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Sitting majestically on the Bund in central Shanghai, the Peninsula Shanghai is the brands flagship offering in mainland China, and we can see why. With a balance of the historic art-deco style of the district, with suites which are packed to the rafters with technology, the Peninsula is the epitome of Shanghai itself – a clash of historical tradition with 21st century tech.
Each of the 235 guestrooms and suites mirror the 1920's Shanghai Art Deco style of the hotel and surrounding architecture, incorporating exotic woods, imported stones and lacquer work. Floor to ceiling windows take full advantage of some of the best skyline and Huangpu River views in all of Shanghai, whilst plasma TV's, Nespresso machines, iPod docks and even a nail dryer come as standard. Superior and Deluxe rooms include spacious bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathroom, whilst Suite rooms also feature a separate living space, and some a private terrace, gym and lift.
For in-hotel dining, our pick is Sir Elly's, with a menu of classic French dishes fused with ingredients and techniques from Asia, and the Mediterranean served with spectacular views of The Bund and the Pudong skyline. The rooftop Sir Elly's terrace offers 270 degree views is the perfect spot for a pre-drink tipple, or aperitif. Traditional Cantonese fare - with a Michelin Star - is served in the fine dining setting of Yi Long Court, or sample an international menu at the Lobby. The Compass bar and Salon de Ning are a great choice for evening cocktails.
The indoor heated swimming pool, complete with full length skylight, is an enticing spot for some morning laps, before relaxing on the adjoining terrace, overlooking the lush greenery of the former British Consulate. For a further retreat from the bustle of Shanghai city, the Forbes Travel Guide endorsed Peninsula Spa offers a range of treatments from traditional reflexology, to speciality treatments including the Bamboo Harmoniser, which aims to 'stimulate the flow of Qi'.
Whether travelling in one of the Peninsula's ivy green Rolls Royce's, or exploring Aviation relics in the Rosamunde Aviation lounge, the Peninsula ensures guests can get a glimpse into the city's history, as well as delving into current day culture with the Peninsula Academy excursions, be it an introduction to Chinese Opera, or a private tour of the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.