The Shanghai Edition designed by Neri & Hu is a ‘city within a city’

Described by hotelier Ian Schrager as ‘a new generation of urban luxury retreat’, this is the place we’ll be clamouring to stay at in 2019

 Shanghai Edition hotel
Alberto Strada

The Shanghai Edition, which opened in the Chinese metropolis last October, offers guests a new level of hospitality. Designed by local studio Neri & Hu and overseen by hotel guru Ian Schrager, the venue is an intimate yet cosmopolitan hotel – which Schrager describes as ‘a city within the city’.

Lounge inside the Shanghai Hotel by Neri & Hu for Ian Schrager
Alberto Strada

A complex of interconnecting structure sand environments, it is a place to meet and work, as well as an oasis of relaxation and entertainment. The stylish communal areas, including the main lobby, Shanghai Tavern restaurant (headed up by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton), the spa, Electric Circus nightclub and roof garden, are all located within the lovingly restored confines of an Art Deco building, built in 1929. The hotel’s 145 elegant bedrooms can be found in the adjoining Postmodern tower – along with the Hiya fusion restaurant, outdoor lounge and sky bar with panoramic views.

Spiral metallic staircase in restaurant at the Shanghai Edition
Alberto Strada

The sophisticated but informal look of the rooms, as well as the designer furnishings and painstaking attention to detail, is aimed at making the experience of every guest authentic and personalised. In fact, this was the vision shared by both Schrager and Neri& Hu when dreaming up this ambitious project.


‘In all of our interventions, we love to associate the memory of the place with its momentum in the future,’ explain the designers. The calm, relaxing mood allows guests to feel that the focus is on them.

atrium in shanghai edition hotel
Alberto Strada

However, with design and architecture this exquisite and timely, we believe all eyes will be trained on the building. After all, the Shanghai Edition is more than a hotel – it’s a brand-new landmark for China’s largest city.

Alberto Strada
interiors of the shanghai edition hotel
Alberto Strada

This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration February 2019

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