OK, it is in China, so language is an issue, but not as much as you would think as most people that you meet or need speak some english. The location is great as you can walk across the street to the Bund - a large and beautiful walkway along the river. The Bund is always crowded and is a good place to run but even at 5am it is jammed full of people doing all sorts of things (tennis, kite flying, taichi, etc.). The people are generally friendly, but more aggressive than you might be used to, e.g. if you pass a fellow jogger, be prepared for them to try to pass you back.
This hotel has a dark lobby that is a bit odd, but just get to your room. I had a larger suite type of room that has an entry way, a gigantic bathroom with anything you could want or need. The hotel was exceptionally quiet. If you can get a rate with breakfast included, do it, you won't regret it. The Breakfast is on the top floor and can be tricky to get to as it has a separate elevator, but you have panoramic views of the city while eating a huge and good breakfast. I spent at least an hour there every morning.
While not cheap, given that it is in one of the largest cities in the world and a more cosmopolitan city than is usually found in China, the rates weren't bad and were cheaper than a Fairmont in any US city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shanghai's legendary landmark since 1929, the Fairmont Peace Hotel, overlooking Shanghai's Huangpu River and the world famous Bund, boasts a history that overshadows that of any other hotel in the Far East. With its origins dating back more than a century, this beloved landmark served as a glamorous playground for the elite of Shanghai, where every night was an extravagant gala event and veritable Parisian fashion show. After our three year meticulous restoration, the romantic history and social significance which made the Fairmont Peace Hotel a Shanghai legend has returned with its timeless grandeur - and a new and contemporary spirit. Each guestroom and suite has been luxuriously decorated with opulent furnishings and modern amenities - providing the guest with an experience that is both indulgent and exquisite. ... more less
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