Last week I took a two-day trip on Cathay Pacific’s new A350 between San Francisco and Hong Kong. While the airline has had the plane for two years, the SFO-HKG flight is the first A350 nonstop to/from the US. (Stay tuned for my Trip Report about that flight.)
One of the nice things about jumping on one of these inaugural flights is that the airline usually teams up with a local hotel to accommodate media guests– and show off their properties.
In this case, the hotel partner was the renowned Peninsula Hong Kong, the hotel in which I stayed on my first trip to Asia in 1992.
While it’s the oldest hotel in town, it has definitely kept up with the times. For example, this ever-evolving grande dame added a brand new tower with a hip club in the penthouse and a helipad on the roof back in 1994. It had to in order to keep up with the frenetic pace of the city’s luxury hotel market.
This Peninsula has also kept up with in room technology– so much so that I’m going to devote a whole post to all the buttons I pushed in my room on the 22nd floor overlooking Victoria Harbour. Rooms at the Peninsula typically go for about $500 per night, but I was a guest of the house there for two nights.
I’m a lifelong button pusher. Just ask my parents. I was the kid who could not get in the car without pushing all the buttons or turning all the dials just to see what happened. In electronics stores, I poked and pulled every button I could find. And at the grocery store, the button on top of a can of shaving foam was irresistible.
So I was immediately hooked as I walked into my room at the Peninsula this time and counted about 20 buttons to push. Seriously. All of them quietly, elegantly beckoning me. Here’s a rundown– and a look at my plush room:
Entry with key
Light switch at entry
Bathroom light switch.
Hands free phone
Bathtub video– watch and listen to what happens when I push the SPA button
Vanity/magnifying mirror button for day and night
Room main switch
Bedside tablet- there are two of these tablets in the room- one by the bed, the other on the desk. Both can be removed from their docks to be used anywhere.
Bedside light switch
Make up mirror up and down on and off.
Nail dryer buttons!
Curtains sheers/black outs
Phew! That’s a lot of buttons. And a very nice stay. Thank you, Peninsula Hong Kong!
What’s the most high-tech hotel you’ve ever stayed at? Your favorite Hong Kong hotel? Please leave your comments below.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the house at the Peninsula Hong Kong for two nights.