Celebrity guests, including Chinese BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actress Zhang Ziyi; French actor Jean-Pierre Marielle and more, helped mark The Peninsula Hotel’s grand entrance into Europe last night.
Guests arriving at the party were greeted with oversized helium-filled balloons floating above a Hollywood-style red carpet, before dining on Executive Chef Jean-Edern Hurstel’s carefully-selected menu including Dom Perignon Vintage 2005 and Alverta Imperial caviar from Petrossian.
Entertainment highlights included a duet by singer and actress Lou Lesage and French DJ Cécile Togni; and a Josephine Baker-style performance by French model and singer Inna Modja. A performance from Orchestre de Colonne, with lively Gershwin-inspired tunes, referenced George Gershwin’s stay at the original Hotel Majestic (today The Peninsula Paris) in 1928, where he wrote “An American in Paris”.
The opening ceremony was hosted by French TV personality Valérie Expert, with speeches given by The Honourable Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of HSH, and Mr Christopher Knable, Chief Operating Officer of Katara Hospitality, on behalf of Katara Hospitality’s Chairman His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bkin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani.
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