It would be a disservice to call what the Peninsula has done a renovation; this is an entirely new hotel within the same shell. While the population around it has soared, the Peninsula has gone in the opposite direction—slashing its number of guest rooms from 525 to just 230. Private pieds-à-terre atop the sprawling city, the new rooms are a minimum of 645 square feet, most of them much larger. Each has a separate living area and bedroom and a sanctuary of a dressing room with a valet box and nail dryer. If they are a bit predictable in their design—straightforward international decor accented with Chinese art and motifs—all rooms offer suite-level space and luxury enhanced by the latest Peninsula amenities (including a touchpad room control that operates in 11 languages).