In Shanghaiist’s somewhat monthly Hotelist feature, we take a sneak peek at the various hotels around town that have caught our fancy. This week, a hotel worthy of being called a home away from home: JIA.
Where: 931 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai 200041, 南京西路931号
Opening Date: August 2007
Number of Rooms: 55 rooms and suites, including two penthouse suites
Rate per Night: 2,000 to 10,000RMB
Located in a 1920s building on Nanjing Xi Lu, JIA, which means “house” in Mandarin, is historical yet modern, chic yet relaxed, and glamorous yet comfortable. This beautiful boutique in the heart of town contains 55 rooms, all equipped with kitchenettes and other comforts of a home away from home.
Since its opening in August 2007, JIA has won a host of awards for its efforts to provide luxury. These included the National Geographic Traveller Gold List’s Best Design Hotel 2009 and topping Tablet Hotels’ 2008 list for Best Value Hotel, Best Hip Hotel, and Best Hotel in Asia.
And it’s easy to see why. The standard room, Studio Plus, can hardly be called basic: it spans 42 square metres and comes with bright, clean and classy furnishings, contemporary art hangings, a lounge area, double bed, television with DVD player (and board games for the more traditional amongst us) and a large bathroom covered in bronze and gold-coloured tiles and a marble bath. This is priced at 2,600 RMB a night.
Each floor also has two suites costing 4,200 RMB a night. They are double the size of their studio neighbours, fully kitted out with separate lounge and sleeping areas (both coming with TV-DVD sets), a sizeable and equally ornate en-suite, and kitchenette with a small dining table and chairs.
And for the more indulgent, JIA’s Penthouse (120 square metres, 6,000 RMB/night) and Penthouse Plus (160 square metres, 10,000 RMB/night) will surely satisfy luxurious appetites. The Penthouse Plus itself has glamour written all over it, coming with a DJ booth, full bar facilities, jacuzzi and steam room.
A glamorous alternative to making good use of the room’s kitchenettes is JIA’s Issimo restaurant. The spacious dining area is kitted also with a lengthy bar and lounge space, and serves Italian cuisine. A typical 4-course set lunch costs 168 RMB, and the restaurant’s rotating menu changes every week.
But for a hotel this sensational, the gym perhaps falls a little short. While it has the basic mod cons (treadmills, bike and step machines, weights and a laundry room), it is on the small and simple side. That said, it is complimentary, just one of the many other free services JIA offers its guests, such as free wi-fi throughout, breakfast, afternoon cakes, evening wine and a spacious business centre with a sizeable meeting room and computer lab.
JIA certainly blends glamour and home comforts in a luxurious setting. Prices are high, but indulgence seems even higher at this chic hideaway.