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The Peninsula Hong Kong

Frank Gray
From the Print Edition:
Danny DeVito, Winter 96

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Gaddi's also boasts an exceptional wine list of more than 400 different offerings. There are satisfactory French and California wines in the US$20 to $40 range, but for one of the rare vintages, be prepared for prices in the hundreds and thousands of dollars.

Like the Raffles in Singapore, The Peninsula has had its share of famous guests. Writer Ernest K. Gann used The Peninsula as a setting in the 1955 film, Soldier of Fortune, based on his novel. Fans could see Clark Gable exiting from the hotel and climbing into, what else, his Rolls. Other guests included Noel Coward, Marlon Brando and James Clavell, who used one of the Peninsula's suites as a base to write his Hong Kong epics Noble House and Tai-Pan.

The Peninsula survived the Japanese occupation during the Second World War--the Japanese used the hotel as an administrative headquarters. Now it is preparing for June 30, 1997, when the British are replaced by the Chinese as sovereignty over Hong Kong is transferred. Forget about booking a room at that time--it has been sold out for ages. One of its customers will be Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who negotiated the transfer.

--Frank Gray

Frank Gray is a correspondent for the Financial Times of London.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
Salisbury Road, Kowloon
Phone: (852) 2366 6251; fax: (852) 2722 4170
Room rates: Single or double "superior" rooms start at approximately US$342 per night, rising to the one-bedroom Peninsula Suite, at US$5,000 per night, including a 24-hour butler and personal use of a chauffered Rolls-Royce.

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