Built in 1928 by Asia’s oldest hotel brand, the Peninsula Hong Kong is one of the most historic properties on the Kowloon Peninsula, just across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island. Designed originally as an upscale accommodation for passengers riding the adjacent Kowloon-Canton railway, the Peninsula has been a fixture of Hong Kong society throughout the region’s history. It was a magnet for Hollywood stars and dignitaries, the site of Hong Kong’s surrender to Japanese forces at the start of World War II, and temporary housing for residents following the war.
In 1994, a 30-story tower was added to house 132 additional rooms and suites as well as shops, a spa, a fitness center, a rooftop helipad, and Felix—the hotel’s 28th-floor fine-dining restaurant, designed by Philippe Starck. The entire property was renovated in 2012 to restore the gilded neoclassical lobby; update rooms with creamy colors, polished wood, and stitched leather; and introduce high-tech extras that range from sofas with retractable armrests to a bedside control panel allowing guests to adjust the room’s light, sound, and temperature without getting out from under the covers. Today, the hotel is sleek and modern, but colonial relics evoke the glory days that established the Peninsula as the "Grande Dame of the Far East."
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The Peninsula Hong Kong is located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, a lively shopping, nightlife, and hotel hub at the southern tip of Kowloon. The hotel is less than a minute from the mass transit system and about five minutes from the Star Ferry, a leisurely and affordable way to reach the main island. The primary strip, Nathan Road, is lined with Bollywood-themed stores, famous tailors, traditional restaurants, gem and jewelry dealers, and brand department stores. The Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum, and the Avenue of the Stars (modeled after its sister in Hollywood) are also nearby. After dark, the district glows in different shades of neon, and Victoria Harbour reflects the Symphony of Lights show that takes place in Central, Hong Kong, every night at 8 p.m. Hotel guests can explore the area in a custom-built Rolls Royce motorcar or during a scenic helicopter flight.
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Rooms: 246 rooms, 54 suites; from $754. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 12 p.m. Dining options:The Peninsula has nine restaurants. The 28th-floor Felix, designed by Philippe Starck, also houses a wine bar, cocktail bar, and soundproof dance club with light-up floors. Spring Moon is the place to eat traditional Cantonese cuisine in what feels like a Chinese manor, whereas the beloved Chesa offers a Swiss chalet–style experience. Salon de Ning is a whimsical cocktail and dancing venue set up like the home of a fictional Chinese socialite named Madame Ning; every room has a minibar hidden in a piece of furniture. Spa and gym details:At the Peninsula Spa—spread across two floors offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour—guests can indulge in “Peninsula Ceremonies,” signature body treatments that blend Asian, ayurvedic, and European traditions. The fitness center features modern exercise equipment as well as spas, saunas, steam rooms, and cold tubs. It’s attached to the Roman-style swimming pool, complete with columns, friezes, statues, and a waterfall.
Who's it best for: Sophisticated business travelers who want the best of history, culture, and connectivity. Rooms come with free long-distance phone calls and in-room printers that fax, scan, and copy. Our favorite rooms: All 105 rooms and 27 suites in the tower building afford unobstructed views of either Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline or the city and mountains of Kowloon. These are the best rooms for watching Hong Kong light up after dark. The Marco Polo suite—the former presidential suite in the original building—is recommended for history buffs. It’s the only accommodation that’s retained its colonial molding, arches, fireplace, antiques, marble floors, and crystal chandeliers. 'Tis the season:The Peninsula offers unique experiences year-round, such as cooking classes or local art tours. During the busy Christmas season, the hotel hosts festive high teas and erects a giant Christmas tree in the lobby, where guests can retrieve gifts on Christmas morning. Guests should book six months in advance for this time of year, as well as for summer and around Art Basel in May.
Marble bathroom interiors. Separate shower, bath, and toilet. TV and digital radio system. Luxury bath products.
Quagliotti Egyptian cotton, 300 thread count sheets. Down pillows and duvet by Mühldorfer.
Interactive bedside and desk tablets, in 11 languages. LED touch-screen wall panels. Flat-screen TV with radio and satellite. Blu Ray DVD/CD. Bedside multi-adaptor charger. Coffee/tea-making facilities.
Fitness Centre overlooking Victoria Harbor. Life Fitness equipment. Hot whirlpool, cold plunge pool, sauna, and steam rooms.
The Peninsula Spa fuses traditional and contemporary Chinese treatments. Hammam-style steamrooms and saunas. Aromatherapy showers. Indoor pool with panoramic views of Hong Kong.
Gaddi’s—French cuisine. Felix—modern European fare with views from the 28th floor. Chesa—romantic Alpine chalet-themed dining. Spring Moon—traditional Cantonese fare. Verandah—refined buffet. Imasa—Japanese cuisine.
Lobby—classic afternoon tea. Salon de Ning—signature speakeasy-style cocktails and light fare. The Bar—craft cocktails, rare single malt whiskies, and vintage Armagnacs.
The Peninsula Academy provides experiences in local lifestyle and culture. The Peninsula Arcade—80 luxury shops. Daily fruit basket and local newspaper. Valet box and shoe shining service. 24-hour room service.
Superior rooms feature Kowloon City views, original high ceilings, contemporary design, and modern, interactive in-room technology. Rooms accommodate two guests with either a king or twin beds.
Located on three sides of the original building, enjoy views of colorful Kowloon City shopping streets below. These contemporary accommodations feature comfortable furnishings, a well-equipped workspace, high ceilings, and large picture windows. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
DELUXE COURTYARD ROOM
Housed in the original building, Deluxe Courtyard Rooms overlook the hotel's historic forecourt, fountain, and fleet of Rolls-Royces. You’ll find large windows, a marble bath, separate shower, and large closet. In-room technology includes: inset TV, fingertip room controls, mood lighting, and audio-visual entertainment system. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
GRAND DELUXE KOWLOON VIEW ROOM
Grand Deluxe Kowloon View Rooms are bright with unobstructed views of the Kowloon streets and a neon vista at night. Offering the latest audio-visual technology, complimentary internet access, and free VOIP international phone calls. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
GRAND DELUXE HARBOR VIEW ROOM
Through large windows you’ll enjoy views of the Victoria Harbor and the city skyline of Hong Kong Island. Contemporary furnishings, neutral hues, audio-visual technology, and complimentary internet access modernize this classic room. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
Spacious Superior Suites have Art Deco origins and contemporary amenities. The living area features high ceilings, large windows, sofas, a dining table, and personalized technology. The master bedroom is equipped with a flat-screen TV and entertainment system. The marble bathroom boasts natural light, large walk-in closets, and Peninsula Oscar de la Renta amenities. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
View the Cultural Centre through the expansive windows of the Deluxe Suite. The large living area easily hosts six guests in the sitting and dining area. While a separate bedroom features a vanity area, walk-in closet, and the latest audio-visual technology. The executive desk is equipped with complimentary international phone calls and internet. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
SUPERIOR HARBOR VIEW SUITE
Enjoy iconic views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong Island cityscape through your window or in-suite telescope. The spacious suites are furnished with plush L-shaped sofas and richly polished wood. The executive desk hosts the Peninsula room control panel where guests can set language, mood lighting, and temperature. While the 3D Blu-Ray LED TV offers a cinematic experience. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
DELUXE HARBOR VIEW SUITE
Situated in the Peninsula Tower, these suites include a telescope to view Victoria Harbor. A large, walk-in dressing room with vanity area adjoins the marble bathroom with deep soaking bathtub. A fully equipped audio-visual centre allows guests to relax, while the generous living area has a fireplace, sofa, and a Blu-Ray LED TV. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
GRAND DELUXE HARBOR VIEW SUITE
From their elevated corner locations in the Peninsula Tower, these suites offer unobstructed views of Victoria Harbor. Guests enter this spacious suite through an elegant foyer adjoining the living areas. The suite hosts up to six guests for dinner, drinks, or meetings. The contemporary space comes with state-of-the-art technology, entertainment systems, and high speed connectivity. Rooms accommodate three guests with either king or twin beds.
THE MARCO POLO SUITE
The two-bedroom suite’s themed interiors feature natural light, blonde wood paneling, silk upholstery, refined antiques, crystal chandeliers, and decorative fireplaces. The separate dining room and entertainment area allow for entertaining. Guests staying in this historic suite are offered complimentary use of a Phantom Rolls-Royce with personal chauffeur as well.
THE PENINSULA SUITE
The 4,111 sq ft Peninsula Suite, on top of the Peninsula Tower, has breathtaking views of Victoria Harbor from the double-height living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and landscaped terrace. The suite features a private living room, palatial bedrooms, bathrooms, a gym, dedicated TV room, 10-seat dining room with adjoining kitchen, and a cinematic screening room.
Holiday theme at the Peninsula
Picked up some amazing praline and truffle chocolates, as well as classic Asian sauces, for gifts from the Peninsula boutique. They were a tremendous hit with family and friends back home.