I was lucky enough to stay at the newly opened Middle House on my most recent trip to Shanghai. Centrally located in Jing'an district, it is the newest addition to the House collection by Swire Hotels. The hotel's design focuses on muted dark tones and clean lines, incorporating western and Shanghainese elements. A feeling of hospitality is felt throughout the hotel's experiences from the moment guests walk into the intimate and chic lobby, to the warm front desk staff, to the thoughtful personal touches throughout the rooms. The 111 rooms are equipped with a free standing tub, walk in closet, and maxibar with complimentary snacks and drinks. There are three restaurants serving Italian, modern European, and Shanghainese and Cantonese fusion. The property is raising the bar for Shanghai hospitality.
Situated between karst mountains outside of the town of Yangshuo, this old sugar mill has been redesigned into a resort hotel. The Alila Yangshuo is an example of China's new cutting edge architecture that embraces the local history. The hotel is made up of the renovated sugar mill buildings built in the 1960s as well as new brutalist buildings where most of the rooms are located. Landscaping and ponds have been added to the property which includes an art gallery, spa, library, restaurant, bar, and gym. The pool overlooks the Lijiang River and includes the original pillars used to unload the sugar cane from boats.