The art of travelling has evolved in recent times. It’s faster to get where you’re going, cheaper if you chose, and the road less travelled is easier to navigate. The “new” age of enlightenment, thanks to the internet, has helped us wanderers make tough choices. And we think we know it all, because every Tom, Dick and wannabe scriptwriter has posted his or her opinion on the internet for us to chew over.
And, as Hong Kong has such a slew of big “chain name” hotels that people love to comment upon, the Upper House could just slip under the radar. And yet, it’s got such a wallet-full of credentials, I doubt it really could. André Fu, Hong Kong’s next generation designer for one, who’s responsible for the outstanding interiors here, and Gray Kunz, Swiss national and NYC-famed chef, who’s behind the wonderful fare at Café Gray, for another.
Contemporary and just easy to be in, few formalities are undertaken here. There’s no lobby and so no standard check-in; it’s all managed in advance and then finalised with an iPad in your suite when you arrive. A true lifestyle hotel, the bar and restaurant are actively frequented by locals as a popular and club-like venue.
Called the “Upper House”, I imagine, because the hotel is perched above another (The JW Marriott), and the Pacific Place shopping mall, rooms begin on the 38th floor of the building. So that’s why “Upper” is there. And “House”, I bet, was chosen because this is more a home than hotel; consider yourself chez vous when you’re in residence. Originally constructed as luxury apartments, the hotel is the perfect place for those who like their privacy and don’t enjoy the conspicuousness that a lobby provides.
There are still some traditional hotel aspects, luckily, since you will enjoy being spoiled when you stay here. There’s a gym, a lounge and library, a mini garden, the very hip Gray’s Bar, and the adjoining restaurant, Café Gray. The only thing lacking, due to space, is a spa and pool, something some travellers might just miss.
It’s rare that a true gem, something revolutionary on the hotel scene and completely “outside the box”, comes along to surprise and delight us jaded voyagers. But the Upper House in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district will do just that.
- Daily breakfast for two
- To be taken in Café Gray Deluxe
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Hotel credit
- US$100 or equivalent to be used during your stay (minimum stay 3 nights)
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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