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The Upper House: Hong Kong's Tech-Savvy, Art-Loving Hotel
The Upper House Hotel
Modernist Hotels: Upper House Hotel, Hong Kong
Top of the World Cocktails
The Upper House
The Upper House
The Upper House
The Upper House
The Upper House
The Upper House: Hong Kong's Tech-Savvy, Art-Loving Hotel
The Upper House Hotel
Modernist Hotels: Upper House Hotel, Hong Kong
Top of the World Cocktails
The Upper House
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 over 400 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. A contrast to many Hong Kong hotels, the Upper House 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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Neighborhood Vibe
Situated on the east side of the Pacific Place mall, the Upper House is a short walk or bike ride to Wan Chai, a bastion of local culture. Starstreet Precinct is a fashionable area with design-driven lifestyle stores and cafés; two major computer centers sell discount electronics; Tai Yuen Street brims with clothing stalls; and Stone Nullah Lane is home to some of Hong Kong’s famous wet and dry markets. Queen’s Road East has several traditional rattan and Chinese furniture shops that can arrange overseas shipping. Hong Kong Park is a nearby escape, featuring beautifully landscaped gardens, tea houses, and historic buildings.
Need to Know
Rooms: 94 rooms, 21 suites, 2 penthouses; from $645.
Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options:Café Gray Deluxe, named after head chef Gray Kunz, offers spectacular views of Victoria Harbour from the 49th floor. Kunz scours farmers’ markets every morning for fresh products that star in his “everyday dishes,” which include grilled meats and fish and refreshing starters like the crab salad with watermelon, tomato, and avocado. The bar and lounge features vaulted ceilings and a 46-foot-long bar that complements an open kitchen.
Spa and gym details:The hotel’s care for health and wellness is evident in its amenities. A 24-hour gym is equipped with Prevor- and Keiser-brand cardiovascular and weight-training machines as well as apples, cereal bars, and mineral water to recharge between reps. All rooms come with yoga mats, which guests take to an outdoor lawn surrounded by skyscrapers every Saturday and Sunday for free yoga classes. Bikes are on hand for those wishing to explore the neighborhood on two wheels. Workout completed, the Upper House Guest Experience team can arrange an in-room massage by the Strand salon and spa down the road.
Insider Tips
Who's it best for: Artists and designers as well as young entrepreneurs with an appreciation for sophisticated interiors.
Our favorite rooms: All the accommodations have giant bathrooms, but those in the Studio 70 Harbour View rooms afford the best vistas. Numbers 4607 and 4707 reveal two walls’ worth of views over Victoria Harbour and Kowloon.
Pedal power:Guests can hop on one of the Upper House’s complimentary bikes to explore the area, perhaps even pedaling over to Happy Valley Racecourse. One side is studded with tombstones from Hong Kong’s earliest days; the other is shaded by overgrown banyan trees.
The Upper House: Hong Kong's Tech-Savvy, Art-Loving Hotel
Hong Kong architect André Fu not only designed the interior but also chose the artwork throughout this tech-savvy hotel. At check-in, it’s not unusual for guests to get a guided tour of the minimalist stone sculptures in the foyer. From $580. Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 852/2918-1838 This appeared in the October 2014 issue. Writer Tony Perrottet's dove into Hong Kong's emerging art scene for AFAR. Read the full story here
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The Upper House Hotel
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. From $580. Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 852/3968- 1111. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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Modernist Hotels: Upper House Hotel, Hong Kong
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. Upper House Hotel, 852/3968-1111. From $430. This story appeared in the May/June 2011 issue. 
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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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Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
+852 2918 1838
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