Peninsula Hong Kong Review | An Indulgent & Opulent Hotel
The Peninsula Hong Kong Review | An Opulent Hotel Experience
Staying at The Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong is what you would imagine staying at an ultra-luxury hotel is like, and some. We were lucky enough to stay there while in the city recently, and it surpassed all expectations of what we had perceived as five-star service. With a history that spans over 80 years, the hotel has had ample time to hone their super high-end offerings, and it really shows.
In the past, we’ve found that some airport transfers to hotels just aren’t worth it. The cost is often double that of a taxi and the service usually doesn’t justify the price. At The Peninsula Hong Kong, it’s an entirely different story. Their high-end service began from the moment we stepped off the plane. At the end of the aerobridge, we were greeted by an airport rep who’d been assigned by The Peninsula to pick us up via a shuttle cart service. After jumping on the cart we were taken straightto immigration. Hong Kong Airport is massive and the walk takes forever, so this was already a nice start. The rep asked for our luggage receipts, which left me slightly perplexed as I thought they surely must need to know what our luggage looked like to find it. Not so, apparently, because when we got through immigration, it had all been collected by a porter who had neatly stacked it onto a baggage trolley ready to take us where we needed to go. As we were led to the exit by another rep with porter and luggage in tow, we were met with a pretty magnificent sight. Parked exactly in line with the exit door was a Brewster Green Rolls Royce. It sat there gleaming, waiting for us to hop in. Important to note that at this point we had made it through the entire process of arriving at an airport without having touched our luggage once!
45 minutes, free in-car WiFi, and some soothing music later we roll into The Peninsula hotel where we were greeted by hotel reception at the car. They walked us through the hotel and directly to the room, which is where check-in occurred. Our luggage arrived in the room shortly after we did and we still hadn’t touched it once since leaving our last port.
For those who need a faster transfer than a luxury Rolls Royce, The Peninsula Hong Kong also has a helicopter airport transfer available. We’ll save that for next time.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong boasts a stellar location, being found on Salisbury Road, Tsim-Sha-Tsui. Right at the doorstep of the harbour, the hotel looks over to Hong Kong Island and its incredible display of architecture and lights at night. The towering building itself is a sight to see. While the hotel opened in 1928, a 30-storey extension was added to the original facade in 1994. The new tower follows the same architectural style of the original building, which exudes a great deal of grandiosity.
10 floors of the hotel are dedicated to office spaces, shops, and a huge range of hotel facilities. One of the floors houses the Fitness Centre, which is huge and offers such beautiful views of the harbour that it was enough to convince me to get in a couple of work outs while on holiday – not always an easy feat by any means. The indoor pool was just something else entirely. Eight floors up and it felt like you were swimming over the city. With its columns, statues, and friezes, it felt and looked like something from the lost city of Atlantis.
The Peninsula Hong Kong boasts conference and meeting spaces aplenty, and even has its own music room complete with a grand piano – available for guests to use at any time.
The Peninsula Hong Kong offers a nice combination of early 20th-century grandeur and luxury with modern conveniences. This is nowhere more apparent than in their rooms. 2012 saw the completion of a mass renovation of the rooms, which were enhanced with new art, furnishings, and cabinetry. Modern technologies were added as well. Each room is fitted with a multilingual tablet that controls pretty much everything in it. A mere finger’s touch controls everything from the lights, electric blinds, and temperature in the room. The tablets also act like your own personal in-room reception too. You can order room service through them, as well as book house keeping, and even order transport and transfers.
We stayed in the Grand Deluxe Harbour View Room, which, as its name suggests, offered a stunning panorama out over the water. Unfortunately, there was some construction right in front of our window that detracted from the view a bit, however, the higher up you go the less you’ll be imposed by such things. Nevertheless, our room was as grand and impressive as you would expect it to be. Featuring highly glossed burl-wood cabinetry, a bespoke leather lounge and chairs, and inviting, cream-coloured bedding, it was spectacular to say the least.
As we first got to our room we were greeted with refreshments that included freshly squeezed juice, fresh fruit, and The Peninsula’s signature chocolate porter; a welcome sight after a long flight. Everything you’d expect in a hotel room was also included, but on a much grander scale. Complimentary tea and coffee were provided, of course, but instead of two paltry mugs and a couple of sachets of instant coffee, The Peninsula provides a full tea set and high-tech Nespresso machine. The bedside drawers hid power sockets and a neat bundle of every phone or tablet charging cable you could ever need. Furthermore, the room featured three telephones that could be used to call reception, or could be used to make free, unlimited calls to anywhere in the world. Yep, free. Unlimited.
The bathroom was an extension of the room’s opulence. Swathed in marble, it was large and had separate doors for the shower and toilet. A good-sized tub was the centrepiece of the room, though, unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to use it.
The Peninsula Hong Kong is home to a plethora of dining options, each with a different culinary theme and vibe. During our stay at the hotel, we had lunch at the French fine-dining restaurant Gaddi’s. Gaddi’s has been around for over 60 years and is now headed by much-lauded chef, Xavier Boyer. The decor of the space is extremely opulent. It seemed like a true hark back to the lavish style of the roaring 20s.
The menu is refined yet entirely indulgent. We experienced the four-course set menu, which was actually pretty reasonably priced at around AUD$100 per person. This also included a glass of wine and tea or coffee. The wait staff at Gaddi’s were all highly personable and professional. We had a nice chat with one of them who had just returned from Australia. He was a barista in Perth, and to our delight made us a pretty good flat white upon request.
The Wrap-Up – The Peninsula Hong Kong Review
If you find yourself pining after a truly luxury experience, The Peninsula Hong Kong is one of the best hotels in the world to make it happen. Every part of staying there, before even reaching the hotel, is extravagant and well-thought through. We’d go back in a heartbeat.