The Peninsula Hotels recently unveiled a $58 million renovation of its 300-room Hong Kong location. The first phase of the project, in the Peninsula Tower, has already been completed, with the rest of the rooms scheduled for completion by January 2013 to coincide with the hotel’s 85th anniversary celebration.
In addition to the warm, neutral color palette, leather and wood-finish detailing, and vintage accessories in the redesigned guest rooms, each room is outfitted with bedside and desk tablets that control every digital function within the space. Preset with the guest’s native language, the tablets and other LED touch-screen panels on the walls control the room’s temperature, lighting, TV, curtains, and more. The tablets, which are Samsung-based and outfitted with technology built by a 27-person in-house team, will next be installed in Peninsula’s new Paris hotel, opening next year.
Each tablet also provides wireless access to PenCities, an online lifestyle journal updated weekly that features the best dining, entertainment, shopping, and nightlife in all nine cities that have Peninsula hotels. Developed exclusively for The Peninsula Hotels by luxury travel guide LUXE City Guides, PenCities is also accessible at peninsula.com.