Ôpartment Boutique Apartments – Historic Luxury Living

By That's Shanghai, November 7, 2023

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As the historic Yuandong Hotel building celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, it also welcomed in new tenant – Ôpartment Shanghai Boutique Apartments – a high-end domestic apartment spanning 59 suites with various layouts to meet the needs of everyone from short-term business travelers to long-term yearly renters, from single occupancy to family stays.

Image courtesy of Ôpartment

Image courtesy of Ôpartment

Image courtesy of Ôpartment

Designed around the concept of “respect for the old while simultaneously transforming into something new,” Ôpartment brand founder, Mr. Sun Fei, states that:

“Every project of Ôpartment is based on a historical building and fully integrates local culture, allowing guests to delve deep into Eastern traditional aesthetics. 

All spaces incorporate Western contemporary elements, resulting in a modern design that creates a home away from home.” 

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Adhering to the principle of 'renovating instead of replacing,' Ôpartment preserves the antique French-style exterior while striking a balance between old and new to showcase architectural contemporary aesthetics.

Why Ôpartment?

The ‘Ô’ in the name Ôpartment is derived from Old French – meaning “home” – that, when coupled with the English word “apartment,” symbolizes what the Ôpartment brand stands for. 

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The Southern France-inspired renovations feature a black and white design with ample free space that allows residents to create their own personalized living environment without added clutter. 

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Image courtesy of Ôpartment

Ôpartment Boutique Apartments also offer 24-hour butler-style service, taking care of the needs of guests around the clock, while the space is also pet-friendly.

With a fully “smart home system,” exclusive Stellar Works furniture collection, attached balconies with Shanghai skyline views, and five-star hotel-grade bathroom and linen amenities, the living spaces are designed to center around comfort, convenience, and user-friendly layouts.

“This is not just a 'home',” says Fei, “It's a whole new way of living.

Ôpartment Amenities

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From the moment guests enter the building, they are greeted in the lobby, a multifunctional space that combines a concierge reception area, a rest/waiting area, a Far East historical exhibition area, the hAo mArket curated home shopping section, and the Stellar Works limited series display and purchase area – all integrated to reflect various lifestyle aspects.

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Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

On the top floor, residents will find Opus, a lounge and bar with a sprawling terrace offering stunning views to pair with delectable dishes and drinks. 

Ôpartment Building History

Erected in the 1920s, the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel was the result of Shanghai’s emerging hotel industry. Mr. Xu Qiaosheng, founder of Liantai Printing Company, along with several partners invested RMB200,000 to jointly build the hotel, which ultimately opened on June 10, 1923. Consisting of more than 100 guests rooms, the hotel's opening room price was between just RMB3.5-7 per night! 

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Then, after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the hotel was renamed as the second guesthouse for the Shanghai Police District, which was only open to internal staff.

In the late 1980s, it began to open up again to the general public.

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This century-old building has been through the ebbs and flows of Shanghai's history; engraved on its walls are the living memories of Shanghai. 

Now the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, a century-old building, has been through the ebbs and flows of time, yet

still stands firm at Shanghai’s beating heart!

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Its walls and beams tell stories of a different era, one of luxury, of class, of poems and dances. Now, it has been reborn once again as the Ôpartment, a reinterpretation of modern luxury and classic elegance.

Opus Bar at Ôpartment

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Ôpartment’s premium bar – Opus – offers a taste of the Bund right in the heart of downtown.

Located on the sixth floor overlooking People’s Square Park and Nanjing Road, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer guests expansive views across Shanghai’s downtown skyline.

Open daily from 6pm-2am, Opus bar is a haven for relaxation and unwinding after a long day, with live DJs every weekend night.


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The menu features an extensive selection of single malt whiskey, American whiskey, and blended whiskey, along with champagne, plus other spirits like cognac, brandy, rum, vodka, tequila, and gin. There’s also a roster of wines, beer, juice and soft drinks, along with snacks.

Opus bar offers visitors nine signature cocktails, plus seasonally crafted specialties.

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Choose the aromatic Adonis (RMB98) – a blend of London dry gin, lychee liqueur and osmanthus, shaken with lemon, orange, and vanilla. A fluffy egg white topper is adorned with osmanthus flowers and plum powder.

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Homemade shiso gin is the jumping off point for the Twilight (RMB98), augmented by peach and lime. A touch of violet liqueur rounds out the appearance and scent.  

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Refreshingly crushable, the Night Light (RMB108) is all about the tropical fruits – passion fruit, lime, pineapple and lemon, all combined with spiced herbal rum, whey and sparkling wine. 

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Named after our beloved city, the Shanghai Martini (RMB118) is a bold amalgamation of gin and tequila, stirred with elderflower, Campari, Lillet and citrus.  

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Aside from the drinks, the menu highlights more than a dozen Hookah (RMB398-688) flavors, with everything from the customary melon, pineapple, watermelon and mango, to the more coveted flavors like jasmine and honey, Snickers and milky rice. 

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And as you get peckish throughout the night, the food menu encompasses everything from snacks – like Spicy Chicken Wings (RMB58), Curry Fishballs (RMB68), and Shrimps Mango Salad (RMB88) –to larger items like Spaghetti Bolognese (RMB118) and Sausage Plate (RMB118)

Ôpartment 11/11 Gift Card Deals

For 11/11 – the biggest shopping day of the year in China – Ôpartment is offering several attractive gift card deals, a gift that keeps on giving as these deals are available from November 11 through December 11! 

  • Buy a gift card for RMB5,000 to use towards a minimum of a three-night stay, and receive a bonus RMB500 for a total of RMB5,500 towards your stay. 

  • Buy a gift card for RMB8,000 to use towards a minimum of a six-night stay, and receive a bonus RMB1,200 for a total of RMB9,200 towards your stay. 

  • Buy a gift card for RMB12,000 to use towards a minimum of an nine-night stay, and receive a bonus RMB2,000 for a total of RMB14,000 towards your stay. 

Even better, if you stay during December 21-26 for two nights or more, receive a complimentary gift box worth RMB800.

If you stay during December 30 through January 8 for three nights or more, receive a complimentary gift box worth RMB1,500.

Finally, if you stay between February 7-18 for five nights or more, receive a complimentary gift box worth RMB2,000. 

For long-term residents, from November 11 through December 12, if you sign a contract for a long-term stay, you can receive added bonuses and discounts.

For example, if you sign a three-month contract, receive free electricity and water for the duration of those three months.

If you sign a six-month contract, you can stay an extra half month beyond the six months for no additional charge.

Lastly, if you sign a 12-month contract, receive an extra one month stay free of rent for a total of 13 months for the price of 12.

About Ôpartment

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“Ôpartment is not just a brand; it's a philosophy!” says Ôpartment brand founder, Mr. Sun Fei. While providing a home-like living space, it also aligns with the lifestyle preferences of today's young and creative communities, allowing for a more diverse and enriching social ecosystem.

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Starting from the rejuvenation of the century-old Yuandong Hotel, the Ôpartment team aims to create spaces that are inviting and warm, offering quality services and management that make more people fall in love with coming home.

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Using historical buildings with a sense of history as a foundation, integrating local cultural features, balancing Eastern and Western aesthetics, and gathering people with similar tastes and lifestyles, Ôpartment aims to provide inviting living spaces that create a more comfortable way of life.

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Ôpartment injects a sense of coziness into the entire space with enthusiasm and professionalism, aspiring to be a sanctuary for urban dwellers.

The team not only strives to restore the appearance of the buildings they work with, but also focus on the stories behind them.

Through experiences, they share these stories with guests, contributing to urban renewal and continuously striving to build a home away from home for modern urbanites.

To contact the property about leasing, please call the Long-Term Leasing Manager at 181 1728 7628.

Ôpartment Shanghai Boutique Apartment, 90 Xizang Xi Lu, by Beihai Lu, 西藏路90号,近北海路.

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