My partner and I booked the URBN as a final treat after six weeks of travelling through Canada and Europe - this was meant to be two days of comfort before the final leg of journey home to Melbourne. We'd both read much about URBN in Vogue Travel, Conde Naste Traveller etc. so spent a bit more than we would have normally to stay here. We were both dissapointed to find that the hotel which was promoted as 'boutique' is actually far from it - there are no facilities, the finish is cheap and the whole feel of the place is a bit off. The bathrooms are finished in cheap slate with sharp edges and the wood is slimy - I wouldn't rest my toothbrush on the bench. There was no cable television - the hotel claimed it was govt censorship! Strangely the JIA seemed to have more channels than we had in Melbourne!
This is all hype - the hotel is 4 star at best and is cheaply finished and not to what I would call western standards. Nothing in the room looked like something I should have paid AUS$400 a night for. Concierge service was reluctant and the desk staff had attitude. We checked out after two days and stayed at the JIA - the two hotels cannot be compared. See my review for JIA and you'll understand why.
- 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