The Mansion Hotel
What We Love
- Chinese or American breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Spacious rooms come with pool-size Jacuzzis, faux fireplaces and, in the best rooms, large stone balconies
- The museum-like lobby is filled with compelling Shanghai memorabilia, ranging from opium pipes to gramophones playing Shanghai jazz
What To Know
- Although staff is friendly and welcoming, the service in English can be patchy
- There is no gym or swimming pool
- Simple breakfast is offered in a small breakfast room, or you can venture out to the authentic “hawker street” around the corner
- You’re right in the heart of the historic French Concession, within strolling distance of cafés, boutiques and bars
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This stately 1932 French-style stone mansion has a storied past as a gangster hangout; it is claimed that up to 40 percent of the world’s opium was trafficked through here during the 1930s. The grandiose lobby – a little frayed around the edges – recalls this period of unabashed glamour, with velvet armchairs, Art Deco chandeliers and sepia portraits. An antique gramophone plays rare recordings of Beijing opera singer Mei Lanfang, who used to perform for Shanghai mob boss Du Yue-Sheng in this very room.
Bed and Bath
The retro ambience extends to the 24 guestrooms, which feature 15-foot ceilings and repro antiques. Richly upholstered ottomans, carved wooden writing desks and faux-flickering fireplaces blend with such modern conveniences as cable TV, free WiFi and printer/scanners. Double doors open into a sensational bathroom – trimmed in white marble and dark wood, with a Jacuzzi the size of a small swimming pool, a Japanese toilet and Lanvin Parfum lotions. Book one of the eight rooms with a large stone balcony overlooking the courtyard and the onion domes of the former Russian Church.
Mansion Veranda restaurant offers Italian-inspired fare in a glass enclosure and alfresco dining on the hotel rooftop. It is particularly pleasant for sundowner drinks with views of Shanghai’s historic neighborhoods. Two Chinese restaurants, divided across 10 small private rooms, serve high-end Cantonese cuisine and refined Shaoxing dishes. High tea on tiered silver stands surrounded by the hotel lobby’s early 20th-century memorabilia is an atmospheric afternoon treat.
How to Get There
Marvellous house which has been carefully refurbished years ago but since then badly groomed. What a pitty for this hughe potential this hotel has. The carpets need urgently replacment, cabinets tend to fall apart and the cleanliness is not always suffiecient. Breakfast is a joke... Defently overpriced! Go there only if you're retro-design enthusiast since it's really worth to see it, but having a coffee in the lobby is probably the better idea than to stay overnight. What a pity!!!
This hotel is FABULOUS! If you like boutique hotels with a generous dollop of history its for you! Our room was unreal, huge with a terrace and a bathroom to die for! Sumptuously appointed with velvet and antiques yet all the modern conveniences you would want. The rooftop long was a great spot for a drink and the front courtyard another great spot to rely and enjoy a drink under a gazebo by a gorgeous pond. Located in the French Concession area, this hotel is walking distance to the subway and a myriad of streets overloaded with boutiques and restaurants. Safe and clean with well lit walkways we enjoyed strolling and shopping each night after dinner. Highly recommend this spot!
I would never stay in this hotel again even if someone paid me to do so. Mould in bathroom and walls, very dirty carpet, inadequate cleaning since I found a packet of cigaretes from the previous person that stayed in my room and people in the reception just dont care!!! I arrived with 3 bags, no-one there to help. In the breakfast I was waiting 10 minutes for someone to come and get the order (yes you have to fill a paper with your selection of things you want) and it looked as if i am invisible for the employees. This hotel should have been a real gem if worked properly but it is left deserted. Not even the health inspection cares since if this was Europe it would have been closed permanently for the mould.. The only reason I give 2 stars instead of 1 is the very good location and the polite girl in the reception my last day there that was helpful, tried to speak English and help me with a taxi.
The history behind this hotel is nice but the overall experience was terrible. The service is slow and not customer focussed. It took ages to check-in and one of my colleague was given a room already busy! The bathroom was dirty. The “breakfast” should be avoided. It is a shame: this hotel could be nice but many significant issues should be fixed.
Lovely garden and lovely. Once a private home this hotel today is an oasis in the city. Charming boutique hotel with lots of history.
It does need better maintenance and upkeep. The gardens are beautiful as is the rooftop terrace.
Staff is good, but only a handful speak English.