I have been to many elegant hotels, but nothing like this. I mean, wow!
This place is decorated in modernized art-deco style that gives it an old-world feeling, but decorations are so fresh and well-executed that it is hard to fault anything at all. The rooms are incredibly elegant and truly welcoming, and the thought that went into designing the rooms and the number of smart ideas inside that make your stay better is simply mind-blowing. I could go on forever about these things, like how the phone shows on the home screen the time in Shanghai and in your home city, or how a console on the desk constantly shows the temperature outside, as well as humidity, UV and wind chill so you can always dress right, to the nail dryer on the dresser in the dressing room!
Then comes the service. This is one of the best hotels I have seen as far as service. The concierge's advice as to where to dine did not disappoint, any request was always attended to promptly, and the man who managed the transportation desk even memorized the flight numbers and departure times by hard. The hotel's BMW 7's are labelled "Peninsula Edition" on the threshold and the back, are equipped with on-board WiFi, and the drivers keep informing you of the time to your destination.
Location on the Bund is probably the best in Shanghai, with views of the pearl tower and the modern side of the city, and many of the city's top restaurants and boutiques a short walk away.
The only item where the hotel under-delivers is the food. Food is decent but does not match the standard that you expect from a hotel of this level.
Would I return to this hotel? I would return to Shanghai FOR the hotel. If you're even in Shanghai, make sure you don't miss the opportunity to stay there.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Shanghai Hotel Shanghai