The Middle House

Location: Shanghai, Hangzhou & Eastern China | China

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

An impossibly photogenic hotel in central Shanghai, The Middle House is a great choice if you’re looking to experience China’s biggest city in the ultimate style. Designed by acclaimed architect Piero Lissoni, the hotel has a striking colour scheme which extends to its luxurious rooms and residences, to the Chinese, Italian and international restaurants, and to the opulent spa.
Perfect forDesign-conscious travellers looking for a Shanghai stay with style
In the knowThe beautiful artworks which decorate the hotel are based around an ‘I Dream of China’ theme, and pay homage to the country’s rich traditions in porcelain and ceramic art

Recommended for...

  • Chic Design
  • City Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Middle House sits right in the heart of things on Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s main shopping street, which is lined with designer boutiques, restaurants and bars – the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the city centre.

Rooms at The Middle House

Accommodation at The Middle House is split into Studios – spacious rooms with seating areas made up of large, comfy sofas and armchairs – and the larger Residences, which feature separate kitchens and dining areas for a real home away from home. Whichever you choose, you’ll find the same impeccable sense of style, with a contemporary décor and an urban colour scheme of white, black and grey, with pops of colour. The beautiful bathrooms feature square sinks, black marble and freestanding egg-shaped bathtubs.

The look and facilities are sleek and modern, with home theatre systems, fast Wi-Fi and espresso machines, but nods to Chinese cultural tradition can be found in the wall art and the beautifully-carved wooden screens. Views over the Shanghai skyline can be enjoyed through large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Food & Drink

The Middle House is home to three fantastic restaurants, all designed in a beautiful contemporary style but each offering a distinct menu of food and drink. Sui Tang Li is the hotel’s flagship Chinese restaurant, with a wide variety of Cantonese, Sichuan and Shanghainese dishes served up with a modern twist. At Frasca, superb Italian favourites are on the menu, alongside a wide variety of vintage Italian wines, while Café Gray Deluxe offers a delicious international menu that touches on Asian, European and American traditions.


At the atmospheric Mi Xun Spa, a range of wellness treatments are on offer which combine traditional Chinese therapies with modern products and technology. Facilities include a sauna, a steam room and an indoor heated pool. There's also a 24-hour gym, a nail salon and a juice bar.

Activities at The Middle House

Shanghai, China’s biggest city, is an intoxicating blend of the ancient and the modern: gleaming skyscrapers reach into the sky and house some of the country’s finest bars and restaurants, while winding alleyways lead to ancient Buddhist temples and serene parks.

Get a feel for the modern might of Shanghai with a walk around the Bund, before taking in some contemporary art at M50. When it’s time to decompress, head for the Yu Garden, where you’ll find a beautiful traditional tea pavilion, tree-lined paths and ponds teeming with fish.

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Hotel location

The Middle House is around 45 minutes’ drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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