URBN Hotel Shanghai has undergone a design makeover

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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URBN Hotel Shanghai, China’s award-winning original eco-boutique hotel has revealed a refreshed style with new sustainable comforts for 2015.

Situated in the tree-lined neighborhood streets of Jing’an District, URBN Hotel Shanghai is fully managed and owned by Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) and has undergone a design makeover by lead designer for CHG’s hotel brands, celebrity fashion designer Jay Godfrey. With a deeper commitment to differentiated design, comfort and high performing sustainability, a stay at URBN is now an even more inspiring and restful experience.

urbn shanghai studio roomThe visionary 26-room hotel originally opened in 2008 as one of the city’s first modern boutique hotels, transforming a heritage factory warehouse and garden courtyard. The quiet and leafy street location enables guests to experience authentic local neighborhood life and discover the abundance of trendy independent bars and cafes in the surrounding lanes. Offering the best of both worlds, it is also just steps away from the commercial heart of Jing’an and the former French Concession.

Throughout URBN Hotel Shanghai, the streamlined design uses 100 percent locally-sourced, recycled woods and reclaimed grey bricks from old Shanghai homes giving it a warm and inviting ambience. A wall of antique suitcases salvaged from Shanghai street markets greets guests in the intimate lobby. The hotel’s carbon offset program invites guests to fill out a comment card to have a donation made in their name to the Million Tree Project, which eliminates carbon footprints.

URBN’s rooms and suites provide a modernist Zen experience for hotel guests. Rich Thai silks and luscious velvets in a charcoal and neutral palette elegantly offset the natural woods. An indulgent and tranquil sleep experience is assured thanks to signature COCO-MAT Renewal Beds by Jay Godfrey, which feature a four-layer bed system with a mattress made from 100 percent natural materials, including cactus fiber, seaweed and coconut fiber, plus 600-thread count Egyptian cotton bedding. Bathrooms are adorned with grey slate and offer natural Jay Godfrey bathroom amenities, while some rooms also feature bathtubs by the window or bedside.

Advanced technology is a highlight of the URBN guest experience. All guest rooms have been upgraded with remote control mood lighting and wall-mounted 46” Samsung HD TV Performance Line televisions with international and local channels. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

The signature 60 square meter Jay Godfrey Courtyard Suite is personally styled by the New York fashion designer, inspired by a SOHO loft mixed with modern Asian elegance, the 40 sqm Suite features black lacquer finishes, personally curated modern artworks, Tom Dixon pendant lights and a 20 sqm terrace with an indoor-outdoor lounge overlooking the hotel’s garden courtyard.

Reflecting URBN’s passion for art and design, URBN Hotel Shanghai is partnering with Art+ Shanghai, a leading art gallery, to showcase a seasonally changing collection of works by established and emerging contemporary artists throughout the public spaces and penthouses.

On the ground floor and extending out across the walled garden courtyard, beergrdn serves Italian-American cuisine with a wide selection of craft beers, artisan cocktails and wines in a fun and casual atmosphere. Diners can enjoy the social setting of the main dining room with an open kitchen and bar, or dine semi-alfresco in the transparent outdoor marquee with garden views. The hotel also offers a 24-hour URBN-fit gym on the top floor equipped with latest TechnoGym cardio machines and free weights.

URBN Hotel Shanghai

183 Jiaozhou Road (near Beijing West Road), Shanghai, China

+86 (21) 5153 4600

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