The Upper House
What We Love
- Starting at 730 square feet, even the smallest rooms here are some of the city’s largest
- The Pacific Place shopping complex, a nearly 120-acre mall, is housed in the same skyscraper
- TVs (cleverly masked with mirrors) in all guest bathrooms
- The team of diligent “guest experience managers”
What To Know
- iPod touches replace the usual hotel directories here
- The cookies, chocolates, teas, coffees, and beers in your room bar are free (though the wine costs extra)
- Make advanced reservations for a table at Café Gray Deluxe, one of the city’s hottest dining spots
- For harbor views, book an Upper Suite
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
When Hong Kong-born starchitect Andre Fu was charged with imagining a luxurious pied-à-terre in his home city, he wanted to shake up the definition of hospitality. It’s why his debut hotel project, The Upper House, has no lobby: he decided to scrap the idea of a stodgy formal reception and instead devote that extra square footage to the exquisite guest rooms. Starting from the 38th floor (translation: bird’s-eye views), all 117 suites and studios are outfitted in a restrained blend of bamboo, limestone, and wool and provide a temporary escape from the city (just reach for your remote control, which mobilizes a fleet of electric curtains). The skyscraper itself teems with many hidden pockets, such as a secret garden and a tunnel-like escalator, hushed antidotes to an otherwise frenetic metropolis. There’s also a sense of sky-top cool that infuses most public spaces here, namely Café Gray Deluxe (reachable via aerial bridge), the 49th-floor Pan-European bistro with a 46-foot marble bar that’s steered by an eponymous chef who whips up dishes crafted with produce from the Hong Kong Island hills.
In the Area
The high-rise presides above Admiralty, Hong Kong’s prime shopping district. A who’s who of international designer brands make up the interiors of neighboring Pacific Place, in addition to local darlings like Lane Crawford and Shanghai Tang. For more wallet-friendly finds, make your way to Starstreet precinct, once the site of Hong Kong’s first power plant; nowadays, the narrow lanes are home to a cluster of avant-garde galleries and independent boutiques. Once you’re all shopped out, take the five-minute walk to Hong Kong Park, a lush 20-acre stretch where must-sees include the Museum of Tea Ware, which houses an impressive collection of Yixing clay brewing accessories.
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A wonderfull room with a stunning view. Staff very efficient and kind. We found a chocolate cake in the room for the birthday of my wife ( we didn't tell anybody it was a birthday). We recommand this luxury hotel.
The Upper House has perfected the art of subtle sophistication. You won’t find a grand entrance here, just attentive, anticipatory, friendly, and authentic hosts who will make your stay as effortless, pleasant, and relaxing as possible. From the welcoming gifts (not the usual fruit basket) to the parting one (how they knew we craved chocolate was beyond us), plus complimentary goodies and rides around town, the hotel went beyond the expected, even in the luxury category.
The hotel, in the center of the city, is set on top of another hotel. Its style is modern Chinese with French undertones: cool and sophisticated. Our huge suite was pristine and had amazing views of the harbor. Their restaurant served great breakfasts, including wonderful fruit, eggs, Japanese salmon, and Chinese dumplings. The drinks in the bar also were a welcome respite from the usual.
This boutique hotel is without doubt the best in Hong Kong, given its combination of comfort, quality, personalization, and location.
A beautiful boutique hotel. Large rooms, lovely decoration, but to me the real luxury is provided by the team. Unique kindness and embedded service oriented without being too present.
A lovely place for a business trip as well as on a leisure one.