Want an angle on the iconic Shanghai skyline, without the maddening crowds?
Check into design-savvy sweetie The Waterhouse at South Bund, occupying a former 1930s factory and army HQ in the historical Shiliupu dockyards, but be warned – it ain’t one for shy pets.
Avant-garde architecture rules here thanks to developer Loh Lik Peng and dynamic duo Neri & Hu, and it’s evident in the curated, meticulous appointment of the spaces. The Waterhouse DNA means private becomes public in 19 pared-down designer digs with see-through standing showers, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Huangpu river, cutting-edge contempo furny, and all the mod cons like comp WiFi, TV, iPod dock, and espresso machine.
Hip ground-floor eatery Table No. 1 serves modern European cuisine in industrial-rustic surrounds, while terrace lounge The Roof wows by night with views up the Bund and across to Pudong. Whatta looker!
Waterhouse at South Bund, 1-3 Maojiayuan Lu, Lane 479 Zhongshan Nan Lu, +86 21 6080 2988, waterhouseshanghai.com