staying about 5 days, is the Bund area the best place to stay?
Yes, this is a fine area for a tourist.
Agree with post # 3. The main criteria among similar rated and priced hotels you are considering should be the closeness to the nearest subway/metro station. This is true in all Chinese cities as it is the easiest most English friendly transportation method to get around.
People’s square and Nanjing East road (from People’s square towards Bund)I personally like bit less. Too busy and lot of people harrassing me even if I wear a suit and tie (selling me anything from a to z). JingAn temple are is more civilized and may offer better price value vs. Bund (I mean if $$$ are less important). Bund has spectacular views of course.Edited: 19 February 2018, 12:47
Actually hotels on the Bund have limited river view rooms and very expensive.
Hotels around people's square are good choices for tourists.
As mentioned above the Bund area is very pricey , yet only non of them are nearby subway station.
Rooms with river view on higher floors are over 400USD, example Indigo hotel.
I'd suggest staying at " Renaissance Hotel Yu Garden" It rooms on uppper floors have a good view, room tips room number 1817, there are other rooms on corner that would fit that criteria
second option would "le royal meridian" along nanjing east road or JW Marriott at tomorrow square.
Hope it helps!
As a first time visitor I spent a lot of time finding out what I wanted to see/do and, as John P1950 says above, how to get there by metro. I eventually decided to stay at the Radisson Blu New World on Nanjing Road opposite People's Park/Square.
Apart from being around the price I was happy to pay, the People's Square metro station is literally just across the road. You can get there directly from PVG (line 2) with a change from a 4 car to an 8 car train along the way which involves nothing more than crossing the platform.
The busy section of Nanjing Road (that leads to the Bund) starts just across the road - to get to it you go past the New World shopping mall which has plenty of places to eat if ease and convenience suits you.
how much u could afford actually?