Hotel Review: The Upper House, Hong Hong

The Luxe Factor: Exclusive, Intimate, Sleek & Stylish Boutique Hotel in Central Hong Kong

BY Arjun Sekri

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Sep
2020

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Hotel Overview:

The Upper House is a sleek & stylish, designer hotel and urban retreat featuring an intimate ambience, with the best location in Hong Kong. This chic, boutique haven situated 49 floors above Pacific Place in Admiralty is designed by one of Asia’s hottest designers, Andre Fu. Soak in the Victoria Harbour and city skyline views from the luxury of your elegant apartment-like studio or suite, enjoy the bespoke service, indulge in world class dining at Café Gray Deluxe, then wonder down to partake in some serious label-shopping at the luxe Pacific Place mall downstairs. The hotel offers 117 spacious and ultra luxe guestrooms, serviced by effortlessly attentive staff, from the digital in-room check-in & check-out to the 24 hour personalized concierge service. With its understated residential calmness, The Upper House is an oasis of tranquility amidst the frenetic pace of Hong Kong. The use of natural materials, warm hues and distinctive artwork all contribute to the elegant, inviting atmosphere, while luxe amenities and the world class guest experience team assure a bespoke level of comfort.

Starting at 730 sqf, the 117 rooms – including 21 suites and 2 penthouses, are some of the most spacious in Hong Kong; featuring natural materials, gorgeous bathrooms and panoramic views of Victoria Harbour or the Island. Guests can enjoy thrilling views and sophisticated modern European cuisine from acclaimed chef Gray Kunz at one of the best fine dining venues in town, Café Gray Deluxe. Besides the modern gym, guests can also avail of two house bikes for a quick spin in the nearby trails and Yoga sessions held on The Lawn. The hotel is part of Swire Hotels’ luxe, distinctive and uber-trendy – The House Collective brand, which offers art-focused, luxury lifestyle boutique hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing & Chengdu.

The Upper House Sky Lounge
The Upper House Sky Lounge

Ambiance & Vibe:

Andre Fu’s sophisticated design has created a serene & intimate ambience for The Upper House which redefines modern Asian luxury and delivers “a haven of calm and quiet taste” to Central Hong Kong. The design symbolizes an “upward journey” as a place to retreat above the bustling city. Post check-in, a red-hued escalator takes you to the 2nd Floor where a Japanese inspired – red “Shito Shrine Torii” gate welcomes you to a meditative transition into the next space. Each design detail is carefully considered as an experience, where light and space set a natural tranquil atmosphere. Over 400 specially commissioned artworks start at the understated reception area on the ground floor, following the upward journey to the 4th floor lobby, then on the wooden-arched escalator to the 6th floor with its seating areas and outdoor event space – to the grand, candle-lit columnades of the 49th floor and Café Gray Deluxe. The chic interiors are fitted out in warm neutral tones while Ginger Verbena – the hotel’s signature scent wafts throughout the hotel. Organic Bamford bath amenities and oversized standalone bathtubs signal the the hotel’s wellness philosophy. The elegant contemporary design details and effortless service ensure a relaxing, luxe and memorable stay.

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe Diners

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe Diners

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe Entrance

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe Entrance

The Upper House Hong Kong Design

The Upper House Hong Kong Design

The Upper House Hong Kong Lawn

The Upper House Hong Kong Lawn

Design & Style:

Designed by legendary Hong Kong based designer Andre Fu, The Upper House redefines the concept of modern Asian luxury by creating a haven of calm and quiet taste. British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s clever outside cladding, Stone Curtain, begins a discreet and artistic welcome to guests at street-level. The design details present elegance and sleek contemporary style and natural materials, including bamboo, solid ash flooring, timber, shoji glass, limestone and lacquered paper panels along with original sculptures – to create understated and sophisticated, yet dramatic spaces. A highlight is the inner atrium’s 10-storey, water-inspired installation – Rise, by Hiroshiwata Sawada. Each room is spacious, sporting a large bathroom with a freestanding bath, and with windows from floor to ceiling. These ensure wonderful views, either of the Hong Kong cityscape and Victoria Harbour, or the hills towards the Peak. The rooms feature the latest mod cons from automatic blinds to motion sensors which let housekeeping know that you are in the room.

The Upper House entrance

The Upper House entrance

The Upper House Hong Kong Sky Bridge Umbrella

The Upper House Hong Kong Sky Bridge Umbrella

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe

The Upper House Studio 70 Island View

The Upper House Studio 70 Island View

The Upper House Hong Kong Design

The Upper House Hong Kong Design

The Upper House Hong Kong The Lawn Entrance

The Upper House Hong Kong The Lawn Entrance

Accommodation:

The Upper House offers 117 spacious guestrooms, including 21 suites and 2 penthouses. The rooms start from level 38 giving them either Harbor or Island views through the floor to ceiling windows and the enormous size (easily among the largest in the city) – starting at 730 sqf, make them feel like private apartments. The Andre Fu designed décor is very calming & sophisticated with natural materials: limestone, glass Shoji & bamboo wood paneling with beige and earth tones and huge L shaped cushioned window seats. All rooms have walk-in wardrobes, Wi-Fi, an iPod Touch, dual temperature wine fridge, free maxibar snacks, soft drinks and beer, espresso machine, mod-cons such as automatic blinds and yoga mats for modern day yogis. Bathrooms rival the size of a studio apartment, featuring a huge freestanding limestone spa tub that overlooks the cityscape, along with a roomy rain shower, dual sinks and a TV concealed behind a mirror. English-made, organic Bamford bath products are offered, while for a tub soak Moroccan rose otto essential oil is provided.

The Upper House Upper Penthouses

The Upper House Upper Penthouses

The Upper House Studio 70

The Upper House Studio 70

The Upper House Suite Hong Kong

The Upper House Suite Hong Kong

The Upper House Hong Kong Suite

The Upper House Hong Kong Suite

The Upper House bathroom

The Upper House bathroom

The Upper House Hong Kong Suite Bathroom

The Upper House Hong Kong Suite Bathroom

Dining:

Café Grey Deluxe: Named after the celebrated Singaporean chef Gray Kunz and considered one of the top “affordable luxury” fine dining establishments in Hong Kong, this perennially fashionable European grand café is located on the 49th floor with sensational cityscape views through its many expansive windows & luxe washrooms. This popular eatery’s sophisticated modern European cuisine features premium ingredients and seasonal set menus focused on organic, sustainably-sourced dishes. After enjoying your meal and impeccable service, you receive a complimentary platter of petit-fours and chocolate chunks – a delicious way to end the meal.

Dining At Cafe Gray Deluxe

Dining At Cafe Gray Deluxe

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe entrance

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe entrance

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe Bar

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe

Café Gray Bar: One of the most stylish bars in Hong Kong, with a curated wine list, hand crafted cocktails, delicious bar bites and 50 foot long bar – along with spectacular Victoria Harbour vistas from window-side booths featuring velvet and leather banquettes.

The Upper House Cafe Gray Bar

The Upper House Cafe Gray Bar

The Upper House Cafe Gray Bar

The Upper House Cafe Gray Bar

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe Private Dining

The Upper House Cafe Gray Deluxe Private Dining

The Upper House Lawn: A secluded green space located on Level 6, The Lawn is a pleasant surprise set amid Hong Kong’s stunning architecture. A grassy respite from the city, it’s the perfect space to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails as you kick back and relax with refreshments from Café Gray Deluxe.

The Upper House Hong Kong The Lawn

The Upper House Hong Kong The Lawn

The Upper House Hong Kong The Lawn Sunset

The Upper House Hong Kong The Lawn Sunset

The amazing dining experience at Café Grey Deluxe:

Service:

The highly trained and polished Upper House staff stand out for their courtesy, helpfulness and warmth right from the time you arrive at the mini-reception on the ground floor, (with in-room digital check in & check out) till the time you check out and throughout all points of guest interactions in the hotel. The atmosphere is relaxed and conducive to more in-dept interactions with the staff. The hotel has a guest experience team which offers round the clock, personalized attention as well as concierge services. Service is top-notch at Cafe Gray Deluxe, with the friendly staff helping us navigate the menu and extensive cocktail list, anticipating requests, and all to too happy to take our pictures against that stellar skyline backdrop.

Facilities & Activities:

Facilities: Small Gym, Yoga classes & running trails nearby. Enjoy complimentary access and House car transfers to the heated outdoor pool at Swire Hotels’ EAST, Hong Kong, located in Taikoo Shing.

  • Fitness: If you fancy letting off some steam, the gym is well equipped with cardiovascular and weight training equipment from Technogym.
  • In-Room Massage: Unwind and relax in the privacy of your room with a range of in-room treatments, from a carefully curated menu of body massages, facials, nail treatments and styling sessions.

The Upper House Fitness

Yoga Class: Refresh your body and mind with the complimentary group yoga classes for in-house guests. Offering a rich vinyasa based sequence of the asana (physical) practice with a strong emphasis on creativity and alignment, the class weaves together a blend of other lineages together with pranayama (breath work) and meditation.

The Upper House Hong Kong Yoga

The Upper House Hong Kong Yoga

Activities:

Minutes from The Upper House you will find fabulous brand name stores, boutiques, galleries and fascinating traditional neighbourhoods, in the shadow of some of the world’s most spectacular skyscrapers. Or shake off the city and go hiking on trails through nearby country parks. And then there’s the food. Hong Kong is a global foodie capital and there are always plenty of new and world-class restaurants to try.

Location:

The Upper House is located in the heart of Central Hong Kong above Pacific Place Mall and the Admiralty MTR station. The hotel is a 5 minute drive to Airport Express Station and walking distance from the buzzing and vibrant shopping, dining & entertainment districts of Central, Admiralty & Wanchai.

The Upper House Hong Kong Pacific Place

The Upper House Hong Kong Pacific Place

The Upper House Hong Kong Entrance

The Upper House Hong Kong Entrance

What We Love:

  • Exclusive, stylish and chic boutique property with the best location above the luxury Pacific Place Mall right in the heart of Hong Kong.
  • The hotel’s 117 designer studios and suites are some of the most spacious in Hong Kong (starting at 70 sqm) with magnificent bathrooms and many feature panoramic harbour views. The apartment like rooms feature the latest mod cons, including an iPod touch fully loaded with music and also the LUXE guide for Hong Kong.
  • Indulge in one of the best regarded fine dining establishments in Hong Kong – Café Gray Deluxe, located on the 49th floor which serves up fantastic modern European cuisine and amazing views of the Harbour.
  • For an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, retreat to the lush green “The Lawn”, which provides a stark contrast with the surrounding cityscape. Sink into a beanbag with a cocktail in hand and enjoy this hidden haven in the heart of Hong Kong.
  • Exceptional, round the clock, personalized service from the guest experience team begins right from the paperless in-room check-in.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Hong Kong is during the Autumn, Winter & Spring seasons, from October to March. This is when the weather is cool, rains are minimum, skies are mostly blue and the humidity is low. This season also features the best festivals in Hong Kong, when the city is at its most vibrant, including the Mid-Autumn & National Day Festivals in October, Christmas in December & Chinese Lunar New Year in February.

Luxe Voyager Expert Rating9.5

Ambiance & Vibe10
Design & Style10
Accommodation10
Breakfast & Dining9
Service10
Facilities & Activities7
Location10
Value For Money10

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3 comments

Sophia Chan
September 12, 2020
Looks amazing! I visit Hong Kong atleast twice a year and look forward to staying at this property next time I visit.
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Roger Desilva
September 18, 2020
This looks like a dream hotel. Thanks for the detailed post. Cant wait to experience this hotel during my next business trip to HK.
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Cynthia Ross
September 25, 2020
Awesome write up - what a gem of a property. Will definitely get in touch next time I am coming to HK.
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