DeLuxe Travel Awards 2020

Building on its 90 years as a global beacon of hospitality, the legendary “Grande Dame of the Far East” continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance. This year, The Peninsula Hotels has become the first and the only luxury hotel brand in the world to achieve a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating for every hotel in our portfolio. Widely recognised as an international icon of hospitality, the legendary ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’ as the Hong Kong flagship has offered a blend of the finest Eastern and Western hospitality, classical grandeur and timeless elegance for 90 years. Starting from 6 March, to celebrate its Five-Star rating and reward employees, the hotel will begin a ‘Five-Star Treatment’ campaign. A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of travel of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artefacts on display around the hotel. The Peninsula Hotels group has a unique identity among the world’s leading hotels. Established in 1928, we now operate prestigious luxury properties in ten major cities. These include the flagship in Hong Kong, plus Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris with Istanbul, London and Yangon under development. Peninsula is a living legend, the name synonymous with luxurious comfort and impeccable service. We set our sights high and our standards higher, aiming always to delight our customers, and in many cases we are now serving the third generation of our loyal guests. On December 11th 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong opened her doors for the first time and has been welcoming guests and patrons from all over the world in true Peninsula fashion ever since. Every great lady has a history, and The Peninsula is no exception. Hers is a remarkable story of vision and evolution with the architects who, in the early 1920s drew plans for “the first hotel east of Suez”, doing so at the behest of men whose foresight and confidence in Hong Kong was considered audacious at the time. Like many grand hotels, The Peninsula is a family business. It all started with two brothers of Jewish-Iraqi descent. Ellis Kadoorie settled in Shanghai in 1880, while his elder brother Elly set himself up in Hong Kong. Over the next two decades, the Kadoorie brothers made their fortunes, achieving success in banking, rubber plantations, electric power utilities and real estate, gaining a major share holding in Hong Kong Hotels Limited. By the time Sir Ellis was knighted in 1917 (he was also a generous patron of charities, another Kadoorie family tradition which continues to this day), Hong Kong Hotels Limited’s prestigious properties included The Peak and the Repulse Bay Hotels in Hong Kong; Astor House, The Palace Hotel and The Majestic in Shanghai; and the Grand Hotel Wagons Lits in Beijing. CON TA C T Salisbury Road, Kowloon Hong Kong, SAR T: +852 2920 2888 E: A B O U T T H E P E N I N S U L A HON G KON G | 87

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