I stayed at the URBN on a recent business trip to Shanghai. Having previously stayed in the Bund area, this was quite a change but very positive one. The URBN was relaxing, beautifully designed and located in a part of town that ensured you felt the presence of China all around you.
Check was efficient and quick – I was a little surprised we had to pay an extra half day rate for an early check in (11am) but after the overnight flight, we had no choice. The assistant manager greeted us and presented his card should be need anything. This is the sort of personal touch one expects from a smaller hotel.
I loved my room – 17 on the 2.5 floor. While there was no view to speak of, the room was wonderfully desgined – quirky yet highly livable. The sunken tub and the sofa area below the sleeping platform. I certainly knew I was in Asia – this brought personality missing from larger chains. It also allowed for an excellent nights sleep – responsive AC, dark curtains and a brilliant remote control for the lighting.
Aside from the room – breakfast was good. A healthy selection of enticing juices, decent eggs (chef needs to focus on his bland Hollandaise though) and an OK buffet selection. Sadly I didn’t have a chance to use the bar as there was a private event on the night this would have been an option.
Staff were friendly and attentive – more welcoming than some reviews seemed to have experienced. Don't expect much from the health centre - about 4 machine hidden away on the top floor - but not perhaps what you'd expect from a small hotel anyway.
I loved the area in which the URBN was situated – this refurbished fatory neatly fitted just off a bustling local street. Plenty of good eating options near by, 10 mins walk away I recommend Guyi for spicy Hunanise cuisine and Dr Beer next door to it for craft beers.
I look forward to returning. As I say my only gripe was the extra half day rate for early check in.
- 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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