Shanghai's Peace Hotel Reopens Today, Looks Grand (Apart From the Carpet)
At least the floors in the lobby are uncarpeted
Did you send them your stolen stuff? Fairmont’s Peace Hotel in Shanghai reopens (or reopened, seeing as they’re ahead of us) today, complete with its museum of hotel memorabilia compiled from offerings from the light-fingered likes of you.
The hotel is throwing around words like “grandeur”, “majesty” and “glamorous” to describe the refit, so as you can imagine, this is not going to be your greige boutique hotel. A copper roof, marble floors and Lalique glass around the place is more appropriate.
The 270 rooms will feature “1930s flourishes” but happily 21st century amenities – LCD TVs in the bath, WiFi and Illy espresso machines. They’re sticking traditional with the toiletries, though, and going with Miller Harris.
Looking at the picture, we like the fact that it doesn’t look businessy. We love the detail on the air vents and the funny-shaped sofa. But we can’t look away from that carpet. What the hell is that about? Someone needs to alert these people, stat.
Luckily the bathrooms are pretty faultless – even a (hopefully steam-free) mirror to check yourself out in the bath.
There are six bars and restaurants to choose from, but the most exciting new development is the extension housing a “sky-lit pool” and a spa. Just don’t steal the towels this time round.
Rates start at $355, but until August 31, if you book three nights, they’ll give you a fourth free. And hopefully some sunglasses, too.