This haven of understated luxury is a sanctuary of calm high above Hong Kong’s teeming streets. Spanning the 43rd to 49th floors of a reimagined 1980s skyscraper, panoramic views are the dazzling backdrop to tranquil contemporary interiors that utilise natural materials such as bamboo, timber and limestone. There’s also a brilliant restaurant and bar, a secret garden (with real grass!) and an all-encompassing, elegant minimalism that feels far removed from the gilt and glitz of other luxury hotels in Hong Kong.
Where is The Upper House?
With a prime position in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district, the hotel sits above the chic shopping mall Pacific Place and Admiralty MTR station. The 40-kilometre taxi drive from the airport takes under an hour.
Every one of the 117 rooms and suites has a view of the harbour, the Peak or downtown Wan Chai through enormous windows. The elegant rooms are spacious by Hong Kong standards and supremely comfortable with beds dressed in white linen, Bose speakers and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms have super-powerful rain showers and bathtubs with panoramic views. Request a Studio 70 for harbour vistas from both bed and bathroom or the swish one-bedroom Andre [accent on “e”] Fu suite on level 48 – it’s bigger than most Hong Kong apartments and includes a dining table that can seat 18.
Restaurants and bars
The Mediterranean-inspired Salisterra is the only in-house restaurant and is hugely popular with locals, not least for its expansive windows and dazzling outlook. The sleek bar next door shares the views and is one of the most elegant places for cocktails in town: sink into a curved banquette with an Espresso Martini or take a seat at the long Brazilian burgundy marble bar. Downstairs, the atrium level hosts homegrown foodie pop-ups, while on level 4 The Continental cafe is also run by The Upper House and serves a menu of European favourites.
Travel for work
Guests can work in the lofty Sky Lounge on the 49th floor with its peaceful mountain views; the André Fu Suite can be utilised for launches and smaller meetings.
Spa and gym
The hotel has no pool or spa but there is a 24-hour gym and every room has a fitness channel with 20-minute workouts in yin yoga, Pilates and interval training. Yoga sessions are held in the atrium area at weekends or on the lawn (humidity permitting) and there’s a spa menu for in-room massages.
Paperless check-in, filtered water in rooms and toiletries in planet-friendly aluminium packaging.
What you need to know
The views are everything.
Best for: City breaks and couples
Number of rooms: 117
Rates: From HK$5200
Wi fi: Complimentary, high-speed
Parking: Valet parking at the front of the hotel is HK$100 per hour or HK$800 overnight.
Address: The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 2918 1838