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Tech Thursday: The Peninsula Hong Kong's High-Tech Renovation

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The 84-year-old grande dame just unveiled the next-generation rooms of its modern tower, part of a $58 million, 15-month renovation. (The original building will reopen in April 2013.) T+L got an advance look at the 21st-century makeover, complete with cutting-edge technology hatched in the hotel’s own R&D lab and a sleek new design that maximizes space and functionality. $$$$

• Guests can make free international calls on the wireless phones with VoIP (voice over Internet protocol).

• Ten multi-language touch-screen panels placed around the room control the lights, curtains, thermostat, television, and Internet radio (all 3,000 stations).

• The custom-made sofa by Italy’s Cassina has a built-in magazine rack and mini pullout shelves complete with drink coasters.

• The design incorporates subtle Asian-inspired accents, such as a brushed-metal peach blossom wall appliqué and lacquered burl wood.

• The vanity has a fully lit, retractable mirror, while at the work desk, a universal adapter pops up with a single touch.

Samsung Galaxy tablets (three per room) can be used to order room service, turn on the Do Not Disturb sign, make housekeeping requests, and more.

• Connect your laptop, smart phone, or memory card to watch movies or slideshows on the 46-inch flat-screen television. Free HD and 3-D movies are also available.

Photo by Philipp Engelhorn

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