Pick any top grand Hong Kong hotel and it will daze you with a glittering luxury. Book a stay at a small boutique hotel and you can expect an innovative and daring style. Upper House combines the best of both.
Technology and style
With over a hundred rooms it is larger than a boutique hotel, but its interiors bet on a confident, elegant minimalism, breaking away from the ubiquity of big hotels. The architect Andre Fu used natural materials: stone, bamboo, glass Shoji—and slightly provocative sculptures—to create understated and sophisticated, yet dramatic spaces.
The hotel has all the attributes of a modern Asian luxury: spacious rooms, large bathroom with a freestanding bath, windows from floor to ceiling—and wonderful views, either of the Hong Kong metropolis and Victoria Harbour, or the green hills of the island. Clean edges and large surfaces seem to speak the same language as the brilliant, quasi-futuristic views.
At every turn, modern technology enriches the Upper House experience. Airport shuttle is a hybrid Lexus, equipped with WiFi. The rooms, also with free WiFi, have automatic curtains and… motion sensors (!) —so the cleaning staff does not even have to knock to check if the guests are inside. And each room is equipped with an iPod Touch, preloaded with information about the hotel and the city, as well as an interactive meal menu, from which guests can order room service.
Rooms have more “traditional” luxuries: in-room coffee maker, complimentary snack bar—and in the bathroom the REN skincare that goes above and beyond the basic shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. The kit includes bath salts, night cream, eye gel, nail polish remover wipes and more.
Restaurant with a view
Café Gray Deluxe, located on the 49th floor, has been named after the celebrated Singaporean chef Gray Kunz, who designed a menu of simple but exceptionally well executed international dishes. The restaurant, awarded the Michelin star, offers panoramic views of the city and harbour. Its bar (the city’s longest) hums with well-heeled locals every night.