Hotel Highlights

  • Impeccably cool contemporary interiors with unique sculpture and photography
  • Exclusive guests-only atmosphere
  • Luxurious apartment living right beside Shanghai’s shopping belt


Like its sister hotel in Hong Kong, Jia Shanghai is an architectural hymn to designer-led urban luxury. Its spacious suites resemble sleek city apartments, filled with one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and glossy modern artworks. Produced by one of the most accomplished teams of architects and interior designers in China, Jia Shanghai delivers cutting-edge comforts in the neon-lit heart of the city.

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Need To Know


55, including two penthouse suites.


Midday, but may be flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $192.38 (CNY1,200), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates include continental breakfast.


Jia sources its spa services from the nearby Shui Spa, which has talented Filipino therapists available for in-room treatments. Traditional tui-na massages are available too.

At the hotel

Spa and massage treatments, gym, free WiFi throughout, free laundry room. In rooms: kitchenettes with microwaves, flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod-compatible sound system, minibar, Jia-brand jasmine and ginseng toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The Penthouse Plus has the biggest wow factor, with its rock-star proportions, a DJ booth, Jacuzzi tub, full kitchen facilities, and a personal butler in attendance. The corner suites, however, are the Smiths’ top pick, with the fourth floor our favourite for the views from their balconies. These rooms have a cosy apartment feel, only with added glam thanks to the Versace-esque Bisazza mosaic feature walls in the big bathrooms, and the retro pop-art photo prints of Chinese food labels on the walls.

Packing tips

Don’t bother bringing a notepad – you’ll find a cute and collector-worthy custom-made notebook waiting for in your room. Don’t worry about games, either – each room in Jia includes a set of traditional Chinese board games to while away the evenings.


At Jia, you can be as self-sufficient or as pampered as you like, thanks to the kitchen ‘pod’ area in each room, and the free-to-use laundry room that means you can pack light, then wash and wear as your wish.


Although the hotel is decidedly adult-orientated, extra beds are available free.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Wood-fired Italian dishes come courtesy of Issimo, Jia’s chic and sultry hotel restaurant. Antler-like sculptures and spherical copper features lend character to the room, and friendly, knowledgeable staff ensure the no-rush atmosphere remains low key and leisurely.

Hotel Bar

Issimo has an leather chaired lounge for sinking pre-prandial cocktails, and there’s an ‘eclectic China’ themed lobby lounge – with glossy black lacquer tables and crimson bamboo-inspired stools – where you can sup Jia’s complimentary wine each evening.

Last orders

Lunch is served until 2.30pm, and there’s a snack menu available until dinner (from 6.30pm until 10.30pm – 11pm on Saturday).

Room service

There’s a 24-hour ‘home delivery’ service in operation, which means you can order meals directly to your room from Issimo – or one of the restaurants surround the hotel – whenever you like.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Little black dresses; lounge-lizard suits.

Top table

Secure a window seat and watch passers by living the Shanghai life.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Lynn Modern Shanghai Cuisine (+86 (0)21 6247 0101), on the junction of Nanjing and Xi Kang roads, serves tasty dim sum and contemporary Shanghainese dishes amid an opulent art deco interior. Visit at the weekend for one of the restaurant's renowned all-you-can-eat brunches.

Local bars

Head to the People's Park and sip mojitos by the lakeside at Barbarossa (+86 (0)21 6318 0220) , a flashy Moroccan-themed bar and restaurant with great cocktails, fruity hookahs, and a lovely terrace. 

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Shopping-central Nanjing Road

Jia Shanghai

931 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China, 200040

JIA Shanghai puts you in the heart of buzzing Nanjing Road, you’ll be in shopping heaven.


Fly into Pudong International airport which services international and domestic flights daily. The airport is a 50 minute drive to the hotel or you could get a bus or train. You can also fly into Hongqiao Domestic airport which connects Shanghai with over 60 domestic cities and also Japan and Korea. This airport is 25 minute from the hotel or you could get a bus to the city.


Shanghai Railway Station is 15 minutes to the hotel and Shanghai South Railway Station is a 35 minutes drive.


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Anonymous review

by Ian Douglas-Jones , Adventurous architect

Jia means ‘home’ in Mandarin and never have we been so happy to arrive ‘home’ after surviving a seat-of-the-pants journey on a three-wheeled motorbike-meets-deckchair contraption complete with kooky customised umbrella. A flurry of garbled words and wild gesticulations results in an extra tip for our errant driver.

‘Xie xie,’ he thanks us, careen...
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Jia Shanghai

Anonymous review by Ian Douglas-Jones, Adventurous architect

Jia means ‘home’ in Mandarin and never have we been so happy to arrive ‘home’ after surviving a seat-of-the-pants journey on a three-wheeled motorbike-meets-deckchair contraption complete with kooky customised umbrella. A flurry of garbled words and wild gesticulations results in an extra tip for our errant driver.

‘Xie xie,’ he thanks us, careening off in his short trousers, white socks and leather loafers combo. Mrs Smith and I are about to enter a rather special place: the boutique residence of Jia Shanghai.

Jia holds court in a solid corner plot, a colonial bulwark amid the cacophony of Shanghai. Stepping off the seething Nanjing Road, I clasp soft patina’d brass branches, which form the door handles, and we pass through Jia’s smoked-glass doors. Leaving the honks and hawks behind us, we enter a world of cool, calm chic. When they play Four Tet in the lobby, you know it’s a quirky place.

Mrs Smith points out a matching pair of oversized red leather gimp dolls (note to self: must test concierge’s ability to procure such an ornament for our own home, or perhaps one of the four cuckoo clocks presiding over the dolls). The spacious lobby resembles a magpie’s treasure trove of designer gems, an eclecticism that I rather like. Fortunately, while I’m distracted by flights of interior decoration fancy, Mrs Smith efficiently attends to the business of checking in. The similarly slick staff see us quickly settled.

But not before a few cultural formalities. Bemused, we are met with a shrill ‘nihao ma?’ After some wranglings with memory, we issue a reply to the polite enquiry in imperfect-but-passable Mandarin: ‘hen hao!’ (‘Very good,’ to the initiated). Hen haos all round for our first impressions. We just about make it to the lift without me getting on my knees to check out the peculiar balancing disc tables sat mid-lobby.

The infinite Mr and Mrs Smiths reflected in the lift’s mirrors spark a desire for each other’s company and the precious Shanghai commodity of privacy; which we duly find in our sumptuous Corner Suite. It is vast enough to warrant its own bar (complete with barman upon request), and fabulous enough for a terrific sound system, on which Bonnie Tyler never sounded so good (top track on my ironic iPod ‘mood for love’ playlist). ‘I’m in the east wing, darling,’ calls Mrs Smith from the other side of the suite, whereupon we waste no time testing the voluminous wardrobe with the clothes we remove (for ‘wardrobe’ read ‘floor’).

Breakfast the next morning in Jia’s superb restaurant Issimo is enjoyed beneath the myriad buoyant Tom Dixon lights floating below the ceiling. Suitably full and ready for whatever Shanghai can throw at us, we set forth once more into the breach and to the tourist traps in search of design oddities.

Had Frank Zappa designed a theme park, it would have been the Bund sightseeing tunnel, a triumph of dated bad taste that is not to be missed. There is no finer way to traverse a river than under it, in a psychedelic tube of sheer weirdness. Swapping Bund’s big-brand outlets for niche boutiques, we stroll the French Concession’s leafy roads, peering into charming shops.

A grinning man, dressed in a terrifically ill-fitting blue suit, collars us as we’re heading for a coffee shop. He insists, in Chinese, that we must purchase a fine pair of crabs, while scrabbling through a bag at his feet for said crustaceans. We aren’t sure what’s more surprising: the crabs or the nonchalance with which the chap pulled off his ramshackle-chic. This is a typical Shanghai moment; you never know what you’re going to stumble upon. It’s an ugly, lovely city (thanks Dylan Thomas) of grimy glamour, decadent decay and old-meets-brand new, as befitting of its ‘Paris of the East’ tag as it is the ‘whore of the Orient’. That’s what we love about it.

At Phebe 3D, a Chinese nightclub where we top off the day, we’re met by a scantily-clad lady riding a revolving, Plexiglas piano. After such a barrage of strangeness, it’s a relief to return to Jia, to serenity, a vast bath and a glass of champagne.

A home-away-from-home, Jia is a haven amid chaos which we’re loathe to leave. But so to the airport: do we cab it, bus it or catch the 431km/h magnetic, levitating train? Mrs Smith patiently reminds me that we do in fact live in Shanghai and that another trip on the city’s magic bullet train is not strictly necessary. On reflection, we agree that it’s preferable to the motorised deckchair.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Jia Shanghai's Guestbook below.



Stayed on 28 Feb 2014

We loved

I liked the large clean room with funky fusion design: it was a perfect base to explore the city over the weekend. All the major attractions were within walking distance. The a la carte breakfast in the restaurant was also very good – a great start to a day of sightseeing and exploring.

Don’t expect

The staff at the reception could be a bit more friendly.

Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on 30 Sep 2012

We loved

This hotel was absolutely fantastic. Large comfortable rooms with fantastic bathrooms featuring full-size bath and separate shower, and some of the best hotel toiletries we've ever come across. Very calm central location. Delicious breakfast included too.

Don’t expect

If you might want a lie in, don't forget the 'do not disturb' sign as we were woken at 9.30am on the first day by an overly keen maid.

Rating: 9/10 stars