Fairmont Peace Hotel

A classic Shanghai icon
The landmark Fairmont Peace Hotel has a long history in Shanghai — Charlie Chaplin started a scandal when he visited with his unmarried female companion and Noël Coward wrote Private Lives here.

Take in the impressive Art Deco masterpiece by enjoying traditional afternoon tea in the Jasmine Lounge or a classic martini at the modern Jazz Bar.

An octagonal white marble lobby with a domed stained-glass ceiling and silver murals of city scenes as well as stately common spaces with original Lalique fixtures and a Steinway baby grand piano offer a glimpse of the hotel’s former greatness.

Silk-laden rooms and suites are festooned with comfortable, traditional furnishings, picked specifically for each space.

While the hotel is clustered along the Bund — and sits at the foot of popular pedestrian shopping strip Nanjing Road — it stands out from the crowd with its distinctive green-patina roof.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The Shanghai hotel’s prestigious location along the Bund means you’re always within walking distance of great restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

• Visitors from around the globe flock to Fairmont Peace Hotel’s famous Jazz Bar. It’s a veritable time machine back to the golden era of 1930s Shanghai with cool cocktails and classic jazz music.

• Cast-iron moldings, dark wood furnishings, antique works of art and lavish touches bring visitors back to an era of traditional class, creating an elegant space throughout.

• Afternoon tea is served daily in the Jasmine Lounge. Sit back while sipping various types of tea from around the world, paired with freshly baked buttermilk scones with homemade fruit preserves and clotted cream, tea sandwiches and pastries presented on proper silver tea stands.
Things to Know
• In addition to performances at The Jazz Bar by the house band every night of the week, the hotel also hosts regular talks, book readings, cultural exchanges, calligraphy lessons and visiting musicians from around the globe.

• Hotel founder Sir Victor Sassoon once lived on the 10th floor of the hotel, and today his former personal quarters comprise the lavish Presidential Sassoon Suite.

• Be sure to check out the Steinway baby grand piano in the lobby, where Charlie Chaplin composed “Smile.”

• The Shanghai hotel also boasts an indoor swimming pool, perfect for an afternoon dip or to relieve stress by doing morning laps.
The Rooms
• Dark wood headboards and frames encase twin-, queen- or king-size mattresses, which are covered in Egyptian cotton sheets and topped with a mountain of perfectly arranged goose-down pillows.

• Lavish touches include a fully stocked bar with proper glassware, a dining room table and dressing room with boudoir.

• The rooms do feature some contemporary touches — LCD TVs and espresso machines — but these modern perks are tucked away so you’ll feel immersed in the Old World style.

• The white-and-black marble bathrooms at Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai feel almost as glamorous as the hotel’s ballroom featuring a rainforest showerhead and claw-foot soaking tub.

• All the suites in Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai enjoy Bund views, river views or both, but only the lavish Sassoon Presidential Suite on the 10th floor, and the Nine Nations Suites that are situated just below, have clear panoramic views of Shanghai.
The Restaurants
• On the 9th floor of the hotel overlooking the Bund, The Cathay Room serves European cuisine alongside a wine list of over 200 European and North American labels.

• For those ambitious about trying typical Eastern cuisine, Dragon Phoenix is a great place to start with its traditional Cantonese and Sichuan dishes like xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), crispy duck, and wok-fried river eel.

• A more casual experience can be found at Victor’s, an Art Deco deli offering an eclectic mix of soups, sandwiches and pastas complete with handcrafted pastries and coffee. 

• Head to The Jazz Bar for the hotel’s unique, tea-spiked cocktails, such as the Moroccanteani, TeaJito and Florist Punch.
Getting There
20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China
PVG (45 min)  
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