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You’ll want for nothing in The Peninsula Shanghai guest rooms, which come with tons of special amenities. There are digital controls for everything at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, from opening the drapes to calling housekeeping. Enjoy coffee any time with the provided Nespresso machine and white Bernardaud cups and saucers decorated with silver barren branches, or help yourself to an ample selection of tea, which you can drink from a lovely blue and white porcelain teapot set. Sit down for a sip and peruse the latest copy of Harper’s Bazaar or local arts and entertainment magazine That’s Shanghai.
Check the desk for a box of office supplies, including helpful items like rubber bands and a stapler. The desk also carries stationery and three large, round stickers with an etching of the building in the middle and “The Peninsula Shanghai” written along the edges. You’ll also find a couple of postcards sporting a black and white photo of both the Pudong and Puxi sides of Shanghai with the hotel subtly shaded in cream. Underneath the picture it says, “Seeing is believing.” On top of the desk, there’s an Internet radio with iPod dock, so you can listen to Pandora; there’s also a variety of AV hookups, including a cable that connects your computer to the large flat-screen Samsung TV. You’ll also have your own fax-printer-photocopy machine.
If you arrive at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel hungry, help yourself to the generous plate of fruit that includes local Chinese plums, an apple, a pear, a banana and a bunch of longans (similar to lychee). It’s a nice way to start your Shanghai trip.