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
The hotel is on a great location, just a minute walk from The Bund and the Nanjin Street for shopping. The hotel is quite old and one gets that nostalgia feel to it. It’s clean and comfortable. The morning breakfast has good variety but can get crowded. We had to queue to get in with a wait of about 15mins.
The staff speak English and are helpful but the service should be a bit better I guess.
The rooms are quite spacious.
Hands down - this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in (together with Fairmont Vancouver). Stayed here for 4 night for business in August 2019 - and cannot praise the hotel highly enough.
Very kind staff, gorgeous rooms (elegant, practical, just renovated), Jazz Bar not to be missed (holding the World Guinness Record for the oldest performing band), great restaurants (especially the breakfast and the Chinese restaurant on the 8th floor are worth mentioning. And of course bar on the top floor with amazing view). You have everything in the hotel, but if you decide to get out, the hotel's location is unparalleled - in the heart of the city, next to the Bund. And good point for the visitors - the Sightseeing Bus stop is in front of the hotel - made my life so much easier.
This hotel made my stay in Shanghai an amazing experience - do not miss.
It appeared that we stayed in the hotel for 3 nights instesad of 1 due to one of the strongest typhoons. Flights and trains were cancelled so could not get out of Shanghai for 2 days.
Very nice and careful personnel in the hotel. Special thanks to caring Viktoria helping with my luggage and extraodinary gratitude to extremely charming Jenny for making our stay easy, pleasant and bright despite bed weather.