Fairmont Peace Hotel
The progenitor of all luxury hotels in swinging Shanghai, the Peace Hotel is as storied as it is restored under Fairmont's management a century after it opened its famed doors to the glitterati of a past epoch.
Dragon and Phoenix has a stable of old chefs dedicated to the restaurant since the 70s. They are now capably led by Chef Ma Hao Cheng who is constantly updating Shanghainese and Cantonese classics with modern sensibilities, dishing out stunning cuisine amidst the restaurant's iconic red interiors. For lovers of European cuisine, the treasured night views of Pudong is enhanced by prime grills and fine wines at The Cathay Room. For pampering treatments within dreamy settings, look no further than dimly lit Willow Stream Spa.
Brand ambassadors in smart coattails who've been working at the property for decades are always at hand to assist in the public area. There is pride and livery in this grand display of service orientation.
This pre-war art deco building was once the pride of Sir Victor Sassoon who spared no expense to impress anyone who walked through the door. Renovation was completed in 2010 and today its rooms and suites are some of the most culturally and aesthetically distinct in the city. The Lalique appliques may be gone from the ceilings but enough was salvaged and reinstated, including splendid suites and wonderful ballrooms that evoke the romantic heydays of the famous Bund.