The first new building to be constructed on the Bund in 60 years, the terraced, granite Peninsula opened in October 2009. Celebrating the city’s Roaring Twenties, the standalone hotel creates a grand sense of arrival with a sweeping driveway. Art deco design elements occur throughout the property, and traditional decor employs lacquer, marble, granite, wood, and original art. Rooms and suites come with spacious dressing rooms with a full-length valet box for discreet delivery of laundry and packages; they also feature Peninsula’s industry-leading, intuitive in-room technology, with room functions controlled at the touch of a button, and VOIP telephones that allow guests to make free local and international calls. For arrival and departure in style, book the hotel’s Rolls-Royce extended wheelbase Phantoms or 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. The property also has China’s first hotel private yacht, a British-built Princess 54 model.
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Money pulses through the area. The former British consulate next door—now an event space managed by the hotel—has a pretty lawn that adds welcome green space to the cityscape. Also next to the hotel, and anchored by the Rockbund Art Museum (of contemporary art), Rock Bund is a pedestrianized area with high-end retail, restaurants, and historic buildings. The first Patek Philippe boutique in China opened on the Bund, just west of the hotel.
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Rooms: 191 rooms, 44 suites. From $600. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Themed on the residence of a 1930s Shanghainese nobleman, Yi Long Court offers Cantonese cuisine, with each area styled after a different room, hence the study, family room, and library. The double-storied, cream-colored, marble-floored, limestone Lobby, the heart of the hotel, serves light meals, drinks, and Peninsula’s celebrated daily afternoon tea with live music. A model of the Shenking 2, a boat that plied the Huangpu River during the 1920s, is the centerpiece of the marine memorabilia at nautically themed Compass Bar. Salon de Ning bar and lounge resembles a residential drawing room and offers cocktails and evening dancing. Sir Elly’s Rooftop Restaurant, Bar & Terrace has a grand space for alfresco dining and cocktails. Spa and gym details:The Great Gatsby inspires the decor of the 25-meter indoor pool and fitness center. Expect ESPA products during treatments at the 13,500-square-foot spa.
Who it's for: Jet-setters, celebs, titans of industry, and society dames. Our favorite rooms: The Palace Suite features a jaw-dropping 12,000-square-foot wraparound terrace that almost begs its occupant to host a party. Good to know: The Peninsula’s parent company, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., was founded in Shanghai in 1866. Expect plenty of commemorative events during the 150th anniversary in 2016.
Rooms feature bedside panel with remote capabilities; multi-function fax machine, copier, scanner and printer; Nespresso coffee machine and tea-making facilities; spacious separate walk-in closet with dressing table; oversized work desk
Spacious marble bathrooms include built-in TV and mood lighting
46" flat screen plasma TV an Internet radio; DVD/CD player; complimentary high speed and wireless Internet; three-in-one fax/printer/photocopier; dual telephones with voicemail and speaker functions; dual voltage and multiple format electrical adaptor socket; VOIP for complimentary long distance calls
Daily fruit basket and local newspaper; valet box for pick-up and delivery of polished shoes, laundry and dry cleaning; 24-hour room service
Sir Elly's Restaurant - European cuisine with a French twise and stunning city views; Yi Long Court - High-end Cantonese cuisine; The Lobby - daily breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea service
Sir Elly's Terrace - Rooftop bar and lounge; Salon de Ning - Speakeasy style bar and lounge; The Compass Bar - classic cocktails and light snacks
Pool and Fitness Centre
Pool - Indoor heated swimming pool with adjoining outdoor terrace; Fitness Center - Life Fitness cardio and strength training machines and free weights
The Peninsula Spa - holistic healing treatments and state-of-the-art modern therapies
The Art Deco-styled Superior Rooms have been designed to create the feeling of being in a suite. The rooms are subdivided into discreet areas of bedroom, bathroom and dressing room with a privacy door that can close off the bedroom. Room comes with a King bed andcity view.
Deluxe Rooms blend traditional Peninsula standards of luxury and state-of-art technology with historical references in a stylish, glamorous setting. With city views overlooking the hotel fountain and forecourt or towards the historic 1920s International Settlement buildings.
Deluxe Garden Room
Deluxe Garden Rooms offer a soothing green vista of trees, looking towards the historic Wai Bai Du iron bridge across Suzhou Creek, an iconic feature of old Shanghai. In tones of celadon green or cerulean blue and ivory, the interior design incorporates a number of traditional materials used in Shanghai in the 1920s - the rich figures of mahogany and ebony for the loose furniture and millwork, and the dramatic contrasts of black Noir St Laurent and off-white St Talino stones.
Deluxe River Room
The bright and airy Deluxe River Rooms have unparalleled views of the Huangpu River and the ever-changing skyline of Pudong. Rooms are elegantly appointed in neutral tones highlighted with sleek black lacquer fittings and antique ceramics.
Deluxe Terrace Room
The two Deluxe Terrace Rooms are richly appointed with mahogany and ebony furniture and millwork and the dramatic contrasts of black Saint Laurent and off-white Saint Talino stones. The private outdoor terraces are perfect for breakfast or an intimate evening meal from the legendary Peninsula In-Room Dining menu.
Grand Deluxe River Room
The expansive Grand Deluxe River Rooms feature spectacular Huangpu River and Pudong skyline views. The welcoming lobby and exceptionally spacious and stylish living and sleeping areas give these rooms the grand feeling of an elegant suite. Bright and airy, the space is accented with plush blue upholstery. These rooms are the the perfect setting for in-room dining against a stunning river backdrop.
Executive Suites are corner suites with windows on two sides with views of the gardens of the former British Consulate. The Art Deco narrative is expressed through soft earth tones and plush velvets on the sofas and arm chairs. The entrance foyer acts as a conduit between the living room and bedroom and bathroom, and the suites can also connect to Deluxe Garden Rooms for additional accommodation needs.
Deluxe Garden Suite
Deluxe Garden Suites feature magnificent views over the gardens of the former British Consulate, and offer a separate living/dining room with a dining table for four and a fireplace.
Deluxe River Suite
Deluxe River Suites have a choice of views over the Huangpu and Pudong or the Suzhou Creek and the historic Garden Bridge. The suites have muted tones of chocolate, grey and beige that give an understated sense of luxury, A sophisticated sound system and 46-inch TV makes this room an intimate oasis of relaxation.
Grand Deluxe Suite
Grand Deluxe Suites offer guests panoramic views from the spacious sitting-room. The elegant circular entrance foyer has an impressive tapestry and connects each area of the suite. A spacious seating area and four-person dining table blend seamlessly with the executive desk and the host of high tech Peninsula amenities that includes a telescope for commanding viewing.
Grand Deluxe River Suite
To step into the Grand Deluxe River Suite at The Peninsula is a magnificent experience in Shanghai. From the imposing circular entrance hall with its tapestry, to this suite's unique Bund, Huangpu River and Pudong views from the spacious sitting room, while the bedroom overlooks the former British Consulate gardens.
The Astor Suite
The Astor Suite takes its inspiration from the origins of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels' beginnings in Shanghai with the Astor Hotel. Ensuring total privacy, the suite is a homage to Art Deco romanticism and is especially popular with honeymooners. A stunning landscaped outdoor terrace with outdoor seating, a dining area and its own jacuzzi can be accessed from both the living area and the bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto the terrace bathe this suite in natural sunlight during the day, while mood lighting and exceptional views of the lights and atmosphere of The Bund create an intimate oasis at night. Grand Deluxe River Room may be connected if required.
The Majestic Suite
The Majestic Suite is a dramatic statement of imperial luxury and opulence and also harks back to the Majestic Hotel that was part of the origins of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. The double-height ceilings and decorative fireplaces are truly magnificent, creating a vast living and dining environment fit for an Emperor. A private balcony overlooks Pudong, while the double-height dining room can seat up to 10-12 guests in true Peninsula style. A host of Peninsula amenities and services are included to make a stay in this suite an unforgettable experience.
The Palace Suite
The Palace Suite is another of the themed suites that takes its name from an original Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels' property, the Palace Hotel of the 1920s. The pièce de résistance of this spacious suite is its expansive 12,000 sq ft (1,098 sq m) wraparound terrace for entertaining in style, with spectacular views over The Bund and across the Huangpu River to Pudong and beyond. This unique space is the largest private terrace on The Bund, and also features a marquee for all-weather entertaining, launches and events. With a dedicated entertainment room with a grand piano and a pantry for discreet service, The Palace Suite is a fine example of lavish Art Deco style.
The Peninsula Suite
The Peninsula Suite is the hotel's Presidential Suite, regularly hosting international dignitaries and celebrities. Offering breathtaking views along The Bund and to Pudong across the Huangpu River, this ultimate two-bedroom suite features a two-storey grand dining room, living room with a working fireplace and a balcony, study, guest powder room, private gym and a fully-equipped kitchen and pantry. The Suite includes a second bedroom and can connect with a Deluxe Room should a third bedroom be required.