The New York Times printed an article today about luxury hotels in China (including Hong Kong).
Call me old-fashioned, but I kind of miss the old school hotels in Hong Kong. Sure, I like luxury just as much as the next person, but when it comes to hotels, there’s something to be said for charm and character that doesn’t always translate into sleek, glassy, modern monstrosities.
Many hotels like the Merlin (left) are long gone, but a few still survive in Hong Kong. Back in the early 1960s, the Merlin was the place to stay. Many British government workers boarded there with their families until permanent accommodations became available. Even my uncle stayed at the Merlin in the mid-1960s.
The Merlin is no more, and the Kowloon Hotel now stands in its place, a shadow of the stately Peninsula Hotel.
But all is not lost. The New York Times article also reported that the octogenarian Peace Hotel in Shanghai is about to come out of a multi-year renovation. Now that’s what I call keeping up with the times.