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This chic retreat caters to Hong Kong’s upper (and we mean that literally) echelon.
Guests begin the upward journey that inspired the name "The Upper House" at this luxe hotel's Level 4 lobby. Throughout, the property feels like a private home — albeit the home of someone with loads of money and great design instincts. From the décor to the staff, the vibe is warm and inviting. Designer Andre Fu's vision of "a haven of calm and quiet taste" comes to life here at his first collaboration with Swire Hotels (and his first hotel project ever built).
Each piece of the hotel's collection of contemporary Asian artwork, from sandstone and ceramic to marble and bronze pieces, was chosen to complement Fu's design concept. Highlights include Hiroshiwata Sawada's "Rise," a metal wall sculpture that runs along the atrium; Gerard Bookle's "Bed of Roses," a three-dimensional piece created for all the guest rooms; and Choi Tae Hoon's "Forest - Mandala," a circular sculpture made of small parts of blackened steel welded together.
The 117 guest rooms, including 21 suites and two penthouses, begin on the 38th floor and offer stunning views of Victoria Harbour or Hong Kong Island through enormous windows. The rooms start at 730 square feet and go up to 1,960 square feet; spacious bathrooms have walk-in rain showers and freestanding limestone bathtubs and dressing rooms. The extensive list of amenities includes complimentary Internet, 42-inch LCD TVs, 2.1 surround sound, video on demand, dual temperature wine fridges, espresso machines, luxury down bedding and complimentary "maxi-bars" stocked with refreshments, sweets and jars of nuts.
With all that pampering, it might be difficult to leave your room, but we insist you do. The shared areas of the hotel are not to be missed. A garden courtyard on Level 6, the Lawn serves cocktails and snacks at umbrella-shaded tables, in large bean bag chairs or on a lush grassy lawn. The Sky Lounge on Level 49 offers drinks and light fare, a central fireplace and high ceilings, along with views of The Peak and the historic Wan Chai district. Last but not least are the restaurant and bar. At Café Gray Deluxe, which is accessible via the 131-foot-high skybridge on Level 49, chef Gray Kunz delivers a menu of modern European classics made with local organic produce in a 21st-century grand café setting. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and weekend brunch. You can also enjoy unique cocktails and wines by the glass at Café Gray Bar's 46-foot long bar, one of the largest in Asia. As for how to counter indulging at these venues, a house gym offers cardio and weight training equipment from Technogym, Precor and Kaiser.
The hotel is conveniently located above Hong Kong's premier commercial, retail and hospitality complex, Pacific Place, in the heart of Hong Kong's business district. Pacific Place is home to numerous luxury brand outposts — such as Versace, Chanel and Gucci — two department stores, more than 15 dining venues and a stadium-seating AMC movie theater. The subway station and bus stop are also nearby, providing easy access to other parts of Hong Kong. Guests can also travel to and from the airport in style with one of the hotel's Lexus RX450 hybrid cars equipped with Wi-Fi.