Housed in a 1920s stone building, the former JIA hotel was made over by New York–based designer Jay Godfrey and rebranded as Cachet Boutique in 2014. The refurbishment includes updated rooms, a gym with new machines, and a partnership with Art + Shanghai and Hong Kong’s Llamart to unveil a new art lobby, complete with gallery and digital art wall. Accommodations come with kitchenettes, large writing desks, and bathrooms finished in Italian Bisazza mosaic tiles. As an added perk, in keeping with the hotel’s strong art ethos, guests receive free tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai.
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Next to the property, the pedestrian promenade Wujiang Road offers opportunities for eating and shopping. Zhang Yuan, a new chic enclave of restaurants and cocktail bars, sits in a historic shikumen plaza just beyond. Shoppers also prize the proximity of Nanjing West Road’s department stores, restaurants, cafés, and clothing boutiques. For further exploration, the Nanjing West Road metro station (Line 2) sits directly under the hotel.
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Rooms: 31 rooms, 13 suites. From $400. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There is no on-site restaurant, but the third-floor, guests-only Lobby Lounge serves complimentary breakfast (egg station, freshly squeezed juice, house-roasted coffee), afternoon tea, and evening cocktails. Spa and gym details: The third-floor Prime Fitness studio, just off the lobby, has the latest TechnoGym equipment. There is no spa.
Who it's for: Fashionistas, celebrities, shopaholics, and business travelers looking for a change of scene. Our favorite rooms: The 900-square-foot JG La Vie Balcony Suite has a masculine palette of black, cream, and charcoal brightened with touches of matte gold and scarlet red. Contemporary art and fur rugs are found throughout the space. The heritage stone balcony is an ideal spot for an intimate soiree. New kicks: Buy a pair of Adidas Originals while here. The German sports company’s flagship Asia store is housed in the same building as the hotel.