URBN it is just down the street from our office here in Shanghai. While we haven't stayed here we have dined here on several occasions. The second photo with the ceramic lighting installation is the dinning room where we have had the best Ceasar salad in town, a sublime Goat Cheese tart, and beautifully prepared sea bass.
Later this month the hotel will host another first. Eco-Fair. We'll showcase a selection of bambu products at the Shanghai Eco-Fair.
China’s First Carbon Neutral Hotel Hits Shanghai
by Cate Trotter
Environmentally conscious visitors to Shanghai who are looking for the luxury experience can stay carbon-free and enjoy green living on the go at URBN Hotels. Designed to attract ‘urban world travelers’, the 28-room full-service hotel fuses Western and Chinese influences and a host of green-minded practices to create an urban eco-oasis for tourist and business travelers. From the building’s design and materials to cleaning products to energy-efficiency, URBN Hotels is an eco-friendly refuge amid the bustle of Shanghai.
The building design used an existing structure and locally sourced materials such as reclaimed hardwoods and old Shanghai bricks. Passive solar shades, rain water retention basins and water-based air conditioning have been used to decrease the hotel’s environmental impact."