The Middle House
The Middle House
Why we love it: classic Shanghainese style meets urban sophistication and monochromatic Asian chic
- Furnishings custom-designed by interiors superstar Piero Lissoni
- A seamless, paperless check-in. Head right to your room or grab a seat anywhere in the house. Employees will find you.
- Wei Jin Nan Bei-dynasty robe decorated with 12,000 white porcelain butterflies by local artist Caroline Cheng, displayed in the lobby
The review: In the heart of Shanghai’s new bustling HKRI Taikoo Hui neighborhood stands Swire Hotels’ urban oasis, opened in mid-2018.
Inducted into the Design Hall of Fame in 2005, Italian Architect Piero Lissoni brought both sophistication and sumptuous touches to the interior design. He played classical Shanghainese craftsmanship against a minimalist aesthetic, using a lot of warm natural materials like stone, wood and clay floor tiles. His piece de resistance: 700 original pieces of art with ceramic or porcelain elements, curated by Hong Kong-based specialist Alison Pickett. It includes Lissoni’s own statement piece: a 19-foot-high chandelier handmade by a Venetian glass master.
Rooms start with 538-square-foot studios with city views, king beds and minibars so generous they’ve been rebranded as maxi bars! For a bit more room to stretch out, consider the 7,104-square-foot two-bedroom penthouse suite, which overlooks the fashionable West Nanjing Road. It has a lounge, private terraces and even an exclusive event space with a private kitchen.
Guests can choose from three restaurants on-site. European-style Café Gray Deluxe — an outpost of Hong Kong’s beloved Upper House — serves dishes such as de puy lentil soup, Hokkaido scallop salad with mango and mint, and locally farmed giant garoupa with lemongrass coriander broth. The hotel also boasts Sui Tai Li for Chinese cuisine and Frasca, a farm-to-table Italian eatery imagined by Chef Stefano Pace, who previously helmed Rome’s two Michelin star restaurant Gusto and also founded one of Shanghai’s beloved D.O.C Gastronomia Italiana.
The property also includes the Mi Xun spa, the country’s first hotel spa to offer Cha Ling treatments incorporating traditional Chinese medicine. It has a 108-foot-long swimming pool, 24-hour gym, yoga classes, a juice bar and a boutique featuring brands like Loop and lululemon.