Answers from Our Experts (1)
The five words our Forbes Travel Guide editors would use to describe the style of The Peninsula Hong Kong in Kowloon are historic, neo-classical, high-tech, contemporary and flashy. Here’s why:
1. Historic. When this historic Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel first opened in 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong became the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Gaddi’s, this hotel’s signature fine-dining restaurant, also enjoys a notable reputation as the first French restaurant to open in Hong Kong back in 1953.
2. Neo-classical. This hotel’s marble-floored lobby is the picture of neo-classical style, with its high, striking archways, sculptural bas reliefs, and large white columns gilded in bronze.
3. High-tech. For all its colonial history and ongoing status as one of Hong Kong’s finest luxury hotels for more than 80 years, The Peninsula Hong Kong’s style has also gone considerably high-tech following a $59 million refurbishment that began in 2012. All guest rooms and suites are now equipped with everything from a 3D flat-screen television and Blu-ray DVD player to electronic tablets that control nearly everything in the room.
4. Contemporary. The new contemporary design of the hotel’s accommodations is another welcomed byproduct of the recent renovations. Our grand deluxe harbour view room featured cream-colored leather appointments; a neutral color scheme of grays and whites; stylish steel wall applique shaped like the branches and flowers of a tree; modern Asian-style artwork; and stylish furnishings from renowned Italian designers Cassina and Poltrona Frau.
5. Flashy. Look no further than the fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms often parked in front of The Peninsula Hong Kong for signs of its flashy, if still understated, style. Of course, you can also see it when a twin-engine helicopter, transporting guests from the airport at HK$17,000 each way, lands on the rooftop helipad.