Looking for a sundowner or a night-time cocktail in Beijing? The Peninsula recently opened a rooftop bar there, on its 15th floor.
With cocktails and long drinks the Yun Bar & Lounge is about to become a new bon vivant’s meeting place. One of the signature drinks is called Beijing Emperor: Strawberries and lemon juice are mixed with vodka and filled-up with Peninsula champagne (produced by Deutz). Adventurous connoisseurs might instead go for a cocktail with Chinese herbs or with a juice from the Shān Zhā (山查) fruit (which is said to fix blood pressure problems). Of course there are plenty of classics on the list, too.
“Yún” (云) means cloud. The venue is opened daily from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
There are business hotels and there are leisure accommodations. And then there are Peninsula Hotels. In fact, the Hong Kong based luxury accommodations chain meets the challenge of combining both characteristics, like probably no other brand on the market.
I had the chance to stay at two of their properties so far. Last year I slept my way through the high-end hotels of Los Angeles; with the Peninsula Beverly Hills being by far the most welcoming accommodation on that trip (regular guests find their initials embroidered on their pillows!). In 2010 I even stayed at the famous “Pen” in Hong Kong, which made it onto my personal world’s-best-five-hotels list. It has it all: A great history, a perfectly attentive staff, an unparalleled view out of its steam bath, and a maximum of elegance combined with a certain low-key approach – despite its ownership of the largest private Rolls Royce fleet in the world.
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What makes the Peninsula brand so special is among other reasons its long-term way of thinking. The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, as the sole owner company is called, busily works on maintaining its existing hotels at the edge of perfection, rather than to compete in the general run of hotel openings, as most of the other brands do. The cultivation of its image stands above all.
Last year the hotel group started to release a short film series called “Peninsula moments”. Every month there is another video published that features a certain Peninsula property. The films are produced by the highly acclaimed Ridley Scott Associates, and directed by Jean-Claude Thibaut and Antony Crook. I think each of these pieces make you want to book a guest room there.
The first hotel video was about the chain’s flagship in Hong Kong:
There are also a “Making of” clips:
Besides Hong Kong and Beijing there is a third Greater China Peninsula property in Shanghai.