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The Peninsula Shanghai

Timeless Elegance

In a city that boasts its timelessness, The Bund is the pinnacle of this claim. There is not real estate more enviable for an establishment. Only an elite few get the privilege to build upon this one-mile stretch of land bordering the Huangpu River. Only an elite few deserve such a distinction. The Peninsula Shanghai is one of these few.

The Peninsula Shanghai was opened in 2009. It was named the world’s finest business hotel by Travel + Leisure magazine, as voted by its readers. The magazine awarded it with a score of 97.78. It is also the only hotel in China to make the list of Top 5 Hotels for Business Worldwide. So, it is to be expected, that it has luxuries and services that would not even occur to most. In October of last year the hotel purchased The Princess 54, a private yacht, worth RMB 15 million that seats up to ten guests, giving its guests scenic tours along the Huangpu River, or for guests to charter for private parties. The hotel has 235 rooms, with themed suites, named after the most prestigious hotels in Shanghai history. The guestrooms are the largest in the city, and to ensure that no guest should want for anything, The Peninsula Shanghai has the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the city. There is also a spa for rejuvenation, a refreshing indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a high end arcade.

The location of the hotel is superb as The Bund is in the heart of the city, and is conveniently a 15 minute walk to Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s shopping capital.

 

To be one of only 52 buildings on The Bund, exquisite architecture is a must; and The Peninsula Shanghai does not disappoint. Designed by New York native and Harvard graduate David Wells Beer, the hotel is a homage to the city in the 1920’s and 1930’s when Shanghai was known as “The Paris of the East.” In that way it complements its Art Deco neighbors. However, being the newest building on The Bund, and the first to be built in 60 years, Beer designed The Peninsula Shanghai with a modern interpretation of Art Deco. The interior was designed by world famous the Pierre-Yves Rochon – Interior Design firm, founded in 1979.

There are five restaurants and bars in the hotel, all exemplifying the standard of sophistication and decadence for which Shanghai has established a reputation. The Lobby, a Peninsula hotel trademark, hosts live music, traditional afternoon teas and all-day dining in a three-story tall room that radiates with glamour. The Compass Bar has a naval theme, complete with shipping memorabilia and deep purple décor in an intimate setting. Salon De Ning is located in the basement where music, dancing and late night debauchery flourish. On the top floor of The Peninsula Shanghai is Rosamonde Aviation Lounge housing an impressive full size scale replica of a 1930’s sea plane. Sir Elly’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace is also located on the top floor, with a dramatic red and black décor that is a combination of modern and traditional styles. On its terrace one can dine, or sit at the bar that faces the glittering Pudong skyline, sip a martini and marvel at the magnificent view. Finally is Yi Long Court, providing a unique, residential style dining experience, offering seven private dining rooms or up to eight seats at the Chef’s Table.

The Peninsula Shanghai provides its guests with the ultimate experience in hotel stays, in a city that demands nothing less.

 

The Peninsula Shanghai Exterior

 

Deluxe Room

 

Deluxe Room bathroom

 

Deluxe Room dressing room

 

Deluxe River Room

 

Deluxe Suite living room

 

Deluxe Garden Suite bedroom

 

Deluxe Garden Suite living room

 

Grand Deluxe River Suite

 

Grand Deluxe River Suite living room

 

Majestic Suite bedroom

 

Majestic Suite living room at dusk

 

Majestic Suite bathroom

 

Palace Suite living room

 

Palace Suite dining room

 

Peninsula Suite

 

Peninsula Suite dining room

 

Peninsula Suite lounge at night

 

Aviation Lounge

 

Aviation Lounge entrance

 

Ballroom Foyer

 

Huangpu Meeting Room

 

Pool

 

Spa Treatment Room

 

Compass Bar

 

Sir Elly's Bar

 

Sir Elly's Main Dining Room

 

Sir Elly's Lady Laura's Private Dining Room

 

Sir Elly's terrace

 

The Lobby restaurant

 

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