The gist The Middle House feels hidden away, tucked behind the new HKRI Taikoo Hui mall’s Tesla dealership and mega Starbucks. A staycation at the newest location of Swire Hotels’ swanky House Collective puts you in the thick of Shanghai’s most historical yet trendy retail district, while also keeping you above its bustle. Subdued and sleek but artistic and natural is the general, calming vibe.
Worthwhile amenities In the hotel’s basement, there’s a heated swimming pool with juice bar, a spa and a gym that runs lululemon yoga classes. Art can count as an amenity, too. In the lobby, there hangs a long Chinese robe with 12,000 small porcelain butterflies sewn onto its front. Each guest room also has its own selection of art works from an impressive lineup of local and international artists. Even in The Middle House’s restaurants, you’ll see artwork to ponder, unless of course you’re sitting out on Café Grey Deluxe’s sprawling terrace overlooking Nanjing Xi Lu. Kenny Ong