There’s a new edition to Shanghai’s buzzing hotel scene. Hot on the heels of the The Bodrum EDITION, which made a splash on the Turkish Riviera in June, and The Barcelona EDITION, which has tongues wagging about its rooftop terrace and furniture originally designed by Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí, The Shanghai EDITION will debut in October 2018. Ian Schrager’s latest project is billed as an “unprecedented blend of leisure and entertainment within one luxury hotel.”
The setting alone is worth writing home about: It’s inside the Art Deco building that once served as the headquarters of ShanghaiPower Company on Nanjing Road. Built in 1929, this historic building has been connected to a new skyscraper, which houses the hotel’s 145 guestrooms. All public areas—including the restaurants, bars, cool rooftop spaces, spa and meeting rooms—are located within the Art Deco building.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to: Dining concepts include Shanghai Tavern, an all-day brasserie, and HIYA, a Japanese restaurant—both by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. There will also be an outpost of Punch Room, the popular cocktail lounge at The London EDITION. Cantonese food will be served at Canton Disco, while The Club Room will exude a gentleman’s club vibe. Expect a happening nightclub (Electric Circus); after all, Ian Schrager still holds bragging rights to Studio 54.
Earlier this year, Jeremy McClellan, the global account director, travel industry for Marriott International Luxury Brands, took several advisors to get a sneak peek at the property. He says: "It has contemporary décor aesthetic: Very whimsical, great energy. All of the advisors that were with me said that they’ve never been so excited about an upcoming hotel opening.”
In the EDITION tradition, Schrager is looking to create an urban hub at the Shanghai hotel with facilities galore (swimming pool, gym, spa, Urban Lobby) and lots of meeting/event space. Get ready for the tropical Roof Garden, complete with a cinema!