The Peninsula in Hong Kong is a grande dame who also treats herself to Botox – trips to Asia

2024-04-19 08:00:00

The sounds of well-known swing numbers gently bubble from the gallery where the band plays down into the spacious lobby, where hotel guests, business people and locals cavort and enjoy their afternoon tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches. Things looked very similar in 1928. When The Peninsula hotel opened in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district, the lobby quickly became the “living room” of the Asian metropolis. It is said that back then, initiates chose their seats strategically: couples sat to the right of the entrance, and single people sat to the left. The hotel lobby was something like the analogue, chic predecessor of dating apps like Tinder.

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