Hot List 2011

The Waterhouse at South Bund 

1–3 Maojiayuan Road, Zhongshan Road South

China 200011

Tel: 86 21 6080 2988

Singaporean design maestro Loh Lik Peng has skillfully captured the current zeitgeist of Shanghai by revamping a former army compound on the Huangpu River into an industrial but welcoming 19-room guesthouse with rough-hewn concrete walls and mid-century furniture. The architects—Shanghai-based Neri & Hu Design and Research Office—play on the communal lifestyle of Shanghai's traditional shikumen house lanes, blurring the divide between public and private spaces through the use of large windows and glass walls between guest rooms (draw the white curtains to prevent neighboring guests from peeking in). The restaurant, Table No. 1, with metal and knobby-wood communal tables, has an East-West menu: The table spaghetti is a delectable combo of angel-hair Chinese egg noodles with chopped olives and Chinese-style barbecue sauce. The service is choreographed by an energetic waitstaff who are as cool as the Chinese and Western clientele.
Which room to book: The Bund Suite, on the top floor, has views of the barges chugging along the Huangpu River.
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