The Pennisula, Hong Kong
THE HOTEL: The Peninsula is one of the best-known hotels in Hong Kong and indeed Asia. The 300-room luxury hotel opened in 1928 on the southernmost tip of Kowloon. It is 45 minutes by road from Hong Kong International Airport while Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station is right on the hotel's doorstep.
THE CHECK-IN: I arrived at this 'grand dame' hotel ahead of the usual check-in time and was told my room was not yet available. They made a note of my mobile number and I took a seat in the bustling and lavish lobby area. Ten minutes later I was informed I could collect my key card from reception.
THE ROOM: First things first – the views! My corner suite in the Peninsula Tower looked out across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island's iconic skyline on one side and the lights of Kowloon on the other. Quite an impression. The suite comprised a living room, bedroom, walkin closet and bathroom, with decor in light tones with dark trim and smart floral motifs. The bathroom had a walk-in shower and a large, deep bath tub with terrific views of Kowloon. The living area had a sofa, desk and chaise longue, plus large TV, minibar and coffee machine. There was more seating and a telescope in the bedroom – perfect for taking in the views. Tablet devices controlled lighting, air con and more.
THE FACILITIES: Dining options include The Lobby for all-day dining and afternoon tea; Spring Moon serves Cantonese cuisine; Gaddi's for French dishes; 28th-floor Felix for European cuisine; the cosy Chesa Swiss restaurant; Japanese restaurant Imasa; and The Bar. There are seven meetings and events spaces with capacity for up to 140 people. The spa is adjacent to the Roman-style swimming pool and a sun terrace with more fantastic views across the city. There's also a shopping arcade, gift shop and the hotel's famous fl eet of Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows.
THE VERDICT: With a reputation such as The Peninsula's there's always a risk that visiting could prove an anticlimax, but there was no danger of that. The classic style might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's hard not to be wowed regardless. Moreover, the excellent staff bend over backwards to accommodate guests' wants and needs.
THE DETAILS: The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Rates start from around £411 per night. peninsula.com/hongkong
Reviewed by Andy Hoskins (2017)