I have to say the Peninsula is an extremely unique hotel, steeped in history, but at the cutting edge of luxury and technology. When my wife and I decided to visit Hong Kong, The Peninsula was the only hotel I considered, despite being an avid Four Seasons patron.
Upon arrival the hotel is immediately impressive, with it's raft of Rolls Royce Phantoms for all to see, although at times the outside can get quite full of cars, which can detract a little from the pomp and circumstance that this hotel emanates.
The lobby is a sight to behold, with it's impressive décor, imposing staircase, galleried orchestra area and plethora of designer shops as far as the eye can see. After being checked in we were escorted to our room, where a huge expanse of floor to ceiling glass perfectly framed the spectacular Hong Kong harbour by night. I have to say at that point I kind of switched off and didn't hear a word the desk clerk had to say. This is where I begin to run out of superlatives, sufficed to say the view is out of this world, and over the five days it wasn't one we tired of.
Our Grand Deluxe Harbour View Room was nicely spacious, with every technological advancement you could possibly want, 3 tablet computers (1 on each nightstand and 1 on the writing desk) are your central hub for both room control and information. There is also 50” 3D LED TV with a hidden subwoofer, 3D BluRay player, a charging hub for almost every mobile phone or tablet you could possibly think of, and even a nail dryer, these are just some of the vast array of gadgets at hand. Every control and information point is an LCD touchscreen. I have to say as an IT consultant and all round gadget fiend, I was left gob smacked, from a technology standpoint it makes the Burj Al Arab look like it's something out of the dark ages! The hotel exudes quality and style, and an opulence which is quite unique.
Sadly the only restaurant we frequented was The Verandah for breakfast, the buffet was simply outstanding, with everything you could wish for, irrespective of which continent you decided to dine at. My one gripe was that on our first morning at breakfast we were greeted by some kind of waitress who was a) a little surly, and b) looked us up and down, not acceptable as far as I am concerned, you make everyone feel welcome, after all, it's the guests home whilst they're staying there. My wife and I decided to order room service rather than visit the hotel restaurants, after a hard days sightseeing there's nothing more relaxing than a long hot bath, and eating dinner in front of the TV, and it was very impressive to say the least, we eat a varied array of cuisines, and they were all of an exception standard.
The Spa is most impressive, capitalising on it's high vantage points, and great views, if I had to make one criticism I would say the changing rooms for the pool were down some very narrow stairs, which don't make it the most convenient to get to and from, but not a big deal.
So often reality is a pale comparison to your imagination, well, this is one of those rare cases where the reality is even better, this is a prestigious hotel, and rightly so, it is simply stunning, and will be our choice again the next time we visit Hong Kong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On 11th December 1928, a legend of Asian hospitality was born – The Peninsula Hong Kong opened its doors for the first time. Classic, contemporary chic arrives at The Peninsula Hong Kong, as this legend of the East redefines luxury once more. Heralding the latest guest-focused technology and a new era of personalisation, the launch of the newly renovated guestrooms in The Peninsula Tower have paved the way for the transformation of guestrooms in the Original Building, which will be unveiled in April 2013 to usher in the hotel’s 85th anniversary celebrations. Accenting simplicity and elegance, the new rooms aesthetic melds the distinctive design touches and high-tech extras present in today’s luxury yachts, motorcars, and private jets, taking The Peninsula guest experience to a new level of comfort. Extensive facilities include a Roman-style swimming pool, a 12,000-square-foot Peninsula Spa, nine award-winning restaurants and bars, superb banqueting and meeting areas, plus a Shopping Arcade.A fleet of fourteen Rolls-Royce limousines is available for luxurious airport transfers, and two MINI Cooper S Clubmen reflect the legendary Grande Dame’s youthful spirit, while the hotel's own helicopter service provides the ultimate in speed and style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel Hong Kong
- Peninsula Hong Kong
- Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Peninsula