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THE PENINSULA SHANGHAI – THE NEWEST JEWEL ON THE BUND
Uniquely poised to provide unparalleled service and the ultimate in luxury experiences
Opened in late 2009, the ninth property in The Peninsula Hotels’ portfolio fronts the historic
Bund with spectacular views of the Bund, Huangpu River, Pudong and the gardens of the former
British Consulate, and blends with the historic architecture of its landmark neighbours along the
Bund.
The opening of The Peninsula Shanghai heralds the return of parent company The Hongkong
and Shanghai Hotels, Limited to its roots, as it owned and operated four of Shanghai’s most
celebrated hotels - The Kalee, Majestic, Palace and Astor House Hotels - in the first half of the
last century. With a distinguished heritage as Asia’s oldest hotel company, The Peninsula Hotels
is proud that its newest hotel returns to Shanghai, one of the world’s most exciting cities.
Superbly positioned on the historic Bund in the very heart of Shanghai, on the banks of the
Huangpu River and conveniently located near the shopping capital of Nanjing Road, The
Peninsula Shanghai offers commanding city and garden views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated
facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service.
A homage to Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, The Peninsula Shanghai recreates the look and
feel of this glamorous era when Shanghai was fêted as “The Paris of the East”, yet also offers the
latest in state-of-the-art technology, services and amenities.
Guest facilities and services include three superb gastronomic choices, wedding facilities,
recreation options, luxury retail shops and other business services including customised airport
and transportation service and valet parking.
Shanghai is celebrated for its glorious Art Deco architecture, and thus The Peninsula Shanghai’s
design brief was dictated by this historic architectural movement from the 1920s and 30s in
order to blend in with its neighbours on the Bund.
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However, rather than slavishly imitating the historic designs on the Bund, the New York-based
architect David Beer, formerly of BBG/Architects, and Paris-based interior designer Pierre-Yves
Rochon of PYR pay tribute to the influences and reference of the Art Deco movement with a
modern interpretation inspired by Art Deco – simplified, yet using many of the same materials
and design motifs.
Working with Shanghai’s municipal planning authorities, architects BBG submitted at least 10
building designs before approval was granted. The principal Bund façade rises to 10 stories, then
steps back with a series of terraces that skilfully sculpt the massing and proportions of The
Peninsula to relate it, and pay homage to, its historic neighbours.
Providing visual continuity
through the decades, the exterior of the hotel is clad in granite from the same quarry as many of
the other buildings along the Bund.
Guestrooms and Suites
The Peninsula Shanghai’s 235 guestrooms (including 44 suites) are amongst the largest in
Shanghai, with a typical Deluxe Guestroom being 55 sq m (600 sq ft), and most featuring
stunning views of Pudong, the Huangpu River, the Bund or the gardens of the former British
Consulate. The rooms are elegantly designed to provide luxurious comfort and features, with
Art Deco-inspired interiors seamlessly blending traditional Peninsula standards of comfort and
state-of-the-art technology with elements of Chinese heritage. Exotic woods, imported stones,
black lacquer, carved glass and accents of polished chrome combine to create a luxurious
environment where design meets functionality, and Art Deco meets technology.
In tones of celadon or cerulean blue and ivory, the interior design incorporates a number of
traditional materials used in Shanghai in the 1920s – the rich figures of mahogany and ebony for
the loose furniture and millwork, and the dramatic contrasts of black Noir St Laurent and offwhite St Talino stones. Carpets are 100% wool and hand-tufted. Polished chrome Art Deco
details throughout the room, such as the chandeliers and decorative lamp stands, contrast with
Chinese accents, including hand-painted panels on the black lacquer TV cabinet, providing a
unique and distinctive sense of place – a signature Peninsula feature in each property around the
world.
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A typical guest room is sub-divided into discreet elements of bedroom, bathroom and dressing
room. A “privacy door” allows the bedroom to be closed off from the rest of the room, creating
the sense of privacy of a suite in a typical room.
The guestroom’s opaque glass door opens to reveal interior space that combines an open plan
living room and work area with stunning views of Pudong, the Huangpu River, the Bund or the
gardens of the former British Consulate.
The spacious, self-contained dressing room and walk-in closet includes a seated dressing table,
the signature Peninsula valet box for discreet pick-up and delivery of polished shoes, laundry
and dry-cleaning, a large electronic safe, a luggage rack, for two suitcases, Internet radio,
weather display panel, and a “nail dryer” for nail polish.
Typical guestroom features also include complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access,
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bedside panel with remote control capabilities to adjust the room environment with a touch of a
button, interfaced Entertainment Centre with a 46” LCD television and enhanced international
television programming, CD/DVD player with 5.1 sound bar and Internet radio, three-in-one
fax/printer/photocopier machine, dual voltage outlets (110V/220V), individual thermostat and
humidity control and a complete Nutrition Centre with a fully stocked mini-bar, Nespresso™
coffee machine and tea-making facilities.
The impressive lacquer working desk is complete with modern-day conveniences – high-speed
Internet access, international Internet radio, weather panel, iPod docking station and more.
The large cream marble bathroom is complete with double vanity, hands-free telephone function,
mood lighting, TV/radio, separate bath and rain shower, accented by carved opaque glass panels
and an intricate floral carving above the bathtub, hand-carved in limestone to a French design.
A spa button beside the bathtub dims the lights, activates the “Do Not Disturb” function on the
phone and doorbell and switches on soothing music for relaxation while watching television or
simply luxuriating in the tub.
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Suites
Named after The Peninsula Shanghai’s forebears, The Palace, Majestic and Astor House Hotels,
the premier suites offer unique attributes to ensure they become Shanghai’s preferred locations
for glamour and luxury.
The Palace Suite features a magnificent 1,000 sq m (11,000 sq ft)
wrap-around terrace, ideal for entertaining - the largest private terrace on the Bund with a
marquee for all-weather events, while the Astor Suite’s private terrace features its own whirlpool
bath, with both suites offering stunning views over The Huangpu River and Pudong skyline.
The hotel’s top suite, The Peninsula Suite, offers a glamorous double-height living space and
balcony, with views over the historic Bund, the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline.
Restaurants and Bars
The Peninsula Shanghai features a collection of five eclectic restaurants and bars offering a
variety of cuisines and ambiences - The Lobby, Yi Long Court Chinese Restaurant, Sir Elly’s
Rooftop Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, the nautical-themed Compass Bar and Salon de Ning –
together with a range of meeting rooms, unique theme and terrace venues and The Rose
Ballroom.
Underlining the Art Deco-inspired décor throughout the hotel, a number of the outlets pay
tribute to Shanghai’s celebrated position as a centre of style and commerce in the 1930s – the
Compass Bar and The Rosemonde Aviation Lounge to Shanghai’s past as a transportation hub,
while Salon de Ning and Yi Long Court Chinese Restaurant reference the elegant residences of
Shanghai’s rich and famous.
A signature feature of each Peninsula hotel, The Lobby is the heart of the hotel, serving light
meals, drinks and the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea, with live music every afternoon and
evening. The Lobby sets the tone of drama and elegance for the rest of the hotel - a doubleheight space, in cream with celadon accents and featuring a black marble floor, limestone walls,
an Art Deco-inspired backlit carved glass ceiling, along with spectacular chandeliers, a
minstrels’ gallery and two double-storey high murals.
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A model of the “Shenking 2” boat that plied the Huangpu River and coastline during the 1920s
is the centrepiece of an extensive collection of marine memorabilia celebrating Shanghai’s
maritime history in the unique Compass Bar.
Themed on the residence of a Shanghainese nobleman in the 1930s, Yi Long Court offers
authentic Cantonese cuisine, with seven private dining rooms and a Chefs’ Table. Each area
features a different room of the home with the décor themed accordingly, including the Study,
Family Room and Library.
A highlight here is the elevator - a replica of an antique elevator from the 1930’s now in the
Belgian Lift Museum in Brussels - which has been specially produced for The Peninsula by the
Schindler Group.
Resembling an elegant drawing room in a private residence in Shanghai in the 1930s, the Salon
de Ning bar and lounge offers a range of signature cocktails, light meals and dancing in the
evenings. Shanghai is the third in the collection of Salon de Ning outlets – with the other two
located at The Peninsula Hong Kong and The Peninsula New York.
Sir Elly’s Rooftop Restaurant, Bar & Terrace will offer international fine dining with a double
height dining room, an extensive terrace for al fresco dining and cocktails, a circular bar and a
selection of six private rooms on two levels, all with breathtaking views of the city, Huangpu
River and The Bund, ensuring that this locale quickly becomes Shanghai’s premier destination
venue.
Continuing the unique tradition of The Peninsula Hotels’ aviation-themed rooftop venues with
The China Clipper (Hong Kong), Paribatra (Bangkok) and Seven Seas Pacific Aviation Lounge
(Tokyo). The Rosemonde Aviation Lounge offers the perfect location for private functions with
a setting paying tribute to the history and development of commercial and civil aviation in China
with aviation-inspired décor and stunning views over Shanghai,
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An Occasion to Remember - Banquets, weddings, meetings, cocktail receptions – whatever the
event, however large or small, all seamlessly arranged and catered in celebrated Peninsula style.
Prestigious settings ranging from a grand ballroom for up to 1,000 for cocktails or 450 for a
banquet, to themed lounges, gourmet cuisine and exceptional personalized service will combine
for a function to remember.
Important meetings call for an impressive venue, and The Peninsula Shanghai is poised to
become Shanghai’s premier location for meetings, small conferences, seminars and launches.
The Rose Ballroom (seating up to 390 classroom-style) and a selection of four meeting rooms –
Luwan, Xuhui, Changning and Jing-An - will provide the ideal venue for any event, large or
small.
The Peninsula Spa
Occupying 1,250 sq m (13,455 sq ft), The Peninsula Spa offers a city retreat permeated by
indulgence and deep relaxation. Seven treatment rooms and two VIP suites, heat experiences,
highly-trained therapists and ESPA products combine and provide luxurious bespoke treatments
for body and mind. With a décor inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby”, a
25 m (80 ft) indoor swimming pool and Fitness Centre complement The Peninsula Shanghai’s
innovative approach to health and rejuvenation.
Rolls-Royce : In the Seat of Luxury
The Peninsula Hotels and Rolls-Royce have been partners in excellence for over 40 years in a
record-breaking partnership that began with The Peninsula Hong Kong’s first order for seven
Silver Shadows in 1970. The Peninsula Shanghai continues the tradition of Rolls-Royce cars
transporting Peninsula guests, with four Extended Wheel Base Rolls-Royces Phantoms and six
BMW 7 Series long wheel base cars.
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The Peninsula Shopping Arcade
Accessed from the street through a dedicated entrance or from The Lobby, the two-storey 7,000
sq m (75,000 sq ft) Peninsula Arcade features over 28 of the world’s top luxury brands, together
with a hairdressing salon and The Peninsula Boutique.
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Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), HSH is the holding
company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious
hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as
well as the provision of transport, club management and other services. The hotel portfolio of the Group
comprises The Peninsula Hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills,
Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Paris (opening in 2012). The property portfolio of the Group includes The
Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and The Peak Tramways, St. John’s Building, The Landmark in
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand.
For further information, please contact:
Ms Cecilia Lui
Regional Director of Communications – China
The Peninsula Shanghai
No. 32 The Bund. 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road
Shanghai 200002, China
Telephone : (86 21) 2327 2888-6605
Fax: (86 21) 2327 2000
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.peninsula.com
Digital Photo Library: www.peninsula.com/pdl
Broadcast Video Library:
Ms Christie Chen
Communications Manager
The Peninsula Shanghai
No. 32 The Bund. 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road
Shanghai 200002, China
Telephone : (86 21) 2327 2888-6607
Fax: (86 21) 2327 2000
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.peninsula.com
Digital Photo Library: www.peninsula.com/pdl
Broadcast Video Library:
www.thenewsmarket.com/thepeninsulahotels
www.thenewsmarket.com/thepeninsulahotels
PR Representative in Shanghai:
Ms Kelly Shen
Assistant Consultant
MSL China
Rm. 203, Building G, Red Town
No. 570 W. Huaihai Rd. Shanghai 200052
Telephone : (86 21) 5169 9311 ext. 6615
Fax : (8621) 5230 0401
E-mail : [email protected]
Website : www.eastweimsl.com
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