Located in Kowloon Island, not far from but not directly on the waterfront, The Peninsula Hong Kong has spectacular views from many of its rooms, bars and restaurants out over Victoria Harbour towards Central. Those with city views are also nice, if not quite as special. Tsim Sha Tsui, otherwise known as TST, has the highest concentration of hotels in town, and the most restaurants and shops too; there’s never a dull moment around here these days.
But take your mind back to 1974 for a moment, when a scene from the film, The Man With The Golden Gun (and Roger Moore himself), added just one more notch in the belt of historical fame for this hotel. Those old enough to remember, will never forget The Peninsula’s role in the movie, nor the scene when Bond arrived at the hotel entrance after calling out, “Follow the green Rolls Royce!” And today, in the entrance courtyard, sat three (of fourteen) ‘Peninsula green’ Rolls Royce Phantoms the hotel maintains, ready to ferry guests around town or to the airport and back.
Moore, by the way, was the sort of dapper, suave gentleman you’d expect to find sipping a glass of Bolly in the lobby here. Unfortunately, the only types you’ll probably spot today are (nevertheless well-heeled) tourists from the mainland, who queue up for a table at high tea, which starts at 2 PM every day. Guests of the hotel don’t have to wait in line and, for the most part, would probably give the event a miss.
From humble origins comes an absolutely magnificent hotel. Kowloon was considered somewhat downmarket in the early days. In true British fashion, newcomers to the island would be asked, “Are you married, or do you live in Kowloon?”
Times have changed. There’s so much history here for the plucking, and combined with today’s newly renovated rooms and suites which are simply beautiful, and a staff of 900, ready and willing to make your dreams come true, there’s really nothing missing in The Peninsula.
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