In a city packed with new construction, this art deco landmark stands out, a fixture on the Huangpu River for more than eight decades. The hotel is divided into North and South buildings. The 1920s North building, known as Sassoon House for its British businessman owner Sir Victor Sassoon, was home to the Cathay Hotel, with a copper-sheathed roof, Italian marble floors, and Lalique glass artwork; guests included Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw, and Noël Coward, who completed Private Lives here. The building was subsequently used as a government office. The 1850s Renaissance South Building, formerly the Palace Hotel and once the tallest structure on Nanjing Road, was occupied by the Japanese during World War II. The two buildings combined to become the Peace Hotel in 1965, though it closed in 2007 for an overhaul of the exterior, interiors, lobby, and guest rooms by Hirsch Bedner Associates. Art deco influences are evident throughout rooms, while executive floors come with private check-in and lounge access.