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
I have to say that I could not have asked for a better hotel which I booked through Expedia. It was hip, trendy, in the French concessions area. The staff were unbelievable. Super friendly. So willing to help in every respect.
The food was off the charts great. Free breakfast. Free high tea. Free drinks. At happy hour. The room was beyond awesome sunken bath. Lounge area. Great working desk area. Very spacious
This hotel is a MUST stay. And I travel a fortune. More in hotels than at home. Trust me that you will NOT regret it. It super exceeded my expectations.
Located on a nice tree-lined street close to the Jing’an Temple. Atrium room had an unusual design on four levels! Friendly staff. Happy hour from 3 pm with free drinks including beer and nibbles with dried mango. Breakfast was a highlight and I highly recommend the kimchi salad and green smoothie for the health-conscious. Definitely will stay here again.
Small hotel in a silent location, but still in the middle of everything. Truly a real boutique style. Nice breakfast. Real nice room designs, especially love the bath-tube in the middle of the room. Very friendly service.
I was invited to a luxury event in Shaghai. Wine tastings and very rare meat and sponsored events. They made me a reservation at URBN. I don't know how they are connected.
It was in a convenient area. The rooms were ...unique if not a bit strange BUT completely enjoyable. I liked that it was clean and that the room was different.
The URBN is a wonderful hotel. It's situated on a scenic, tree-lined street that is close to the action without being loud. The building is set back from street which gives it a secluded atmosphere. The architecture is stylish without being sterile. The staff was attentive, the room was clean and well-designed, and I would definitely stay here again.