Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: No.1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District, Shanghai, China 200040

Telephone: +86 21 3203 9999

Email: information@thepuli.com

During hairy crab season last year, I planned for a last minute weekend getaway to Shanghai. When I asked a group of friends for hotel recommendations, there were two hotels that they recommended: The Langham Xintiandi, and Puli Hotel and Spa.  As I am already quite familiar with Langham Hotels in general, I decided to give the latter a try.

We chose to take Cathay Pacific flights, instead of Dragonair flights, to Shanghai and the plane was very empty with only a few other people in the cabin!

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PuLi Hotel and Spa is China’s first urban resort, i.e. a resort-style hotel that is located in the city. It is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is an operation by Urban Resorts Concepts, a hotel brand that offers luxurious hotels that are less conventional. Centrally located in the Jing’An district, the hotel is a stark contrast with its bustling surroundings.

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I was immediately attracted to the serene, stylish interior of the hotel. The elongated lobby has a beautiful high ceiling and has very sufficient natural lights. The dark polished tile floors, contemporary dark wood furniture and reproductions of ancient Chinese ornaments make for an understated yet sumptuous set-up. The hotel lobby has a floral, herbal scent that reminded me of essential oils used at spas, but my travel partner didn’t seem to like it that much.

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The hotel is medium-sized with 193 rooms and 36 suites. We booked a Deluxe Room (i.e. most basic), and it is a 45m² room which costs RMB1,450 per night during my stay.

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The hotel room has a studio/ loft-like layout and there is a partition between the door and the bed. We love the beautiful orchids in the room!

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The bathroom has an open plan, and there are two symmetrical basins, a bathroom, a shower cubicle and a toilet cubicle inside. This is a clever use of space in the room, and makes the interior feel more spacious. However, I personally don’t like how it feels like I am sleeping facing the bathroom and would much prefer that there is a separation between the bathroom and the rest of the room.

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The bathtub and the shower cubicle are comfortably large, and I admire the rustic tiles in the toilet as well as the gentle lighting in the room.

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The bathroom amenities are Urban Resorts’ own line, and they have a Tibetan Rose scent which smells absolutely wonderful!

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As this is an urban “resort”, there is a lot of homely wooden surfaces in the room. In place of carpet, the flooring is made of wood. While this may be fine and practical in real resorts, I would have preferred having carpet in the room as carpet feels nicer and softer underneath my feet. I resorted to (excuse the pun) wearing slippers the whole time I was in the room.

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There is a lovely al fresco backyard on the ground floor of the hotel. The hotel’s spa, The Anantara Spa, is renowned for their unique series of tea-based treatments using green, white, rose and chrysanthemum teas that were developed especially for the hotel.

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PuLi Hotel is a one-of-a-kind oasis in midst of Shanghai. The design is stylish, the location is convenient and the pricing is very reasonable. I personally won’t come back as I cannot get over the fact that my bed is facing the bathroom, but this is a pet peeve of mine and lots of my friends have thoroughly enjoyed their stay at this hotel. I would recommend PuLi Hotel and Spa as it is a chic and excellently-run hotel in Shanghai!