We chose Peace Hotel for its history, luxury, location and Jazz Bar. You could get a bund view room but The Peninsula has bigger windows which would give you a better view. Click Here for that review.
Peace hotel as accommodated countless celebrities including the likes of US presidents Obama and actors and actresses so we were excited to stay here.
Location: Probably the best location closest to the bund and East Nanjing Road Shopping Street. East Nanjing Road is one of the busiest shopping streets in Shanghai and I really enjoyed being among large crowds. The bund is just across the road which would take less than 2 minutes to walk.
After having breakfast, around 7am I walked towards the bund and at that time, there were not too many people so I really got to enjoy the views.
This is what it was like around 7am(see the video)
Lobby: Lobby was nice and big. It looked luxurious because they have used high-end marble throughout. Through the lobby you can walk into the famous jazz bar and toward right you have the guest lifts which is only accessible by room card.
Lobby, just after the entrance and reception.
A bit more about the Famous Jazz Bar: We were there on a Friday and the place got packed. So I would advise to go there earlier to secure a good table. Here, they usually play upbeat, high tempo Jazz. Most of the band members are retired musicians and many of them have been playing here since they were young.
We stayed at a Club Delux City View room. The average price per room with breakfast is between £250 -£300. Here are some of the reasons why I enjoyed staying here:
- Big rooms(49 square metres) with a small walk-in wardrobe. If you need a bigger walk-in wardrobe stay at The Peninsula
- Exclusive access to the executive floor where they serve complimentary food and drinks(food served until 7pm)
- Separate washbasins for two people
- Comfy, large bed(peninsula beds are bigger)
- Really good breakfast in the lobby or at executive floor catered for westerns and Chinese.
- Free fruits and coffee machine
- Great service
- Jazz Bar downstairs
Club City view room
Club City View Room
However, the view could have been better– This is a historic building, therefore windows are smaller than other hotels. From the bed, I could only see another building facing me so I had to walk to the window in order see the road and crowd below me.
I enjoyed the bathroom and shower: I loved the size of the bathroom and its luxurious feel. There were two separate washbasins and enough space for two people at one time. The bathroom is decorated with high-end marbles which we really liked. I enjoyed the walk-in shower because it had a strong water flow.
Service and amenities: We really enjoyed the service at Peace Hotel. Everyone there spoke a good level of English and they made us feel at home. The service felt more homely and welcoming. The room had a coffee machine, bathrobes and slippers plus free fruits. The curtains were not operated by a press of a button and it was a bit of hassle considering how heavy the curtains were.
Breakfast: Peace hotel offer buffet breakfast which includes both hot and cold food. I thoroughly enjoyed the fried rice and other western food and my wife really enjoyed all the nice Shangahene cuisines. They have a huge selection of food on offer which would cater to anyone. I also enjoyed the selection of fruits and deserts which they offered.
Final Verdict: The club executive rooms worth this price you pay. The service is excellent and the rooms are luxurious. The views(city view room) was okay.