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The Ninth and Newest Property in The Peninsula Hotels' Portfolio
Fronts the Historic Bund, The Peninsula Shanghai
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HONG KONG, Nov. 21, 2008 - Opening in late 2009, the ninth property in The Peninsula Hotels' portfolio fronts the historic Bund with spectacular views of the Bund, Huangpu River, Pudong and the gardens of the former British Consulate, and blends with the historic architecture of its landmark neighbours along the Bund -- a UNESCO-designated Modern Heritage Site.

The opening of The Peninsula Shanghai heralds the return of parent company The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited to its roots, as it owned and operated four of Shanghai's most celebrated hotels -- The Kalee, Majestic, Palace and Astor House Hotels -- in the first half of the last century. With a distinguished heritage as Asia's oldest hotel company, The Peninsula Hotels is proud that its newest hotel returns to Shanghai, one of the world's most exciting cities.
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Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Executives in centre, from left to right:
Mr Paul Tchen, General Manager, The Peninsula Shanghai, Mr Clement K M Kwok, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited and Mr Peter C. Borer, Director and Chief Operating Officer, The Peninsula Hotels
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Superbly located on the historic Bund in the very heart of Shanghai, on the banks of the Huangpu River and conveniently located near the shopping capital of Nanjing Road, The Peninsula Shanghai offers commanding city and garden views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service.

A homage to Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, The Peninsula Shanghai recreates the look and feel of this glamorous era when Shanghai was feted as "The Paris of the East", yet also offers the latest in state-of-the-art technology, services and amenities.
Guest facilities and services include three superb gastronomic choices, wedding facilities, recreation options, luxury retail shops and other business services including customised airport and transportation service and valet parking.

Shanghai is celebrated for its glorious Art Deco architecture, and thus The Peninsula Shanghai's design brief was dictated by this historic architectural movement from the 1920s and 30s in order to blend in with its neighbours on the Bund.

Guestrooms and Suites
The Peninsula Shanghai's 235 guestrooms (including 55 suites) are amongst the largest in Shanghai, with a typical Deluxe Guestroom being 55 sq m (600 sq ft), and most featuring stunning views of Pudong, the Huangpu River, the Bund or the gardens of the former British Consulate. In tones of celadon or cerulean blue and ivory, the rooms are elegantly designed to provide luxurious comfort and features, with Art Deco-inspired interiors seamlessly blending traditional Peninsula standards of comfort and state-of-the-art technology with elements of Chinese heritage. Exotic woods, imported stones, black lacquer, carved glass and accents of polished chrome combine to create a luxurious environment where design meets functionality, and Art Deco meets technology, providing a unique and distinctive sense of place -- a signature Peninsula feature in each property around the world.

The spacious, self-contained dressing room and walk-in closet includes a seated dressing table, the signature Peninsula valet box for discreet pick-up and delivery of polished shoes, laundry and dry-cleaning, a large electronic safe, a luggage rack for two suitcases, Internet radio, weather display panel, and a "nail dryer".

The Peninsula Shanghai's exclusive technology, designed and created in- house by The Peninsula Hotels' team of engineers, includes complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, a bedside panel with remote control capabilities to adjust the room environment with a touch of a button, interfaced Entertainment Centre with a 46" LCD television and enhanced international television programming, CD/DVD player with 5.1 sound bar and Internet radio, four-in-one fax/printer/scanner/photocopier machine, dual voltage outlets (110V/220V), individual thermostat and humidity control and a complete Nutrition Centre with a fully stocked mini-bar, Nespresso(TM) coffee machine, tea-making facilities, weather panel, iPod docking station and more.

The large cream marble bathroom is complete with double vanity, hands-free telephone function, mood lighting, TV/radio, separate bath and rain shower, accented by carved opaque glass panels and an intricate floral carving above the bathtub. A spa button beside the bathtub dims the lights, activates the "Do Not Disturb" function on the phone and doorbell and switches on soothing music for relaxation while watching television or simply luxuriating in the tub.

Suites
Named after The Peninsula Shanghai's forebears, The Palace, Majestic and Astor House Hotels, the premier suites offer unique attributes to ensure they become Shanghai's preferred locations for glamour and luxury with stunning views over the historic Bund, the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline. The Palace Suite features a magnificent 1,000 sq m (11,000 sq ft) wrap-around terrace, ideal for entertaining -- the largest private terrace on the Bund with a marquee for all-weather events, while the Astor Suite's private terrace features its own whirlpool bath. The hotel's top suite, The Peninsula Suite, offers a glamorous double-height living space and balcony.

Restaurants and Bars
The Peninsula Shanghai features a collection of five eclectic restaurants and bars offering a variety of cuisines and ambiences -- The Lobby, The Chinese Restaurant, The Rooftop Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, The Nautical-themed Bar and Salon de Ning -- together with a range of meeting rooms, unique theme and terrace venues and a Ballroom.

Underlining the Art Deco-inspired decor throughout the hotel, a number of the outlets pay tribute to Shanghai's celebrated position as a centre of style and commerce in the 1930s -- the Nautical Bar and Aviation Lounge to Shanghai's past as a transportation hub, while Salon de Ning and The Chinese Restaurant reference the elegant residences of Shanghai's rich and famous.

A signature feature of each Peninsula hotel, The Lobby is the heart of the hotel, serving light meals, drinks and the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea, with live music every afternoon and evening.

A model of the "Shenking 2" boat that plied the Huangpu River and coastline during the 1920s is the centrepiece of an extensive collection of marine memorabilia celebrating Shanghai's maritime history in the unique Nautical-themed Bar.

Themed on the residence of a Shanghainese nobleman in the 1930s, The Chinese restaurant offers authentic Cantonese cuisine, with six private dining rooms and a Chefs' Table.

Resembling an elegant drawing room in a private residence in Shanghai in the 1930s, the Salon de Ning bar and lounge offers a range of signature cocktails, light meals and dancing in the evenings. Shanghai is the third in the collection of Salon de Ning outlets -- with the other two located at The Peninsula Hong Kong and The Peninsula New York.

The Rooftop Restaurant, Bar & Terrace will offer international fine dining with a double height dining room, an extensive terrace for al fresco dining and cocktails and a selection of six private rooms on two levels, all with breathtaking views, ensuring that this locale quickly becomes Shanghai's premier destination venue.

The Aviation Lounge offers the perfect location for private functions with a setting paying tribute to the history and development of commercial and civil aviation in China with aviation-inspired decor and stunning views over Shanghai.

An Occasion to Remember -- Large or small, events are all seamlessly arranged and catered in celebrated Peninsula style with prestigious settings ranging from a grand ballroom for up to 1,000 for cocktails or 450 for a banquet, to themed lounges, gourmet cuisine and exceptional personalized service.

The Peninsula Shanghai is poised to become Shanghai's premier location for meetings, small conferences, seminars and launches. The grand ballroom (seating up to 390 classroom-style) and a selection of five meeting rooms will provide the ideal venue for any event, large or small.

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA
Occupying 1,250 sq m (13,455 sq ft), The Peninsula Spa by ESPA offers a city retreat permeated by indulgence and deep relaxation. Seven treatment rooms and two VIP suites, heat experiences, highly-trained therapists and ESPA products combine and provide luxurious bespoke treatments for body and mind. A 25 m (80 ft) indoor swimming pool and Fitness Centre complement The Peninsula Shanghai's innovative approach to health and rejuvenation.

Rolls-Royce: In the Seat of Luxury
The Peninsula Hotels and Rolls-Royce have been partners in excellence for over 38 years in a record-breaking partnership that began with The Peninsula Hong Kong's first order for seven Silver Shadows in 1970. The Peninsula Shanghai will continue the tradition of Rolls-Royce cars transporting Peninsula guests, with pride of place going to a magnificent and immaculately restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Only three models of this particular car were made that year, and The Peninsula hotels in Hong Kong and Tokyo own the other two.

The Peninsula Shopping Arcade
Accessed from the street through a dedicated entrance or from The Lobby, the two-storey 7,000 sq m (75,000 sq ft) Peninsula Arcade features over 25 of the world's top luxury brands, together with a hairdressing salon and The Peninsula Boutique.

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in the ownership and management of prestigious hotels, and commercial and residential properties in key destinations in Asia and the USA. The hotel portfolio of the Group, The Peninsula Hotels, comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula Bangkok, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Manila, The Peninsula Shanghai (opening 2009), and Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club in Carmel, California. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay complex, The Peak Tower and The Peak Tramways, St. John's Building and The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Contact:

Ms Sian Griffiths
     Director of Communications
he Peninsula Hotels
Hong Kong
Tel:     +852-2840-7239
siangriffiths@peninsula.com
http://www.peninsula.com

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Also See: The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Report Performance of its Peninsula Hotels Somewhat Mixed for the the Six Months Ended 30 June 2008; Downturn in the US Economy Felt Most at The Peninsula New York, Whose RevPAR Decreased by 15% / Hotel Operating Statistics / September 2008
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Signs Agreement with Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company to Re-develop the Former Home of the Majestic Hotel in Paris, France into a Peninsula Hotel / July 2008
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