic to work with and went above and beyond our expectations. She picked us up from the Maglev station and drove us directly to the apartment building. She also helped us to arrange transportation while we were in Shanghai. She made sure to check in mid-week and send a maid service to clean up the apartment.
We found the apartment to be generally clean and well-situated. The A/C works well in every room and eventually with help from a Chinese-speaking friend we did figure out how to get the TV working.
The bathroom toilets in China can't handle as much as in the West so be careful about how much tissue you use.
There are dozens of restaurants, shops and "massage" places on the blocks surrounding the apartment. We found an efficient money exchange place in an underground mall at the Jumeirah hotel just down the block. But that being said, the neighborhood is generally low-key and it's quite easy to rest in the apartment as it is not too noisy. If you're looking for "action" you may want to search on the north side of Century Park or closer to Puxi or other downtown areas in Shanghai. This place is much better if you need to stay in Pudong area.
It is very convenient to get to from Pudong airport - just 10 minutes on the Maglev to Long Yang station and then a short walk or cab ride to the apartment.
This is a great place to stay for travelers in town for a conference at the SHANGHAI NEW INTERNATIONAL EXPO CENTER. However, our conference was at the EXPO CENTER, which is on the Huangpu river. We were still close by (about 35 minutes in a cab) but don't make the same mistake we did. Make sure your event is SHANGHAI NEW INTERNATIONAL EXPO CENTER! If it is, you will be literally two blocks walking distance from the venue.
Response from Stella:
Thanks for giving so rich feedback.Dannile is very nice and gentleman.
Stella's place was great; a very secure building, optimally located less than 3 blocks from the Expo center, 2 blocks from a subway station, and across the street from a strip of great restaurants and spas. The apartment itself was very clean and newly renovated (new floors, new paint and new furniture). It's on the fourth floor of an apartment building (in a group of several identical buildings—very typical of Shanghai) and includes a serene pond surrounded by a stone walkway running between all of the buildings. Stella's apartment has a nice large balcony overlooking the courtyard; every morning, you can see residents doing Tai Chi or walking with their young ones, looking for fish, turtles or frogs in the pond.
I must warn foreign travelers who have not experienced Chinese sleeping quarters: the beds are rock hard. At first, I was astonished and was about to call Stella. But my Chinese colleagues laughed at my Western ways and said that hard beds are standard for China. It took me a couple days to get used to it, and for that I will not remove a star from Stella's well deserved positive review. But, again, foreign travelers: Beware! :)
If you're a conservative traveler or business person looking for luxury, perhaps you might opt for a hotel. But if you're like me, someone who wants to be immersed in local culture and not spend a lot on transportation, this is a great option for your stay in Shanghai!
Response from Stella:
Thanks for giving feedback.I am so sorry that you are uncomfortable for the bed.And now,we have prepared soft mattress for customers.
I hope you will come to Shanghai and checkin my apt again!