if you love your high-end Marbles and fine luxury with great views, then look no further.
When visiting Shanghai, you want to stay on both sides of the river (closer to the bund). To see the most iconic view of Shangai Skyline you need to stay at the old side of the bund, facing Pearl Tower(the tallest tower in Shanghai) as you can see in the above picture. To see the best view, I stayed at The Peninsula http://shanghai.peninsula.com/en/ and this and above picture was taken from the rooftop bar at the Peninsula.
I also stayed at the Peace Hotel which is on the same side as Peninsula (£100 cheaper on average than Peninsula and you can find the review here.
After doing some research I decided to stay in The Peninsula because :
- This is the best place to get the best view of the bund(as you can see from the above picture)
- The most luxurious hotel that you can stay in Shanghai
Views are absolutely fantastic, both from the room and from the rooftop bar. All rooms come with some sort of a view so you will not be disappointed. Rooms are the biggest in Shanghai and the most luxurious. Even the Pool area looks much more luxurious and the amenities they offer are much greater than any other 5-star hotel in Shanghai.
Perfect location: if you want to walk around the bund. The bund is only 2 minutes walk from the hotel and to the left of the hotel, you can walk through the Waibaidu Bridge which looks amazing in the night. You can also walk to East Nanjing road within 5 minutes where you will find a lot of shops to eat and shop. Nanjing road shopping area is one of the busiest and you will see massive crowds during the weekends.
A river view(average price £350 -£400)with breakfast and these are the reasons why I liked The Peninsula Room:
- Huge room (52 Square metres) includes a large dressing room (bigger than other hotels in Shanghai).
- Spa Bath was amazing.
- TV in front of the bath.
- Highend, Luxurious, all Marble bathroom.
- Separate wash basins for two people.
- Huge bed (probably the biggest I’ve slept in).
- Remote controlled window blinds and Nespresso coffee machine.
- Amazing pool and a spa area with bathrobes, slipes, towels at your disposal.
Overall, over the top luxuries that you will not find anywhere else in Shanghai.
Room entrance: As soon as you open the door, you come to a large area and to your left is the bathroom and to your left, you will find a large dressing room
Things could have been better and some advice:
- Breakfast – does not include a hot buffet breakfast. You will need to order individual meals off the menu and I waited 30 minutes for food to arrive (wasted 30 minutes of our time).
- There is a continental (cold food) buffet which was okay.
- If you think £8 for a portion of chips or £11 for a half a pint of beer is expensive, then this is not for you.
I also dined at Sir Elly’s restaurant and this is what I thought
- For 1 Michelin Star restaurant, food was way too expensive. I ordered 2 main courses, costing us £130 for two people. The standard of the food was similar to what you would get from a good gastropub in the UK which will cost you max £50 for two main courses. If the restaurant offered great views of the city, then maybe I could have justified £65 per person main course, however, the views were barely okay.
- Shangri-la and Ritz Carlton offer much better views from their restaurants.You can read those review Ritz- Carlton – Shanghai Pudong – Review, Shangri-La – Shanghai Pudong- Review
I also used the Rooftop bar and I thought
- Service is a bit salesy. They asked us when I will come back to the bar so they can reserve a table. However, the bar operates a first come first serve basis, so I did not really understand why they were trying me to commit to a specific time.
- As I mention, half a pint is £11 and is that sounds too expensive, then think about it before you spend money here.
- Great view of the Skyline which was great
Spa and Swimming pool:
- Well trained, professional massage therapist so I had a wonderful massage.
- 60 minutes massage will cost you around £130 plus.
- Overall good experience although, unless you desperately need a massage, I would recommend looking for alternatives as this place expensive.
- Swimming pool area was amazing and a lot of amenities in the pool area.
Service and amenities in general:
- I’m used to a more relaxed and homely service, so the service here for me felt a bit too professional, off the book perhaps. Although The Peninsula offered us everything I wanted, in some places service, could have been much better. Sometimes the service is hit and miss. For more homely and relaxed service I would recommend Shangri-La Pudong Or Ritz CarltonRitz Carlton
- In particular, I did not enjoy the service and the rooftop bar and the breakfast table. It can definitely be better.
So it is worth £370 per night? If you want to experience over the top luxuries in luxurious settings, then is a good price. The views were fantastic and they’ve used high-end marbles and materials throughout the hotel which gives you a luxurious experience. I personally enjoyed staying here and would stay here again next time. However, If you worry how much you spend, this is not your place.