Thanks to Roomorama, we stayed in style.
The first apartment was a full functional one-bedder hidden in a traditional Shanghainese “Nong Tang” (alley) in the Designer Retreat.
Carrying my luggage up the wooden staircase which cried squeakily with every footstep, I told myself to expect nothing fancy and could only pray for a clean set of mattress and sheets. Boy, I was thoroughly mistaken.
Not only the apartment was spick and span, it came with a bundled surprise – an artsy terrace with generous amount of sunshine.
The bamboo fence is a genius design. It is not only a piece of art that quietly integrates with the surrounding, but also a natural ventilator.
“Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.”
Sheets and mattresses that are as clean as star hotels
Fresh towels, hairdryer, robes, slippers and start-up toiletry kits… you name it, they have it.
They also impressed me with small but thoughtful gestures like this – a stack of taxi cards for guests who do not speak in local tongue. Further, the apartment is centrally located in the heart of Jing An District, nested amongst old Shanghainese Nong Tangs and artsy bars and within walking distance to the Jing An Park. This is a place full of untold stories and memories. Wished I had more time in Shanghai!
- Address: Maoming Terrace, Nanjing House, Designer Retreat
The second place was a studio apartment in the Shanghai French Concession area, a smaller but equally fun place to stay in, be it temporarily, or eternally for that matter. Because the sense of time seems to be irrelevant when you are with the right company.
What is “French Concession”? You might ask. It is a French settlement established in 1849 (and terminated in 1943), when the then-French Consul obtained a proclamation to concede residential and commercial activities for the French without interference by the Shanghainese government. The Shanghai French Concession is the largest of the 4 French concessions in China (the other 3 can be found in Tianjin, Hankou and Guangzhou). Years of redevelopment did not wash away the distinctive French character ingrained in the architectural style. Undoubtedly, it has become a popular tourist destination today.
The oriental yet minimalist decor adds an element of comfort to this peaceful oasis. The crown jewel in the unit would be no other than the bay window with a garden view.
- Address: Garden House, French Concession, No. 13 Chang Shu Road
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