Fairmont Peace Hotel
What We Love
- Location, location, location: The Peace Hotel is on the Bund with views of the historic district, the Huangpo River and space-age Pudong across the way
- Sipping an Old Fashioned and toe-tapping to the live band at the Jazz Bar
- The hotel’s illustrious history, which has included guests from Noël Coward to Bob Hope to Bill Clinton
What To Know
- A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The hotel is a major tourist attraction and can sometimes feel overrun with happy-snappers and history buffs
- Unless you're a member of the Fairmont President’s Club loyalty program, WiFi is $16 per day
- Many of the Deluxe Rooms face a traffic-heavy street; you may want to pack earplugs
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Built in 1929 by the charismatic banking magnate Victor Sassoon, the former Cathay Hotel is one of Shanghai’s most striking landmark buildings. Renamed the Peace Hotel in the 1950s — and revamped and reopened in 2010 — it retains many of its original Art Deco features, including a magnificent octagonal glass rotunda atop the soaring lobby, a grand banqueting hall and the antiques- and fireplace-filled Nine Nations Suites.
Bed and Bath
The 270 guestrooms are furnished in fine Deco fashion. All have thick damask carpets, cozy velvet sofas, Lalique lamps and stately mahogany beds. Bathrooms are clad in marble and are kitted out with clawfoot tubs and Le Labo amenities. Mod cons include Illy coffee machines, tubside LCD TVs, iPod docks and DVD players. Those iconic Bund and river views, however, are limited to the one-bedrooms and speciality suites.
A classic afternoon tea is served on tiered silver stands to tourists and well-heeled locals in the Jasmine Lounge. Business deals are brokered over dumplings and dim sum at the colorful Dragon Phoenix restaurant, and the Cathay Room, with its sparkling city views and fine French fare, has all the ingredients of a perfect romance. For a nostalgic slice of Old Shanghai, don’t miss the Jazz Bar, where the suited and booted musicians have been playing since 1980. If you’re looking for something more serene, duck away to the spa or the indoor swimming pool at the on-site Willow Stream Spa.
In the Area
The Bund is home to some of Shanghai’s best-known see-and-be-seen bars and restaurants. Start your night with a signature cocktail at the pink- tinged Glamour Bar; try Glamour in the Afternoon, a bewitching blend of Taittinger, absinthe and raspberry coulis, before nipping upstairs for dinner at the magnificent M on the Bund, a rooftop restaurant with a stunning city view. If you want to party on, saunter down the street to the celeb-frequented Bar Rouge, or down a pisco sour at the low-lit Unico.
How to Get There
Stayed 3 nights in October and had a wonderful time. Room was large with a very large bathroom. Very conveniently located on Nanjing Road East.
Breakfast had a large spread of the usual western options along with the Chinese offerings. This included steamed dumplings, fried dumplings, soup noodle station, rice, noodles, meats etc. Fresh fruit juices and fresh fruits.
Fairmont Gold Lounge offered complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm with a good selection of hot and cold food with alcoholic drinks served until 10.00pm.
A big thank you to Harrison and his team and for his assistance in transferring our bag to Four Seasons Pudong as we were travelling for 2 nights to visit family in Nanjing and didn't want the extra large bag.
The Jazz Bar was a wonderful experience but on the expensive side. 4 gins and 2 cokes cost a whopping RMB700+.
She is professional and always with smile. The introduction with hotel can make visitors know more about history of Shanghai and peace hotel/Cathay hotel. This tour really amazing and wonderful. Thank you for such impressive experience!
Nice view at the top. Excellent service and room clean and neat. Location perfect ... Many nice restaurant with good food. Jazz bar was excellent experience to chill out in the evening. The location near the BUND was good to have early morning walk. Evening time good opportunity to shop along the street wit many goodies.