Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai
Old Fashioned Glamour Meets Modern Luxury
As soon as you enter the Fairmont Peace, you feel the grandness of the lobby and long history of the hotel in the large murals on the walls. Immediately intrigued, my first instinct was to walk over to take photos and learn more about them, but I was quickly greeted and ushered upstairs to the Fairmont Gold floor where I was then greeted by the General Manager, Hotel Manager, and the Director of Sales. To say that I was humbled by the friendly, sincere welcome from the staff at this hotel is an understatement.
Luckily enough the General Manager, George Wee, offered to walk me back down to the lobby to show me around and give me another chance to look at the murals that I was so curious about. After giving me a brief background of the hotel, the Director of Sales, Andy Liu, offered to show me around the rest of the hotel. The first stop was the hotel’s museum, which includes various hotel memorabilia, photos of celebrity guests, and snapshots of moments in history.
Not many hotels have their own museum, but that’s because not many hold such history. The hotel first opened in 1929 as the Cathay Hotel, but it was re-named "The Peace Hotel" in 1956 after the International Symposium on World Peace, and then re-named "Fairmont Peace Hotel" in 2010 after the World Expo.
Lastly, I must mention the hotel’s renowned Old Jazz Bar with the oldest band in the world (Guinness Word Records). Composed of six veteran musicians, whose average is 76, they have performed every night for over 20 years. Quite impressive! It’s recognized as one of the best hotel bars in Shanghai and definitely shouldn’t be missed.
To reflect the international nature of the original Peace Hotel, they created their famous “Nine Nations Suites” that have been decorated in different national and historical styles - Chinese, Indian, English, American, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and German. I had the chance to visit the Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish suites. Of those five, I personally liked the Japanese and French suites, but they are all equally charming in their own way and each suite would provide a completely different experience at the hotel. Staying in all of them should be on everyone’s wish list.
I stayed in a One Bedroom Suite, which would perfectly suit business and leisure travelers looking for a hotel with a sophisticated vibe in a great location on the Bund. Fairmont provides Le Labo products, which I personally love, and some of the most comfortable pillows that I can remember sleeping on.
Dream Maker Travel Exclusives
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
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