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I have been to Hong Kong twice and although did not stay in the Peninsula, I usually ate there as often as I could. I highly recommend a recent book, Golden Boy by Martin Booth. The book is most memorable to me because of one story about the Peninsula. If you go to www.amazon.com and search for the book, it will allow you to search for peninsula, then click on page 52 and the story continues to page 53. That is the Peninsula... bring lots of money :)
Actually, here is the amazon link: tinyurl.com/c7gku7 .
The story David refers to is worth reading. It explains how to get free teas from the Pen. I wonder if they would apply the same principle to dinner for four? :-)
Good question ... I am not sure hot much a cup of coffee would be, but as I recall, ten years ago, a hot roast beef sandwich cost me HK$450 -> USA$58 -> 40.6 GBP. Not to worry though... it was the best roast beef sandwich I have ever had in my life because it was the Peninsula... it was an unbelievable experience.... almost like the story in Golden Boy, except that I had a credit card.
As far as the Francis Hotel is concerned, I lived there... enjoyable meals every day, but alas, not a hot roast beef sandwich in sight (www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=13782).
A different world indeed!
AA, how much is a coffee? I suspect that if I wandered in for a coffee, I would feel an iron grip on my shoulder and be escorted to the door. It's not quite in the same league, but the Francis Hotel in Bath is certainly very luxurious: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=13782&snapshot_id=40892 and it serves scruffy people like me.
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