The Peninsula Hong Kong
What We Love
- Despite the central location, the hotel is an oasis of peace and quiet
- Mere minutes from major transportation, local attractions and world-class shopping
- Children’s activities include a cooking academy for the little ones
- Free WiFi
- Airport transfers, if booked, begin at the arrival gate, where you're met and accompanied through immigration and baggage claim
What To Know
- The main lobby can get quite crowded during the Peninsula’s famous afternoon tea
- There is a basic dress code in place. Guests are asked to refrain from wearing tank tops and flip-flops
- The Sun Terrace is only open to guests for dining
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
In Hong Kong, a city drowning in avant-garde opulence, there is only one hotel that everyone knows: the Peninsula. The landmark hotel, which dates back to the region’s colonial British roots, is a symbol of the area’s rich past, famously swanked by a fleet of 14 Rolls Royces painted “Peninsula green.” It’s also the only hotel in the city to have its own private helipad and helicopter. Plush carpeting and touches of Hong Kong’s colonial past decorate the regal lobby and its 300 intimate guestrooms, each built with visitors’ privacy in mind (think one-stop-shop panels that control everything from the temperature to the television screen). The Pensinsula is known for its impeccable service, and an excellent concierge is on hand (and on first name terms) for your every need, whether it’s providing a special van for your shopping jaunts or a helicopter champagne brunch as you cruise the harbor sky. While Hong Kong may be one of the world’s gastronomic capitals, the Peninsula’s restaurants may make leaving the hotel for food redundant. Famous Gaddi’s serves up notable French dishes, Spring Moon is known for its Cantonese cuisine, and Felix, designed by Philippe Starck, dishes out European plates alongside views of the harbor from its 28th floor perch. It’s little wonder you’ll feel on top of the world here.
In the Area
Hong Kong Harbor is a playground all its own, but you need never leave the hotel. Enjoy some dancing and live music in the basement. Evocative of 1930s Shanghai, the hidden Salon de Ning lounge is sure to indulge all your senses. Scones, jam and clotted cream – it’s a tradition that stems back to Hong Kong’s colonial British roots. While many options have sprung up around the city, it originated with the Peninsula’s famous afternoon tea. Hotel guests can skip the long waits in line by booking ahead. probably no better other place to do it than the International Finance Center, Hong Kong’s second-highest building consisting of two full, imposing towers of consumerism. And, for a respite away from the hustle and bustle, take a day excursion to airy Lamma Island and dine on fresh seafood from Lamcombe Seafood Restaurant, which even drew Anthony Bourdain’s praise.
How to Get There
Visited for 2 nights after a 2 week tour to Vietnam and the Peninsular was the crowning glory of what has been a superb trip. The hotel is known for its style and luxury and we were not disappointed from the welcome , the check in , in fact the quality throughout.
We had a 17th floor harbour view room with every modern amenity you could wish for - even a fax and a stapler!! Lots of touch buttons for TV , lights curtains etc.
Buffet breakfast excellent . The roof top bar and restaurant with panoramic views very good though booking recommended. It’s not cheap by the way but it’s worth that special occasion.
We were given a late checkout to 3 pm but use of the superb pool and spa area to relax which was most welcome.
Special recommendation for all the staff we came into contact with who could not have been more attentive , professional and friendly.
All in all a very special hotel and experience.
If you consider yourself a High Tea efficienado or follower then High Tea at the Peninsula Hong Kong must be just about top of your “teapot” hit list. Held in the lobby between 2-6 pm each day it’s an occasion not to be missed. Steeped in history and high on theatre the Pen high tea has it all. The facts are, smart dress a must, HK688 per couple not including alcohol. Add another HK$500 to sip 2 glasses of the Pen’s house champagne which is French and very passable. The food is fresh, consisting of 4 scones with jam and cream,a good selection of cakes, sandwiches and a small quiche. Plenty to help you while away the time watching the comings and goings of one of the worlds great hotels. The high tea is open to all but bookings are not accepted unless you are a guest at the Pen. As well, walk up guests of the hotel are given preference over non guests. For this reason, if you are not a guest expect to wait anything up to 40 mins for a table. Still, worth it in my humble opinion. During December a three piece band plays a range of Christmas songs and carols further adding to the atmosphere.
Fbyou find yourself in HK and want to impress your partner with a sophisticated but informal afternoon cuppa and cakes then you will not need to go past the Peninsula.
Returning to The Peninsula Hotel is always a pleasure but by chance our arrival coincided with their 'beginning of Christmas' event in the lobby. Lots of excitement, a parade, music and drinks and canapés.
Our corner suite right at the front of the hotel was really comfortable one every possible way and requests for anything were dealt with almost instantaneously.
Breakfast in the lobby was very good, preceded by a visit to the spa and pool, which are excellent
First of all I should say we weren’t resident at the hotel but as it was our last day in Hong Kong we wanted to mark the occasion with a last treat.
We arrived a little early and even though it was a Monday the queue for afternoon tea had already begun.
The afternoon tea is expensive but it’s pretty special. The occasion is enjoyed in a most wonderful colonial setting and you feel the history all around you enjoying your afternoon tea whilst a string quartet play from a balcony. The history of the venue is so interesting particularly the WW2 era when the Imperial Japanese army established its military headquarters in the hotel. It’s just a great thing to do and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It pains me to say this but this Peninsula is a has-been. It feels irrelevant now. I wish I had stayed at Upper House.
I didn’t feel any charm or warmth. The hotel feels like a convention center. There isn’t a really lobby where you can sit while you wait for someone or for a cab for example. The lobby is a giant restaurant and it feels awkward and impersonal to walk into the hotel the first time as if you’re interrupting someone’s dinner.
Service was subpar. Once while eating in the lobby someone just completely forgot about me. I had to get out of my chair and track someone down. No one greeted me warmly or remembered my name - that’s because this hotel doesn’t care about that anymore. It cares about making money from people who aren’t even staying at the hotel and come for tea. It was pouring rain when I was there. First I was given a broken umbrella. They made me sign out for is with my room number like a criminal - agin this is because they have turned the place into an impersonal convention center. When I asked the gentlemen at the front door for a new umbrella I was simply point back inside where I wandered aimlessly until I could find someone to assist. Why couldn’t an employee simply do this for me?
My room service was downright gross and inedible. I did like the size of the room and the amenities in the room.
The most redeeming thing about this hotel is their spa. It almost feels like it is under completely separate management. It was clean and beautiful. And everyone working at the spa from start to finish was stellar. I would have given 3 stars but for the spa.
Peninsula, step it up.