Suite of the week: The Palace Suite at The Peninsula Shanghai

Located in the heart of Shanghai, The Peninsula Shanghai occupies a prime location with direct frontage on The Bund (historic waterfront district) and within walking distance to Waibaidu Bridge, Oriental Pearl Tower and East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street Shopping District. The 14-storey, granite-clad hotel is built with design influences from the the 1920s and 1930s, when Shanghai was feted as the Paris of the East.

palace-suiteThe hotel features 235 rooms and suites- the perfect balance of traditional and contemporary aesthetic. The intricately styled rooms have been designed to reminisce style from the glorious Art Deco era. Each room and suite incorporates an eclectic of traditional materials used in 1920’s Shanghai.

palace-suite-bedroomThe Palace Suite is one of the hotel’s themed suites that takes its name from an original Hong Kong and Shanghai’ Hotel’s property, the Palace Hotel of the 1920s. Polished chrome Art Deco details throughout the room, such as the chandeliers and lamp stands, contrast with Chinese accents, including hand-painted panels on the black lacquer TV cabinet, provides a unique and distinctive sense of place.

palace-suite-living-roomThe suite has a dedicated entertainment room with a grand piano. Exotic woods, imported stones, black lacquer, carved glass and ornate accents of polished chrome combine to create a luxurious and nostalgic but yet contemporary ambience.

palace-suite-dining-roomFacilities in the suite include a large pantry, kitchen and preparation area, with a fireplace in the living room. The Palace Suite is spacious and finished in exquisite period details, in tones of celadon or cerulean blue and ivory, mahogany and ebony for the loose furniture and millwork, and the dramatic contrasts of black Noir St Laurent and off-white St Talino stones.

deluxe-room-dressing-roomHeavy travelers can stow away their luggage in the spacious separate walk-in closet.

deluxe-room-bathroomThe large cream marble bathroom is complete with double vanity, hands-free telephone function, mood lighting, TV/radio, separate bath and rain shower, accented by carved opaque glass panels and an intricate floral carving above the bathtub. A spa button beside the bathtub dims the lights, activates the “Do Not Disturb” function on the phone and doorbell and switches on soothing music for relaxation while watching television or simply luxuriating in the tub.

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wedding-on-the-terrace-of-the-palace-suiteThe suite has an enormous wrap-around terrace overlooking the Bund and across the Huangpu River to Pudong and beyond. This unique space is the largest private terrace on the Bund, and also features a marquee for all-weather entertaining.

the-lobbyThe Peninsula Shanghai has a selection of five eclectic restaurants and bars, which include The Lobby, Yi Long Court Chinese Restaurant, Sir Elly’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace, The Compass Bar, Salon de Ning.

peninsula-spa-swimming-poolIn addition, hotel facilities encompass an indoor swimming pool, a chic 1930s Shanghai-inspired Peninsula Spa offering holistic treatments and therapies as well as a Peninsula Arcade featuring 25 top luxury brands.

Cost: 90,000 RMB (approx. $14,611)
Size: 306 sq m / 3,294 sq ft
Occupancy: 3 Adults

Why you should splurge on it?
If you want to witness true Peninsula tradition then a number of the outlets in the art-décor inspired hotel honors the city’s ‘Golden Age’ in the 1920s and the 1930s. Peninsula’s traditional pastel colors- Mahogany, ebony and white Carrara marble used as prime decorative materials pay tribute to Shanghai’s celebrated position as a centre of style and architecture. The hotel’s top suite, The Peninsula Suite, offers a double-height living space. The highlight of the suite is its expansive 12,000 sq ft wraparound terrace offering scenic views over The Bund and across the Huangpu River to Pudong and beyond. This unique space is the largest private terrace on The Bund, and also features a marquee for all-weather entertaining, launches and events.

Address:
No 32 The Bund, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road
Shanghai 200002, The People’s Republic of China
Telephone: +86 21 2327 288
www.shanghai.peninsula.com