Peninsula, Hong Kong

It’s no exaggeration to say The Peninsula Hong Kong counts amongst the world’s most legendary hotels. Opened in 1928, near the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula (hence the property's name), the “Grand Dame of the Far East” (also the flagship property of the Peninsula Hotels group) has been offering guests white-glove service and luxury accommodations for more than eight decades. The oldest hotel in Hong Kong, The Peninsula is a temple of old-world glamour and is the city’s only historical five-star property, managing to stand out despite sharing the vicinity with so many other world-class hotels.

The Peninsula comes with a storied past—the Japanese used the building as their World War II headquarters, for instance—but it doesn’t feel like a dusty relic. Not content to rest on its laurels, the property underwent a two-phase, -million renovation (completed in April 2013 to coincide with the hotel’s 85th anniversary) that put cutting-edge technology front and center in the guestrooms, along with a fresh new decor that created a high-end residential feel. As a result, The Peninsula has managed to maintain its unique character without falling out of step with the times.

Whether or not a stay here is part of your plans, a visit to the iconic lobby, with its high ceilings and ornate columns, is in order. Afternoon brings classic high tea service, which locals and tourists queue up for on a daily basis. The hotel’s arcade, home to luxury designer and jewelry shops, also invites lingering. Like many other top-tier properties around the world, the public spaces here are just as important to the hotel’s success as the guestrooms.

Rates: There are five room types, with prices starting at $525/night. There are seven options for suites, with prices starting at $1, 015/night.

Rooms: Accommodations are split between the original, low-rise building and a 30-story tower that was added in 1994. In total, there are 300 rooms and suites; depending on their location in the hotel, rooms include views of the front courtyard, the Kowloon cityscape, or, most desirably, Victoria Harbour and the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. The smallest rooms measure 441 square feet, a respectable size in a cramped city like Hong Kong, while rooms in higher tiers offer even more space.

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