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
Probably the most exclusive, luxurious and stylish hotel Shanghai can currently offer. I wonder who is still booking the dusty and old fashioned Peninsula or RC?!? Location is right in the heart of the city, offering great dining options, a superb spa/indoor pool and very well equipped gym. The interior is modern, yet very elegant. I have no words for their staff, in fact l haven’t seen any hotel before where employees create such a personalized service environment. In a nutshell „worth every penny“. Keep it up!
My stay at the Middle House was absolutely great: I've spent more than 2 months here and every single moment was awesome. I could state that a lot of hotels in other cities/countries should come to the House Collective to receive a training on hospitality :)
My standard apartment was large and had everything one could need on a long business trip (even a washing machine with a dryer + laundry detergent). Gym, pool and sauna were perfect for workouts or relaxing after a busy day. Staff was always helpful and ready to help 24/7.
Highly recommend the Middle House!
The newest addition to The House Collective, The Middle House did not disappoint! Level 12 and over looking Shanghai City, the large room was equiped with everything plus more that I needed. A nice hand written welcome note with a notebook ( Needed a new one of these!) reached a new level of service and care by this excellent hotel brand.
The room was spacious, well designed and smartly configured. Floor to ceiling glass not only for the bedroom but also the bathroom made the room feel even larger than its 60 sqm. All furniture and fixtures are all of high quality.
I also opted to include breakfast at Cafe Gray on level 3. The menu had a nice balance between Chinese and Western, and is certain to appeal to any guest.
All in all, a great stay and experience. Looking forward to the next time I am in Shanghai and can have another opportunity to stay at The Middle House.
Staying at The Middle House was a wonderful experience. The staff is so helpful and kind, the rooms and facilities both comfortable and stylish, and the food was delicious. I have stayed at a number of other high-end properties in the neighborhood and the experience at The Middle House was far superior. My husband and I stayed in room 1206, which had a marvelous view and was perfectly appointed (including candy!). We had both breakfast and dinner at Cafe Gray, which was both elegant and un-fussy, with servers that were easy-going yet professional. The staff at all times was courteous and very considerate. The pool was just perfect for a relaxing swim at the end of a long day of work. Convenient location to boot.I can't recommend The Middle House enough.
I stayed at the Middle House this Spring, and absolutely loved it. This is exactly what you would expect from The House Collection - cool, quirky, full of wonderful small details that catch your eye at every turn. The room is filled with modern luxe. My favourite feature was the beautiful silk tassle cord to gently switch off the lights by your bed. All too many times, its a battle to find the right switch. This was cool and functional! The bar and restaurant was relaxed, and again, understated service with all the right a-ha moments. I am heading back to Shanghai soon, which is what prompted me to finally write this. If you love luxury that's a bit out of the ordinary, then this chain is for you.