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The Revamped Peninsula Hong Kong Unveils Serious Tech Toys

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September 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM | by | ()

A Grand Deluxe Harbour View Suite

At the start of this year, we talked about the planned renovations at The Peninsula Hong Kong, set to overhaul all guestrooms to the tune of HK$450 million ($58 million) .

Six months or so later, the first phase, covering all rooms in the Peninsula Tower, is complete. We love the warm colors and the artwork on the wall in the Harbour View room; inspired by Chinese ink paintings, these are three-dimensional branches, leaves, and blossoms made of laser-cut bronze-lacquered stainless steel. Flora and fauna inspired details show up throughout, with a Grand Deluxe Suite having a similar design woven into the carpet.

Changes in décor may be the first thing you notice, but in-room technology is where the hotel has gotten serious with its upgrades.

Available in one of five languages, bedside and desk tablets contain restaurant menus, hotel services, and PenCities guides. Terrestrial TV, 90 internet TV channels, and 460 internet radio stations will keep you entertained, with noise-cancelling earphones on hand to enjoy them at their best.

A Grand Deluxe Harbour View Room

LED touch-screen panels in both the room and bathroom allow you to regulate every aspect from mood lighting to curtains, down to a customised spa setting in the bathroom that delivers an integrated light and sound experience. All rooms have been fitted with fibre optic cabling, ensuring that the complimentary WiFi and wired internet access is faster than you’ve probably ever seen at a hotel. Long-distance VOIP calls are free, whether in your room or when tooling around town in the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet.

Flat-screen TVs, iPod/iPad docking stations, sound systems, all-in-one fax/printer/photocopier/scanner, Nespresso machines, the list goes on. You’d need a day just to get around to all the different features of the room.

The second phase of the hotel’s transformation focuses on the original building, which dates back to 1928. The end result will be unveiled next April, in time for the hotel’s 85th anniversary.

If you can’t wait until then, a newly-renovated Harbour View Room to test out all those gadgets and watch the daily Symphony of Lights across the bay on Hong Kong Island starts from HK$7,680 ($990), including breakfast for two, on a Saturday in October.

[Photos: Peninsula Hotels]

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