We visited Shanghai at the beginning of January 2012, and spent a couple of nights in this hotel.
WOW. That about sums it up! It's on a really old school street, full of tiny family run shops were the families live in the stores. You enter through a set of classy but almost hidden wooden doors, and find yourself in the courtyard. The street noise almost stops, and you could be on a beach resort in the Maldives at this point, it's so relaxing.
The hotel itself looks and 'feels' amazing, the decor is cutting edge cool and the staff could not be nicer. It's also apparently carbon neutral, which is quite a big deal, especially in China.
We ate in the Brasserie at a table overlooking the courtyard, a truly first class experience. The quality of the food matched the surroundings.
I loved my time in the city (been before) and can't wait to hit this hotel when I go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- URBN Boutique Shanghai, the award-winning design-meets-sustainable boutique hotel, is ideally located in Shanghai's bustling downtown. A former warehouse, the redesigned hotel is located on a quiet tree-lined street in Jing'an District with an abundance of independent bars and cafes in the surrounding streets and is only minutes away from the commercial shopping district and subway lines 2 and 7. URBN Boutique Shanghai offers sleek rooms and suites over 4 floors with a blend of contemporary, minimalist aesthetics and modern day comforts such as the COCO-MAT Renewal Bed, free wifi, a DVD home theater unit, high-definition television, an in-room safe, a selection of New York fashion designer Jay Godfrey's paraben-free bathroom amenities, a well-stocked mini bar and one-of-a-kind artwork. The hotel also features a 24-hour gym and an on-property restaurant which serves a selection of cuisine with a wide selection of craft beers, artisanal cocktails, and wine in a casual atmosphere both inside and under the tented courtyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Urbn Hotel Shanghai