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
Warehouse turned minimalist marvel on the Bund draws cool creative types with its ultra-chic rooms and destination restaurant
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.