Peninsula Hotel

Luxury hotel in The Bund & People's Square

Though built in 2009, this spiffy hotel at the Bund’s northern end has a heritage look achieved by combining art deco motifs with Shànghǎi modernity. It’s a grade above many other market rivals, with TVs in the tub, well-equipped dressing rooms (with fingernail driers), valet boxes for dirty clothes, Nespresso machines and fabulous views across the river or out onto the gardens of the former British consulate.

Part of the Rockbund development project, it includes an enormous luxury shopping arcade on the ground floor, and a back entrance that leads to the beautifully renovated Yuanmingyuan Rd.