Alex Catarinella

The Middle House

  • Where:
  • Why:My last stop on a brilliant trip in Asia by Cathay Pacific Airways and its sister company, The House Collective of Swire Hotels.
  • When:Late June 2018.
  • Who:Me!
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The Middle House Hi there!

Hi there!

The Middle House Almost here...

Almost here...

The Middle House OMFG.

OMFG.

The Middle House I’ll just take another photo of this beauty instead. *FAINTS*

I’ll just take another photo of this beauty instead. *FAINTS*

The Middle House Lovely lobby.

Lovely lobby.

The Middle House Lovely lobby art.

Lovely lobby art.

The Middle House Check-in complete.

Check-in complete.

The Middle House Can you press the ninth floor please?

Can you press the ninth floor please?

The Middle House HELLO BEDROOM FOR THE NEXT THREE NIGHTS.

HELLO BEDROOM FOR THE NEXT THREE NIGHTS.

The Middle House Room service right away.

Room service right away.

The Middle House Tempting.

Tempting.

The Middle House Let the bathroom light in.

Let the bathroom light in.

The Middle House And then, a drink or three at Café Gray Deluxe.

And then, a drink or three at Café Gray Deluxe.

The Middle House Have several seats.

Have several seats.

The Middle House Subtle.

Subtle.

The Middle House Need some post-plane Italian food at Frasca. Now.

Need some post-plane Italian food at Frasca. Now.

The Middle House Or shall I ascend the spiral staircase for some Chinese at Sui Tang Li? .

Or shall I ascend the spiral staircase for some Chinese at Sui Tang Li? .

The Middle House How about I just start with some lychee dessert at CGD?

How about I just start with some lychee dessert at CGD?

The Middle House And then, a drink at Sui Tang Li.

And then, a drink at Sui Tang Li.

The Middle House And then, I’ll take the elevator to the bottom floor and enter wellness Nirvana.

And then, I’ll take the elevator to the bottom floor and enter wellness Nirvana.

The Middle House Enter the futuristic sauna.

Enter the futuristic sauna.

The Middle House Beautiful, but I don’t own a bathing suit.

Beautiful, but I don’t own a bathing suit.

The Middle House If I vacuum the fat away, perhaps I’ll go skinny dipping.

If I vacuum the fat away, perhaps I’ll go skinny dipping.

The Middle House Beauty close-up.

Beauty close-up.

Highs & Lows

  • Is this a real question? Everything. The Middle House is the definition of a five star hotel.

  • The immaculately-designed lobby. (The art. The furniture. The zen vibes. Etc.) Actually, everything about the lobby. But especially the CHANDELIER.

  • All three restaurants are seriously sublime. I’m still full.

  • The bar at Café Gray Deluxe is liiiit at night. Really good fashionable people watching. Go out onto the terrace and get your drink on with the fashion-y cuties while taking in/Instagramming the breathtaking Shanghai skyline.

  • The food at all three restaurants = phenomenal.

  • Fantastic and very thoughtful service. Thank you for the plates of lychee!

  • MAJORLY STOCKED MINI-BAR!

  • The Bamford exclusively for The House Collective toiletries are sooo good. AND natural and Artisan made!

  • WALK-IN CLOSET!!

  • Location, location, location! (The biggest Starbucks in the world is a two minute walk away, if that’s your thing. Really cool Instagram-friendly building, tbh.)

  • A perfect bathtub/rain shower, and, holy shit, that heavenly bed.

  • I got a great facial at the MI XUN spa. And I had my fat vacuumed away in the HYPOXI room whilst clad in one of their cupping-suction suits.

  • THE POOL!!

  • Having to check out. :’(

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Boutique.

  • Vibe

    Modern, lavish, sophisticated with a mix of Shanghainese design elements. A sanctuary from the Shanghai hustle and bustle!

  • Location

    Its majesticness is located in the Jing’an District and the city's trendy Nanjing West Road.

  • Rooms

    111 modern studios plus a gallery suite and a top-floor Penthouse all of which feature incredible city views.

  • Music

    Classy, jazzy numbers in the lobby.

  • Year Opened

    Soft opening was in April 2018!

  • Designed By

    Lauded Italian designer and architect Piero Lissoni.

  • Health & Wellness

    Spectacular indoor heated pool. Fantastic gym. Plus, a spa, a juice bar, a sauna, and more, all on the same futuristic-meets-zen-designed floor! Oh, and a HYPOXI ROOM where you can vacuum the fat away!

  • Restaurant

    Three fantastic restaurants. Café Gray Deluxe = European yummy dishes, fantastic cocktails, great space. Just as great as the Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House in Hong Kong. Frasca = Italian restaurant with to-die-for dishes brought to life by Chef Stefano Pace. Ingredients sourced fresh from local family farms. Great cocktails, wine and Italian beers. Sui Tang Li = SO GOOD Chinese restaurant (with its name aptly meaning “happy, free and relaxed”). Chef Tony Yet, who has more than 20 years’ experience, serves the best of artisan Dim Sum. A menu featuring contemporary dishes influenced by Shanghainese, Sichuan and Cantonese regional cuisines. It’s a mouth-watering must.

  • Bar

    Yes, at all three restaurants. In the evening at Café Gray Deluxe, the crowd is quite hip and fun. In the summer, I suggest drinking it up on the lovely terrace. (Reminder: CITY VIEWS.)

  • Minibar

    Fully stocked. Lots of alcohol options…!

  • Children

    I hate them but if you must.

  • Price

    Expected prices from a newly-opened five-star hip-as-hell hotel in one of the best cities in the world.

  • Website

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