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
- 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
I had the pleasure of staying at the Fairmont in mid December. The staff were very accommodating and the rooms were beautiful too. However, the noise from 3am onwards of dragging chairs and moving furniture meant that I didn’t sleep well, despite not usually being affected.
Whilst this was only one of four nights spent at the Peace Hotel as previous reviews have suggested - refurbishment is probably necessary as the rooms are a little tired.
The look is stunning, and there is a gym with cardio equipment and few weights.
The view from the rooftop bar on Level 9 is spectacular, as is the Christmas tree in the lobby and location along the Bund.
Despite the location, I probably would not return to the hotel on my next trip to Shanghai.
Great hotel, spacious room with all facilities in room, very nice spa and swimming pool, breakfast is super, service is superb.
Atmosphere is pleasant and staff are very helpfull and nice. Close to nice shopping malls and restaurants around.
Each year, I visit this hotel and there is something new each time. Hospitality at Fairmont Peace Shanghai is very good. The moment you arrive till you depart. All I could say is, the strength of Fairmont Peace Shanghai are its staff.
The hotel rooms definitely needs a little bit of refurbishing as the room I stayed in had a mirror which was partially gone.
I have also had the opportunity to visit the museum tour at the hotel. Thanks to Ms. Hebe Zhang who has taken through the history of the hotel very well. If you're there I would recommend the tour organized by the hotel.
Special thanks to Dammon and Winnie for trying to help with the room. They have been supportive throughout the time.
This is the legendary Shanghai Peace Hotel on the Bund, the site of jazz, romance and intrigue in the 1930s and 1940s. Built in 1929, the new owners have managed to keep the old atmosphere and style while updating the hotel to a perfect condition. My room on the 2nd floor was elegant and spacious, despite the view to the inner courtyard.
They have a couple of excellent restaurants on the premises and a really nice rooftop bar on the 9th floor with an amazing view over the Bund and the Huangpu River. But the most interesting feature is the Old Jazz Bar, which keeps the appearances and sounds from the pre-war period. I have to confess that the bar was somewhat smaller and more intimate than I had imagined based on the books I'd read. I visited the jazz bar on two nights. The band members rotate and for an obvious reason there has been a change of generation -- except for one of the bassists whom I caught on the first Sunday night and who is now 96.
And the location is perfect on Nanjing East shopping and entertainment road and (did I mention) the Bund.
There is nothing more grand than afternoon tea, except tea in the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai.
The food and presentation are stunning, and the location is sheer Art Deco grandeur. You can almost feel yourself stepping back in time to the 1930s.
The pianist and his floutist played glorious music, and the staff was top notch. Edward, Fancy, and Ella were attentive and truly caring. Fancy took the reservation a week ago and came to introduce herself today - wow! The whole team were quick to respond to our requests, and they made us feel right at home.
After 7 years living in Shanghai, I finally ticked this off my bucket list, and I’m only sad I waited so long to do so!