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Though The Peninsula Hong Kong in Kowloon has recently undergone an extensive renovation that has brought a contemporary feel to its guest rooms and suites, this historic hotel still retains its neo-classical design style. The splendid entrance lobby is this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s showy connection to its colonial past, an alluring, high-ceilinged area with marble floors, grand archways, bas reliefs, large pottery pieces with wispy greenery and tall, white columns gilded in bronze. Adding to the classic elegance of this luxury Hong Kong hotel’s lobby are the sounds of a live strings band, perched on a second-floor balcony, blanketing the space with classical music.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, which celebrates its 84th anniversary this month, was renovated from top to bottom with a unique mix of warm, classic decor and traditional formality to reflect its former British Colonial splendor. A dramatic sense of arrival awaits those who enter the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel's grand lobby, a vast space done in a palette of navy, gold and ivory, with soaring ceilings, gilded plasterwork and immense columns. (Here, afternoon tea service is a longtime tradition and is popular every single day of the year.) The lobby floor is light and dark French stone inlaid with patterns of Italian marble; the giant navy, beige and gold carpet was custom made in Hong Kong. The lobby and entryway were restored using the original 1928 blueprints and drawings by London-based design firm Richmond International. Upstairs in hallways and guest rooms, the motif changes to a sleek, streamlined Asian-influenced design with lots of light grays and black.