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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Staying at a Peninsula hotel has long been on my bucket list, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that I would be staying with my tour group at three of them during our tour throughout China (Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai). This was the first Peninsula hotel I stayed in and by far the one I liked the most. The level of service and attention to detail was phenomenal and I was always greeted with a smile. The afternoon tea was fabulous and I was glad that I didn't have to queue for the tea as a hotel guest, just make a reservation. My spa treatment was divine and the view of the harbor from the relaxation room was a real treat. The service I received at this hotel has definitely spoiled me. Oh well, I guess I'll have to find more Peninsula's to stay in.
We are traveling in Asia for five weeks with our four children and staying at all of the Peninsulas along the way. This hotel is the best of all of them.
The bright spots are a massive pool, friendly and attentive staff, amazing arcade of shops, wonderful lobby atmosphere, great rooftop bar with a view across the river. The rooms are large and have the classic wood finishing that appears elsewhere, such as Paris.
Everyone speaks English, so there is no language barrier. I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else.
We stayed for 3 nights at the Pen before heading to Angkor. We decided to splurge and booked the VIP arrival package and were picked up at the gate after disembarking the plane, whisked through immigration, and were brought to the Rolls Royce Phantom car for the transfer to the hotel: Very nice albeit very expensive experience. We booked a deluxe room in the main wing and were upgrade to the tower with a room facing Kowloon which was very spacious but lacked character. In hindsight we should have upgraded to a harbor view to make the stay more memorable. What we liked very much: pool area with the big terrace overlooking HK and very nice staff, location is terrific and you can walk to the star ferry to get to HK Island easily. What we think could be improved: (1) breakfast: we had to wait for a table almost every day at the Verandah (buffet style breakfast), they were too busy. On the day of check-out, we decided to have a la carte breakfast at the Lobby. Our waitress was totally overwhelmed, drinks arrived late. They forgot about my mother‘s breakfast and we ran late. (2) Also, the hotel has no space in the Lobby for its guests to sit. The Lobby tends to get very crowded with tourists and visitors for the afternoon tea and you really have to fight your way through the reception. However, when we were waiting to get picked up for the airport transfer, we were a bit lost since there is nowhere for hotel guests to sit but for one sofa at the reception. Further, we found the front desk staff a bit disappointing as they did not always greet or say anything nice when you passed by but would often look down or pretend to be busy. I always wanted to stay at the Pen in HK. I must say that I enjoyed my stay very much, but would probably opt for another hotel next time which is not so busy and famous as the Pen.