Hong Kong is rather a special place for Mr S and I. It was our city stopover on the way to Australia, where we had a trip of a lifetime and where we got engaged! At the time I did wonder why Mr S paused to look at so many jewellery shops but I didn’t actually cotton on. Last time we had a fantastic stay at The Intercontinental Hong Kong but this time we opted for a chic, boutique stay The Upper House.
Our beautiful room took my breath away as soon as we entered and my eye was drawn straight to the incredible view from the corner window.
A sweeping panorama that encompassed the soaring sky scrapers of the city juxtaposed with the green rolling hill tops.
The room itself had a gorgeously classic design with light wood, dove-coloured soft furnishings and plenty of places to sit and admire the view. I loved that it had a beautifully modern and minimalistic look without feeling too stark.
There was also a complimentary maxi bar! I think that might be one of my favourite phrases…wine and champagne weren’t included but there were plenty of snacks to nibble on! Check-in is done in the room, as we found was the case with all the top luxury Asian hotels that we stayed in, so it was all very quick and painless, perfect having just got off a flight.
And now the best bit; the bathroom. The bathrooms are spa-inspired and beautifully appointed in limestone. I loved the addition of a little travel bag with all the toiletries that you might need if you have to dash off the next day.
And the highlight was the huge soaking bath with a panoramic view of Hong Kong’s gorgeous skyline.
I did wonder if the people in the tall buildings opposite would be able to peer into our bathroom but I think you’d have to a pretty good pair of binoculars if you were that keen to see people in the bath tub…
The rest of the hotel just oozes cool as it is the vision of talented young Asian design, Andre Fu, it’s just so much sexier than your average city hotel. Throughout the hotel, a beautiful collection of artwork has been handpicked to complement Andre Fu’s design.
The bar and restaurant is located on the 49th Floor and our path from the escalator was lit by these beautiful glowing candles.
Like the hotel, Café Grey Deluxe is classic and chic with beautiful dark wood, lime stone flooring and best of all, a sweeping view over the Victoria Harbour from every possible angle.
We didn’t get the chance to try the menu of International cuisine by chef Gray Kunz but we did have breakfast in the restaurant both days of our stay.
A really fantastic à la carte menu allowed for a selection of smaller items, I had the most delicious gradvalax and bagel that was also very beautifully presented.
There are also fixed priced breakfasts that allow you to choose your morning meal from a selection of different national specialities. Mr S chose ‘Upper East’ Breakfast which came with pork buns, fried egg noodles and congee. The Upper West was an American / British breakfast or there was the option of the ‘Soho Breakfast’ for a more healthy choice.
Adjacent to the restaurant is the Café Gray Bar, with its 14 metre long bar counter and lots of little nooks for a private date. We popped in there after dinner one evening and tried some of the fantastic cocktails.
Back down in the lobby and there’s more pretty places and gorgeous artwork to be found.
Head outside and up the stairs and there’s a secret garden…
With places to lounge among the shrubbery and twinkling fairy lights as the evening set in.
The location of the Upper House couldn’t be more perfect too as it is right above Pacific Place, a fantastic shopping centre filled with top-notch designer shops. The hotel is also in close proximity to the harbour, the Star Ferry, Star Street and other shopping areas. Service was also exquisite we received a different gorgeous gift every night such as room scent, a candle and a guide to Hong Kong plus the concierge was always on hand for recommendations and help with transportation.
We absolutely loved our stay at The Upper House and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s the perfect chic alternative to the many luxury branded hotels in Hong Kong.
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I travelled to Hong Kong independently but by booking through Chinmoy Lad at Zebrano I received a free upgrade and other benefits. We have no affiliation this is just a handy travel hack!