An Overview of The Peninsula Hotels
The Peninsula Hotels group has a unique identity among the world’s leading hotels. Established in 1928, we now operate prestigious luxury properties in ten major cities. These include the flagship in Hong Kong, plus Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris with London under development. Peninsula is a living legend, the name synonymous with luxurious comfort and impeccable service. We set our sights high and our standards higher, aiming always to delight our customers, and in many cases we are now serving the third generation of our loyal guests.
Travel + Leisure (USA)2014 World’s Best Awards
Top Hotel Brands
Condé Nast Traveller (USA)
2013 Business Travel Awards
Best Hotel Brand for Business Travel
HOTELS Magazine (USA)
2013 Corporate Hotelier of the World
Mr Peter Borer
On December 11th 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong opened her doors for the first time and has been welcoming guests and patrons from all over the world in true Peninsula fashion ever since.
Every great lady has a history, and The Peninsula is no exception. Hers is a remarkable story of vision and evolution with the architects who, in the early 1920s drew plans for “the first hotel east of Suez”, doing so at the behest of men whose foresight and confidence in Hong Kong was considered audacious at the time.
Like many grand hotels, The Peninsula is a family business. It all started with two brothers of Jewish-Iraqi descent. Ellis Kadoorie settled in Shanghai in 1880, while his elder brother Elly set himself up in Hong Kong. Over the next two decades, the Kadoorie brothers made their fortunes, achieving success in banking, rubber plantations, electric power utilities and real estate, gaining a major share holding in Hong Kong Hotels Limited.
By the time Sir Ellis was knighted in 1917 (he was also a generous patron of charities, another Kadoorie family tradition which continues to this day), Hong Kong Hotels Limited's prestigious properties included The Peak and the Repulse Bay Hotels in Hong Kong; Astor House, The Palace Hotel and The Majestic in Shanghai; and the Grand Hotel Wagons Lits in Beijing.
12 years after the opening of The Peninsula Hong Kong, the baton was passed to the next generation when Lawrence (later Lord) Kadoorie, son of Sir Elly, became Chairman of the Board, to be replaced in 1946 by his brother Horace. With the loss of the Shanghai properties to the government of the People's Republic of China in 1949, The Peninsula became the unchallenged flagship of the company.
Opened in 1928 and now one of the world's legendary great hotels, The Peninsula Hong Kong prides itself on having the highest staff-to-guest ratio, one of the lowest staff turnover rates and some of the longest-serving employees of any hotel in Hong Kong.
The Peninsula Hong Kong is known to be a caring employer. We provide a harmonious environment, attractive remuneration packages, and give due recognition and fair rewards. We also offer our employees a wide range of training and development programmes which help bring out the best in them.
Throughout the years, The Peninsula Hong Kong has been the recipient of countless awards and accolades from leading international and local print and online publications, travel guides and more, cementing her reputation as one of the finest hotels in the world.
Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report (USA)
Readers Choice Awards 2015 -
City Hotels: No. 4
Readers Choice Awards 2013 -
City Hotels: No. 6
Asia Spa (Hong Kong)
World’s Top 10 Unique Hotel Services
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards (Asia-Pacific)
Best Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific
China Sommelier Association (China)
China’s Wine List of the Year - Felix
China Wine List of The Year (China)
China’s Wine List of the Year Finalists 2013 - Gaddi's
Condé Nast Traveller (UK)
Overseas Business Hotel - No. 2
The World's Top 100 - No. 22
Condé Nast Traveller (USA)Readers’ Travel Awards 2015 -
Favourite Overseas Business Hotel
Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 -
Top 8 hotels in China
Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 -
Top 40 Hotels in China
Condé Nast Traveler's Online (USA)
2013 Business Travel Awards
DestinAsian (Asia Pacific)
Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 -
Best Hotel in Hong Kong
Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards 2013 - Enduring Classics category
Forbes Travel Guide
One of the finest 5 star hotels in the world - Winner: The Peninsula Spa
Forbes Travel Guide (USA)Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award -
Winner: The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Spa
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award -
Hong Kong Tatler
Hong Kong Best Restaurants 2015 -
Winner: The Verandah, Chesa, Felix, Spring Moon, Gaddi's, Imasa
Hotel Elite Magazine (China)
2015 Best Traveller’s Home in Hong Kong
International Traveller Magazine (USA)International Traveller Reader’s Choice 2015 - Best Hotel for Luxury
100 Best Hotels & Resorts
Luxury Traveler (China)
2014 Best Destination Hotel
Luxury Travel Magazine (Australia)
The Gold List 2015 - Best Overseas Hotel
Orbitz Best in Stay Elite 2014 (USA)
2014 Best in Stay Elite Award
Robb Report (USA)
The World’s Top 100 Hotels
Smart Travel Asia (Asia)Best in Travel 2015 -
Best Business Hotels: No. 6
Best Leisure Hotels: No. 11
Best Spa Hotels: No. 18
Smart Travel Asia (Hong Kong)Best in Travel Poll 2013 -
Top 25 Leisure Hotels & Resorts: No. 3
Top 10 Hotel Brands: No. 5
Top 25 Business Hotels: No. 5
Top 25 Spa Hotels & Resort: No. 15
Top 25 Conference Hotels: No. 10
South China Morning Post
100 Top Tables 2015 (A CEO Dining Guide) - Winner: Spring Moon, Felix, Gaddi’s
The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (USA)
Six Star Diamond Award 2015
The Daily Meal (USA)
101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World 2013 - Felix: No. 4 Worldwide and No. 1 in Asia
The Daily Telegraph (UK)
2015 Ultratravel Awards -
Best Hotel in Asia & Australia
The List (Hong Kong)Readers Choice Awards -
Best Staycation: No. 2
Best Afternoon Tea: No. 1
Travel + Leisure (China)2014 China Travel Awards -
China’s Top 100 Hotels
2013 China Travel Awards -
Top 100 Hotels in China
Travel + Leisure (USA)2013 World's Best Service -
Hotels Overall - City Hotels: No. 1
Hotels Asia - City Hotels: No. 1
TTG MagazineTTG Travel Awards 2015 - Best Luxury Hotel
Wine by the Glass Restaurant Awards (HK)
Hotel Restaurant - 1st Runner Up
2016 Travelers’ Choice
2015 Travelers’ Choice
2014 Travelers’ Choice
Certificate of Excellence -
Winner: The Peninsula Hong Kong, Spring Moon, The Lobby, The Verandah, The Peninsula Arcade
Hall of Fame -
Winner: The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Lobby
The Peninsula Hong Kong is both an internationally renowned five-star hotel and an integral part of the local community. Our corporate executives understand they are custodians of a living legend, charged not just with maintaining impeccable standards of service, but also ensuring this continues for the next generation of guests.
Ms. Rainy ChanThe Peninsula Hong KongGeneral Manager
Ms. Chan has been General Manager of The Peninsula Hong Kong since 2007. She joined The Peninsula Hotels in 1994, and has held various senior management positions at the company’s properties in Hong Kong, Chicago, New York and Bangkok.
Mr. Masahisa ObaThe Peninsula Hong KongHotel Manager
Masahisa Oba joined The Peninsula Hong Kong as Hotel Manager in June 2014, having spent the past three years as Resident Manager of The Peninsula Tokyo. He has been with the group for seven years and this latest appointment signifies an aspirational move for this career hotelier: “It was a dream of mine to join The Peninsula Hotels’ flagship in Hong Kong”.
Ms. Alice ChanThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of Guest Relations
Ms. Chan joined The Peninsula Hong Kong in 1995 as a Front Desk Agent, and continued to grow her career, holding the post of Front Office Manager in 2002, before being appointed to Director of Guest Relations in 2005.
Ms. Echo ZhuThe Peninsula Hong KongChief Concierge
Ms. Zhu joined The Peninsula Beijing’s Concierge team in 1995, and held the post of Chief Concierge when she departed the hotel in 2007. After attaining her Masters of Business Administration in 2008, she was re-appointed Chief Concierge at The Peninsula Hong Kong that same year.
Mr. Raoul HoelzleThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of Rooms
Mr. Hoelzle spearheads The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Rooms Division, joining the flagship of The Peninsula Hotels following a three and a half year tenure at The Peninsula Bangkok. A seasoned hotelier, Mr Hoelzle’s career in five-star hospitality has spanned Australasia, the UK and Germany, and he brings a wealth of experience to his role at The Peninsula.
Mr. Kevin TsangThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of Food and Beverage
Having worked at The Peninsula Hong Kong since 1991, Mr. Tsang was appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the hotel in 2010. He was briefly transferred to The Peninsula Bangkok in the same capacity before returning to the Group's flagship hotel.
Mr. Florian TrentoThe Peninsula Hong KongGroup Executive Chef
Chef Trento has been with The Peninsula Hong Kong since 1987 and was appointed the Executive Chef in 1991. Chef Trento has held the title of Group Executive Chef since 2013. A Swiss National, he completed his training and apprenticeship in Switzerland, and currently oversees the hotel’s eight restaurants and its impressive team of 135 chefs.
Ms. Vindy LuiThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of Catering and Conference Services
Ms. Lui joined The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2000 as a Catering Executive and continued to grow and develop her career. She was appointed Catering Manager in 2007 and now leads the team, assisting guests with weddings, special events, meetings and more.
Mr. Larry ChanThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of SalesDirector of Sales at The Peninsula Hong Kong, Larry Chan is a hospitality veteran, with over 25 years’ experience at luxury property level. Prior to joining the Grande Dame of Hong Kong in June 2015, Larry honed his skills specialising in travel trade sales in lengthy stints at the city’s leading luxury hotel groups, which included a post as Director of Sales before joining The Peninsula.
Mr. Fuji YamaseThe Peninsula Hong KongArea Director of Sales, Hong Kong and Thailand
Mr. Yamase began his hospitality career in 1990, and has previously held positions in Hong Kong, Osaka and Kyoto. He was appointed Director of Sales – Japan at The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2007.
Ms. Olivia TothThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of Communications
Ms. Toth joined The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2011 with an impressive track record in luxury hotel communications. She relocated to Hong Kong in 1999, pursuing a career in print publishing and held key senior editorial roles within the luxury lifestyle media prior to her move into hotel public relations.
Ms. Jenny ChanThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of Human Resources
Establishing her human resources career within the fashion sector at leading high street retailers in Hong Kong, Ms. Chan has forged a career in the luxury hotel sector since 2008. Her passion for talent acquisition and retention have distinguished her reputation within the sector and cemented her strategic role at The Peninsula Hong Kong.
Ms. Ana GuzmanThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of FinanceHailing from Mexico, Ms Guzman brings a stellar 14 years of five-star city hotel and resort experience globally to the The Peninsula team. Having cut her teeth at a variety of global destinations including Mexico, Canada, Japan and Singapore, Ms Guzman was appointed Director of Finance at The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2016.
Ms. Crystal ChouThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of Revenue ManagementDirector of Revenue Management, Crystal Chou joined The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2016 after a fruitful career in revenue and reservations in five-star luxury hotels across the USA. She brings strategic valuable input to the hotel's senior team in a career that has been cultivated over the past decade.
Ms. Vanessa CamachoThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of HousekeepingVanessa Camacho began her career in housekeeping in 2006 and has held key positions in a variety of leading five-star luxury hotels and resorts across Asia and globally. Ms Camacho brings her keen eye for detail to The Peninsula Hong Kong, where she was appointed Director of Housekeeping in 2015.
Mr. Wilson SoThe Peninsula Hong KongRegional Director of EngineeringA Hong Kong native, Wilson So began his career with The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2003 as Assistant Chief Engineer before becoming Chief Engineer in 2006. He is a Chartered Engineer, qualified by The Engineering Council (UK) and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Recently appointed Regional Director of Engineering for The Peninsula Hotels, he is based on-property at the flagship, continuing to spearhead the Engineering team while being responsible for the hotel’s sister properties across Asia.
Mr. Lawrence KwanThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of EngineeringLawrence Kwan joined The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2008 as Assistant Chief Engineer and has cut his teeth on a variety of complex projects in his tenure at The Peninsula, including being part of the opening team at The Peninsula in Paris. Mr Kwan was recently appointed Director of Engineering at the Group flagship in 2016.
Ms. Ina SoongThe Peninsula Hong KongDirector of SpaWith over 25 years of international operational spa experience, Ina Soong joined The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2016. Garnering an extensive wealth of knowledge from having led spa teams at various five-star hotels and spas, as well as working in consultancy with leading luxury spa houses, Ms Soong brings a wealth of strategic expertise to The Peninsula Spa team.