Jia Shanghai, Shanghai $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Housed in a renovated 1920s townhouse on hip Nanjing Road, this is wunderkind Singaporean hotelier and restaurateur Yenn Wong's follow-up to the original Jia in Hong Kong, designed by Philippe Starck. The 55 rooms combine luxe comforts—think plush beds, blackout curtains, plasma TVs, iPod docks, and ceiling-mounted Bose speakers—with trendsetting boutique styling, including artwork by photographer Russel Wong, outsize tubs in gold Bisazza-tile bathrooms, and furnishings by Minotti, Moroso, and Hans Wegner. Each room has a small kitchenette with a microwave oven, cookware, and serving dishes. The two stunning penthouse suites have extra theatrical flourishes, including contemporary art, a sunken circular Jacuzzi, and a shower that converts into a steam room. The chic lobby lounge, where you'll be served complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon tea, is dressed with giant Chinese bird cages and lacquer tableware. Shanghai's shaker-makers reserve dinner tables at Issimo, a modern Italian eatery created by Japan-based restaurateur Salvatore Cuomo. This is the place to stay for sophisticated small hotel chic.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
An inconspicuous sign is all that announces this striking 1920s building as a hotel. A sister property to the Hong Kong original, it is set apart from Shanghai's increasing boutique-hotel competition by taste-making owner Yenn Wong's push for five-star comforts: extra-plush beds, blackout curtains, deep-soak tubs in spacious Bisazza-gilt-tiled bathrooms. The 55 guest rooms are unabashedly contemporary, with smooth timber walls, furniture by Knoll and Hans Wegner, Flos and Artemide lighting, and eye-catching artwork by Singaporean photographer Russel Wong, along with a handy microwave oven, dishes, and flatware for convenient self-catering. One of the two stunning penthouse suites comes kitted out with DJ facilities and a private steam room, and entertainment and communication technology in all the rooms will impress technology snobs; another terrific amenity is the washer-dryer facility next to the gym. A stylish international crowd gathers in the cozy lobby lounge to enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening wine.2008 Hot List
When to go: In September and October, typhoons to the south keep the air especially clean during the comfortably warm days.
Which room to book: Standard rooms are suitably indulgent, but balcony suites add far-reaching metropolis views.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›