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
- 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
We stayed at this amazing suite - the view, the bed, the closet and of course the signature bath tub, all were just PERFECT!
All the staff members were polite and caring. They were super attentive in terms of the room services as well.
The breakfast at Cafe Gray was very impressive, especially with the menu options. The display of foods were unique - a very creative way to start your morning.
I would love to go back for a nice stay-cation again!
There's not much I can add to the choir of positive reviews this hotel has earned from its loyal customers. Marcel leads an excellent team at the Upper House.
Cafe Gray is the only weak point. I've been to Cafe Gray three times and have been disappointed on every occasion. The service is neither attentive nor discreet--it's an odd balance of being awkward, distant, and just not very friendly.
I can overlook a bad restaurant though, because the hotel is beautiful, and the staff are excellent. But with newer, prettier, and more amenity-rich offerings (Rosewood, St. Regis) on the horizon, it definitely needs some spice up to stay relevant.
It was my first time staying at the Upper House. I visit Hong Kong very often, and decided to try the Upper House, and I was so pleased. Beautifully decorated rooms, tasteful, elegant, modern, simply amazing. The staff, so friendly, polite and professional. Great location, and the views are amazing. Really a great hotel, I recommend the suites, its an amazing hotel will definitely be coming back!
Book it immediately and return as often as you can. From the exceptional design to the level of care provided by each and every member of the team, the UH is nothing short of extraordinary - you'll feel at home from the minute you arrive.
We stayed at The Upper House for 6 nights to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. We received a very warm welcome and were taken up to our room (Studio 80 Harbour View) which had amazing views over HK Island and the harbour. The rooms are large, contemporary and very comfortable.We transferred to a suite for the last 4 nights which was even more spacious with fantastic harbour views. The team were extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable about the area. We had a good idea about what we wanted to do whilst in Hong Kong and they helped us with suggestions regarding transport options to the places we wanted to visit and the best times to go, as well as making excellent restaurant recommendations. Cafe Gray has amazing views of the harbour and is the perfect place for a relaxing drink in the evening. Thank you to everyone on the team for making our stay so perfect.