The Peninsula is quite possibly the best hotel I've ever stayed in. The attention to detail, the staff, the location and the property itself are all outstanding.
They can arrange a pick up if you really want to splurge but honestly taxis are so cheap and plentiful that it's not really necessary. It's about a CNY60 fare from Hongqiao airport or CNY200 from Pudong airport.
On the Bund directly opposite the People's Heroes Monument and across the river from the Pearl Tower. There are many entrances but the main one is on a relatively quiet side street. It's about a 5-10 minute walk to the hustle and bustle of the main Nanjing shopping street but also easy to get across to Pudong and you are of course right on the Bund.
Exquisite art deco style room with a large sleeping and sitting area, a separate walk in closet and a large bathroom, all of which can be closed off from each other. They have quite literally thought of everything.
The bedroom/living area has complimentary fresh fruit, a Nespresso coffee machine, bottled water and free international calls. You can control everything from the lighting to the tv using the control panels on either side of the bed which is itself super comfortable. If you have the do not disturb sign on and they want to leave a message, they even send a fax to the machine in your room.
The closet has a valet box that the hotel staff can access from the hall so they leave your newspaper and dry cleaning there plus there's even a nail dryer.
The bathroom has double basins, a shower and a spa bath with mood lighting and music plus there's a tv.
There's a menu for cooked options which includes western and local dishes. They're all prepared and presented really well and because it's cooked to order, the food hasn't been sitting around as it would if they had a hot buffet. There's also a small cold buffet with freshly baked goods, fruit, yogurt, cheese and cold meats.
The only minor complaint about our entire stay – and it really is a very small one – is that there is no cereal and if you're staying for more than a few days as we were, the selection of food available is perhaps a bit limited.
Very good quality food in the Chinese restaurant and great service.
There are of course other great hotels in Shanghai but in my mind, you won't find a better hotel than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along the historic Bund with spectacular views of the Bund, Huangpu River, Pudong and former British Consulate gardens, The Peninsula Shanghai perfectly blends with the historic architecture of its landmark neighbours. The Peninsula Shanghai, which opened in October 2009, is the first new building to be constructed on the historic Bund in over 60 years. Offering the best of Peninsula traditions and a range of signature services and facilities, including Shanghai's largest guestrooms and the city's highest staff-to-guest ratio, The Peninsula also heralds the return of parent company, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, to Shanghai where it owned and operated four of the city's premier hotels in the 1920s to 1940s - The Kalee, The Astor House, The Palace and The Majestic. ... more less
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