The sight of the Peninsula Hotel is very familiar to all who visit Hong Kong, if not to stay but certainly if you want to see the last vestiges of British influence in what was once a far eastern colony.
That is, we’re talking about the front building, not the new tower at the back. In the older days there would have been a great view of the harbor from the Veranda (that area with the blue striped canopy) where today, breakfast is taken.
We had breakfast, lunch, and the famous afternoon tea in the ground floor cafe.
These days you would mostly see taxis, buses, and Teslas, if not a flurry of Mercedes and green Rolls Royces in the small car park below. There is no clear view of the harbor anymore.
From our room, one facing the harbor we could see the space museum, and on the day we arrived, rain, at times, blotting out the harbor and Hong Kong Island barely discernable in the distance.
As for the room itself, it was excellent, a junior suite, I think, because it had two distinctive areas. Everything was run from a tablet computer, blinds, lights, television, and most importantly, air conditioning. This was the first hotel I’ve stayed in where it was neither too hot or too cold, but just rights.
The bed was very large and extremely comfortable, as were the pillows. Pillows, I’m afraid, are a bugbear with me, as no hotel seems to be able to get it right. They’re either too soft or too hard, too tall, or too shallow. Here, they managed to get it right.
The windows were just the right size not to affect the air conditioning, ie. let too much heat in.
I’m not sure I could say the lounge chair was comfortable, but there was only one, which makes it difficult if there are two of you. I wasn’t going to fight for it.
The desk had a surprise in the bottom drawer, a printer!
And the bathroom, though slightly smaller than expected, had some hint of what it may have been like in the early days. It had both a shower and a bath.