Need To Know
19, including 11 suites.
Midday, although flexible subject to availability and an extra half-day room charge until 6pm. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $192.02 (CNY1,200), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
The hotel provides fluffy robes and light yukata kimonos for swanning around in your room, plus lush bath amenities in Cultural Revolution-era factory-issued tin trays and cups. Furniture is a design fan's fantasy too, spanning contemporary offerings by Milanese maestro Antonio Citterio and pared-down Scandi pieces by Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, unlimited local phone calls, Illy espresso machine, bedside touch-panel controls, freestanding bath tubs and terraces in some rooms.
Our favourite rooms
Given a modern makeover by hot Shanghai architects Neri & Hu, each of the 19 rooms is uniquely defined by the original factory architecture. Bund Junior Rooms 33 and 35 each have double-height windows framing views of the river and Pudong skyscrapers. Terrace Suite No 21 features a deep concrete soaking tub, as well as a large walled terrace overlooking the internal courtyard. For something a bit cheeky, Courtyard Suite No. 17 has a window looking right over (and visible from) the lobby.
Leave plenty of suitcase space for your Shanghai purchases. The hotel is steps away from the famous South Bund Fabric Market where tailors will spin you a custom-fit wardrobe in a few days.
Throw a party with a thousand of your closest friends at the Waterhouse’s enormous, peak-roofed event space in the adjacent warehouse. Film director Wong Kar Wai and fashion label Shanghai Tang have already held glam bashes here.
It’s not the best spot for little ones, although complimentary baby cots are available as are extra beds for older kids for CNY500 a child a night.