While many hotels have a sterile, new atmosphere, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai exudes an Old World vibe. The historic landmark, built in 1929 by Sir Victor Sassoon, was the first international hotel in Shanghai. During the 1930s it was an avant-garde attraction that drew diplomats, celebrities and business tycoons from around the globe for afternoon tea in Jasmine Lounge or a rousing show at The Jazz Bar. Although the extraordinary property was forced to shut its doors from 1950 to 1980 due to political pressures, its gorgeous Art Deco interior was masterfully preserved.
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Fairmont Peace Hotel underwent an extensive two-year renovation in 2008, which carefully revitalized each room and restaurant. Cast-iron moldings, dark wood furnishings, antique works of art and lavish touches bring visitors back to an era of traditional class, creating an elegant space throughout. Today, the Four-Star hotel is a must for travelers looking to experience Shanghai’s past from a convenient location along the Bund, the city’s most prestigious street.