Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review

I recently had a short stay at the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin and her’s my short review of the stay.  I didn’t think that this hotel was great, I’d love to hear what you think of it too – feel free to leave a comment below.
Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review Grounds

The Hotel and the Grounds at the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin

The hotel itself is quite classical, and is kind of old school.  If you like an older look and a more classical feel then this hotel is definitely for you.  It’s got some massive grounds and several different buildings as you can see from some of the pictures below:

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One entering into the main Lobby you get a grand display with a huge chandelier above you in the main Atrium.
Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review Lobby

There’s a bar and a couple of restaurants just off the main lobby, including in the evenings some live piano playing:

Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review Lobby

I checked in and got a small upgrade from the basic room that I’d booked, I was hoping for something better considering I’m currently IHG Spire Ambassador, but then again during the whole stay I didn’t think the service was that fantastic.

The Room at the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin

I hadn’t booked a Club room and so I ended up in the main building where the lobby was located.  What that actually meant was that because of the massive atrium you could hear pretty much everything going on downstairs even if you were high in the building.  This became a little annoying in the evenings with the live piano playing.

The room itself was pretty well equipped with a large bed, desk, TV and the rest of the usual amenities.  I did like the look of the room I thought it looked very elegant and classy with the furnishings and fabrics.

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Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review Room

The room came with a pretty decent view too.  It was a hazy day in Shanghai as you can see from this picture from the window, as I said I can imagine the grounds look stunning in the Spring/Summer season. Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review View Just off the bedroom was a very spacious bathroom complete with a separate tub and shower, there was also a double sink layout too.  I didn’t try out the tub but I have to say that the shower was disappointing and more of a dribble than a power shower.

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Breakfast at the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin

Breakfast had a mix of Western and as you’d expect Chinese options, I’ll admit that in my case I stuck with the western options during my stay.  Generally during the stay the breakfast area wasn’t that busy, but my stay wasn’t during a peak season period.

As I didn’t book (or upgrade to) the Club rooms you’ll have breakfast next to the main lobby of the hotel.  I only took a couple of pictures but the breakfast area had an old colonial feel.  I did particularly like the juices that were available in these cute little bottles:

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Problems with the Grounds and Location of the Hotel

The hotel is located in the French Concession and is actually a little oasis away from the rest of the city, and as you can see from the pictures here the grounds are extensive.

The downside though of the hotel is that the taxi drivers would often have difficulty finding the property and some would refuse to drive in, so you’d end up getting dropped off outside and then have to walk in.

Is the Intercontinental Ruijin In Need of Refurbishment?

Having read some reviews prior to my stay I tend to agree that the property is in need of some refurbishing because there were a few instances of things that weren’t quite in the condition they should be.

I opened one of the cupboards to find this which was pretty shocking (or could be!)
Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review Refurbishment

There was also a case of builders foam being used creatively too:

Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin Review Refurbishment

I think though that most of the reviews that I read prior to my stay were really talking about the furniture as some of it is pretty dated and probably in need of replacement.

Final Thoughts on the Intercontinental Ruijin Shanghai

Overall I probably wouldn’t stay at this hotel again, its location was annoying, I didn’t feel the service was that good and compared to the Intercontinental Suzhou that I stayed at the next day there’s defiantly room for improvement in terms of the rooms.

I would however like to see what the experience would be like at one of their Club rooms, as this was separated from the main lobby area.

Have you stayed at the Intercontinental Ruijin Shanghai before?  What was your experience?