By ASHOK SOMAN
The first major structure to be built on the Bund in Shanghai in 60 years, the Art Deco-inspired Peninsula Shanghai finds itself immediately at home in the neighborhood. It will officially open 19 October 2009 but it has already created a lot of buzz. A 235-room hotel, the Peninsula Shanghai offers spectacular views of the city and the Huangpu River as well as an uncommon dedication to hospitality.
For example, each room comes with 'his' and 'hers' vanity areas, simply because, according to Paul Tchen, general manager of the Peninsula Shanghai, couples don't like to share the sink. Another feature of each room is the extensive dressing area, which is essentially a large walk-in closet. Tchen also says that the hotel offers the largest standard rooms of any major hotel in Shanghai.
The business traveler might want to take note of all the communication tools within the rooms, including fax/copiers and VOIP. At this hotel, Tchen also says that the traveler will not need a travel adapter because each room comes with facilities to handle all manner plugs. This attention to detail carries over to the laundry service also, which turns around every order in six hours.