I've stayed in many youth hostels during my trip around the world, and this is the first one I've felt blog worthy. Rock and wood blew away my expectations with beautiful architecture. The over sized dining table made out of a huge plank of wood was my favorite part to this public meeting area. I felt comfortable working on my craft projects here for hours. People would come and go and ask what I was doing. I felt very comfortable. After chatting with the barrista, I found out the owner is an architect and has designed many of the famous hostels in China. I don't remember his name so if any one knows please leave a comment.
The coy pond and private alcoves in the garden made calming retreats after a long day of exploring the city. Every detail was just right. I definitely recommend staying here if you are going to Shanghai.