The Peninsula Hong Kong launches US$58 million guestroom makeover

The Peninsula Hong Kong launches US$58 million guestroom makeover

Grande dame of Asian hospitality moves up to the 21st century with in-room technology and modern aesthetics
The Peninsula Hong Kong
One thing that won't change at The Peninsula Hong Kong: amazing views.

To celebrate its 85th anniversary next year, The Peninsula Hong Kong has begun a HK$450 million (US$58 million) refurbishment of its 300 guest rooms with new digital enhancements. The first completed phase was unveiled yesterday.

The iconic hotel -- which first opened in 1928 -- aims to finish its renovations by April 2013, in time for celebrating its milestone birthday.

For the first phase, the rooms in the Peninsula Tower -- an extension of the hotel built in 1994 -- have been completely transformed.

Gone are the brocade and the gilt chandeliers. The new rooms have a pared-down Oriental chic feel, with plain cream upholstery, drawer handles derived from vintage luggage and Chinese ink painting-inspired ornaments. 

The facelift is focused on guestrooms, while The Peninsula Hong Kong's well-known lobby and its restaurants and bars will remain unchanged. 

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The Peninsula Hong Kong 2.0

The features that will truly bring the historical hotel up to date are the digital gimmicks that tech-savvy travelers have come to expect from top hotels.

New rooms at The Peninsula Hong Kong will be smothered in digital touches, ranging from touch-screen tablets that control all functions of the room, to a DVD library of 3D movies to be watched on the in-room HD televisions.

A touch of a screen can change pre-set room modes, such as switching to a "spa mode," or change languages settings across all platforms in the room. 

Long-distance calls from the rooms become free-of-charge as complimentary Wi-Fi allow VOIP calls. 

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The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, +852 2920 2888, 

the Peninsula Hong KongThe new Grand Deluxe Suite after a makeover.the Peninsula Hong KongThe telescope remains at bay windows in the newly refurbished rooms.the Peninsula Hong KongMarble is a main feature in the new bathrooms, same as before.