Views from the Top
The Upper House Hotel Review
Guests begin the upward journey that inspired the name "The Upper House" at the luxe boutique hotel's Level 4 lobby. The Upper House resembles a (albeit very wealthy) friend's home, and from the decor 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 artwork from Asian artists, from sandstone and ceramic to marble and bronze works, was chosen to complement Fu's design concept. Highlights include Hiroshiwata Sawada's "Rise," a metal wall sculpture that runs along the atrium; Gerry 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 substantial windows. The rooms start at 730 square feet, the largest in Hong Kong, and go up to 1,960 square feet, with spacious bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and freestanding limestone bathtubs and dressing rooms. The extensive list of amenities includes complimentary wired and wireless Internet, 42-inch LCD TV, 2.1 Dolby surround sound, video on demand, dual temperature wine fridge, espresso machine, luxury down bedding with 400-thread count linens and a complimentary "maxi-bar" stocked with refreshments, sweets and jars of nuts. Rooms also come with personal iPods, preloaded with tips for the best local attractions, as well as room service and hotel information.
With all those extras, it might be difficult to leave your room, but we insist you do. The shared areas of the hotel are not to be missed. The Lawn is a garden courtyard on Level 6, with cocktails and snacks enjoyed at umbrella-shaded tables, in large bean bag chairs or on a lush grassy lawn, while 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 Wanchai district through large windows. 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 Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. 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 the many meals you will enjoy at these venues, a house gym offers cardio and weight training equipment from Precor and Keiser.
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 fifteen 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. Or travel to and from the airport in style with one of the hotel's Lexus RX450H hybrid cars equipped with Wi-Fi.
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