My teenage daughter and I stayed for 3 nights at the end of June.
During our month in China it was our favorite hotel of the following: Hotel Icon (Hong Kong), The Opposite House (Beijing), Peninsula (Beijing), Sofitel (Xi'an), and Buddhazen (Chengdu).
I booked the room through the website months in advance. At the time, there was a special rate of 3 nights for the price of 2 including breakfast.
We stayed in Room 1, a garden view room with a king-size bed that was made up as twins.
We loved this hotel for the following reasons:
Decor and room
Beautiful and creatively used materials (gray brick, wood, linen). Room was large with a step down lounge area that had a built-in sofa extending the length of the window and wrapping around to create a rectangle. Floor to ceiling windows overlooking a bamboo-walled garden. Extra deep soaking tub and fabulous gray tiled shower. Everywhere you look in this hotel, something attractive is happening.
Firm, comfortable, crisp white linens, feather pillows.
Amazing breakfast - we could choose whatever we wanted off the menu! My favorite was the house-made muesli. We ordered room service for my daughter and she loved the creamy macaroni cheese (hold the truffle oil).
The URBN is immaculate! Housekeeping is discrete; you never see them but our room was always spotless and everything that needed replacing was. There is turn-down service with chocolate.
Friendly, helpful, and mostly English speaking.
International, tourist and business, spiffy.
A few items were less than perfect:
I don't know Shanghai and I couldn't quite understand the location...we had to take a taxi everywhere.
Some areas of the wood paneling in the room needed to be refinished.
Low light at bathroom mirror
Only one sink and inadequate space around it.
Hallways were overly warm and humid.
On my next trip to Shanghai, I would stay at the URBN - and if not there, I might investigate choices on the Bund, perhaps the Peace Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- URBN Hotel Shanghai is an award winning design-meets-sustainable chic 26-room boutique hotel built by 100% recycled and locally sourced materials. URBN's downtown location near Jing'an Temple Metro Station is a convenient walk from a myriad of Shanghai's finest shopping and dining options. All rooms provide complimentary WiFi. The hotel offers an on-property restaurant, 24-hour gym, bar and function spaces. ... more less
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