The rest of the view, because this is a corner suite…so you get two.
In case you want a closer look at the view, this telescope is the real thing. You can see the grain of the stone on the People's Heroes Monument (the tall white pointy one in the previous picture) and the individual lights on the TV Tower. (the round pink one in the photo before that).
The bedroom also has a mini living room, complete with bookshelves and showpiece books about the city, the food, and the Peninsula hotel brand's history.
Look closely at the bottom left corner of the left-side pillow…
Yeah, they do that for you.
They also monogram these for you.
The monogrammed shoe trees live in a walk-in closet.
The walk-in closet is big enough to have a vanity table.
The vanity table has a built-in nail dryer.
That’s the light switch. Outside the bathroom. Because everything is better with mood lighting. I mean it: Every switch in the suite has the "mood light" option on it.
And considering this dramatic tub, you might actually want some dramatic lighting.
The shower, with post-shower robe hanging to the right.
One of two sinks in the bathroom. Because luxury means not having to share. There's also a half bathroom in the foyer when you first enter the suite.
This pretty box on the bathroom counter intrigued me
The aforementioned foyer. Turn right and you're in the living room.
It's soap, but in a special box that has the hotel's signature lions on the front.
If you turn left when you are in the foyer, you see this mirror. To its right, the bedroom. To its left, the closet/bathroom.
That nail dryer was just one of many small details I found throughout the rooms— thoughtful things that were sometimes very smart and useful and sometimes just plain cool. First: Outlets that accept any plug neatly designed in the bedside table.
On the desk, more plugs, stationery, and a light to tell you if you have a fax.
Internet radio with stations from all over the world. I could even listen to something from Russia.
In addition to the regular mini bar offerings, a drawer opens to display snacks…
…and these little bear keychains. Which you might end up needing because the key to this suite is actually a key. Classy.
TV box with every kind of plug/slot you could need, including one for your SD cards
All Peninsula hotels give you free international calls. Just hit the VOIP button to call anywhere. The staff also knows I'm from the NYC and set up the phone display to occasionally show my time zone.
Vintage travel stickers are in a cute tin on the desk. Not sure what to use them for, but I like them.
Probably more practical: a desk set with stapler, highlighter, binder clips, and sticky notes. Put one on the bathroom mirror to remind yourself where the bedroom is…this place is huge.
A little welcome chocolate and a note from the hotel's PR staff (full disclosure: I am staying as a comped guest). Which reminds me of another Peninsula fun fact: Each hotel makes its own chocolate in-house.
As you all know, I’m not usually this fancy, but I’m screening a travel experience for our readers at WendyPerrin.com. This week I’ve been exploring the country with Wild China, a very interesting locally based travel company started by an even more interesting Yunnan-born woman name Mei Zhang. She went to Harvard business school, then came back to launch a luxury travel outfit that would showcase her home to international visitors. The trip has been really fascinating—and there will be more on that later. For now, ogle this Peninsula suite, which starts at 11,100 RMB a night—that’s about $1,700. ( And stay tuned because I’m likely to start a crowdfunding campaign so I can stay here forever.)