Hotel Review: Peninsula Hong Kong 香港半島酒店
The Peninsula Hotels have long been recognized as an industry leader in luxury hospitality with just ten properties across the globe. The Peninsula Hong Kong property is the original and also serves as the flagship of the brand in Hong Kong.
The Peninsula Hong Kong is a historical landmark that opened in 1928 with the idea that it would be a top luxury hotel in the region. As such, The Peninsula has always been on my bucket list and I've wondered what it would be like to stay there when I travel to Hong Kong.
At the time I booked on March 2021, The Peninsula Hong Kong was offering a Stay and Dine Staycation Package* which included:
Deluxe Courtyard Room
Afternoon Tea or Set Lunch at The Verandah for 2 pax
Dinner at Spring Moon Restaurant for 2 pax
Dinner at Spring Moon Restaurant for 2 pax
The Peninsula Deluxe Courtyard Room
The room had a much better view than I was expecting since I booked the lowest-priced room option. My room was located at mid-floor and was facing the Victoria Harbour, a beautiful sea view and had a great view of the Hong Kong Island skyline.
There are plenty of luxurious amenities in the room such as
Electronic controls throughout the room with master controls on both sides of the bed.
Huge bathroom with a separate water closet, plus a TV over the tub.
Reading chair, plus a desk chair for plenty of spaces to sit in the room.
Branded tea bag and coffee pods.
I love their indoor pool but I did not have much time to spend here.
Getting to The Peninsula
The Peninsula Hong Kong is located in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood on the Kowloon Peninsula. The easiest way to get there is to take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station on the Tsuen Wan Line or the East Tsim Sha Tsui station on the West Rail Line. These stations are connected underground.
Once you're in one of these stations, take exit L3 out of the MTR which brings you out right across from the backside of the Peninsula Hong Kong.
The Peninsula Hong Kong Afternoon Tea
The Peninsula Hong Kong Afternoon Tea is the most popular afternoon tea in Hong Kong if you travel to Hong Kong, you probably must book the afternoon tea in advance otherwise you won't able to get a table for your high tea.
I kicked off my Peninsula Hong Kong staycation with the famous Peninsula Afternoon Tea. This is one of those classic Hong Kong experiences that all the guides say you "must do" when you visit the city. Since it's such a sought-after experience, afternoon tea at The Peninsula is quite expensive (HK $748 for 2 pax). Having it included in the staycation package was a great perk. This is totally worth of money!
Instead of having the afternoon tea in the Lobby, I opted for The Verandah - a continental restaurant on the first floor. It's a much quieter scene than the Lobby where the afternoon tea is normally served. Plus, I had a view of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, as well as a bit of the skyline on Hong Kong Island.
Luckily I'd had the Peninsula's afternoon tea previously, so I knew not to eat lunch beforehand. The warm, buttery scones by themselves are so filling - and they're just the start! My favourite was probably the pistachio macaroon which tasted so fresh and delicious.
After stuffing me and my friend to the max, I headed back downstairs to check in to our room. Similar to my last staycation, I filled in a health declaration form and ID check-in. This is required as part of the safety measures of COVID-19.
In addition, because I've already had my temperatures checked as I walked in the hotel doors, that was unnecessary when checking in.
Spring Moon Restaurant
At 8:00 pm, I headed down to dinner at Spring Moon - a Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant on the first floor of The Peninsula. The restaurant is set in a space designed to remind you of a 1920's style Shanghainese mansion. The details throughout the restaurant are quite beautiful.
As part of the staycation package, I had a set dinner menu with lots of delicious dishes to try. I quite enjoyed the BBQ pork and the crab and dried fish maw soup. It was so tasty! Despite the fact that this staycation was roughly twice the price of my last staycation, I think it was worth it. For this one, an additional meal was included in the staycation package plus the amenities were open.
My Final Verdict
Since The Peninsula Hong Kong is a Hong Kong landmark, being able to stay there felt really special. It certainly felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
What luxury hotel would you like to stay?