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Before you pack your bags for The Peninsula Shanghai, here are five things you should know about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. The Peninsula Shanghai takes its in-room technology seriously. It’s designed by a group of 30 Hong Kong-based engineers, who ensure that it functions seamlessly before being integrated into the guest rooms. The easy-to-use control panels, which control everything from the lights to the humidity, particularly impressed us.
2. Its location is convenient for both business and leisure travelers. If you have a meeting in Lujiazui, the city’s Financial District, just hop in a cab and be there in 10 minutes. And if sightseeing is what’s on the itinerary, you’ll have easy access to the area’s historic architecture and the Bund promenade.
3. Its history in Shanghai dates back to 1860. That’s when the brand first set up shop in Shanghai, going on to open four hotels that operated until 1949. When The Peninsula Shanghai debuted in 2009, it was a nice homecoming.
4. The Peninsula Shanghai’s staff is highly valued. Everyone from the drivers to the housekeeping staff speaks English and is friendly without being overly formal. The Five-Star hotel aims to cultivate a family culture and offers English lessons to the staff, so don’t worry if you haven’t mastered Mandarin yet.
5. Though families with young children may shy away from The Peninsula, the luxury hotel is quite kid friendly. The staff goes through special training on how to cater to the needs of “junior guests.” On our visit, we saw beaming toddlers coloring on the kids menu in The Lobby dining spot.