Man at His Best

Last Resort: The Shanghai Edition

When Chinese heritage meets new gen luxury.

BY ian loh | Nov 8, 2018 | Travel

For centuries, Shanghai has been the place where east meets west. Today, it is the melting pot of Chinese culture and modernity. This has spurred American visionary entrepreneur (and founder of the legendary Studio 54) Ian Schrager to establish an EDITION hotel in this city—his brainchild is the epitome of modern, understated luxury. The arrival of an EDTION hotel to this metropolis seems like a perfect match of two icons.

Located in the former Shanghai Power Building—built in 1931—The Shanghai EDITION comes alive in Schrager's exceptional blend of the old and new. The Art Deco monument now houses the hotel’s public area, spa, event hall, a nightclub, a funky Chinese restaurant called Canton Disco (which loops 80’s music) and Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton’s new restaurant, Shanghai Tavern. 

The adjacent 1980’s high-rise—once home to East China Electric Power—has also been completely converted into part of the property. In the tower, you’ll enter the hotel lobby anchored by a centerpiece light custom designed by French designer Eric Schmitt. A unique injection of Shanghainese architecture is seen on a plaster relief artwork inspired by carving on traditional Shikumen at the lobby bar.

Upstairs, you’ll find amenities like the gym and pool and another Atherton’s creation, HIYA—a Japanese restaurant. Although you’ll want to have a drink on the garden rooftop bar, which comes with a spectacular view of The Bund; Electric Circus—a Studio 54-like VIP lounge and nightclub is where the party at. Otherwise, head to the stylish Punch Room for a cocktail or Club Room for a nightcap before heading up to one of its 145 rooms and suites.

In true EDITION style, the rooms are enclosed with walnut wood paneling, whitened oak floors, dressed in creamy furnishings and accented by black and white portraits. Many come with unrivalled view of The Bund.   

But just like other EDITIONs around the world, this is more just than a place to sleep. The “lifestyle hotel” concept—in which the lobby is often described as ‘a new kind of gathering place’—offers plenty of choices in every aspect of the hotel experience, so that you’d never need (or want) to leave once you’ve stepped in, even if you’re only here for a drink or a meal.

While Schrager might think that “this is a new kind of hotel in China that the city of Shanghai didn’t know it needed”, we believe EDITION is definitely the kind of hotel that Shanghai deserves.