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BACKSTORY: When it was launched in 1928 by the Kadoorie family (who still run the place), The Peninsula aimed to be the finest property east of the Suez Canal. It has lost none of that ambition in the years since—as a recent comprehensive renovation attests.
DESIGN NOTES: Soaring ceilings, ornate arches and gold-detailed neoclassical pillars lend the lobby a downright palatial feel. Add in live classical music and jazz, and you have the ideal setting for the hotel’s popular afternoon tea (a throwback to the days of British rule).
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The Peninsula is located in Kowloon, across Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong’s Central District and within strolling distance of the science and art museums. Kowloon’s world-famous night market is a 20-minute walk away.
HOT PLATE: While there’s no shortage of eating spots here, don’t pass up an evening at Felix, the 28th-floor Philippe Starck-designed bar and restaurant, which serves French-accented fare like deep-fried escargot, and poached langoustine bobbing in rich lobster consommé.
AMAZING AMENITIES: Guests staying in any of the suites may reserve one of the hotel’s chauffeured Mini Coopers for a jaunt about town. For those who prefer a more elevated experience, there’s a fleet of 14 Rolls-Royce Phantoms available for hire.