The Peninsula Hong Kong

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Address: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Star rating:
5 star hotel

5

Iconic five-star in a prime Tsim Sha Tsui location.

Blueprint for a slew of pretenders, the historical Peninsula is everything an oil-rich upstart aspires to be – minus the gold taps and footballer’s wives. From the fleet of bespoke Phantoms out front to the exclusive heli-pad accessed via the 30th floor China Clipper lounge, commemorating the Pan Am China Clipper seaplanes that plied the Pacific Route from 1935-1945, The Pen is luxury at its well-oiled best.

 

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.9
90%
Leisure facilities
5
90%
Service
5
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
5
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

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.

 

Bedrooms

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.

 

Public areas

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.

 

Leisure facilities

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.

 

Service

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.

 

Price advice

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Best in Asia
  • You may feel like you’re staying on a film set mobbed by extras
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