The Upper House

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Envisioned by Hong Kong-based architect Andre Fu, the Upper House was designed to give guests the experience of staying in a luxury residence within easy reach of the design stores, markets, and nightlife of the Wan Chai neighborhood. Every detail here has been carefully considered, from the environmentally friendly paint to the arrangement of the hotel’s 400-plus works of original art. As they climb the levels of the hotel, guests encounter sculptures with names like Silence, and Rise, and Lifted, which take them on an upward journey that ends at the 49th-floor Sky Bridge—a candle-lined walkway overlooking the atrium that’s lit by a James Turrell–esque skylight.

All the rooms, suites, and penthouses offer a choice between two color schemes: “bamboo,” with ash flooring, bamboo timber, and lilac upholstery, or “celadon,” furnished in green tea upholstery, limed oak flooring, and creme oak timber. Particular attention was given to the bathrooms. Each is nearly 300 square feet and outfitted with concealed televisions and sound systems as well as open-plan rain showers. Some have soaking tubs carved from Turkish limestone, from which guests can take in views of Victoria Harbour or the surrounding mountains. In contrast to many Hong Kong hotels, the Upper House’s restaurant, Café Gray Deluxe, emphasizes simple dishes prepared from the best local and organic produce. The result is high quality but not pretentious, much like the hotel itself.

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Travelers looking for comfort and convenience in Hong Kong should book a stay at the Upper House Hotel. Situated in Wan Chai, it’s a short hop on the Metro from the boutiques and galleries in the Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods and a few blocks from Star Street, the city’s newest enclave of small shops and restaurants. Some of the largest rooms in the city and the cocktails at the top-floor Café Grey Deluxe make the 11-story hotel the perfect place to return to at the end of a long day.

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Serenity suffuses designer Andre Fu’s hotel, where the rooms start on the 38th floor above Pacific Place. Large living spaces incorporate natural materials and sandstone sculptures by Marvin Mintofang. You can take in the panoramic views of Victoria Harbor or Hong Kong Island from your limestone bathtub.

Top of the World Cocktails

The Upper House is a swank design hotel near Hong Kong Park in Admiralty that is often considered the best in the city. For those who can’t afford to shell out the $500+ per night to stay there, it’s possible to have a drink in Cafe Gray on the 49th floor. Decor in the lounge-style bar is somewhat muted but the floor-to-ceiling windows offer superb views of Victoria Harbour and more than justify the cost of the drinks. The atmosphere is relaxed and low-key. The cocktail menu changes seasonally, but the Early “Gray” Martini is a persistent favorite, and justifiably so.

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