Need To Know
26, including a spa suite and two penthouses.
Noon, but flexible, depending on availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $272.03 (CNY1,700), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include afternoon tea and a range of soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits, but exclude breakfast.
Try your hand (and foot) at Tai Chi or yoga – Urbn can arrange classes – or spice up your culinary skills with a Chinese cooking course.
At the hotel
Rooftop gardens, in-room spa treatments, gym, DVD/CD library, WiFi throughout (CNY150 a day). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod-compatible sound system, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms 2 and 3 come with a wonderful sense of space, cosy wraparound sofas in the sunken lounge and sublime garden views. The Courtyard Suite, however, is the one for serious hedonists with its private courtyard and spa treatment room.
Bring an exercise book for your Mandarin language notes – Urbn staff give lessons for beginners.
In keeping with the hotel’s impressive eco-credentials, you can buy carbon credits directly from Urbn to offset your flights.
Urbn welcomes kids of 12 years and up.
Built out of reclaimed brick from old Shanghai houses, the hotel’s carbon neutral offsetting everything from lighting to staff commutes, and recycles wherever possible.