I stayed a total of 4 nights at the Peace Hotel in June 2011 spread across two stays. Both times I stayed in a Deluxe Room on the first floor.
Senior staff members at reception, concierge and in the bars know how to treat customers. They do give you a sense of being extremely well looked after.
The hotel renovation was so well done that the building itself is worth a stay. Every little detail of the original building has been beautifully restored. No compromises were made. You are living in 1920s luxury the way it was meant to be.
The swimming pool and fitness center are very well equipped and very comfortable.
The Cathay Room overlooking the river offers great views and a nice environment. The Jazz Bar offers very good cocktails and a nice atmosphere. The High Tea at the Jasmin Room is also a great eating experience.
For that price you would expect everything to be at least good if not excellent. The breakfast buffet at the Cathay Room is not worth RMB250. And the price of the rooms would be justified but for the next section below.
The "oh-oh we are still in China" moments:
Our in-room coffee cups were "washed" in the sink and put back in place half dirty. We not only noticed because they were still dirty, but the sink was full of coffee! (2 days in a row).
The fruits in the room were either rotten or not ripe.
The flowers were left to die in their vase.
There were stains in the bathroom and the closet floor.
The boys at the entrance did not take care of our taxi needs.
Renovation works continued atop our room during the day.
All of these little things would be perfect at a place like The Peninsula or the Mandarin Oriental. They are not a major issue, but they do affect the value-for-money equation.
- 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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