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
Parking on site
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Art Deco icon with glamorous interiors, a swinging jazz bar and an unbeatable location smack bang on the Bund
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.