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.
How to Get There
Amazing, amazing and just amazing- both facility and service. Our room was gorgeous and had a drop dead view of the Hong Kong harbor as well as up the hill toward The Peak. The service was out of this world and I have very high standards. The entire staff knew us and helped us do everything we wanted to do in Hong Kong in 48 hours. From driving us to Lantau and then up to the secret park at The Peak to making and recommending restaurant reservations to leaving a very thoughtful book about Bali -because it was our next destination- it was just superb service. I can’t wait to come back! Thanks to all at The Upper House!!
To say I enjoyed my stay here is an understatement. I was quietly surprised having sold this property many years ago in my former life as a travel agent. The pictures don’t do this beautiful boutique property any justice. No wonder some of the worlds best known celebrities use this as their preferred HKG hotel. The architecture and decor is timeless, you wouldn’t think this property was 10 years old. Looked brand new to us. The hospitality experience was world class with Renne Holten a standout and an absolute star. Highly recommend dinner and/or drinks at the Café Gray. Try their Earl Grey Martinis! ????
We stayed here to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. It's important to point out that I have worked in hospitality for over 20 years (so, what I'm basically saying is I am very, VERY picky) and I poured through the Trip Advisor reviews expecting our experience to perhaps not be on par with everyone that offered feedback - but I now have insider knowledge as to how every review is 5 star for this property: I was absolutely bowled over, it was a 5+* stay, the team and the hotel legit deserve all of the praise. What struck me right away was the intent of the team to ensure that every part of your stay is memorable, little gestures that feel very authentic and caring, not at all forced. The team genuinely care about their guests and are so invested in making you feel so incredibly welcome.
The hotel has been exquisitely designed by Andre Fu, I particularly love the dimly lit vibe throughout and the escalators up to the bedroom lifts, genius! The interior design offers everything you need and nothing you don't, no unnecessary frills just cool function and practicality. We also loved Cafe Grey - this is really not a cafe but a fabulous rooftop bar with epic, epic, epic views! The daily replenishment of the soft drinks, beers and snacks was also a fantastic touch.
Thank you once again to Sharon and Bilis who were incredible hosts. We will definitely be back next time we are in HK. Well done :)