Built in 1928, the Peninsula is Hong Kong’s oldest hotel, and one of the city’s most iconic institutions. Dubbed the “Grande Dame of the Far East,” the Hong Kong institution offers you a truly luxury hotel experience with bellboys who sport white pillbox hats and uniforms, a string quartet that plays classical music and daily afternoon high tea that draws lines. Decorated in a formal English-manor-style with dark wood furniture, rich fabrics, and Chinese ceramics and wall art, the Peninsula’s location near the Tsim Sha Tsui district’s harbourfront gives easy access to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Star Ferry Terminal.
If you think the Peninsula might be a bit too ‘old-world,’ check out the more modern and tech-savvy Mira. Located on Hong Kong’s Nathan Road across from Kowloon Park, the spacious rooms at the Mira are equipped with Arne Jacobsen ‘Egg’ chairs, Bose iPod docks, LCD TVs, entertainment units that incorporate a computer and Blu-Ray DVD players, and marble aromatherapy baths. There are also plenty of dining options at the hotel from the Michelin-starred Cuisine Cuisine that offers upscale Cantonese fare to COCO which has the hotel’s in-house master pastry chef concocting desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.