The Peninsula Shanghai to open in October

The Peninsula Shanghai will open on October 18, not merely
to provide accommodation, says general manager Paul Tchen, but also to
introduce the concept of “classical elegance” to a city known to thrive on the
finer things in life.

Shanghai is the ninth outpost
for the luxury chain that has a presence in Hongkong (home of the flagship Peninsula
Hongkong), Beijing, Manila,
New York and Tokyo among others. It has a particular,
emotional connection to its parent company Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
established by the Kadoorie Family. In the first half of the previous century,
the group owned The Kalee, Majestic, Palace and Astor House, venues that
figured prominently in the city’s social life back then.

“All hotels provide accommodation, a bed to sleep in,” says
Tchen, “But our Peninsula philosophy goes
beyond that. After you have stayed with us, you will notice the subtle touches
that you don’t find elsewhere, especially the way technology is customised
towards guest needs.” He cited features such as their trademark all-in-one
portable control panel and night lighting that’s both efficient and yet
calming.

In fact, the chain employs a dedicated IT staff, based in
Hongkong, who are constantly fine tuning the technology needed to run the hotel
and its facilities.

Located along the Bund, next to the former British Consulate
gardens, The Peninsula Shanghai will consist of 235 rooms and suites in the Art
Deco style. The Lobby lounge, a hallmark of any Peninsula
hotel, will serve the distinctive Afternoon Tea service that attracts record
crowds, there are five other dining venues on the premises, including a rooftop
restaurant with a vantage view of the Huang Pu River and emerging Pudong
central business district.

To stimulate interest, a preview rate starting from CNY2,009
(US$294.53) is being offered between October 19, 2009 to February 28, 2010. Perks include
daily American breakfast in The Lobby for two and free round-trip airport
transfers to and from either Hongqiao or Pudong International
Airports.

For more details, visit www.peninsula.com

Margie T Logarta


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