The Swire Group’s 117-room Upper House debuted in October atop Hong Kong’s Pacific Place Towers and instantly turned rising-star architect/designer Andre Fu into a local celebrity. The hotel includes a grass-covered garden terrace (almost unheard of in this city) and a top-floor restaurant/lounge by celebrity chef Gray Kunz. There’s no front desk, so I’m greeted at the entrance by a charming woman wielding a handheld computer. We head straight to my room, and I’m checked in before we reach the 39th floor.
The wraparound windows of my 850-square-foot room frame a tranquil mountain view (and partial city skyline). The bathtub offers the same incredible lookout. I find wooden shoe trees in the closet and an Illy espresso machine and a dual-temperature wine fridge in the mini bar. I blare my iPod through hidden ceiling speakers and view my camera photos on the 52-inch LCD TV. The mini bar is stocked with jars and jars of candy and cookies, all complimentary.
For the most part, I love it. I especially love the mod yet warm, soothing design. The location is perfect (just above the Admiralty MTR stop). The service is gracious and attitude-free. I really like the restaurant; however, room service isn’t the restaurant’s strength. My biggest beef: The bathroom lighting is absurdly dim—even at the brightest setting. Rates from $347; 800.323.7500