Travel Review: The Peninsula Hong Kong

GRANDE DAME OF THE EAST. The Peninsula Hong Kong (Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2920 2888; was built in 1928 next to the last stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway to be “the finest hotel east of Suez.”

In the intervening years it has welcomed guests from far and wide into its iconic main building—to which a 30-story tower and helipad were appended in 1994. For those who are yet to visit this “Grand Dame of the East,” its newly completed US$58 million renovation of the Tower guest rooms and suites may be the catalyst you need. After eight months of work in the Peninsula Tower, all 300 of its guest rooms have been transformed.

The design was a collaboration between The Peninsula’s in-house team and Chicago-based Gettys. Soft tones under warm lighting lend the rooms a welcoming feel without ceding the scale of the Hong Kong skyline outside. Cassina-designed sofas and Poltrona Frau dining chairs are complemented by hardwood dining tables. There are some things that will remain the same, however—from the iconic Rolls-Royce fleet to the emphasis on first-class service—but the Grand Dame of the East, soon to reach its 85th anniversary, is growing old gracefully.