Hongkong witnessed a second hotel opening this week with The Upper House joining long-established players in the Pacific Place complex. The 117-room property occupies the 38th to 48th floors of a tower block in the upscale leisure precinct, currently undergoing revitalisation, that includes the Conrad, JW Marriott, Shangri-La, serviced apartments and a mall.
The second member of Swire Group’s budding hotel chain (first is The Opposite House Beijing) is described as “more home than hotel”, based on architect Andre Fu's use of natural materials, distinctive sculptures and original sculptures.
In a city famous for its ingenious adaptation to small amounts of living space, Upper House’s guestrooms, including 21 suites and two penthouses, are reported to be extraordinarily large, starting from 62.82sqm. Bathrooms measure more than 27.87sqm and feature walk-in rainshowers, free-standing limestone-clad bathtubs, double vanities and separate dressing areas.
Only one restaurant, Café Gray Deluxe, of New York-based Chef Gray Kuntz stands on the premises, serving modern European classics. It's accessed by a spectacular sky bridge over a 40m-high atrium.
Until December 31, a "two nights-for-one" promotion is available with rates starting from HK$3,388 (US$437) for a 67.82sqm Island View Studio 70.
For bookings, visit www.upperhouse.com
Margie T Logarta