Occupying a former factory in the tree-lined Jing’An District, this sleek property uses recycled and locally sourced materials in its design, including reclaimed gray bricks from old Shanghai houses. A wall of antique suitcases salvaged from Shanghai street markets greets guests in the lobby, while Zen rooms and suites have Thai silks, charcoal velvet upholstery, natural woods, and slate bathrooms. The custom mattresses, made with cactus fiber, seaweed, and coconut husk, are topped in 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. The hotel partners with Art + Shanghai art gallery to exhibit a seasonally changing collection of works throughout the public spaces and penthouses.
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The quiet and leafy street location allows guests to experience a local neighborhood, something fast disappearing in rapidly expanding Shanghai. Trendy, independent bars and cafés fill the lanes surrounding Urbn. The commercial heart of Jing’an and the former Old French Concession are also close by, as is the Jing’An Temple. Run as a nonprofit, the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, 10 minutes away on foot, exhibits work by local and international contemporary artists.
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Rooms: 25 rooms, 1 suite. From $510. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: On the ground floor and extending out across the walled garden courtyard, Beergrdn serves international cuisine with a selection of craft beers, cocktails, and wines. The main dining room has an open kitchen, while the semi-alfresco transparent outdoor marquee has garden views. Spa and gym details: The 24-hour, rooftop gym has TechnoGym cardio machines and free weights. There is no spa.
Who it's for: Fashionistas, creative types, hipsters, and the young at heart. Our favorite rooms: The 650 Jay Godfrey Courtyard Suite, outfitted by the New York designer, merges a SoHo-style loft with Asian accents like finishes in black lacquer. The 220-square-foot terrace looks onto the garden courtyard. Movie night: For quiet nights in, make use of the hotel’s complimentary DVD rentals.