Luxury is not always the biggest and the best – who wants a mammoth Murano chandelier above the bed? Luxury hotels that have professional confidence know they can have a bit of fun from time to time. The Peninsula group has a chairman who is a car-aholic: the 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer, one of only two remaining, that he bought in 2010, this very 18th August was deemed overall winner at the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For his hotels’ guests a variety of vehicles is available, with Rolls-Royces and even, in Tokyo, three-wheeled scooters. Every wheeled contraption for guests must, however, be Peninsula Green.
After a fabulous rooftop lunch at The Peninsula Paris’ L’Oiseau Bleu, a few metres, it seemed, from the Eiffel Tower, transport was waiting. Yes, it was a Peninsula Green Mini Cooper, with what looked like the gal’s small wheelie already in the back. No, said Director of Operations Brice Delclos, seen in the photo above. That is the chilled refrigerator, for Champagne, The Peninsula of course. Now that is luxury.