The Middle House is an ode to modern-day Shanghai in the middle of historic Dazhongli. Designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni using a mixture of Chinese materials like porcelain, ceramic, bamboo, and lacquered textures, the House combines an impeccable sense of style, eclectic art collection, and a flair for dramatic entrances. Designed by renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni, the hotel offers intimate luxury that radiates urban sophistication, providing an elegant and calm oasis amidst the dynamic backdrop of one of Asia’s most sophisticated cities.
People & Culture - The House is home to an energetic collective of talented individuals with fresh ideas, different perspectives, and singular personalities. Get to know the people who bring The Middle House to life. The Guest Experience Team offers personalized round the clock service. ''We hope you’ll come to know us well. No matter what time it is, we are here to provide you with a personal service. Whether this means booking you a table at the top restaurants, advising you on the best places to shop, or arranging last-minute dry cleaning, think of us as reception and concierge rolled into one. The hotel knows that the guests love to keep things simple, so we have made your arrival paperless with no forms to fill. Go straight to your room or take a seat anywhere in the house, and we’ll come to you to complete your check-in. When it’s time to depart, send us an email, if you so wish" - The Middle House Team.
Art & Design - You'll find the House hidden behind a forest of whispering bamboo in the middle of Shanghai. It's a masterpiece of artistic simplicity framed by its fascinating contrasts – historic and modern, Italian and Shanghainese, light and dark, bold and neutral, heaven and earth. The Middle House blends Shanghainese craftsmanship and Italian ingenuity. It's gorgeously composed but never takes itself too seriously. Surround yourself in the minimalist design with dark atmospheric colors and bold jewel-tones or awaken your senses with the art collection inspired by the curatorial theme “I Dream of China.”
In-room refreshments are a complimentary and easy treat with the Maxi Bar. Keeping it stocked with complimentary soft drinks, beer, juice, and water as well as coffee, tea, and a selection of infusions. Help yourself to the sweets too. Ensure smooth and comfortable transfers to and from the airport or around the city, offering a selection of hotel car options for guests. Whether it’s getting to your meeting or sightseeing, the House cars are available for one-way, return, or on-hire services. Prices to be provided upon request.
Dining - The restaurants and bars at The Middle House highlight the seasonal and the sublime. Set off on a journey of imaginative flavors and gastronomic experiences. ''Cafe Gray Deluxe"' - Classy cocktails and seasonal ingredients. The sophisticated take on all-day-dining serves continental cuisine with local influences - your stop for sophisticated, buzzy, and bold dining. The European inspired grand café serves modern continental cuisine with local Asian influences and seasonal ingredients. A sister restaurant to Hong Kong’s iconic Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House, the Shanghai outpost boasts an alfresco terrace, intimate dining room, and handsome cocktail lounge. It's the place to see and be seen. The wrap-around terrace is a hip pre-dinner hangout where you'll spot Shanghai’s young and well-heeled crowd sipping craft cocktails and watching the city lights.
''Frasca'' - The casual Italian eatery brings the authentic traditions of the trattoria to Shanghai. Enjoy regionally inspired fare and alfresco dining at Frasca. The casual Italian eatery and alfresco terrace brings the authentic traditions of the trattoria to Shanghai. Frasca is named after the symbolic hanging branches used to welcome passers-by in Northeast Italy. Expect heaping bowls of fresh house-made pasta, artisanal charcuterie, crispy pinsa Romana, and well-seasoned meats from the chargrill. All washed down with a glass of grappa or Tuscan wine from the Italian-inspired drinks menu. Using ingredients from around Italy and the freshest local produce from family farms, Chef Marino D’Antonio’s regionally-inspired menus will take you on a culinary journey from the foothills of the Italian countryside to Rome’s cobblestoned laneways.
''Sui Tang Li'' - Serving creative dim sum and reimagined Chinese classics, the modern Chinese restaurant Sui Tang Li blends Cantonese, Sichuanese and Shanghainese influences. Bold designer vibes and a dramatic spiral staircase entrance set the tone at Sui Tang Li. Here, creative modern dim sum and reimagined Chinese classics take the spotlight. Chef Tony Ye’s kitchen blends Cantonese, Sichuanese, and Shanghainese influences with surprising artisanal ingredients for playful, imaginative, and punchy dishes. Savor baskets of 5J Cinco Jotas xiaolongbao, dine family-style on braised beef short rib, or tuck into a bowl of double-boiled Matsutake soup with Tofu. Pair small bites, divine dumplings, and shared plates with a craft cocktail, wine, or Chinese wine and tea of the curated drinks list based on the Chinese Five Elements.
''Sui Tang Shang'' - The secret cocktail lounge Sui Tang Shang is a laid-back watering hole serving craft concoctions inspired by the Five Chinese Elements. The secret cocktail and tea lounge Sui Tang Shang is a laid-back watering hole. Its minimal design pays homage to Chinese craftsmanship and Italian style. Serving craft concoctions inspired by the Five Chinese Elements (Earth, Fire, Wood, Metal, Water), Sui Tang Shang blends artisanal spirits and teas with surprising ingredients. Relax on jewel-tone armchairs and sip a Golden Buddha, a blend of jasmine tea-infused vodka, Osmanthus, and floral Anxi Tieguanyin tea. Or try the Shaoxing wine-based Naughty Ball with Yakult, cranberry, peach bitters, and roasted white sesame.
Wellness - Start your urban wellness journey at The Middle House. De-stress at the tranquil Mi Xun Spa, set amongst a subterranean sanctuary of curved bamboo corridors, futuristic glowing hallways, and concrete tones. Or sweat it out next door at the 24-hour gym, yoga studio, and indoor swimming pool. It's a dreamy escape from everyday life. ''Mi Xun Spa'' - Mi Xun Spa’s extensive menu of restorative CHA LING and Gemology treatments and massages are tailored to you for a nourishing and deeply relaxing wellness experience. Mi Xun Spa’s extensive menu of restorative treatments and massages is inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine practices and tea's healing power. East and West converge in the LVMH-developed CHA LING skincare treatments that harness ancient Pu’er tea's regenerating properties from Yunnan. The holistic therapies re-harmonize energy flows and detoxify body and mind by following the body’s biological rhythms and adapting to different times for complete energy revival. Also, offering treatments using skincare products from French brand Gemology captures the richness of precious and earthly elements to help you achieve youthful and radiant skin.
The Pool & Gym - The spacious 24-hour gym is equipped with all the latest cardio and weight-training machines from LifeFitness and a dedicated yoga studio. The 33-meter indoor swimming pool provides a mindful retreat from Shanghai’s hustle and bustle. Relax poolside in comfortable daybeds or enjoy the steam room and sauna.“Wellness is all about balance and creating healthy routines. We've created a calming space where you can work out, relax, and look after body, mind, and spirit.”
Sustainability - At the House, experiences are created that don’t just feel and look good but positively impact the world. Sustainable practices have become a conscious part of the day-to-day operation and always looking for new ways to conserve the environment. Sustainability starts with the people. Every one of us goes to extraordinary lengths to minimize the carbon footprint while crafting more eco-friendly experiences for the guests. Eco-Friendly Experiences - Every guest experience is designed to be eco-friendly. From the moment a hybrid car picks you up at the airport to complimentary House bicycles and made-to-order breakfasts that minimize food waste instead of buffets – we’re finding ways to go green. The in-room body care products are organic, and Mi Xun Spa uses sourced products sustainably. Also supporting local swimwear brands, Loop Swim uses fabric made from recycled plastics, and In Sharks Trusting, which creates sustainable swimwear made from fishnets.