What’s Hot: Peace Hotel suites celebrate 9 nations

As part of its full rehabilitation of Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, global hospitality design firm HBA has refurbished the property’s Nine Nations Suites, which aim to represent the international experience of the hotel from a lavish Shanghai perspective.

HBA focused on archeological preservation during the restoration, studying more than 3,000 photos and consulting a Colonial Shanghainese Architectural Historian. The suites were the creation of the hotel’s founder Sir Victor Sassoon, who wanted a fitting place to host his friends from all around the world, including luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw and Noel Coward, who wrote “Private Lives” while in residence. The Peace Hotel opened under the name The Cathay Hotel in 1929.

Each suite is approximately 1,916 sq ft (178 sq m) in size and features a living room, dining room, bedroom and bathroom in addition to views of Shanghai’s famous Bund and the Huangpu River across to Pudong.