Set on the banks of Shanghai’s Huangpu River with a spectacular view of the famous Pudong skyline, The Waterhouse at South Bund offers an impressive blend of the historic architecture of Shanghai alongside touches of contemporary Chinese design.

The boutique Shanghai hotel has been designed by Neri&Hu, a celebrated Shanghai-based design studio. In reviving the property, Neri&Hu maintained the building’s original curved, concrete façade, lending it an air of austere authenticity in an otherwise rapidly changing landscape.

The industrial exterior of this hotel comes from its former life as a warehouse and factory, dating back to the 1930s. It was also used as the Japanese army's headquarters during their World War II invasion of China.

The four-storey hotel has nineteen guest rooms in several different configurations, each of them bright and airy, their white walls and large windows work well together to make the rooms a delight to spend time in.

Decorated in stark white and light wooden textures with concrete-walled bathrooms, guest quarters feature Bluetooth speakers, large bathtubs, and Illy espresso machines; some come with terraces. The best, in our opinion, are the two 54-square-meter River Suites, which have double-story windows framing water views.

Table Nº1 is a restaurant located on the ground floor of the Waterhouse and offers a unique communal dining experience which encourages guests to interact in an informal environment. The Lobby Bar is more laidback, offering light meals, afternoon tea and evening cocktails in a relaxed ambience. The hotel’s rooftop bar, chic and fresh, offers yet another vantage point at the Pudong skyline across the river.

Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning Air conditioning
  • Coffee machine Coffee machine
  • Essentials Essentials
  • Parking (paid) Parking (paid)
  • Heating Heating
  • Restaurant Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi (free) Wi-Fi (free)
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The hotel reception
One of the hotels rooms/bathroom
This hotel room comes with a private courtyard
Suite with river and city views
The hotel loves their glass showers
The restaurant dining room
Interior corridor of the hotel
Rooftop views of the city of Shanghai
Exterior of the hotel

Location

“The Bund” refers to a popular waterfront area in central Shanghai that really comes to life in the summer months. The Bund stretches one kilometre along the bank of the Huangpu River. To the west of this stretch stand 52 buildings of various architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles. It is often referred to as "the museum of buildings". It is by far one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.

How to get there

If you are coming in from Pudong International Airport, then the best way to get to the Bund is to take the sleek and super fast Shanghai Maglev (SMT) to the Longyang Road Station. From there you need to change to the Shanghai Metro (underground) and continue 5 stops to East Nanjing Road Station. It's then a short 5-minute walk from the station entrance to the hotel. The entire trip takes around 30-minutes.

If you aren't comfortable taking public transport then you can take a taxi from the airport directly to the hotel. This will take around 50-minutes.

Address: Maojiayuan Road, 1-3 Shanghai 200011, China

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