I returned from my trip about a week ago, which has given me sufficient time to pull my jaw off the floor after my incredible experience at the Peninsula Hotel. I can't rave enough about this Bund-side gem.
My mom and I were traveling to celebrate her 60th Birthday, and celebration it was! The staff were incredibly attentive and spoke flawless English. The dining was lovely -- we had a package that included daily breakfast and one high tea -- and the food was phenomenal. The live classical string ensemble playing during tea proved to me that the Peninsula doesn't miss a trick.
The rooms, you ask? They were AMAZING! I don't know what I liked best -- free VOIP to call dad back in the US, automatic curtains and room darkening shades, spa tub, dressing room, valet box (for paper delivery in the morning without disturbing sleepy guests), complementary fruit basket, fully-wired (for no added charge) room with fax machine and pre-converted plugs for 110/220, the floor to ceiling windows giving me a full view of the river, Bund, park, and cute old people doing Tai Chi at 6am... All in all, the room was impeccable.
Additionally, we spent half a day at the Peninsula Spa. Wow. It was awesome. Might I recommend the de-stress package? I also would add that the pool area is stunning, so bring a swim suit.
As for location, it can't be beat. The Peninsula Hotel is located half a block off the Bund, right in the heart of the old Art Decco buildings, and a ten minute walk from 3 and 5 on the Bund -- best swanky restaurant spots in town.
Enough raving... The only con to our stay at the Peninsula is that it has ruined all future hotels for me. I will likely never stay in a hotel as incredible as this one, unless I return to Shanghai and book room 1204 again. Enough said.
- 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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