The Waterhouse at South Bund
What We Love
- An eye for authentic and industrial chic details, down to the tin trays that date back to the Cultural Revolution
- Spectacular views of Pudong from the rooftop bar
- The reception’s elevated ceilings and unfinished walls up the cool quotient
What To Know
- Room 17 has a window visible from the lobby
- The nearest metro station is a 15-minute walk away
- Free WiFi
Once a dockyard warehouse, this South Bund hotel was designed by locally based studio Neri & Hu to preserve many of the building’s original features – the metal window frames have been left intact, as well as the raw shell of the industrial building. Inside, however, it’s all concrete, brick, glass, and steel deployed to great effect, with a creative merging of the public and private (unexpected windows connect the public spaces, bathrooms have glass doors).
Bed and Bath
Of the 19 rooms (11 of which are suites), the ones to book are those that have double-height windows with views of the Huangpu River. Tiny foyers make each space feel bigger, while contemporary, minimalist touches – white walls, polished timber floors, an occasional wall of exposed brick – as well as furniture pieces by Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, and Finn Juhl are not-so-subtle nods to Scandinavian design. What’s more, the Copula rooms can be connected – handy if you’re traveling with friends.
Table No.1, the brainchild restaurant of Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton that occupies the hotel’s ground floor, is one of the chicest in Shanghai. Its modern European menu draws a perpetual crowd, so reservations are essential. Up at the rooftop bar, guests can indulge in clever, locally-inspired cocktails made with ingredients like soy sauce and lime (they’re better than you think) – all accompanied by the backdrop of Pudong’s glowing, futuristic skyscrapers just across the river.
In the Area
The Bund is a playground for both locals and tourists, who gather on the banks of the river nightly to gawp and snap selfies in front of the lights. Within walking distance is the South Bund Fabric Market, where tailors whip up custom-made clothes in hundreds of different textiles. Take a ferry down the river to get a closer look at the skyline (ask the concierge to direct you), or hop in a taxi bound for the French Concession, a chilled-out historic neighborhood of chic shops and restaurants in colonial buildings on tree-lined streets.
How to Get There
After asking for a table with a view at the restaurant, we discovered on arrival that the roof top was still under construction and there was no view! Having said that, the meal was really good, even though there were some items not available on our visit. Food was hot and tasty. If you can get onto the roof, the views are amazing
We enjoyed our stay here. Just across the road is the Bund with a lovely elevated walkway that leads all the way up to the central Shanghai. Well lit and lots of security so we felt safe walking back quite late. Same with the walk to the metro which is about 15 minutes away.
Breakfast was good and the staff helpful granted as with much of China english is not their first language.
Area is much quieter than the city with an artist complex over the road and some new restaurants.
If you like something different, if you are a couple visiting Shanghai who wanted a hotel near town and yet, quietly tucked away from the buzz ... this hotel is probably a good choice.
Not so suitable for business trips in my opinion, but we did ok.
Rooms are different, contemporary, spacious and clean.
Breakfast is a little boring and bars closes early.
The fusion menu were interesting, and some dishes scored well.
There is no gym but sitting right next to the bund, means a pair of good jogging shoes should suffice for a good 10-15km run.
This place is so unsuspecting. The location is right on the bund so you have a beautiful view of the water. The place itself is an amazing design. It’s modern meets industrial and they did it in a very tasteful and elegant way. The food is amazing too. Chef treated me very well and made delicious breakfast. The place itself feels so historic. I’d highly recommend staying here.
It sure is a very unique experience to stay at this hotel the moment we opened the door to check in! Nothing is ordinary at this hotel: the cracked, unfinished of old wall, painted steel bracket to hold the existing column, unmatched furniture, gigantic chandelier, cement floor, beautifully composed of windows and frames - as if they sing a love song. The rooms, total of 16, none of them is the same as others. My room has huge white bed with looking into courtyard and side street, the shower and bath tub locate almost center of the room, only separate by sink and walkway. The bathroom is all glass! Yes, glass!!!! If you take shower or bath without shutting curtain, you can welcome people from other building to see you enjoy your happy bath! Everything at this hotel speaks the volume of experience, a dream, the unexpected, and surprises! If you are looking for something luxury and room service all night, this hotel will disappoint you by a light year!
I love this hotel, I enjoyed the experience, and I’d love to stay here again! Too bad when we arrived China, it’s been raining and snowing all week!!!!!