Aside from solid customer service, one of the reasons luxury boutique hotels are gaining more popularity these days is the individuality each place holds—people are looking for a city’s experience in the hotel itself. Cue The Sukhothai Shanghai, a modern lifestyle hotel located in the bustling hotspot of Nanjing Xilu in the Jing’an district in Shanghai. This is the second Sukhothai hotel in the world; the first opened in Bangkok in 1991. Yet despite sharing a name, both hotels feature completely different designs, boasting distinctive individual character thanks to the Sukhothai convention of tailoring each space to its destination.
The Sukhothai Shanghai features a contemporary design by internationally acclaimed Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, and incorporating sustainable practices and the use of materials and textures such as natural stones, fine woods and polished brass. The hotel’s design stems from the idea of “A Place Apart”—stepping through the doors of The Sukhothai Shanghai means stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the city outside. And that ethos reflected in every element of the hotel, from the spacious design of the high-ceilinged guest rooms to a zen-filled spa located in a cave-like space in the basement.
Each of the 170 carefully designed guest rooms and 31 residence-style suites—ranging from 44 to 172 square metres—offers guests a sense of being in a home away from home. The clean stylish colours of celadon and muted pink in grey palette sit well with the diatom-silica clay walls, an innovative, environmentally-friendly material that helps with air purification, humidity regulation and sound absorption—great for a city like Shanghai.
Besides the usual in-room refreshments, guests will also find a wine bar complete with selected spirits in the rooms, as well as decaffeinated tea leaves and an hourglass for that perfect brewing time. It’s these little thoughtful designs that set Sukhothai hotels apart.
Here’s an insider tip: at The Sukhothai Shangai, the showers are designed with taps located across from where the water flows, allowing guests to adjust water temperature before actually getting into the shower.
There are five dining establishments at The Sukhothai Shanghai—La Scala Italian restaurant by Michelin-starred master chef Theodor Falser, with chef de cuisine Stefano Sanna; the Urban Lounge, boasting a sophisticated collection of over 120 premium gins and tonics and a special trolley with infused fresh herbs to be served with premium teas, accompanied by live jazz in the evening; The Zuk Bar, a cosy bar with an outdoor terrace; all-day dining spot Urban Café; and the relaxing modern space Beans & Grapes.
Find a selection of over 30 artworks by local and international artists scattered in every corner of the hotel, including two large-scale interactive installations by the highly popular Japanese digital art collective teamLab. Or explore the neighbourhood on Kate Wood bamboo bikes handcrafted by renewable resources. How ever you decide to spend your time at the hotel, The Sukhothai Shanghai offers guests an experience. And a good one at that.