We believe in seeking connection and shared experiences that inspire. Our passion for culture and history drives us to delve beneath the skin of every destination we call home and sample a life of authenticity. We take pride in curating unique experiences punctuated with unforgettable moments that will delight and enrich for years to come.
As masters in our craft of hospitality, we offer the highest level of personalised service and seek to stir your heart with extraordinary experiences. Craftsmanship is imbued into every detail of each hotel and resort; handcrafting even the smallest of details to give you insider access to the region’s culture, community and tradition.
A place to relax, a space to connect from dusk till dawn.
Historians, guardians and native explorers of Shanghai
The Living Room
Found within the walls of our Shikumen sanctuary, The Living Room brings authentic memories of Old Shanghai to new minds. Built in the 1930s as a gated community for wealthy traders and expatriates, the cosy space retains its exclusivity today only for Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li guests to enjoy.
Drop by in the day and cross paths with fellow discoverers over delectable fresh cakes and a specialty curated tea selection, before embarking on a journey through the heritage district of Xuhui to uncover the ‘Paris of the East’. When you regroup in the evening, accompanying your tales of the day are a curated selection of wine and champagne. The Living Room also offers solace for those seeking quiet time alone. Reflection of the former French Concession’s rich past is an extensive collection of Chinese and European literary titles for you to get lost in while sipping tea.
Our Capella Culturist draw inspiration from the hotel’s remarkable location filled with traditional charms and modern vibrancy to curate an unforgettable experience. They share their passion of the historic neighbourhood behind our red walls and can set you up on an exploratory bike tour around the former French Concession and its sycamore-lined boulevards filled with romantic open-air cafes.
Ask them what defines Shanghai’s gastronomic scene and get ready to be entertained by a long list of the city must-eats, from traditional back-alley eateries serving xiao long bao to underrated restaurants only clued-in locals know about. Movers and shakers of the city, they can connect you to unique places, people and experiences including a local grandmother who will pass down her family’s multi-generational culinary secrets to anyone who is open to learn.
Your Capella Culturist will provide a full itinerary of activities and events hosted in the Living Room during your stay.
Our Capella Culturist have spent time scouring Shanghai, leaving no leaf unturned in our quest to provide you with unforgettable moments, immersing into the local community to engage and discover local heritage and culture, discovering new skills, and meeting some fascinating people along the way.
We understand escapism beyond the simple indulgence of travel and seek, through knowledge, empathy and respect for our surroundings, to create ‘Capella Curates’; a selection of experiences designed to become lifelong memories.
An insightful tour that will immerse you into the daily life of a local in Shanghai.
Take part in a traditional tea ceremony guided by an experienced master, who will share more details about the intricate and fascinating history of the beverage and the impact it’s had on Chinese culture.
Learn the intricate process of creating the perfect dumpling – from selecting the filling, to the delicate art of rolling the dough.
Refine your photography skills and capture Insta-worthy images as you explore some of Shanghai’s lesser-known neighbourhoods from behind the camera lens.