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A Shanghai landmark for nearly a century,
the Peace Hotel is known as the most famous hotel in
Located on the Shanghai Bund at the intersection of
Nanjing Road(East) and Zhongshan Road(East 1), the Peace
Hotel is composed of two former hotels famous in their
own right. The Peace Hotel opened in 1956.
The North and South Buildings have a total of 420 rooms
and suites, including the famous Suites of Nine Nations:
China, England, USA, france, Japan, Italy, Germany,
India and Spain. All the rooms are equipped with 24-hour
satellite television(CNN,BBC,NHK), in-house video and
There are seventeen dining rooms and banquet rooms
serving Shanghai, Cantonese and Sichuan and French cuisine.
Hotel facilities include a billiads room, exercise room,
sauna, bars, shops, post office,foreign exchange, beauty and
massage parlour, foreign languages bookstore and taxi service.
The hotel is 18 km from Shanghai's Hongqiao International
Airport and 3.5km from the new Shanghai Railway Station.
The Peace Hotel Old Jazz Band is one of the city's best known
musical ensembles. Composed of six veteran jazzmen with an
average age of about 60, the band specialises in popular tunes
from the Thirties and Forties. The nightly performances in
the English-style bar are a local institution, attended by
jazz fans and nostalgia seekers alike.
A Distinguished History
The 12-storeyed North Building of the Peace Hotel ,built
in the Gothic style of the Chicago School, first opened as
the Cathay Hotel in 1929. The Hotel's granite exterior with
its copper-sheathed roof rises 77 metres above ground level.
The art decor interior with its white Italian marble floor,
has been exquisitely restored to its original condition.
The seven-storey South Building, dating from 1906, incorporates
elements of European Renaissance design in its architecture.
It was formerly known as the Palace Hotel.
The first owner of the Cathay Hotel was Victor Sassoon, an
Iraqi Jew of British nationality who had made a fortune trading
in opium and weapons. At the time, the building was also known
as Sassoon House, for in addition to the Cathay Hotel, it
housed a bank and commercial offices.
The hotel enjoyed one of the finest reputation in the world,
and was where Noel Coward wrote his play "Private Lives".
In its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, the hotel welcomed such
notables as Charlie Chaplin and Bernard Shaw during their
visits to China.
After the founding of the People's Republic of Chian in 1949,
the North Building reopened as a hotel in 1956 and the South
Building in 1965, both operating under the name of the Peace
The World Suites
The Suites of Nine Nations(The
Chinese Suite, The
Indian Suite, The
French Suite, The
English Suite, The
Spanish Suite, The
American Suite, etc.) in the North Building date back
to the founding of the cathay Hotel in 1929. Each suite is
composed of three rooms: sitting room, dining room and bedroom;
and all enjoy views of the Huangpu River. The furniture and
decor of each of the nine suites evokes the atmosphere of
the country after which the suites are named. Spending a night
in one of these suites is like riding a magic carpet to a
China Coast Ball
In 1991 and 1992, the once-a-year
China Coast Ball was held in the Peace Hotel. Hundreds
of guests came from as far as Australia, Europe and
the USA to attend this unforgettable night of dining,
dancing in Shanghai, once known as Paris of the East.
The world-famous event is held in the hotel's Peace
Hall, with its sprung wooden dance floor and crystal
chandeliers. For a night in Shanghai, the past lives
Venue for the nightly performances
of the hotel's famous Old Jazz Band, the Jazz Bar, with
its wooden beamed ceilings and long bar, is the perfect
place to spend an evening with friends.
The South Building of the Peace Hotel
Address:20 Nanjing Road(E), Shanghai,China
The recently restored dining room in
the South Building is the quintessence of the Old Shanghai,
and is frequently featured in locally produced films.
But the main reason to come here is the fine cuisine.
In addition to cantonese style dim sum(dian xin), served
in the morning, the menu features specialties from Shanghai,
Canton and Sichuan.