URBN Hotel Shanghai
What We Love
- Continental breakfast included in the rate
- Rigorously eco-friendly design and operations
- Great location near the French Concession
- Excellent programming, like in-room Mandarin lessons and bike tours of Shanghai
- Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking colonial-era buildings in Garden View Rooms
What To Know
- Rooms are a little small
- Not ideal for families
- The Social bar is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
Green isn’t a word often thrown around with new hotel construction (or any construction, for that matter) in China. But the Urbn Shanghai, which opened a few blocks off Nanjing Road in early 2008, manages to deliver a dose of eco-consciousness wrapped up in a decidedly stylish package.
Housed in a former factory and post office, the 26-room hotel integrates reclaimed and local materials wherever it can. The mahogany floorboards, gray brick and slate (which is most serenely used in the hotel’s interior bamboo garden) were all reclaimed from buildings due for demolition. Even the hotel’s more decorative touches give a nod to sustainability. The lobby is anchored by a wall sculpture made from recycled vintage leather suitcases, and the hanging lanterns use fluorescent bulbs.
While many eco-friendly hotels feel a little too earnest, the Urbn balances its comprehensive eco plan with comfort and style. The rooms, though small, are well designed, with clean lines, large, low platform beds, sunken wraparound seating areas (the bench cushions are, naturally, covered in hemp) and huge windows that allow in tons of sunlight. The rooms also feature an abundance of natural materials: mahogany-paneled inserts in walls that house flat-screen TVs and, in some rooms, raised slate bathtubs. The whole effect is very Zen, though not at all austere.
For dining, the hotel offers a new restaurant concept in partnership with Australian restaurateur David Laris. At Downstairs with David Laris, the waiters wear patchwork aprons and serve global comfort foods (truffled mac and cheese, Asian-inspired chicken noodle soup) that is organic and sustainably grown wherever possible.
The adjacent lounge and rooftop bar offers biodynamic and organic wines, along with a menu of other tasty cocktails. In an effort to connect guests with Shanghai, the Urbn has created a range of creative programs, from in-room Mandarin lessons and tai chi classes to workshops in traditional tea ceremonies and tours of the city by bike.
How to Get There
Small, stylish boutique hotel conveniently located for Jing'An temple/metro and some good bars and restaurants within reasonable walk. Staff were very friendly and moved me to another room when I complained about construction noise. Rooms are very well designed but starting to show their age a little. Internet was fast and reliable.
Restaurant is at the fine-dining end of the spectrum and the à la carte breakfast had a good selection. Free snacks and happy hour in the afternoon. The mix of business and tourist visitors when I was there meant that the mellow ambience in the restaurant was somewhat overwhelmed by loud business people talking work. I would stay here again.
Usually a hotel scores well on one or two criteria, but URBN is tops across the board: Location, facilities, room, service, food, maintenance, gym, and value for money. Step out the door and you are on the loveliest street in the French Concession, yet your room is super quiet. Room itself is spacious and has a nice sitting area, plus large bath. The hotel is extra clean and everything was in good repair. The 24 hour gym is well lit and spacious. Breakfast had a wide selection and was tasty; the indoor/outdoor lounge area provided a wonderful place to unwind and relax. I am actively seeking to buy the same mattress as it was so comfortable.
Second time we spend 4 nights in this boutique hotel for our business trip in Shanghai. Unique design builded from reclaim wood. Spot clean well equipped rooms, crispy linens in comfortable bed, soundproof & airconditioning, nespresso machine, shower+bath, all you need after an exhausting working day!!
Team is so polite and always willing to help. Don't forget to ask them to book your taxis and always bring a card with the address in Chinese character 😉
Nice fresh buffet breakfast with à la cart menu from when you can order beautiful avocado toast and full English. A great start of the day in addition to an excellent cappuccino and freshly squeeze juices 😊
Also nice to enjoy a drink before bed in the private court/ garden, even thought this year was much quieter than the last.
I stayed there for a fortnight and I couldn't have choosen a better place. It was a beautiful boutique hotel with reclaimed wood and a wall of suitcases! Really original. Then room was very nice, original built and very clean. I have never slept on such a good pillows. The staff was very friendly and breakfast was mmmmmmm.
URBN Hotel is situated close by the metro station and the Jing'an Temple.
In short : highly recommended.
We stayed here as a family - all of us in one room! (2 adults and 2 teenage boys). The location is great - it's in a really lovely part of Shanghai. There are lot of lovely cafes and boutiques near by as well as a temple and park.
The room was pretty slick, nice space, clean comfortable.
The boys slept on sofa beds which they were fine with.
Our bed was extremely comfortable.
Toiletries and amenities were excellent - nice coffee machine.
The breakfast was great - nice choices and the (free) snacks in later afternoon were an unexpected treat. Nice area outside to sit in the evening.
All in all I can recommend.