The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Infobox hotel
hotel_name =The Peninsula Hong Kong
香港半島酒店


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caption ="the finest hotel east of Suez"
location = Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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opening_date = December 1928
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operator =Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
owner =Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
number_of_restaurants =8
number_of_rooms = 300
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website = [http://hongkong.peninsula.com hongkong.peninsula.com]
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The Peninsula Hong Kong ( _zh. 香港半島酒店) opened in 1928 is Hong Kong's first hotel and is also one of the most internationally recognizable hotels in Hong Kong. [ [http://hongkong.peninsula.com/phk/information_01.html History] ] It is located at the junction of Nathan Road and Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Founded by members of the Kadoorie family, the hotel today is part of the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels group headed by Sir Michael Kadoorie. The Peninsula Hotel Group's flagship property has been voted as the world's best hotel on a couple of occasions and is widely regarded as one of the legendary properties.

History

It opened in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong in December of 1928, built with the idea that it would be "the finest hotel east of Suez." Passengers arriving in Hong Kong by ocean liner disembarked onto the quays of Kowloon plus, it was the last stop on the trans-Siberian rail link that brought travelers from Europe. As such, the Peninsula hotel was ideally situated to take advantage of the increasing number of wealthy visitors to the area.

From the moment the hotel opened its doors to the first guest, the Peninsula name has been synonymous with welcoming the rich, the famous, the titled and the titans of industry to a place of unsurpassed luxury and service. The hotel is also distinguished by its fleet of signature Rolls-Royces, which can be hired by guests. These cars are painted in a distinctive shade of green known as "Peninsula green".

On December 25, 1941, at the end of the Battle of Hong Kong, British colonial officials headed by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Aitchison Young, surrendered in person at the Japanese headquarters on the third floor of The Peninsula. The Hotel was then renamed "The Toa Hotel".

In 1994, an extension was added to the original hotel. The features of the existing hotel building was preserved; these include the forecourt, the lobby and the front facade. The hotel was in operation when the extension was in process. [Hong Kong Institute of Acrhitects Annual Awards(1997).Hong Kong Architecture 3. Hong Kong: Hinge Marketing. ]

Features

In 1994, a 30-story tower was added in the same original style and the hotel installed a helipad for clients. It is one of only two private rooftop helipads in the territory, the other being located on top of the Shun Tak Centre. The helipads are being used for the transfer of the hotel's VIP clients with the flight duration to the Hong Kong International Airport being 7 minutes.

The total number of rooms in the hotel was increased to 300 as 132 rooms and suites were created. There are 10 floors of office space, shops and a series of hotel facilities added to the existing hotel buildings [Hong Kong Institute of Acrhitects Annual Awards(1997).Hong Kong Acrhitecture 3. Hong Kong: Hinge Marketing."'] .

Restaurants and Bars

The Peninsula Hotel has a collection of highly acclaimed restaurants. They include the gourmet French restaurant Gaddi's, which has one of the first Chef's Tables in Hong Kong, and the Philippe Starck-designed Felix. Other notable restaurants include Spring Moon and Chesa, which specialize in Cantonese and Swiss cuisine respectively.

The Lobby of the Peninsula serves traditional English-style Afternoon Tea, reminiscent of Hong Kong's colonial era. [ [http://www.frommers.com/destinations/hongkong/D51949.html Peninsula Hotel Lobby] ]

Fleet

Since December 2006, the hotel has had a fleet of 14 Long Wheelbase Rolls Royce Phantoms painted in the hotel's signature green. This was the largest order placed for Rolls Royce in the history of the company. [ [http://hongkong.peninsula.com/phk/information_08.html Rolls-Royce fleet information] ] It replaces a fleet of Rolls-Royce Silver Spurs.

Awards

The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong has been recognised as an internationally leading hotel in many areas. [ [http://hongkong.peninsula.com/phk/information_03.html Awards and Accolades] ] It has received awards from Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Travel + Leisure, and other industry organizations.

ee also

*The Peninsula Hotels
*The Peninsula Manila

References

Literature

*cite book|author=William Warren, Jill Gocher|title=Asia's legendary hotels: the romance of travel|location=Singapore|publisher=Periplus Editions|year=2007|isbn=978-0-7946-0174-4

External links

* [http://hongkong.peninsula.com The Peninsula Hotel] Official site


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