The LATimes features the latest Peninsula Hotel opening in Shanghai.

The exclusive Peninsula Hotels group, which runs luxury lodgings in just eight cities including Hong Kong and Beverly Hills, has begun taking reservations for its ninth, opening Oct. 19 on the waterfront Bund in Shanghai. Nightly rates start around $470 for a superior room and top out at $12,430 for the 4,305-square-foot Peninsula Suite. Paul Tchen, general manager of the new 235-room hotel, said it will blend high-tech perks borrowed from the Peninsula Tokyo, such as in-room fax/copiers and unlimited VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls around the world, with retro touches such as Art Deco design and traditional Sunday tea dances in the lobby. – from LAtimes