The Upper House, Hong Kong
THE HOTEL: The luxury and lauded Upper House hotel is located on Hong Kong Island above the Pacific Place shopping mall. The nearby Admiralty MTR station provides easy access to the central business district – one stop away – and Kowloon. It is part of the design-led House Collective that is completed by sister properties The Opposite House in Beijing and The Temple House in Chengdu
THE CHECK-IN:I arrived early in the morning after an overnight flight, was greeted by name at the ground floor entrance and, thankfully, checked-in right away and shown to my room.
THE ROOM: My room was huge and filled with light from the vast windows that provide panoramic views across Hong Kong harbour. The room was divided into a large living space with an L-shaped sofa, table, chairs, large TV, complimentary minibar, coffee machine and a copper sink; the bedroom area (with discreet notices that the view may be two-way at times); and a generous bathroom area with twin basins, large walk-in shower and a deep limestoneclad bath tub set in the centre of the room. A number of sleek sculptures and eye-catching art works adorned the space which was also brimming with power points, remote controls and lighting options.
THE FACILITIES: The 49th level Café Gray bar and restaurant seemed popular with guests and non-residents alike thanks to the views and elegant surrounds. There's also a fi tness room and a small outdoor space, The Lawn, on level 6. It can be used for private events, as can the hotel's penthouses when not in use, a private dining room in the restaurant and a Skylounge area across from the restaurant that also serves as a reception and concierge.
THE VERDICT: This hotel has a fantastic reputation and it did not fall short of the hype surrounding it. The rooms are vast, beautifully designed and full of gadgetry, and the views are splendid, which is all reflected in the price. There is nothing chintzy or dated here – the public areas are a lesson in subtle but striking design and the hotel is something of a haven away from the hubbub below. Fantastic staff too. It's right up there among my favourites.
THE DETAILS: The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong. Rates start from around £480 per night. www.upperhouse.com
Reviewed by Andy Hoskins (2016)