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A Tiny Bit More on The Peninsula London

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  Site Where: 1-5 Grosvenor Place, London, United Kingdom
July 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

We’re not going to lie: if our patience often gets tested when it comes to hotel openings, the wait for The Peninsula London will be the ultimate test. Two solid years after we heard the hotel was coming to Knightsbridge / Belgravia, we finally got a first look at its exterior, due to replace the office block currently occupying the 1-5 Grosvenor Place address. Along with that came a projected opening in 2021, also known as the next decade.

The community consultation process is in full swing, more details of which you can find on the dedicated project website. Luckily for us, the boards used during the consultation events are available online, and include a few more renderings to whet our appetite for the 190-room hotel. Above a view of the main entrance on Grosvenor Place, with the usual two lions standing guard, the green Rolls-Royce even making a digital appearance outside, and just on the right the Wellington Arch.

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In Six Years From Now, This is What The Peninsula Hotel London Will Look Like

Where: 1-5 Grosvenor Place, London, United Kingdom
July 16, 2015 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Two years ago, a formal announcement was made for a Peninsula Hotel in London at 1-5 Grosvenor Place. Today, we've finally got a few more details on the design and specs of the hotel, thanks to building plans recently submitted to the Westminster City Council.

Currently, the spot for Peninsula London is, as JasonD wrote in 2013--" a rather unattractive office block." Here's what it looked like two years ago:

Now, the owners of the Peninsula brand--The Hongkong and Shangai Hotels, Limited--along with joint venture partners, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor), are proposing a new building that "responds to the heritage of its immediate neighbours", that being all the swank buildings of Belgravia. Here's a (far away) rendering of what the hotel will look like when its completed:

Designed by British-based Hopkins Architects, the hotel will have 190 hotel rooms, a spa, several bars and restaurants and a ballroom. The property will also have 24-28 residences with their own separate leisure and spa facility, along with an entrance and reception on Halkin Street. A pedestrian entrance is planned for Grosvenor Street which will be accessed from "a colonnade linking to an internal ‘Palazzo-style’ courtyard, approximately 30 x 30 metres, allowing vehicle access." No doubt, this is where Peninsula will line-up all their fancy cars and their Mini-Coopers, too.

We're already getting giddy about these plans, but we'll have to temper our excitement. Construction on the Peninsula won't even begin until summer 2017, with an opening expected sometime in 2021. In case you have forgotten simple math, that's SIX YEARS FROM NOW. Sigh.

[Rendering: Peninsula Hotels]

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Peninsula Hotels to Open Next in Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
July 9, 2015 at 7:33 PM | by | ()

A suite at the Peninsula Paris

The owner of Peninsula Hotels has just entered into a joint venture to develop a hotel in Istanbul. Here's what the SCMP wrote about the news:

Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, owner of the Peninsula hotels, will spend €150 million to develop a hotel in Istanbul with two Turkish partners, the company said in an announcement to the stock exchange on Tuesday.

The project, subject to approval, will entail an estimated total investment of €300 million and will be equally owned by Peninsula Istanbul Holdings and SLI, a joint venture between Turkish group Dogus Holding and private equity fund BLG.

The hotel will be built in the Salıpazarı Port located in the historic Karaköy area overlooking the Bosphorus strait between Europe and Asia, according to the announcement.

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Peninsula Hotels Are Now Bumping to In-Room Beats

July 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

No need to turn the music down to appease the folks in the adjoining room, as one hotel chain is now cranking up the volume to eleven—thanks to some Beats headphones.

Peninsula Hotels are teaming up with Beats by Dre—and we guess Apple too, eh?—to provide guests with access to all kinds of audio technology during their stay. These products are usually available at quite the premium, but overnight guests will be enjoying things during their stay for no additional charge.

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Need Directions to the Peninsula Hotel But Don't Speak the Language?

June 23, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

Peninsula Hotels recently revamped their website to be mobile-optimized but there's one feature we really like--spoken directions to the Peninsula Hotel.

Let's say you're in Paris and need directions to the Peninsula Paris. All you need to do is pull up the Peninsula Paris site, click on "Display Address for Taxis" and then click on "Speak address" and voila! Directions to the hotel will be spoken in perfect French (by an actual employee of the Peninsula Paris no less.) And since it's on your phone, it's incredibly easy to pull-up. It sure beats fumbling for a card with printed directions on it.

This feature is available for all Peninsula properties from Beverly Hills to Tokyo.

Other cool things to check out on the new mobile site are Peninsula Moments (special events and happenings that took place at their hotels), specially created Luxe City Guides that offer tips on where to go and what to see and most interestingly, online booking offers like complimentary room upgrades.

[Screengrab: Peninsula Hotels]

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Why is There is a Bus Balancing Off the Roof Terrace of The Peninsula Hong Kong?

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
March 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

We are fans of cool hotel art, and even more so when it’s a contemporary and quirky installation on a historic hotel façade, like the one you see here displayed at the The Peninsula Hong Kong.

As part of the recent Art Basel Hong Kong, the hotel is playing host to a special prop from the 1969 movie, The Italian Job. A life-sized replica of the Harrington Legionnaire coach featured in the movie has been mounted on the parapet of the hotel’s seventh floor Sun Terrace. It looks like it’s precariously balancing off The Pen’s Grade I-listed heritage façade, and can be seen from as far as the Avenue of Stars harbour front promenade.

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Why There Is Over a Mile of Cabling Inside a Peninsula Room

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  Site Where: 19, Avenue Kléber, Paris, France, 75116
March 11, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

It may be a 1908 Beaux Arts building in the middle of Paris, but Peninsula Hotels made sure when spending hundreds of millions on its first European hotel that besides all the artisans and historians restoring murals, plasterwork, and the like, some serious money was spent on wiring the place up.

The end result? Well over a mile of cabling inside each room (and more in those humongous suites) to make everything – and we do mean everything – controlled through these tablets and / or little touch screens on the walls. Want to take a bath? Touch the “spa” button and lighting dims as soothing music starts playing. Have shoes that need polishing? Drop them in the valet box, press the button, and they’ll be delivered back to you shiny as can be.

With its renovation plans announced, these tablets are on their way to Chicago, and – we have no doubt – to all Peninsula hotels eventually. Check out what’s at the touch of a button below.

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Inside La Suite Katara and La Suite Peninsula at The Peninsula Paris

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  Site Where: 19, Avenue Kléber, Paris, France, 75116
March 5, 2015 at 8:38 AM | by | ()

Yes, we did say inside two of the top suites at The Peninsula Paris, and we will take you on a full tour, but we had to start with this: a shot from the private rooftop garden of La Suite Katara, a vast outdoor space with knee-buckling views of Paris, including the replica of l’Oiseau Blanc (the French bi-plane that disappeared during its attempt to complete the first transatlantic flight) suspended next to the restaurant of the same name and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

Part of a trio (the third being the Historic Suite), La Suite Katara and La Suite Peninsula are the latest addition that round out the total of 200 rooms and suites in the 1908 grand hotel on Avenue Kléber. Ready to see what $22,000 and up a night gets you in the City of Light? Here we go.

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The Peninsula Chicago to Get a Makeover, Inspired By Sister Hotels in Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai

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  Site Where: 108 East Superior [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
February 19, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

The Peninsula Chicago, which opened in 2001, is undergoing a guest room overhaul this year, perhaps to freshen up before new luxury hotels like LondonHouse and Nobu hit the scene. Details are sparse, but here’s what we know. All 339 rooms and suites will be redesigned, with the new décor inspired by the best elements of other Peninsula properties such as:

Accent details from the Peninsula Paris:

Distinct wood and leather finishes from the Peninsula Hong Kong;

Elegant color palettes from the Peninsula Shanghai:

Can you picture a combination of these features? Well, we can’t either but look forward to seeing the most likely beautiful result.

The hotel will up its game in the technology space as well: in-room proprietary Peninsula touch tablets will feature 11 different languages and will control everything in the room from the curtains to the Nespresso machine, plus complimentary long-distance calling via VOIP technology.

Peninsula Chicago enthusiasts, what would you like to see in the newly designed rooms? Do tell.

Peninsula Chicago enthusiasts, what would you like to see in the newly designed rooms? Do tell.

[Photos courtesy of Peninsula Hotels/HotelChatter]

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The Penisula Paris Is On Display At Harrods London

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  Site Where: 19, Avenue Kléber, Paris, France, 75116
September 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | ()

It may take another half decade for Peninsula Hotels and Harrods to become permanent neighbors, when The Peninsula London opens in the department store’s Knightsbridge ‘hood, but that isn’t stopping the two brands collaborating this fall.

Until October 7, one of the department store’s window displays features the above shot of The Peninsula Paris, which we showed you when we previewed the hotel in June, along with six digital windows featuring images of the building on Avenue Kléber.

During the month of October, more visuals from Paris are projected on four screens placed near some of the store’s entrances and escalators; perhaps a way to tie you over until you’ve found that $1,000+ it takes to stay the night. The display also contains a miniature version of the “Dancing Leaves” Lasvit installation found in the lobby of the hotel.

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The Verdicts Are In For Peninsula Paris, And They're Mixed

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  Site Where: 19 Avenue Kleber, Paris, France, 75116
August 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

It’s been open a full two weeks now, and although we haven’t quite found the $1000 to stay at Peninsula Paris (give us another week or 500), others have – and a newspaper has checked it out too. Here’s what they say about the $999,000,000 project.

The 26 TripAdvisor reviews are mixed, leaning towards the negative – though a good tranche are from people who’ve just eaten, rather than stayed at the hotel.

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Guess The Hotel Where Old, Rich and Powerful Men Like To Stay

August 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | ()

It's time for another rousing rendition of Guess The Hotel! Here's how it works--we give you some hotel hints, you drop your guesses in comments below and we'll tell you if you're right or wrong tomorrow. And away we go!

This hotel might be a favorite amongst old men named Larry like Larry King and Larry David as well as The Fonz, aka Henry Winkler (the latter two we actually spied in the lobby of the hotel), and many, many, many others. However, we were struck by the hotel's relatively feminine guest rooms. They just looked so darn pretty. Which makes sense since we know how much those old, powerful men like pretty things.

Here are some more hints about this oh-so-lovely hotel:

· The new feminine look was recently unveiled earlier this year. Some specialty suites should be rolled out in the next few weeks.

· The hotel's restaurant and bar remains the place to see and be seen in this particularly hoity part of NYC.

· The rooms all feature a large full-length mirror on the wall so you can see exactly what your outfit looks like. Very important for both women and men.

· The lobby has free WiFi and plenty of luxurious places to lounge so you can charge your phone, check your email and text your mom that you just saw The Fonz.

Yeah, this one shouldn't be that hard but we still want to see your guesses! So drop them in comments below!