On the tip of the Kowloon peninsula, a stone’s throw from the Star Ferry terminus and 1921 clock tower where the Kowloon-Canton railway once disgorged the hotel’s well-heeled guests. The hotel’s rear entrance leads directly to Kowloon’s bustling Golden Mile shopping strip.
Choose from 300 rooms spread across the classic old wing or newer Peninsula Tower, but don’t disregard a Kowloon View in favour of a Harbour View as relentless development has marred the vistas of yesteryear. Soggy digits aside, one of my most memorable stays in the city was crowned by a bath in a Pen corner-suite tub overlooking Nathan Road. You could almost ‘do’ Hong Kong from right there.
A never-ending stream of tourists, local ladies-who-lunch, nouveau-riche Chinese businessmen and white-gloved, pillar box hatted bellboys ensures there’s never a dull moment. But for all its sophisticated grandeur The Pen remains refreshingly accessible, with none of those withering expressions one often encounters in Europe.
Eating and drinking
Take the theatrical ‘mood lift’ (a hint of what’s to come) to the jaw-dropping Felix – if only use the legendary loos-with-a-view. Afternoon Tea is an institution and Gaddi’s vies for best French food this side of Paris. Bring an appetite and a fat wallet.
The decadent Roman-style pool spills onto an ample sun terrace and I found some of the best treadmill views in the world in the roof section of the west wing. If you don’t leave the hotel’s Espa looking a million dollars ask for your money back.
In a word - unparalleled.
Who stays there
Business travellers, honeymooners, CEOs, presidents, opera singers, pop (Elton John) and film stars (Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, Will Smith)… and you.
As one of the best hotels in the world, staying here is never going to be cheap: but check out the packages which provide added value.
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Best in Asia
- You may feel like you’re staying on a film set mobbed by extras