AFAR Collection The Peninsula has long been the classic place to stay in Hong Kong, with its historic lobby, great views, and amazing staff who pay close attention to detail. The hotel, originally built in the 1920s and nicknamed the Grand Dame of the East, completed a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in May 2013 that added beautiful furnishings and the latest in-room technology. Touch-screen tablets control climate, lighting, and the entertainment system. Peninsula Academy programs allow foodies to learn to make dim sum with Peninsula chef Henry Fong, and art lovers can visit the studios of some of Hong Kong’s top contemporary artists. From $754.