The 5-star Peace Hotel operates in two separate buildings – the North Building and the South Building. Originally, the North Building was called the Cathy Hotel and the South was named the Huizhong Hotel.
The North Building is a 10-story building with a 13-story section in the middle. It is known that 13 is a lucky number in the Jewish religion. The building has a green cone-shaped roof that is covered with copper which has become a striking feature in the Bund. The Cathy hotel was completed in 1929. The original owner is Victor Sassoon, a Jewish merchant. The hotel is in the Gothic architecture style and is composed of 270 guest rooms and 9 Nations Suites. The 9 Nations Suites are decorated in different architectural styles of different countries. The Owner’s Suite occupies the entire 10th floor. The widely known feature of the Cathy Hotel is the Old Men Jazz Bar. The musicians are all over 70 years old from the last generation. The bar has entertained many famous people such as the former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
At the opposite side of the Cathy Hotel is the Huizhong Hotel – the South Building of the Peace Hotel. It was built in 1908 in the Renaissance style of architecture. The eye catching feature of the building is the flat roof garden which serves as a nice restaurant now. You may notice this hotel is the only colorful building in the Bund with white and pink exterior walls. In 1911, the representatives from all walks of life in Shanghai all gathered to celebrate the election of Dr. Sun Yatsen as the acting president of China. You guys should consider enjoying a great dinner here along with a beautiful view of the Bund.
Both the Northern and Southern parts of the Peace Hotel are easy to distinguish in the Bund by their colors. The number one pedestrian shopping mall of China runs between the two buildings of the Peace Hotel.