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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.
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.
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.
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]
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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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.
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!
Nearly ten years in the making, Peninsula Paris will finally have its first regular guests file through the doors on Friday, August 1. We spent a few hours last week exploring what those premiers clients can expect for the nearly $1,000 (€695) a night and up they will be spending on one of the hotel’s 200 rooms and suites under the “Avant-Première” opening offer.
Room-wise, the lead-in rate that’s (for now) just shy of four digits puts you in the Superior category, which comes in at 35 sq m (375 sq ft) with either King or Queen Bed. All rooms come with a separate dressing area, marble bathrooms, free WiFi and long-distance VOIP calls, and proprietary in-room tablets in 11 languages. More space is available in four steps towards a Grand Premier Room, which adds an additional €1,000 ($1,370) to the nightly bill. As we’ve said before, Parisian Palace Hotels aren’t for the faint of heart.
Even capricious Paris was on best behavior yesterday for the preview of its latest palace hotel arrival, framing The Peninsula Paris with blue skies, cotton clouds and a blazing summer sun. Now five weeks away from official opening on August 1, we had a chance to peek inside the spectacularly restored 1908 grand hotel on Avenue Kléber – above in an official early evening photograph showing off its scale and symmetry in a way that the former makes difficult to capture closer up.
Travel is a chance to educate yourself about global destinations. How do native foods manifest in room service? In what way does the local political climate affect the hardness or softness of a mattress? And most importantly, how do you say, “A little lower, please” in various native tongues? (Cultural competency is very important in spa visits.)
Okay, we kid. But really, when you finally wander outside the confines of your plush hotel, you want to make sure you maximize your vacation time with at least one uniquely immersive experience. So today the Peninsula Hotels launch the Peninsula Academy, a “summer collection of exclusive experiences” that bring some over-the-top (but extremely cool) guest opportunities that are tailored to each hotel location.
Heading to the Peninsula Shanghai? Hop in a Rolls-Royce for a traditional Chinese breakfast and meeting with red-hot young fashion designer Lu Kun. Visiting the Peninsula Beijing? Take a private tour of the Shu Fang Zhai Temple, a private part of the Forbidden City otherwise inaccessible to the public, followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
There's a mystery building in Hamburg, Germany. A historic building that used to house the city's tax authority is receiving some interest from a Hong Kong based hotel group. But which one? Well, that's the mystery. Fortunately, we have some clues.
According to the report, the building, built in 1907, will offer 147 hotel rooms once it goes through its massive renovations, to the tune of 50 million Euros. An investor in the property told another newspaper that the hotel will be managed by a hotel operator based in Asia, which could be either Peninsula or Shangri-la.
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We knew Peninsula Hotels was spending some serious money to refresh its Hong Kong flagship, and that lovers of tech would be well looked after. Having just stopped by the hotel, we now know what those proprietary bedside tablets look like in their natural environment, and spotted a number of other cool room amenities – including the futuristic-looking thing above.
We honestly had no clue what it was, but in this case we’re not the target audience. Ladies, any guesses? Read on to find out.