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Inside the Peninsula Hong Kong

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December 20, 2010 at 4:51 PM | by | ()

So what is the answer to our Guess the Hotel challenge? Many of you knew a hotel with a helicopter when you saw it, and the correct guess is the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, the flagship of the Peninsula luxury chain and a mecca for travelers in its own right.

We stopped in last week for a tour of the entire property, and today we have looks at rooms in both the original building and the upper, new floors added in the late 1990s. All of the regular rooms were fully booked, so you'll just have to make do with peeks into suites, which anyway aren't too far off the classic lushness of the lowest category.

The views over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour are ridiculously drool-worthy and the tech panels, free WiFi and white-glove service are just a small sampling of the perks that The Peninsula guests enjoy, but let's remember that they're paying well for it: in January, a standard King room is going for $500 per night while the Grand Deluxe Harbourview Suite we visited on the upper floors commands $2,000 and up.

Now hold your breath and don't touch anything...

Now exhale...the hardest part about getting into The Peninsula is building up the courage to walk past its row of gleaming, custom green Rolls-Royce Phantoms and over the threshold into the gilded lobby. Most tourists don't make it beyond taking a cheesy photo of themselves in front of the majestic fountain out front, but two minutes in The Peninsula's presence isn't enough.

Although it appears a bastion of colonial stuffiness and proper manners, a few steps inside and you'll see that it's quite the opposite. The Peninsula is surprisingly welcoming to the public, with afternoon tea in the lobby, the human-sized gingerbread house and train layout on the mezzanine level during the holidays, several restaurants including the Philippe Starck-designed Felix, and—of course—the mini shopping mall stocked with designer brands. Frankly, it's welcoming atmosphere took us by surprise.

On the other hand, if you do book a room and turn the key to become a guest of The Peninsula, then there's an inner sanctum only for you. The pool (we'll get to that tomorrow), the gym and yoga deck, the helicopter departure lounge, the best tables at the restaurants, and—OMG—the deck with views so awesome that one could be justified in booking a Hong Kong vacation just to sit out there night and day. Oh, and they were busy setting up a guests-only barbeque out there when we passed through.

Now enough with our blabbering. We'll let the video room tours and photo galleries do the rest of the talking...

Peninsula Hong Kong's Room 2416, a Grand Deluxe Harbourview Suite in the newer tower:

Peninsula Hong Kong's Room 215, a small suite within the original building:

[All photos and video: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

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