Peninsula Hotels has a history with China that dates back to 1866. The luxury chain is looking toward the future, however, as it prepares to celebrate the Year of the Snake. “We are proud to honor Peninsula’s heritage as Asia’s oldest luxury hotel brand with our Chinese New Year celebrations,” said vice president of marketing Robert Cheng. He insists that guests at various hotels “will be able to celebrate the start of the Year of the Snake in style and sophistication.” Peninsula wants to make guest feel at home during this festive holiday.
On the agenda: afternoon teas in Bangkok, Beijing, and Beverly Hills, and a champagne reception during the fireworks show over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
Each lobby is scheduled to be decked out in plum trees, kumquat bushes, and red flowers. For luck, guest rooms will be stocked with chocolate coins, tangerines, melon seeds, and dumplings.
Oh, and who could forget: guests are invited to a lion dance in the lobbies of the Tokyo, Manila, Bangkok, and Shanghai locations.
The three Peninsula Hotels in America will surprise guests with their own celebration, from the exclusive stay-and-shop experience to US$1,000 gift certificates by Van Cleef & Arpels and a special room rate of US$888 (“8” signifies good fortune). In addition, the Peninsula Beverly Hills will host a special Chinese New Year party!
Most of the Peninsula’s events will take place on February 10, corresponding with worldwide celebrations.
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