The ultra- exclusive Peninsula Hotel Group, which his family established in Hong Kong more than a century ago will officially open their first hotel in mainland Europe, in the very heart of Paris on the first of August.
Sir Michael Kadoorie and his ultra- exclusive Peninsula Hotel have waited for more than a century to open their first hotel in mainland Europe, and After six years of development and a €429 million restoration, the Peninsula Paris is set to open on August 1, and as expected they have done so in style.
The new hotel, and the chain’s tenth property worldwide, Peninsula Paris, situated in the very heart of the city. The Peninsula Paris is just a few moments walk away from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées, own 19 Avenue Kléber, in the heart of the elegant sixteenth century “arrondissement” or district, which was one of the first in Paris, conveniently situated within easy reach of the most interesting museums, exclusive restaurants and nightclubs as well as some of the finest luxury shopping in the world.
The six-storey building houses 166 rooms and 34 suites, five of which have their own private rooftop terraces. Each room has a luxurious dressing area, separate tubs and showers, Japanese Toto toilets, mood lighting, integrated televisions, free wifi and long-distance phone calls.
In addition, the Peninsula will have three restaurants, Lili is serving Cantonese cuisine and 20 types of Chinese tea and L’Oiseau Blanc offering modern French fare with panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower and Sacré Coeur.
Rates start from €1, 095, up to €25, 000 per night for the wonderful 318 sqm suites.
The revamped Paris Peninsula building has witnessed a lot of history, during the last one hundred years and more that it has been dominating the center of the city. Originally it was opened as the Majestic hotel in 1908. In 1928 the hotel provided the legendary composer George Gershwin the inspiration to compose one of his best-known compositions “An American in Paris”. Majestic closed its doors in the 1930s, before being taken over by the French government, which turned it into administrative offices.
In more recent times the hotel housed lengthy negotiations between American and Vietnamese diplomats, led by American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The negotiations which became known as the Paris Peace Accords, effectively brought an end to the Vietnam War.
Guests at the Peninsula who are interested in taking a Parisian tour with a difference can take advantage of the car and driver service which have become a trademark of Peninsula hotels throughout the World. The Peninsula Paris has a number of luxury limousines to choose from, even a couple of Rolls-Royces with their signature Peninsula-green livery, or even a magnificent vintage 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II.
Sir Michael David Kadoorie was born and raised in Hong Kong, into a family of Iraqi Jews who first settled in Shanghai in the late 19th century emigrating originally from Baghdad, before moving to Hong Kong after the Second World War.
The young Kadoorie received his first education at the Kowloon Junior School in Hong Kong later going on to study at the exclusive Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland.
Kadoorie’s father and uncle expanded the already considerable family businesses based mostly in the Far East, into a diversified international group, under the umbrella of the company flagship CLP Holdings Ltd.
Sir Michael Kadoorie now acts as chairman of CLP Holdings Ltd. in which the Kadoorie family stills hold a 35% stake. Among the company vast and diversified interests, CLP Holdings operates a utility company that provides electricity to 75% of the entire province of Hong Kong as well as equity interests in power plants situated in China, Southeast Asia, Australia and India. The international conglomerate also owns and operates the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, owners and operators of the world-renowned Peninsula Hotel Group.