URBN Hotel $$$
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183 Jiaozhou Lu, near Beijing Xilu
COST: ¥500-1,500 per night
METRO: Jing’an Temple (Line 2, Line 7)
China’s first carbon-neutral hotel is located within walking distance of busy West Nanjing Road, making it the ideal accommodation choice for eco-conscious visitors who want to be in the thick of things. URBN’s rates are at the upper end of reasonable, but it’s worth it to know that your carbon footprint has been curtailed.
The minimalist but comfortable decor includes neutral-colored furniture and slate detailing on the floor and walls. Shanghai celebrity chef David Laris helms the hotel’s restaurant, which uses organic ingredients and materials throughout, from the food to the servers’ aprons.
With just 26 rooms, URBN is a welcome change from the homogeneous brand-name hotels that clog the downtown area.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition