My son and I were on a pleasure/business trip to Shanghai and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at URBN. Hidden from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Shanghai, there was a serenity and calmness that pervaded the place. Yet, when you walked out of the hotel doors you were right there in the heart of it all—shopping, restaurants and the vibrant life of Shanghai.
The appointments were simple and elegant. The Japanese feel to the rooms gives one an almost Zen feeling of peace and tranquility and the fact that URBN has made a commitment to the environment (almost all the materials used to construct the hotel were recycled—Al Gore would be impressed) makes one feel that you are doing, however small, your part to save the fragile eco-system.
Breakfast was wonderful, the wine selection excellent (remember, we were coming from Chongqing where wine choices are few and far between, so perhaps we were easily impressed) the hotel staff knowledgeable, professional and courteous and a lot of fun to chat with and the courtyard dining area elegant. The roof top bar and meeting area was very cool with an incredible view of the city both at day and night. A special place to get away from it all, right in the heart of the city.
Clearly a unique “boutique” hotel in the heart of Shanghai. Would we stay there again? An unequivocal, “Yes!!”
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- URBN Hotel 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 Hotel 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, beergrdn, 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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