The Upper House, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
A sense of arrival awaits guests at Swire Hotels’ small luxury hotel in Hong Kong, The Upper House. Rising above Pacific Place in Admiralty, the hotel’s Asian influenced and timeless design reveals an understated calmness throughout.
Andre Fu of AFSO, hailed by Vogue UK as ‘Design Wunderkind’ and Conde Nast Traveler US as an ‘Asian Design Sensation’, is behind the design of The Upper House. Natural materials, original sculpture installations and seamlessly proportioned spaces are integrated to create a sophisticated and modern “Asian influenced” residence.
Entry through a Bedonia stone doorway façade by Thomas Heatherwick evokes the image of a curtain being opened to welcome guests to a private residence. A subtly-lit driveway then leads to a dramatic 13ft high textured nickel front door, enveloped by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that appear to sit on top of pools of water.
Inside the entrance, a circular bamboo enclosure, ‘the Lantern’, marks the beginning of the ‘upward journey’ along a dimly-lit escalator with walls lined with bespoke lamps leading guests into Level 6, flooded with natural daylight, and featuring ‘The Lawn’, a lush grassed area for relaxing with cocktails and bean bags for lounging under the sun.
Ascending into the hotel’s 117 spacious guest rooms, each is designed to provide a sense of understated luxury. The contemporary monochromatic design features natural timber, shoji glass, limestone and lacquered paper panels. All rooms including 21 suites and 2 penthouses are presented in two colour schemes: ‘Bamboo’ with solid ash flooring, bamboo timber and lilac upholstery; ‘Celadon’ featuring green tea upholstery, limed oak flooring and creme oak timber.
The room layouts offer abundant space including 300 sq ft bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, dressing areas and free-standing bathtubs with breathtaking panoramic harbour or island views. Lined with Italian ‘Perlato Svevo’ natural limestone floors and Beige Turkish ‘Terre d’Oriente’ limestone walls, the bathrooms are simple and uncluttered.
The highlight of the ‘journey’ is Level 49, which showcases the architecturally intriguing Sky Bridge. Infused with a skylight above a 40 metre high atrium, the Sky Bridge leads to the Sky Lounge and signature restaurant & bar, Café Gray Deluxe.
Location and Transfers
Located above Pacific Place, the city’s luxury shopping and entertainment complex, in Admiralty on Hong Kong Island.
The hotel is approximately 40 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport.
Studio 70 – tucked away from the vibrant streets of Hong Kong, 730 sq ft of contemporary comfort has been created for you to unwind and relax. These are the largest studio rooms in town. The rooms start on Level 38 and feature substantial windows and so, the view is always a welcome distraction. With scenic harbour or island views, King size beds, 366 sq ft bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, dressing areas and limestone clad, free-standing bathtubs, you can watch the world go by until you are ready to explore more of what Hong Kong has to offer
Studio 80 – after spending a day immersed in Hong Kong’s metropolitan lifestyle, The Upper House will help you find tranquility in 850 sq ft of uncluttered and simple design, catered towards more residential comforts. With the 366 sq ft spa-inspired bathrooms you can reinvigorate yourself in the walk-in rain shower or enjoy a long soak in the deep limestone clad, free-standing bathtub overlooking Hong Kong’s unique skyline
Upper Suites – ascend to a new perspective, far above the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s city life. With 1,230 sq ft to explore, you’ll be inspired by captivating views and overcome by the feeling of space to lounge and relax. All furniture is bespoke, including the L-shaped sofa in the spacious living room and cushions next to the window where you can lounge and read whilst looking out over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. With the 400 sq ft spa-inspired bathrooms you can reinvigorate yourself in the walk-in rain shower or enjoy a long soak in the deep limestone clad, free-standing bathtub overlooking Hong Kong’s unique skyline
Penthouses – through true attention to detail, bespoke furniture and two ensuite bathrooms, the hotel’s aim is to provide the comforts of an understated residence. Stunning views can be enjoyed from both the living area and the spa-inspired bathroom, leaving a lasting impression on any guest. High above the world below you, you can retreat to 1,960 sq ft of peace and calm, allowing yourself to completely recharge
Café Gray Deluxe, a 21st century ‘grand café’ overlooking Victoria Harbour, marks the return of celebrated Chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong. The vibrant restaurant is highlighted by a 14 metre long open kitchen and equally long bar, designed to enhance the guest experience and serving ‘everyday dishes’ with an accent on local organic produce and relaxed service.
The main dining room seating approximately 100 offers spectacular panoramic views. Semi-private dining areas are designed with full view of the open kitchen stations. A private room for 12 is available for exclusive harbour view dining. The bar and lounge, seating 88, is contemporary and vibrant
Facilities and Activities
Bar and Lounge – a seductive city bar and lounge offering uniquely blended cocktails, an extensive wine list and a wonderful view. Open mid morning to late evening
Sky Lounge – with a centrepiece fireplace, serves drinks and cocktails throughout the day
Lawn Bar – an outdoor secret garden on Level 6 to enjoy cocktails or garden snacks in lush green surroundings, for a relaxing respite under Hong Kong skyline
Hybrid cars for airport transfers and private hire