Suite Life: The Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai

About the hotel

The Waterhouse is a four-storey, 19-room boutique hotel located in the historic Shiliupu dockyards, a little out of the way of the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with views up and down the Huangpu River. Starting life as an army barracks in the 1930s, the hotel has kept its original design and materials. The Waterhouse is industrial chic in its look and feel, with concrete walls and ceilings, original brick fixtures, steel beams and lightly sanded wooden floors.


The suite experience

The River Suite I stayed in featured the bed in the middle of the room, a different approach to decor but I loved it. The room had a lot of personality and was quite spacious. The bathroom is glassed floor to ceiling and is exposed to the room, with a free standing bathtub and an open shower. The hotel’s interior is modern and features minimalist designer décor with fresh, neutral tones throughout.



Table No 1 is a destination restaurant that sits on the ground level of the hotel and has a mixture of communal tables and smaller tables that look out onto the street. The main dining hall accommodates up to 60 guests and there are two private dining rooms. Cuisine is world-influenced modern European, with some of the signature dishes including tuna tartar, braised ox cheek and fine de claire oyster.



There is no spa on the property.


Unique features

The design features of this hotel are definitely a highlight – a refreshingly different aesthetic to other luxury accommodations.


If you’d like to upgrade

The River Suites are the biggest in the hotel, but if you’d like something with a bit of outside space you can choose one of the Terrace Suites which have a sunny 17 square metre outdoor area.


Insider tip

The rooftop features lounges and a herb garden, the results of which are used in the hotel’s restaurant. It’s an ideal spot to have a drink on a nice evening and watch the Pudong skyline light up the night.



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