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Even if you’re jetlagged, resist the urge to make a beeline for The Peninsula Shanghai’s sumptuous tufted beds, since guest rooms offer more than just a fantastic night’s sleep. Take a load off on your beige chenille-like sofa, kick up your heels from the tan carpeting with brown zigzags and leaf through the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, local arts and entertainment magazine That’s Shanghai or coffee-table books on China’s architectural history and Shanghai’s bespoke clothing culture. Though if you are there for work, use the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel's complimentary Wi-Fi and start plugging away at the dark wood desk or make free calls on the VoIP phone. You’ll want to play with the desk’s control panel, which has an iPhone dock and buttons to stream Internet radio and display the outdoor temperature, humidity, UV and wind information. But be sure to peek in the desk drawers; you’ll find mini Post-its, paperclips, a small stapler and more. In many rooms, the desk faces the window, giving you a wide-screen view of Shanghai.
The centerpiece of the white-walled bedroom is the sprawling black entertainment unit that takes up almost the entire wall. Slide open the black vertical doors with carved gold birds on branches, butterflies and magnolias (the official city flower) to unveil a large flat-screen Samsung TV. There’s also a Pioneer DVD player, a combination fax-printer-photocopy machine and a place to connect your computer. The unit also houses a mini-bar, snack station and Nespresso machine. There’s a white and blue small tea set on a tray and a drawer holds Bernardaud coffee cups and saucers in white with silver barren branches.
If you’re hitting the town, prep in the separate dressing room, whose walls sport cerulean texturized paper. An oversized mirror in a gold frame hangs above a black vanity (with a small black bench tucked underneath it), which holds a hair dryer and valet laundry bags. A phone, leather-bound pad and pencil and an opal-topped tissue holder sit on the vanity, but you’re more likely use the wall-mounted small nail dryer and makeup mirror while getting ready. To the left of the vanity is a valet box, where you can put your laundry for pickup. And to the right are two panels that control the lighting and Internet radio; tell the time, outdoor temperature and humidity; and allow you to call the valet, request privacy and or indicate your room needs tidying. The nearby doorless closet holds two white waffle robes from the spa, hangers, two sturdy gray umbrellas with wooden handles, a shoe-shining kit, a scale and white terry-cloth slippers.
After your evening out, relax with a long soak in the Five-Star hotel’s oversized tub under the limestone floral carving or a quick shower in the glass-doored separate stall. The cream marble bathrooms provide ample space for primping, including his-and-hers sinks in the suites. Afterward, that bed will be too hard to pass up. A white fluffy comforter covers it, and soft white pillows and a shimmery cerulean bolster with tan bordered ends sit on top. Just reach over to the bedside table, hit the panel button to shut off the lights and close the heavy cream curtains, and succumb to the jetlag.