The Puli Hotel, Shanghai: A slice of Zen calm

The modern city of Shanghai is on top of the trends, but it can also be overwhelming to visitors with its confusing roads, polluted air and constant flow of things to discover. The Puli Hotel however, situated directly opposite the famous Jing’an Kerry Center, offers up a rare moment of calm without taking your fingers off the city’s pulse.

The Puli suite

City: Shanghai

Where: 1 Changde Road, Jing An / 86 (0)21 3203 9999

Type: Stay

Heart of local retail and dining

The Puli sits right in the heart of Jing’an adjacent to Nanjing West Road, with department stores and shopping malls lining the road that it’s on. You can find everything from luxury label flagships to high street shops and local eats all within 5 minutes walk.

Apart from malls and stores, you can walk for about 10 minutes to Changle Road and Julu Road, where hip boutiques, cafes and bars line the roads of the Former French Concession area.

The nearest metro station is Jing’an Temple located a minutes walk away, and from there you can head to the rest of the city with ease.

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Modern and Zen design

Designed as a collaboration by the Australian firm Layan Design Group and Indonesian firm Jaya & Associates with lightings by Australian firm The Flaming Beacon, all aspects of the hotel reflects a connection to the local and Chinese culture without it feeling cliché or old.

Ask anyone whose been inside The Puli, and they’ll tell you that the lobby is probably the finest they’ve seen. Unlike other hotels, The Puli’s lobby seem to stretch infinitely, with service counters lining the right side and chairs and sofas for you to sink into as filtered natural light fills the space and the outdoor water features provide a comforting sight.

The design element also goes into their rooms and suites. Expect to see bath tubs with offering an Instagram-worthy view and automated sunshades, as well as Chinese wooden panels and furniture that is strategically placed to give you a sense of comforting symmetry.

The Puli Library

The Puli Garden Terrace Evening Scene

Comforts beyond your bed

Breakfast time is usually an important part of any hotel stay, and The Puli delivers with not one, not two, but four options. Take your pick from a la carte or buffet at the Michelin-starred PHÉNIX eatery & bar, grab a quick bite at the Long Bar, or have it delivered to your room while you get ready for the day.

Beyond the rooms, you can take a break on the outdoor terrace, break a sweat at the gym or infinity pool, or head to the first Anantara spa in Shanghai for a proper Thai massage.

It may be subtle, but the hotel also has a blend of orange, lemon, peppermint and pine oil scent that you probably won’t remember, but is hard to forget once you leave.

All in all, The Puli may not be the cheapest accommodation option in town, but the Zen feeling you get alone will keep you going back for more. It truly lives up to its concept as an urban resort, and a fantastically designed one at that.

You can now find more information about The Puli and more boutique and design hotels on Mr & Mrs Smith.

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