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Combining Past & Present, Heritage & Technology

May 15, 2014
While the aim of the restoration was to preserve the soul of the building and the beauty of its interiors and volumes, the main challenge was to bring the Peninsula Hotels’ legendary service and know-how in terms of technology in Paris.

Beneath the historical façade, a modern, state-of-the art 21st century hotel was built. With 2.5 kilometers of cabling concealed behind the walls of every guest room, a 1800 square-metre spa with cutting-edge equipment, as well as three levels of underground floors inclusive of a car park, The Peninsula Paris is no exception to the innovative dynamic initiated by The Peninsula Hotels right from its creation in 1866.

Indeed, all guest rooms include fully-customised interactive digital bedside and desk tablets, pre-set in one of 11 languages: Arabic, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, according to guest preference.  With one touch of a button, guests can control every aspect of their stay, from the in-room controls, to ordering room-service, learn what to do in town, and contact the concierge service for more information, directly from the tablet.
A technological prowess was also performed in LiLi restaurant. With its dramatic décor marrying French and Chinese opera, the restaurant maintains ambivalence between ancient and modern, tradition and innovation.  The performance is the result of the combined vision of Interior Designer Henry Leung of Hong Kong-based Chhada Siembieda Leung Limited, architect Vincent Pelligri, and fabric and trimming expert Jérome Declercq. They together entrusted the manifestation of their vision to the French design company Design Percept, who gathered their creative thinking to create Chinese opera singer LiLi’s face, printed on a woven optical fibre net curtain powered by LEDs, beneath a fine rain of illuminated trimmings forming a moon-shaped door -  a face that combines the past, present and future…