The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai
Written by Oryx
The Swatch Art Peace Hotel brings together cultural heritage and modern art in a unique concept property at the centre of the ever-chic Shanghai Bund.
Originally built between 1906 and 1908, the hotel was initially known as the Palace and later as the Peace Hotel South Building. In 2008, work began on restoring the historic building to its former glory, with due respect paid to its heritage and status as a protected cultural monument. With restorations complete in 2011, the Swatch Art Peace Hotel was born as a delightfully eclectic creative project, mixing fine dining, haute horology, and the excitement of artists-in-residence living, working, and exhibiting under one roof.
The artist residency on the second and third floors consists of 18 workshops and apartments that host known and unknown artists from around the world who are invited to stay, work, and play in the creative environment for a period of up to six months.
The fourth floor of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel hosts three large exclusive themed suites, a medium-sized suite, and three rooms for its special guests, offering an exclusive opportunity to experience an artistic environment in a contemporary yet historic design, whilst on the fifth floor East-meets-West Shook! complements its fresh and natural cuisine creations with a vast selection of beverages.
Topping it all off is the Terrace, once the tallest building and highest vantage point in Shanghai, overlooking vast, open countryside, and now offering futuristic views of the Bund, punctuated with iconic architecture; thoroughly modern and evolved, much like the hotel itself.
Stop and smell the flowers at the immaculately manicured Yuyuan Garden, named after the government officer of the Ming Dynasty, Pan Yunduan, who completed it in 1577. Covering more than 20,000m2 with brightly painted pavilions, halls, rockeries, and ponds, it’s certainly worth the 20-minute walk from the hotel to take in the fresh garden air and explore.
Distance: 6,775 km
Flight Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes