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The Edi­tion Ho­tels group is on the up with the open­ing of its lat­est out­post in Shang­hai

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Neri & Hu’s block­buster off The Bund in Shang­hai

it’s not of­ten that a ho­tel opens as am­bi­tiously as the Edi­tion has in Shang­hai, where it has flung open its doors and un­veiled 145 rooms along­side ten lev­els of pub­lic space. With a si­mul­ta­ne­ous launch in Barcelona, plus four more in the works in­ter­na­tion­ally (in­clud­ing the Piero Lis­soni-led restora­tion of a grand but de­funct Mi­lanese palazzo, see W*235), Ian Schrager’s brand is mov­ing at an im­pres­sive clip. Its pace is matched by the de­sign­ers of its Shang­hai out­post, Neri & Hu, who have just fin­ished the city’s sleek Sukhothai ho­tel and sev­eral of its hottest new restau­rant spa­ces. With a col­lec­tive en­ergy that feels al­most nu­clear, it’s fit­ting that the Shang­hai Edi­tion oc­cu­pies a pair of ad­ja­cent build­ings that once housed elec­tric com­pa­nies.

Lo­cated just off The Bund, the two build­ings couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent. ‘The chal­lenge was to cre­ate a bridge be­tween the vi­brancy of the art deco block build­ing and the bru­tal­ism of the post-mod­ern tower,’ say Neri & Hu of the ho­tel’s en­trance. It’s per­fectly on brand in its up­set of the tra­di­tional ho­tel for­mat: the doors open out into a well-pol­ished lobby bar and lounge area set be­tween the two build­ings, with no front desk in sight. Be­hind the bar, nat­u­ral light pours into a 26m-high atrium, high­light­ing the his­toric façade, while cas­cades of hang­ing plants soften the space. Through­out the ho­tel, Car­rara mar­ble ta­ble tops gleam and the space is punc­tu­ated with thought­fully crafted fur­ni­ture from the likes of De La Es­pada and Stel­lar Works.

In the newer tower, the res­i­den­tial-style rooms and suites are rem­i­nis­cent of an up­scale New York apart­ment, with a re­strained pal­ette of black, white and tan. Pared down and so­phis­ti­cated, the rooms are fin­ished in light oak and fea­ture white mar­ble bath­rooms and the sig­na­ture Ian Schrager throw on every bed. But there’s a lot more go­ing on than ac­com­mo­da­tion here – there are three restau­rants, five bars (two of them on the rooftop) and one night­club, along­side a spa with lap pool and a gen­tle­men’s club-in­spired lounge area, com­plete with karaoke room and its own bar.

The ho­tel’s con­tem­po­rary Can­tonese restau­rant, Canton Disco, is run by Hong Kong restau­rant group Black Sheep, while Miche­lin-starred chef Ja­son Ather­ton – who works with both the Lon­don and New York Edi­tions – has been brought in to run mod­ern Bri­tish eatery Shang­hai Tav­ern and the ef­fort­lessly chic 27th-floor Ja­panese iza­kayain­spired restau­rant Hiya. An el­e­gant, aged bronze spi­ral stair­case (an Edi­tion sig­na­ture) leads up to the 35-seater, reser­va­tion-only Punch Room bar be­fore spit­ting you out onto one of the rooftop bars, where you can drink a sig­na­ture Edi­tion cock­tail and drink in stun­ning views of the his­toric Bund set against Pudong’s fu­tur­is­tic sky­line.

199 Nan­jing East Road, Huangpu Dis­trict, Shang­hai, tel: 86.21 5368 9999, edi­tion­ho­ Rates: from CNY1,788 ($260)

THIS page, a Sculp­tural, aged bronze Spi­ral Stair­case as­cends To THE punch room barop­po­site, THE HO­TEL’S well pol­ished lobby bar and lounge area, be­hind which is a 26m-high atrium

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