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
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Design-conscious, eco-friendly downtown hotel, with 26 stylish rooms and an organic restaurant and bar
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.
URBN Hotel Shanghai
183 Jiaozhou Road
How to Get There
Flights are available to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from PVG in an Audi A6 are approximately $198, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from PVG are approximately $50, each way. Alternatively, flights are available to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from SHA in an Audi A6 are approximately $146, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from SHA are approximately $30, each way.