Le Sun Chine
What We Love
- There are just 17 suites, and they have a quiet and exclusive vibe
- A traditional breakfast of classic Shanghai morning snacks is served en suite each morning
- Cocktail maestro Jackie Ho presides over the 1930s-themed lounge and will pour you a custom-made elixir
What To Know
- The hotel can be hard to find — modern skyscrapers mean it can’t be seen from Huashan Road
- It’s a short walk to the French Concession’s tree-lined streets, which are filled with cafés and boutiques
- Although Lilac is the only on-site restaurant, there are loads of diverse dining options in the neighborhood
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Chinoiserie. Slightly removed from the French Concession’s main tree-lined thoroughfare, this British Colonial red brick villa was built in the 20th century by a Chinese financier. Deep white verandas outline four levels of suites. Beautifully recreated interiors feature a carved wooden staircase and coffered ceilings offset by ornately patterned wallpapers, frilled sconces and antique furnishings.
Bed and Bath
The suites, which start at 538 square feet, are individually designed and named after one of Shanghai’s historic streets. In the Diploma Suite, dark wood floors set off white wood wall paneling and a fluffy bed with a colonial headboard. The suites’ seating areas feel like at-home studies, with faux antique writing desks, green banker’s lamps and sunny wallpaper embellished in black damask prints. Equally ornate are the open-plan marble bathrooms, which have vintage tubs and mosaic-tiled showers stocked with Borghese products. From four of the 17 suites French doors lead to large balconies with dining tables overlooking the front courtyard.
The modern Shanghainese restaurant, Lilac, serves artfully plated renditions of slightly sweet local dishes, such as double-boiled duck soup and braised shrimp with scallions and gray mushrooms. In the morning a butler brings breakfast to your suite on a wooden tray with traditional floral-painted crockery. Choose between the Western and Chinese spreads; the latter feature classic Shanghai morning snacks such as soup dumplings and fried pancakes with scallions. The low-lit Prohibition-era cocktail lounge exudes Shanghai glamour in Chesterfields, Oriental lamps and a gramophone. Pick your favorite vintage glass, and cocktail maestro Jackie Ho will mix you a custom drink (there’s no menu) using housemade tinctures. Afterward, work it all off at the small gym, or simply unwind with a swim underneath the wisteria-frescoed ceiling in the spa’s 35-foot pool.
How to Get There
We love the location of the hotel and the property itself. It is one of those typical garden properties at the heart of the French concession. It is quiet but close to many cafes and boutique shops. The rooms are all decorated with the old nostalgic Shanghai style. However, I don’t think they have been maintaining the rooms properly because you can see some bathroom wallpapers are peeling. The hotel entrance is way to dark, they should really brighten it up, the reception needs to improve. Overall a nice place to stay for few days when you are in Shanghai especially you don’t want to stay in those big international hotels.
This hotel is filthy. The staff cannot speak English and the rooms are disgusting. We stayed here for 1 night and never again. The location is poor. This was not a very pleasant experience. I would rate this hotel 1 star. This was the view from our hotel room. Poor service, poor breakfast and poor customer service.
What a delightful old restaurant! Apartment the building is over 100 years old and Dr Sun Zhong Shan lived there before, hence the name Le Sun Chine.
As always there is a surprise dish that I have never had before, even after spending 10 years living in China: large shrimp in a jar that steams it with a delicious sauce.