Peace Hotel Peace Hotel is truly a fusion of ancient and modern, Eastern and Western. The 12-storey Peace Hotel, built in the Gothic style of the Chicago School, first opened as the Cathay Hotel in1929.The hotel's granite exterior with its copper-sheathed roof rises 77 metres above ground level. The first owner of the Cathay Hotel was Victor Sassoon, an Iraqi Jew of British who had made a fortune trading in opium and weapons. The hotel was symbolized the most luxurious "Number One mansion in the Far East " along the Bund for it's the milky-yellow walls, the revolving hall gate, the white floor of Italian marble, and the copper-colored chandelier. Cathay Hotel was well known in Shanghai for its luxury and magnificence. It accommodated mostly distinguished guests from countries all over the world, including Politicians, financiers, entrepreneurs, important Chinese officials and Social celebrities, such as General Marshall, Charlie Chaplin, Bernard Shaw. And it was in Cathay Hotel that Noel Coward completed his famous play "Private lives".After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the hotel reopened as Peace Hotel in 1956. And after recent renovation, all the rooms and restaurants are furnished with first-class facilities to provide guests with the best comfort and convenience. 和平饭店建于1929年,原名华懋饭店,属芝加哥学派哥特式建筑,楼高77米,共十二层.华懋饭店是由当时富甲一方的英籍犹太人爱利斯.维克多.沙逊建造的,外墙采用花岗岩石块砌成,由旋转厅门而入,大堂地面用乳白色意大利大理石铺成,顶端古铜镂花吊灯,豪华典雅,有“远东第一楼”的美誉. 饭店落成以后,名噪上海,以豪华著称,主要接待金融界,商贸界和各国社会名流.如美国的马歇尔将军、司徒雷登校长,剧作家Noel Coward的名著《私人生活》就是在和平饭店写成的.三、四十年代,鲁迅、宋庆龄曾来饭店会见外国友人卓别林、萧伯纳等. 解放后,饭店于1956年重新开业,起名和平饭店.近年来,和平饭店对客房、餐厅等进行了更新改造,焕然一新,而建筑风格仍保持了当年的面貌,使下榻于此的宾客仿佛置身于时间隧道,在现代与传统、新潮与复古的融合、交错中浮想万千.