The Peninsula Hong Kong
Since 1928, this Hong Kong institution has defined the luxury hotel experience, and it remains the picture of sophistication. Upon entering the lobby, a grand staircase leads to the mezzanine level, and tucked-away elevators whisk guests to the newly renovated rooms and suites. The Tower Rooms feature gleaming burl-wood cabinetry with hardware modeled after vintage trunks and luxurious upholstery and paneling in creamy tones; the only dash of color comes from the blossom appliqué hovering on one wall, a subtle reminder that you are, after all, in Asia. Nestled deep within the walls of these classic modern spaces is 21st-century technology on steroids: electronic panels control the rooms’ various features, from lighting, window treatments, and music and video selection to a guide to the city and live flight-status updates in five languages. And then there are the heart-stopping views of Victoria Harbour and towering buildings of Hong Kong Island—a sparkling rim of lights once the sun goes down.