Fairmont Peace Hotel is located right on the legendary Bund, Shanghai’s most popular iconic destination. It exemplifies Shanghai’s glorious days of the 30s and the luxurious concept of today. This landmark hotel is one of the most historic hotels in Shanghai and in the world.
The hotel has a long history of over 80 years dating back to 1929 when Sir Victor Sassoon built the hotel known as Cathay Hotel until 1952. Four years later in 1956 until 2007, it became Peace Hotel and since 2010 it’s now what is known as The Fairmont Peace Hotel.
Those years in between the changes in names was due to government takeovers and renovations. (For more information about the history of the Peace Hotel, the hotel offers property tours- see Final Thoughts section.)
There’s no better way to experience history at the hotel than attending a Tea Dance. The Peace Hotel introduced this event to Shanghai in the 1930s… and The Fairmont Peace Hotel continues this tradition today…
The Peace Hotel is located right on the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular tourist attraction. This waterfront area is where you can view the Huangpu River and skyscrapers of Pudong, Shanghai’s business district.
This hotel is in a perfect location because it’s also on the famous East Nanjing Road, filled with shopping- departments stores, malls and flagship stores of luxury designer brands.
To access other parts of Shanghai, subway Line 2’s East Nanjing Road stop is conveniently located just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. You can easily get to places like People’s Park and Jing’an Temple.
Afternoon tea at the Peace Hotel is held at Jasmine Lounge on the ground floor. Afternoon tea is served daily however, on weekends the ambience may be a little different.
I attended afternoon tea on a Saturday when Jasmine Lounge’s Saturday Tea Dance occurs. The name Tea Dance describes exactly what the occasion is- your afternoon tea is accompanied by dancing.
There’s a dance floor towards the front of the lounge where professionals (who walk around the lounge asking if you would like to dance with them) dance and accompany guests who chose to dance.
The dance floor:
Meanwhile, a band plays live music on the mezzanine level above the dance floor.
There’s comfortable seating arrangements and towards the back of the lounge are huge couches with bigger tables to enjoy your afternoon tea.
Overall, the Saturday Tea Dance makes the lounge lively and fun where it’s enjoyable for regular loyal guests and visitors alike.
Tea choices at Jasmine Lounge include Herb (peppermint, chamomile, lemon grass), Fruit (apple, strawberry, peach), English (darjeeling, English breakfast, earl grey), Green (sencha, jasmine dragon pearl) and Chinese Black Teas (qimen black tea, pu er).
High quality tea leaves are used and there’s also an option to get coffee.
For afternoon tea at Fairmont Peace Hotel, just choose your tea and there is one set package per person. The menu changes so here’s just a sample to give you an idea of what to expect for afternoon tea.
The Savory – (5 items)
A quiche and sandwiches on grain bread, rolls and wraps:
The Scone –
Warm, light and buttery fruit scones with jam and clotted cream:
The Sweet – (9 items in total)
Pastel colored sugar cookies and macarons with flowers made with sugar on top:
Pastries including cheesecake, banana bread, tiramisu (yes, that’s a tiny macaron on the cheesecake!):
Fruits and cream in a tiny ice cream cone:
Afternoon tea is served in a circular three tiered tray which you’ll typically find in Asia, made specially for the hotel. Only the sweet items are found on the tray. The scones and savory items are brought on separate plates.
The food is mainly colorful with pastel colors and the light green tea cups and plates from Narumi match perfectly.
Not only is the hotel building full of history, but some of the staff too are part of the “history”. Some love working there and there’s proof because they’ve been working at the same hotel for several years (some over 30 years!).
The love of their jobs is brought into the way they serve and service found at the hotel.
No. (Though there is a network where guests who stay at the hotel can enter their room numbers to access WiFi.)
Social Media Aspect
Since Fairmont Peace Hotel is located in Shanghai, China, the hotel uses Weibo and WeChat to cater to local guests. For updates, you can follow the official Fairmont Hotels and Resorts account on Twitter.
For a classy, lively and musical experience full of history, having afternoon tea at Fairmont Peace Hotel is a great option before or after exploring Shanghai’s Bund.
Also note Fairmont Peace Hotel offers guided tours of the property for guests and non-guests (at 100RMB about USD $16). You can also join their “High Tea Tour” which consists of the hotel tour followed by an afternoon tea experience.
There’s a small museum where you can learn more about the history and see some original artifacts such as these plates used at the hotel several years ago.
Cost: Afternoon Tea Monday – Friday for one 268 RMB (about USD $43); Saturday Tea Dance/ Sunday Tea Jazz for one RMB 298 (about USD $48); note there is a 15% surcharge
Tea Time: Afternoon Tea Monday – Friday 2 pm to 6 pm; Saturday Tea Dance 2 pm to 6 pm; Sunday Tea Jazz 2 pm to 6 pm at the Jasmine Lounge
Fairmont Peace Hotel
20 Nanjing Road East
Shanghai China 200002
Note: I was a guest of Fairmont Peace Hotel for afternoon tea. All views are my own.