A cool antidote to all that shiny Shanghai modernity, bijou hotel The Waterhouse at South Bund transforms a crumbling 1930s factory and former army HQ in the historic Shiliupu dockyards into gritty-glam designer digs. The jagged industrial framework is offset by sleek architectural adaptations, a cutting-edge contemporary furniture collection and on-trend dining and lounging spaces overlooking the Huangpu River.
The hotel provides fluffy robes and light yukata kimonos for swanning around in your room, plus lush bath amenities in Cultural Revolution-era factory-issued tin trays and cups. Furniture is a design fan's fantasy too, spanning contemporary offerings by Milanese maestro Antonio Citterio and pared-down Scandi pieces by Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl.
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