Hong Kong, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Building on its 84 years as a global beacon of hospitality, The Peninsula Hong Kong proudly unveiled the first phase of its landmark room enhancement program, which offers guests the highest levels of comfort during their stay. The opening of the new Tower rooms and suites underscores the hotel’s commitment to defining the future of experiential luxury, while preserving its magnificent heritage since opening The Peninsula Tower 17 years ago.
Culminating in an approximately $58 million project that will see all 300 of the hotel’s guestrooms transformed, the enhancement program began this past January. The launch of the newly renovated guestrooms in The Peninsula Tower have paved the way for the transformation of guestrooms in the Original Building, which sit below the offices in the Tower, and will be unveiled in April 2013 to usher in the hotel’s 85th anniversary celebrations.
With an accent on Classic Modernity, which adheres to the design tenets of simplicity and chic elegance, the new rooms showcase the finest materials and craftsmanship. Boasting a bespoke luxury residential feel, with an aesthetic that melds the distinctive design touches and practicality present in today’s luxury yachts, motorcars and private jets, the new design takes The Peninsula guest experience to the next level of in-room comfort.
Set in a warm, neutral palette of cream, bone, caramel, walnut, and dark chocolate, refined artisan detailing includes stitching on the leather-finish wardrobe and wall panels and vintage travel trunk-inspired drawer handles. Highly-glossed burl wood cabinetry, screen doors, chairs and sofa detailing frames the walls and doors to create an ambiance of sumptuous, refined comfort.
Echoing the distinguishing design touches present in luxury automotive and fashion design today, fine craftsmanship with subtle and seamless detailing is everywhere. Functional objects such as multiple, dual-voltage (110V/240V) electrical power sockets with universal adaptors and chargers have been concealed within flawlessly finished, dark chocolate burl wood and glass cabinetry, with touch-of-a-button access.
Conceived by the in-house design team of The Peninsula Hotels and assisted by Gettys as the executive interior design firm, the overall concept focuses on simple details that work in beautiful synchronization. From the streamlined tea and Nespresso coffee-making facilities, which are conveniently integrated with the entertainment centre, to the beige leather-finish and glossy patina of the walnut writing desk and vanity table with retractable, illuminated mirror, discerning guests have everything they need at their fingertips. The matte mahogany dining table, Cassina-designed sofa and Poltrona Frau dining chairs and armchairs feature extendable panels, retractable drinks coasters and a concealed magazine rack, lending to the sense of inviting elegance.
Melding the modern with the traditional, The Peninsula’s signature en suite marble bathrooms – with dual wash basins, a large and luxurious bathtub, separate shower stall and private toilet – have been seamlessly integrated into the new guestroom design, undergoing a complete technological redesign to fulfill 21st century guest requirements. Here, LED touch-screen panels, located on the wall and bath-side, enable viewing of terrestrial and Internet TV and radio. Mood-lighting with a customized ambient spa setting delivers a luxurious, integrated light and sound experience for indulgent relaxation.
Revolutionary in-room technology sets new standards of guest personalization, with fully customized interactive digital bedside and desk tablets pre-set in one of five languages: English, French, Traditional and Simplified Chinese and Japanese, according to guest preference. Full control of all in-room functions is a mere touch away via the bedside and desk tablets, which enable access to the in-room compendium of restaurant menus, hotel services, the new “PenCities” virtual city guide, and personalized streaming terrestrial TV, and Internet TV and radio with noise-cancelling earphones. LED touch-screen panels located on the walls also offer full mastery of the in-room facilities, including mood lighting and curtain control. Wall panels feature valet call, weather, thermostat, language and privacy options at a convenient touch.
A vibrant, enriched entertainment experience is now possible thanks to the in-room tablets, which deliver a suite of integrated platforms for terrestrial TV, as well as 90 Internet TV channels and 460 Internet radio stations, streaming independently on both the tablets and the television. A state-of-the-art audio visual centre in each guest room features a 46-inch flat-screen, Blu-ray LED television – with a 55-inch model in all suites – ideal for watching a personalized selection of the complimentary HD movies available – and Internet TV, as well as an iPod/iPad docking station, memory card reader and soundbar speaker system with powerful sub-woofer, to deliver the ultimate surround-sound experience. Wireless connection to personal electronic devices and to the all-in-one fax/printer/photocopier/scanner, enables the seamless functionality of a home office, with multiple device chargers integrated into bedside cabinet drawers for added convenience.
To enable the streaming of high-volume digital data, fibre optic cabling in each room yields powerful complimentary high-speed wired and wireless internet access. As a result, guests are able to enjoy long distance VOIP calls in-room at no charge, as well as when travelling within the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet, ensuring supreme convenience, luxurious comfort and above all enjoyment, throughout their Peninsula stay.