"The Swatch Art Peace Hotel" Peace Hotel Tip by JohanIsWeg

Peace Hotel, Shanghai: 11 reviews and 10 photos

  The Swatch Art Peace Hotel
by JohanIsWeg

The Swatch Art Peace Hotel is a red-brick building not to be confused with the Fairmont Peace Hotel and is the southern building of the former Shanghai Peace Hotel, founded by a British businessman in 1854. It had no relation to its northern neighbour until 1949, when the Chinese government took over both structures and operated them under the Peace Hotel brand.

Today, the Swatch Art Peace Hotel sports three concepts under one hood: shopping, artist residences and accommodation.

One of the more interesting aspects of this hotel is that the Swatch Group as primary investor invites a limited number of international artists to live and work in the building for free. They revamped 18 rooms on the hotel's upper stories into workshop-apartments for visiting artists, who can use the Shanghai skyline or streets below for inspiration for as long as six months, after which they donate one art work to the hotel for future exhibitions.

The hotel houses four watch boutiques affiliated with the Swatch Group: Breguet, Omega, Blancpain and Swatch, while the rooftop terrace has a stunning view of the Pudong skyline.

Address: 23 Nanjing Dong Lu
Directions: Within walking distance of East Nanjing Road station.
Website: http://www.swatch-art-peace-hotel.com/

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  • Written Nov 14, 2011
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