When I decided to fly from London to Shanghai for 5 nights, primarily to see multiple performances of a theatre production (I’ll tell you about my obsession with immersive theatre, and particularly the work of Punchdrunk another time), my main concern was finding a hotel within walking distance of the theatre, situated in the city’s bustling Jing’an district.
Cachet is set back from the bustling West Nanjing Road, right next to a Metro station that connects you to some of Shanghai’s most useful underground lines, including the one that will take you directly to the airport, or even better, to the Maglev station where a train will whisk you to the airport at 450km/h. You’re within easy reach of everything you’ll want to see, in addition to having a vast range of shops and restaurants on your doorstep (I recommend getting yourself to Din Tai Fung and troughing as many of the delicately made dim sum as possible).
Flair Studio Plus Room
The hotel has a boutique style atmosphere, with a constantly changing display of artwork by contemporary Chinese artists in the lobby. Rooms are large and thoughtfully designed, with a useful kitchenette area, Nespresso machine, fridge and plenty of storage and hanging space. Bathrooms are stylish and sumptuously tiled in gold mosaic, with huge showers and baths for soaking. Free wifi is available throughout, and if you’re not exhausted after all the sightseeing, there’s a small gym for you to work off some of the dim sum excess. A small lounge serves breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Given the central location, the rooms were surprisingly quiet and the overall vibe of the hotel was calm and relaxed. Not one for the party animals, but perfect for retreating and recharging after the craziness of the city.
Slow Rating – 9/10
Rooms – 9/10
Design – 9/10
Service – 9/10