Stayed in a Deluxe Room with a fantastic albeit partial view of the Bund. The facilities in the room are top-notch with all the modern comforts like wireless/wired internet, flat screen tv with port/jocks for your digital camera, sound system and even Internet radio which allows you to listen radio broadcasts from all over the world. I also used the VOIP phone (which was complimentary) to place overseas calls. The King size bed was one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept on. There is a large size bathroom with two wash basins and a large dressing room in royal blue color. The in-room safe was of good size and had some lights inside.
The overall design oozes luxury and we found this hotel better than the Peninsula in Bangkok and Manila in terms of room design and facilities.
The classic retro design was of good taste and the room is one of the best we have ever stayed in (up there together with the Four Seasons Hong Kong and Park Hyatt Shanghai).
We availed of the Celebration package which included breakfast.
Breakfast was served in the lobby and this was a very elegant place. However, being used to the variety served in hotels like the Shangrila or the Peninsula in Bangkok, we found the breakfast to be lacking in variety. Having said that, food quality was very good. Service was also quick and pleasant as there were a lot of staff on hand to serve the guests. We were also served teas (which I think was very good indeed) and freshly squeezed fruit juice.
The hotel is in a faultless location along the Bund. Across the street, you have to jostle with a lot of tourists (mostly Chinese) to get a good view of the Pudong skyline. It is crowded but here you can feel the upbeat energy of Shanghai. In this location, you are just minutes away from the end of the Nanjing shopping road and the Sightseeing tunnel to Pudong. The Yuyuan gardens are about less than a 10 minute taxi ride.
The overall atmosphere inside the hotel is of grandeur and luxury and this is maybe one of the most luxurious hotels in Shanghai right now. The lobby, public areas and shopping arcade are fantastic. We also used the swimming pool (length of 25 meters and 1.2 m deep) and this may be is the most luxurious hotel pool we have ever used.
There is a small jacuzzi beside the swimming pool where you can rest after doing your laps.
Although we had some communication problems with the staff when we were checking in, most of the staff spoke good English. The Peninsula limousine that fetched us from the airport (Mercedes Benz S) and the other limousine (BMW 7 series) that took us to our next hotel were both superb.
Overall, this ranks as one of our favorite hotels and narrowly beats the Park Hyatt Shanghai (I will be writing the review on this hotel, too) as our hotel of choice in Shanghai.
- 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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