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When I visited the Peninsula, I was actually surprised to recall that it’s only been here since 2001. It seems like such an institution, I’d somehow assumed it was a historic property. No doubt that’s because of the old-school grandeur, starting with the ballroom-sized, light-filled lobby, where there’s live music 7 days a week. The hotel takes up a full city block, and you could spend days sampling all of the offerings: tea service by day, a chocolate buffet Friday and Saturday night, three onsite restaurants, a large gym, an indoor pool, 30 different fitness classes, the spa, and, in the winter, a skating rink, which donates all proceeds to charity. Rooms here are among the largest in town, measuring in at 530 square feet. They’re also quite traditional and very beige (at the time of this writing the property was starting to schedule a renovation that would add more color and, we hope, update the Starship Enterprise–like electronics panels that tell you the weather and control lights). One notable standout in all rooms that I could get used to: The bathtubs each have a television at the end and a waterproof remote control sits at your fingertips.