Compare the room rate and surroundings of Peninsula Hotel in 1938 and 2020
Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel is an attraction because of its grand architecture, beautiful interior and long history.
Frank the tour guide finds the interesting details of the hotel in an old Hong Kong guidebook (香港指南).
In this blog post, Frank compares the Peninsula Hotel’s room rate and surroundings (view, transport and things-to-do) in 1938 and 2020.
Frank served a lot of guests of Peninsula Hotel before the pandemic.
In 2020, all hotels in Hong Kong are struggling for survival under the pandemic.
Frank hopes vaccines can bring everything back to normal step by step in 2021.
Thus Frank can pick up the guests of Peninsula Hotel at its lobby again in 2021 at the beginning of his easy Hong Kong private tour service.
Peninsula Hotel’s room rate is always high because the surroundings are always good
The Hong Kong Guidebook showed that room rate of Peninsula Hotel in 1938 was 11 to 30 Hong Kong Dollars per night.
Its rate was the second highest and was just lower than the rate of Repulse Bay Hotel.
According to the hotel booking websites, the room rate of Peninsula in 2020 under the pandemic is still about 3000 to 4000 Hong Kong Dollars per night.
It is still a very high hotel room rate in Hong Kong.
The good surroundings can explain why the rate is so high.
In 1938, the grand Peninsula Hotel building was the tallest building in the Kowloon Peninsula.
Thus the hotel guests could enjoy the amazing view of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island from their harbor view rooms easily.
In 2020, hotel guests can still enjoy the good harbor view, especially from the harbor view rooms in the new tower.
Good transport is another reason for the high room rate.
In 1938, Peninsula Hotel was very close to the Kowloon Wharf and Railway Terminus.
After disembarking the ocean liners at Kowloon Wharf, guests could take the rickshaws to go to Peninsula Hotel in 5-10 mins.
Guests could take the train on the opposite side of the hotel to go to Mainland China very easily.
Actually it only took 18 days to go to Berlin by train from Hong Kong (Travelers needed to get through Wuhan, Beijing, Siberia, Moscow and Warsaw)!
In 2020, it is even easier to go to Mainland China by the high speed train from the West Kowloon Station (about 10 mins taxi ride from Peninsula Hotel).
Chinese Railway Highspeed train takes only 8 hours to go to Beijing from Hong Kong.
Of course it can shorten your train journey to Europe or even to England a lot!
The Ocean Terminal, which has replaced the Kowloon Wharf, is still close to Peninsula Hotel.
The modern terminal offers good cruise experience and other things-to-do (shopping, dining etc.) to the hotel guests.
In 1938, apart from the hotel, guests could get shopping and dining on Nathan Road.
The guests could take the Star Ferry to go to Hong Kong Island for sightseeing.
In 2020, there are a lot more things-to-do near the Peninsula Hotel for the guests.
A lot of locations nearby have been revitalized for the hotel guests to TIY, tour it yourselves.
|In 1938||In 2020|
|Marine Police Headquarters||Heritage 1881 Mall|
|Whitfield Barracks||Kowloon Park|
|Railway Terminus||Old Clock Tower, Space Museum, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Hong Kong Art Museum|
Apart from the Harbor City Mall, guests can get good shopping and dining experience in the new malls, K11, K11 Musea, iSquare etc.
Frank the tour guide hopes he can pick up Peninsula Hotel guests at its lobby again 2021
Peninsula Hotel and other hotels in Hong Kong are now struggling for survival by doing staycation or quarantine business under the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chinese, Western and Russian vaccines are coming.
Frank hopes the world can get back to normal in 2021 gradually.
Thus Frank can pick up the guests at Peninsula Hotel lobby at the start of his Hong Kong private tour service.