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
I had originally booked at The Middle House but changed my mind at the last minute as a first timer i thought we should be on the Bund. We have stayed at The Upper House in Hong Kong. Popped in for supper at Cafe Gray which was delicious. Met a fabulous hostess who kindly took us down to the Foyer and ordered us a Taxi. The assistant GM came up to introduce himself. We promptly got into Shanghai where to go conversation. He was such a delight, Rushed off to get me a Middle House candle and the next day delivered a diary with restaurant recommendations to The Peninsula. NOW THIS is what i call service and PR. Guess where we will be staying on our next visit.
Located in the center of Shanghai surrounding by many shops and buildings is where The middle house is located , you feel like you are away from this big busy city.
The entrance is quite hidden which gives extra privacy, the lobby is beautifully designed, room is spacious with an AMZING bath tub that you can really soak yourself in.
One thing to highlight during the stay is the terrace where they serve breakfast In Café Gray Deluxe. I would stayed there from morning till noon to enjoy the sunny weather and a really yummy breakfast menu, with many choices.
Love it! Would defiantly we back again.
We've stayed at several hotels and in several locations in Shanghai and The Middle House is the absolute best. We will only be staying at this hotel going forward.
The location is wonderful- centrally located between The Bund and The French Concession- you are in a great location to visit all the sites without being smack dab in the chaos and crowds of the touristy area.
The rooms are beautiful- big, spacious, modern, tastefully designed- they are incredibly luxurious and help create a home away from home feeling. The restaurants on property are delicious- interesting and tastefully crafted cuisine and beverages provide plenty of options if you need to dine on site.
Perhaps most importantly though is the staff. They are first class all the way- friendly, accommodating, professional - we wish more hotels could employ the staff like at the Middle House. A special shout out to Mia who was incredibly accommodating and helpful during our stay- from a friendly greeting at check in to help printing out and making itinerary suggestions- she was wonderful. We loved greeting her every night during our stay and she made our experience just wonderful
Additionally, Jacqueline was an ultimate rockstar! From the morning greetings during breakfast, to crafting a personalized itinerary during our stay, to making herself available for anything at all essentially 24/7 during our stay - she made the experience truly seamless and memorable. Traveling in Shanghai can be challenging with the language barrier, but Jacqueline made sure to take care of our every need- going above and beyond several times when we couldn't book excursions ourselves or had difficulty with our VPN and internet access. We truly didn't need to worry a thing with Jacqueline- we would just tell her what we needed and she would make it happen- she is incredible.
The hotel and staff remember your name when you're there, but they are not overbearing or intrusive- it is the perfect balance of respect for personal space but also making you feel warm and welcomed.
For a truly memorable and seamless experience in Shanghai look no further than The Middle House.