The Peninsula Shanghai
On a bend in the lake in the core of the town, the Peninsula has far-reaching views across Shanghai’s famous Bund and around to Pudong’s 21st-century skyline. The closest Metro station is a 10-minute walk.
Style & personality
A contemporary spin on the expansive hotel with Art Deco flourishes reminiscent of 1920s Shanghai. Exotic forests, black lacquer, carved glass and polished chrome provide an ambiance of elegant luxury. Despite its size, there is a familiarity about the public spaces which – coupled with the careful service – which makes you feel very at home amid the glamour.
Service & amenities
Service is faultless. Pill-hatted ‘pageboys’ run evenings and summon taxis in a trice; concierge desk team can rustle up specialists for legacy walks and artwork tours in short notice. The 25-metre pool and pool provide a calm oasis under a glass roof. The resort yacht could be hired for private lake cruises, as well as the resort’s very own fleet of BMWs and Rolls-Royce Phantoms perform airport transfers.
Standard superior doubles include a super-king bed, dressing room and bath with separate tub and shower. Everything was superbly thought out, by the nail dryer and fax/scanner/printer into the Nespresso machine and also a box of nibbles. Housekeeping is pristine and discreet. For a special treat, trade up to a Deluxe River Room and watch the town by means of a wall of glass.
Food & beverage
Three elegant restaurants. Breakfast is served at The Lobby (a comprehensive menu using Eggs Benedict, Shanghai duck crepes along with xiao longbao dumplings made to arrange). It is also the place for the very best afternoon tea in town. At dusk, the outside terrace of Sir Elly’s is your location for a professionally mixed cocktail because the light display plays across the skyscrapers of Pudong. For supper, Sir Elly’s Restaurant (reserve a table before your stay) functions Mediterranean-inspired treats, although my favorite is Yi Long Court, the resort’s excellent Cantonese restaurant, where there is not a sweet and sour prawn in sight.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #247 (CNY 2,400) in low season; climbing to #285 (CNY 2,700) at large. Breakfast excluded – priced at CNY 190 (#20) for only continental, or CNY 250 (#26) for the complete functions. Free Wi-Fi and global VOIP calls.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Two completely available rooms for wheelchair users. Lifts and degree access to most public places.
Yes. Babysitting available. Peninsula Academy activities like cookery courses and kite-making are offered for older kids.