Plane Spotting Shanghai Hongqiao

Boyue Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Hotel (Air China)
Is a brand new hotel at Hongqiao, opened in mid 2013.
Location: *** Excellent, this hotel is located on the departure level (4th floor) of terminal 2, at the southern end past Starbucks. The hotel has a similar outlook to the Regal Hotel in Hong Kong.
Spotting: ***
Executive rooms are required at the higher levels.Note that the Deluxe rooms are unsuitable as they only go up to the 7th floor which does not give you the required elevation above the terminal. 9th floor rooms or above are required. Room 1209 is confirmed as having a great view-this is a double room. Rooms are large, with large windows overlooking the airport.
 
On the executive floor you will find a large window in the corridor which overlooks the bizz jet parking area.
 
The view is similar to the viewing deck (now closed), or staff canteen in terminal 2 but slightly to the right and is more elevated. Great views can be had of the terminal 2 main apron, along with terminal 1 across the runway and the executive aprons.
 
On the rare days that visibility is good, any arrivals and departures from Pudong Airport can be easily seen from the room and identified using flight tracking software.
 
Photos: *** Excellent photo opportunities from the room.
Value: ** Good value from £75 per night as this hotel is bound to become a firm favourite. Breakfast and internet is included in the room price. Hotel report credit : Gary Browne
Book:  

This hotel is available through the AGODA or  Booking.com website. 

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Above: The Air China Hotel as seen from a distance showing it’s proximity to the terminal 2 ramps

Rooms views out onto the apron (double click photo to expand to get a better view)  Another great view!

 

Hong Gang Shanghai Hotel
 is located to the east of the terminal building and is very conveniently located for spotters. When booking this hotel, or upon arrival, ensure you ask for a room with an airport view. Higher rooms ending in even numbers are needed for the views shown below. Note that since the new terminal opened on the other side of the airfield, the apron shown below is rarely used. These rooms still have great views of the runway but the apron below is only used by Spring Airlines and a few international carriers.
Location: *** Very convenient for the airport. Room 910 has great views but just the one bed, room 606 is lower but almost as good with the bonus of 2 beds! Room 702 also has the 2 beds and gives and good vantage point as shown in the photos below.
Spotting: ***
If you get a room facing the airport then expect to read off the vast majority of the aircraft as it arrives or departs the runway
 
Photos: ** Good opportunities for aircraft which still use this apron (not many since the new terminal on the far side of the airfield was opened)
Value: *** Outstanding value at just £29 for a twin room.
Book:   This hotel is available through the AGODA website. There are many other hotels in the Hongqiao area close to the airport from which we are awaiting reports from. A comprehensive list of hotels can be found HERE
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The view from room 702 is shown below. Note the apron is no where near as busy as shown below since the new terminal opened (double click photo to expand)    

 

 


 

Arygyle Hotel
is located across the car park from the Hong Gang hotel shown above. Although the views from the rooms are not as near as the Hong Gang above, all movements can be seen and the quality of the hotel is reportedly much better.
Location: *** Very convenient for the airport and great views allow spotting from the room all day
Spotting: ***
Rooms 817-820 and 917-920 give great views of the runway action. Floor ending in 17-20 above this level offer the same views, however they are more expensive.
Photos: *** With a 300 lens good shots will be possible.
Value: ** Prices around £53 for a twin room.
Book:  

This hotel can be booked through AGODA

There are many other hotels in the Hongqiao area close to the airport from which we are awaiting reports from. A comprehensive list of hotels can be found HERE

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A typical morning departure shot taken from the hotel room at the Argyle hotel using a 400 lens.

Credit : Bill Robertson

View out to the runway from room 910 of the Argyle Credit Eddie Swift (double click photo to expand)  

The city of Shanghai is a fantastic place to visit. A comprehensive list of city hotels which can be used as a central base can be found HERE

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  • Andy Smith

    Update : A great new hotel located on terminal 2 will surely become a big favourite

  • Bob Kimmings

    Stayed here in October. The views across the airfield were fantastic. The apron was spread out in front of us and the action on both runways was clearly visible. You are looking to the east so pictures are only practicable in the afternoon. There is plenty to see, mostly Chinese of course. Nothing much happening between midnight and 7am. A great place to stay and the food was good!!