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
My family with 2 young kids stayed for 2 nights at Fairmont peace. There was a minor hiccup where we found one of the rooms furniture arrangement not the most convenient for us, especially with kids and Roy who is the GM was very kind to listen to our concerns and arranged for a better room. Stevie who is the guest experience manager helped facilitate that change & even on the last day, he personally carried our luggage a distance away from the Hotel because the DIDI (uber) driver had got the wrong location.
Kudos to them for making the stay a memorable one!
For our first time in Shanghai, I deferred to online reviews to guide my accommodation options. Needless to say, positive reviews of the Fairmont Peace Hotel are well earned and deserved for this historic property. We were booked in Fairmont Gold for an enhanced experience and had the pleasure to work with Lily and Harrison. From pre-arrival planning with Lily to daily interactions with Harrison while on property, both deserve high praise for their commitment to excellent service delivery. Hard products, rooms, public spaces and Gold Lounge, were all well maintained, tastefully appointed and welcoming. For all future visitors, I highly recommend visiting the Old Jazz Band on Level 1.
With the help of the dedicated staff at Fairmont Peace, we received VIP service from arrival in Shanghai to check-out, and all aspects within. The hotel made many dinner reservations on our behalves where we received a continuation of the Fairmont's legendary service. As a student and employee in hospitality, visiting the Fairmont Peace hotel was a true privilege and opportunity to observe a superior product from the guest perspective. Hope and intend to return!
The hotel has nearly 300 rooms. When I tried to check out at 6:50 am on Mar 22, there was only one front desk employee. I waited for over 15 mins. The only employee there was not very efficient. I have an early flight to catch that morning. I would not stay at this hotel again.
I visit this Hotel pretty much each year once or twice. Loved this hotel for the location and the history behind it. Most importantly loved it for the hospitality. My last visit, experience made me think how the hotel has changed:
1) The hospitality has definitely dropped. Either staff are over burdened or under appreciated by management.
2) The rooms deinitely need a lift as I could see some they are getting ancient and not well kept. Had to call the room maintenance the time before as soon as I checked into my room.
3) Cost cutting from the hotel. My first visit to this hotel (5 years ago), I was glad to see the variety of fruits one has in the room upon arrival. Last 2 visits, there was none. Seems like loyality is not a virtue.
Most importantly each room is exactly the same. Change the floor or the room facing Nanjing road or any other, it is exactly the same.
You wouldn't be having the opportunity to get a room to face the Bund unless you take one of the suites which makes it in acessible unless you pay a premium for presedential suite.
If you are travelling in winter, don't be surprised they set the room temerature to fixed setting. You could not make it colder even if you'd prefer cold conditions. Serious flaw for a premium hotel to use fixed settings for all rooms.
I believe one pays a premium price for the history of the hotel, location and nothing else. There are better hotels that I have stayed in Shanghai which were more modern or have better ameneties in this price range.
Thank You Fairmont and I hope you use this feedback to further improve or be more creative.
My Piece of advise: Do not let down the regulars and do not stop surprising the first timers. Every little helps!
Stayed in a Fairmont gold room for a birthday weekend. Very satisfied with the quality of the room and gold lounge. Harrison and the rest of the gold lounge were super helpful. Harrison assisted us with reserving a prime spot for the jazz show and a tour of the hotel. We also received a birthday cake in our room. The gold lounge included an excellent breakfast and a high quality happy hour with self serve wine, beer, and cocktails. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and look forward to our next stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel.