What better way to celebrate an icon than with a year-long celebration? That's precisely what the Peninsula Hong Kong is doing to celebrate turning 85 this year.
Starting this weekend, the year-long celebration will include everything from room renovations to special promotions and
one-of-a-kind culinary offerings, all that celebrate the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, when the hotel originally opened.
The Peninsula Hong Kong opened its doors on Dec. 11, 1928, and has since become a Hong Kong institution, most famously for its afternoon tea. The hotel plans to revive some of its centuries-old charm throughout the year. Most impressively, the landmark Peninsula Hotel is unveiling its HK$450-million room renovations in March.
If you're here checking out the hotel this year, don't miss the Sunday events that will take place throughout the year.
My favorite: the Afternoon Tea Dance, which will happen on the first Sunday of every month. This beloved tradition date back to The Peninsula's opening in 1928. The Afternoon Tea Dance is accompanied by a 10-piece big band between March and November from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
The hotel will also bring back a little bit of Hong Kong's past, with a new program that introduces the modern day traveler to the city's disappearing crafts.
The Peninsula Academy's Hong Kong Traditions Well Served program introduces guests bamboo-and-flower displays that adorn outdoor Chinese Opera theatres, paper-tearing artists, shadow-play masters and lion dancers, among other cultural and artistic pursuits.
There's also a charity focus and a feature film that will be a tribute to the hotel, all launching this year.
If there's one thing I can say about the Peninsula Hong Kong, it's that the hotel knows how to celebrate in style
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Melanie Nayer is a hotel reviewer and expert on luxury travel around the world. She has covered all aspects of hotels including corporate restructures, re-branding initiatives, historical aspects and the best of the best in luxury hotels around the world.
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