Shanghai, China

The Middle House

Rates per night from$287.67

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY2,000.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fusion fantasy

Setting

Nights over Nanjing

A serene escape in the heart of China’s biggest city, the Middle House hotel in Shanghai’s Jingan District is a sanctuary of international style. Built in traditional shikumen style to fuse Chinese and Western traditions, the hotel unites cultures from in the lobby on up, with jade tiles offset against sweeping Italian glass chandelier. The three restaurants tend to a vast spectrum of cravings, including Italian pastas, seasonal international fare and classic Chinese flavours. Wellness is a priority, with a massive spa and fitness centre, and in-room yoga mats and weights, for workouts with sweeping city views. Middle of the road has never seemed so sweet

Smith Extra

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A 30-minute skin-smoothing Cha Ling express spa treatment or a 30-minute Hypoxi shaping spa treatment each

Facilities

Photos The Middle House facilities

Need to know

Rooms

213, including 11 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $287.67 (CNY2,000), excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.

More details

Rates include minibar snacks, beers and soft drinks, but not usually breakfast.

Also

There’s no need to enable beast mode to work out here: the gym offers peaceful group yoga classes and is equipped with a treatment room dedicated to low-impact Hypoxi exercises.

At the hotel

Spa, 24-hour gym, sauna, steam room, on-site parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, state-of-the-art Bluetooth speakers by Native Union and La Boite, minibar, coffee machine, Lululemon yoga mat, hand weights, Bamford bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms have the same serene palette, so it’s hard to choose a champion. Studio 90 rooms have impressive city views, though, and especially large bathrooms.

Poolside

Pre-bed dip, anyone? The adults-only heated swimming pool is indoors, right next to the spa, and stays open until 11pm.

Spa

Get ready to feel amazing from the inside out. Mi Xun spa incorporates traditional Chinese medicine into treatments to detoxify and promote energy flows. In addition to facial and body treatments, the spa offers manicures and pedicures, and has a juice bar and tea shop.

Packing tips

Leave plenty of room for souvenirs: the hotel is right in the middle of Shanghai’s best shopping area, with a mall that’s directly accessible from the hotel’s third floor.

Also

Nearly all public areas are wheelchair accessible. There are two rooms adapted to accommodate wheelchairs, with larger spaces and accessible bathrooms.

Children

Children of all ages are welcome, though the space has a serene, adults-only vibe. Baby cots are available at no additional cost, and full-size beds can be reserved for 500RMB. Miniature slippers and robes will help little Smiths feel at home.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel uses eco-friendly cleaning products, recycles and offers paperless itineraries and e-newspapers.

Food and Drink

Photos The Middle House food and drink

Top Table

At Café Gray Deluxe, take a table on the terrace or by the oversized windows.

Dress Code

Plenty of shoppers on posh Nanjing Road pop in for snacks, so expect well-clad diners in chic, seasonal sun dresses and button-down shirts.

Hotel restaurant

There are three, to satisfy a range of Continental cravings. Café Gray Deluxe, run by New York-based Gray Kunz, is open throughout the day with a menu of seasonal dishes and artwork showcasing Chinese vases and water jugs. Open for dinner only, the more formal Frasca serves Italian fare, including steaks, clam pasta and a tiramisu for dessert. The moody Sui Tang Li, run by chef Tony Ye, offers Cantonese, Shanghainese and Sichuan cuisine, including kung pao-style braised prawns and double-boiled matsutake soup, all in a low-lit space with a dramatic spiral stairwell.

Hotel bar

Café Gray Deluxe has a romantic bar, with leather sofas, black walls and low-lit lamps to set the scene for tempting plum daiquiris and gingery Bai Jiu mules.

Last orders

Breakfast is available at Café Gray Deluxe from 6.30 to 10.30am. At Cafe Gray Deluxe and Sui Tang Li, lunch is available from 11.30am to 2.30pm, and dinner from 5.30 to 10.30pm. Frasca serves dinner only, from 6 to 10.30pm.

Room service

Chinese and international options are available in your room anytime of day or night. When cravings strike, the kitchen also aims to accommodate special requests.

Location

Photos The Middle House location
Address
The Middle House
No. 366 Shi Men Yi Road, Jing'an District
Shanghai
200041
China

Planes

You’ll likely touch down at one of Shanghai’s two international airports. The smaller of the two, Hongqiao, is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. The more prominent, Pudong, is 46 kilometres away (an hour's drive). Smith24 can arrange flights and transfers.

Trains

Shanghai South Railway Station, which connects to Nanjing and Suzhou, is a half-hour drive away.

Automobiles

Leave the driving to the locals – traffic is legendary and requires nerves of steel.

Worth getting out of bed for

With a prime location on Nanjing Road, there’s plenty to do within a short stroll of the hotel. Nanjing Road is a hub for shopping, with electronics stores, department stores, bookstores, cafes and high-end malls, including Plaza 66, home to Chanel, Hermès and other top-tier designers. People’s Park, a kilometre east, has walking paths, morning outdoor exercises and a historic club building. Don’t miss a wander through the marriage market, where marital classifieds listings are posted by parents looking to find love for their children. The park also houses two major city museums, the Shanghai History Museum and MOCA, with contemporary works by emerging Chinese artists. East of the hotel, along the Huangpu River waterfront, The Bund is a promenade and architecture district lined with buildings showcasing more than two dozen architectural styles, including Romanesque and Gothic styles, as well as more traditional Chinese architecture. Southwest of the hotel, Jing’an Temple, a recently restored Buddhist temple, dates back to 1216 and includes a 3.5-tonne copper bell, the largest sitting jade Buddha in the country and ancient stone Buddhas. The walking is fun and lively, but the hotel offers a house Tesla ready to shuttle guests anywhere that appeals.

Local restaurants

Shanghai is renowned for its food, with street carts hawking savory pancakes, rice cakes and buns. The most renowned and beloved dish is probably xiaolongbao, delicate soup dumplings filled with scalding liquid. Try some of the city's best at Jia Jia Tang Bao, a local chain with an outpost just east of the hotel.

For classic Cantonese cuisine, the beautiful new Canton Table offers barbecued pork, hot and sour soup, baked fish and other high-end Cantonese classics in a soaring space on The Bund, with river views.

Near the hotel in The Bund, Lost Heaven showcases the bright, herbaceous dishes of Yunnan, with fiery Thai influences. The moody space becomes lounge-like in the evenings.  

Local bars

Sip like an in-the-know local at Speak Low, a three-in-one speakeasy on Fuxing Middle Road. The entrance is hidden within a bar tools shop, with a secret sliding door that ultimately yields three distinct spaces, each mixing top-tier cocktails dreamed up by a master Japanese bartender.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this two-tower luxury hotel in China and unpacked their teas and silk robes, a full account of their Shanghai city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Middle House in Shanghai…

There’s nothing middling about the Middle House. Soaring above stylish Nanjing Road West, the House Collective hotel cannily combines traditions to create an impressively contemporary, stylish escape in the heart of China’s most futuristic city. A bamboo-lined driveway gives way to a lobby lined with jade-coloured tiles with a massive Murano glass chandelier. The lounge-like space is a favourite hangout of the city’s hip young locals.  

The entire basement is dedicated to wellness, with a sprawling spa offering massages and facials with a focus on energy healing, and a fitness centre offered in partnership with Lululemon. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’re in luck: the restaurants here offer flavours and vibes to suit any palate, including light, seasonal fare from at Cafe Gray Deluxe from a New York-based chef, fresh pastas in the Italian restaurant and traditional Chinese dishes from a Michelin-heralded talent at Sui Tang Li. They’re all appealing options, as evidenced by the stylish crowd that gathers at each. No matter which you choose, retreat upstairs after to an appealingly minimalist room with unbeatable views of China’s biggest city.

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