The Middle House
What We Love
- Artisanal dim sum at Chef Tony Ye’s Sui Tang Li
- Tesla pick-ups from the airport
- Freestanding tubs in each of the 111 guest rooms
- The antioxidant properties of Pu’er Tea play a major role in the onsite spa treatments
What To Know
- The property includes a separate tower of extended-stay residences geared towards corporate travelers
- The hotel’s European-style café, Gray Deluxe, is connected to the adjacent Taikoo Hui Mall
- Framed paper creations in the hotel’s public spaces were created by Chinese-American artist Lindy Lee
- The chandelier in the lobby, comprised of nearly 4,000 glass pieces, was handmade by Venetian glass master Fabiano Zanchi
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Piero Lissoni–designed, art-centric bolthole in the heart of Shanghai’s trendy Jing’an District
There’s something elegantly understated about this Marco Polo-esque boutique property, towering above Shanghai’s only surviving shikumens (19th-century lane-houses). Milan-based architect Piero Lissoni dressed the two 14-story black aluminum towers in his signature wardrobe of minimalist chic—think muted hues, silk panels, and low-slung furniture. Rooms are handsome hangouts, with sliding wood panels, transparent dividers, and a massive pull switch dubbed “Mr. Goodnight” by the bedside; subtle Chinese décor surfaces in the form of latticed wood screens and bamboo paintings. As the fourth edition of The Swire Hotels’ “House” series (a swanky portfolio that includes the Hong Kong-based Upper House and Beijing’s Opposite House), Middle House also exhibits the collective’s commitment to fine dining. Choose from a casual Italian eatery—a Pan-Chinese restaurant that combines Cantonese, Sichuan and Shanghainese flavors—and a European-style café/bar steered by acclaimed New York chef Gray Kunz, where sunset cocktails on the wraparound terrace are nonnegotiable.
In the Area
A stay at this sophisticated sleep lands you in Shanghai’s Dazhongli neighborhood, a hotbed of history. The hotel is an easy stroll from the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the city’s only active monasteries, and Jing’an Temple, a gold pagoda that stands out among the city’s sea of skyscrapers. Family-friendly neighborhood attractions include a sculpture garden decked with water jets. Also nearby: the Nanjing Road neighborhood, a three-mile stretch dating back to the Qing Dynasty (established in 1636) often considered China’s best shopping street, chock full of attractions like neon-lit malls, ancient silk emporiums, and19th-century pharmacy Cai Tong De.
How to Get There
One of the best hotels I have ever stayed in my life. Not only the hotel is beautiful and well located but the room is amazing, the spa is so so good and the staff is so warm and helpful! It really felt like home! I was so spoiled that I will never want to stay anywhere else if I ever come back to Shanghai. Thank you!
We spent a few nights at the Middle House to finish up our Chinese trip. Really wonderful hotel. As an example of their service, I mentioned that we were planning to take the metro later in the day - when we came down they had gone out and bought us the metro tickets and printed out step by step directions. The next day we they had made us reservations at a nearby restaurant and walked us there to make sure we could find it. Great location. Very pleasant bar and restaurant with full breakfast included. We got the slightly larger room with a terrace which was very pleasant. Room itself large and very nicely decorated, contemporary. Finally great pool and gym downstairs. Would highly recommend.
As per the title, I can’t find anything I’d improve. The staff, the location, the room, the bar & the gym/pool. All outstanding. Thank you Denis, Rachel, Vanessa and Edwin, you rock!! New favourite hotel ????