Catering to today's ultra-luxury travelers, Capella Shanghai is situated in the city’s Xuhui District cultural preservation zone, carrying on the rich tradition of the Jian Ye Li estate. Originally built in the 1930's by a French real estate company (Foncière et Immobiliere de Chine), the property features 22 rows of shikumen (stone gate) townhouse lanes, connecting over 200 two-story houses. Painstakingly restored by a team of experts, today the Capella Shanghai showcases Shaghainese traditional courtyard living with a touch of Parisian flair. The Jian Ye Li estate encompasses 55 shikumen villas and 40 residences. All villas are designed by Jaya International Design, each featuring luxurious king and twin beds, premium bath amenities by Acqua di Parma, personal assistant service, and other cutting edge technological gadgets. The expertly designed rooms marry French-accented furniture with Chinese artwork and accessories. Meals are served from the kitchen of renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire at le Comptoir, Capella Shanghai’s own restaurant providing elegant French cuisine. Additionally, guests enjoy round-the-clock in-room dining services, 24-hour gymnasium facilities, and a former water tower renovated to providebeautiful views of Shanghai's skyline.
Originally home to middle-upper class traders and expatriates during the 1930s, these rooms were later repurposed by the local Shanghainese in 1945, creating an interesting blend of Eastern and Western motifs. Most recently, the Capella tasked designer Jaya Ibrahim with giving the rooms a facelift, and the result is a love letter to 1930s French-Chinoiserie elegance. Ceilings are 14.7 feet tall, windows are fitted with traditional redwood frames, and marble bathrooms foster a sense of pure indulgence. The rooms are also fitted with complimentary minibars, Lavazza coffee, high-speed Wi-Fi, and Bose Bluetooth audio systems. Personal assistants are on hand to tailor every stay to guests’ liking, and gourmet in-room dining is available.
These renovated one-bedroom accommodations overlook shikumen architecture and span 1194 – 1216 square fet. They can be fitted with either one king-size bed or two twins.
Perfect for up to four adults, these 156 to 161-square-meter villas feature two rooms appointed with either one king-size or two twin beds.
The largest accommodation the hotel has to offer, these 245 to 251-square-meter villas feature three bedrooms that can be fitted with either king-size or twin beds, a separate living area for chatting and relaxing, a TV room, and a dining room where guests can enjoy catered meals. Additionally, these rooms have their own rooftop areas, perfect for enjoying nights in this vibrant cultural center of China.
Equipped with an opulent spa and a fitness center that never closes, the Capella Shanghai stays true to its propensity for the finer things while also affording guests the opportunity to keep up with their fitness goals.
The hotel's spa merges simplicity with pure indulgence to create an embodiment of the "Auriga spirit." Tailored, holistic treatments are based on the cycles of the moon and are available in seven luxurious treatment rooms. There are also sauna and steam rooms, a vitality pool, flotation tanks, and a Hypoxi sculpting machine. The spa is also home to a fully equipped gymnasium that’s open 24 hours a day and a movement studio.
The Capella Shanghai only has one sit-down dining venue, but it is headed by a three-Michelin-star chef. There are a variety of dishes that draw from, embody, and even innovate upon traditional French cooking. Additionally, there’s a gourmet Boulangerie serving a number of buttery French pastries throughout the day. Finally, in-room dining is of course available, allowing guests to indulge in fresh flavors and seasonal ingredients from the comfort of their own space.
Downstairs from the hotel restaurant, this bakery is headed by French pastry chef Clement Avache. A number of buttery French pastries are served throughout the day, and for breakfast they can be enjoyed in the main restaurant's dining area along with Prosecco and local dim sum.
While the only formal restaurant at the hotel, this first foray into China by three Michelin star-awarded chef Pierre Gagnaire embodies the finest of French cuisine with dishes that are full of character. The frog’s ‘poulette’ cocotte and the praline profiteroles with Dulcey chocolate ganache are highlights, to name a few, and an impressive wine list promises to pull any meal together. Dishes use local ingredients of the highest quality, and the renowned chef often adds his own unique spin and taste to traditional French cooking.