Photo by Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Steps from the Kowloon, the Peninsula is pretty much Hong Kong’s OG. Built in 1928, the iconic hotel sits amid the buzz of Tsim Sha Tsui, within an arm’s length of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the art and space museums, the Star Ferry and hundreds of shops. But the liveliness of the streets stays outside: As soon as you pass the hotel’s fleet of Rolls-Royces, you enter a splendid, white marble 1930s affair, with softly played woodwinds and towers of delicate finger sandwiches accompanying afternoon tea. We fully support the recent facelift in the 300 rooms. Gone are the frilly English countryside details, replaced by large expanses of cream edged in chocolate brown. High-tech room controls, thankfully, don’t need a 15-year-old to explain. We can’t omit the Cantonese fare at Spring Moon and the views of the harbor. In a city full of photo ops, the panorama of boats, skyscrapers and mountains from the Roman-inspired pool is hard to beat.
Who it’s best for: Jet-setters in search of bragging rights; business travelers and shoppers who don’t mind being across the harbor from Central.