Last week I posted about the Indian Suite at the Peace Hotel, but now let’s look at the common areas. The hotel is so beautiful and I’ve wanted to blog about it for a long time, but only recently took a ton of photos of it. Last week, I stayed there for the third time.
The hotel was built by Victor Sassoon in 1929 and was the place to stay in the 1930s and 40s. In 1995, I stayed there with my then-husband, parents, uncle and brother. The hotel was pretty bared-boned back then.
When I returned next in 2015, Fairmont had already put it through a three-year renovation. It was certainly a lot fancier than it had been 20 years earlier.
The following photos are from my visit last week. The main entrance is on Nanjing Road.
But the hotel faces the Bund, or riverfront promenade.
This is the entrance from Nanjing Road. After the hotel was completed, feng shui masters told Sir Victor that it would be bad luck for him to have an entrance facing the Bund, or else all his money would flow through the front doors and into the sea. That entrance has been closed ever since.
This door leads to the ground floor dining room.
This is the dining room where we ate one morning.
It’s really beautiful and these photos don’t it justice.
A staircase leading up to some of the lower floors.
We stayed on the second floor.
This is one of the light fixtures, I think either on the second floor or a higher floor. I can’t remember!
The photo above is a little sitting room on the second floor.
And now for our room!
There were four of us and plenty of room.
The bathroom was just as big as the sitting and bedroom.
We had two sinks and a little couch, but I forgot to take a photo of that. But you can see a little of the couch in the mirror.
And the shower.
This is just outside the inside foyer.
Back on the ground floor, just off the dining room, is the bar and site of the old jazz band. The average age of the musicians is 82 and the oldest is in his 90s! They perform every night from 6:30 to 10:30pm!
This is that infamous Bund entrance that has been closed since the hotel opened in 1929. Bad feng shui!
On the 9th floor are two restaurants and the ballroom. This Chinese restaurant, according to my friend Tina, hasn’t changed its decor since 1929. It’s so beautiful!
And the floor!
I love this little dome on the 9th floor.
The western restaurant has a lovely view and a table outside that’s super popular for wedding proposals.
The views from the 9th floor are stunning.
More of the Bund.
Looking across at Pudong.
And looking up at the green copper roof!
For a Fairmont and the location, the Peace Hotel is actually quite reasonable. I definitely recommend it if you go to Shanghai!