Opening this fall, The Upper House is slated to be Hong Kong’s newest fashionable address. This architecturally-savvy boutique hotel showcases the talents of Andre Fu, an award-winning “design wunderkind” whose distinguished projects include Piacere Italian Restaurant and Nadaman Japanese Restaurant for Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo, Agnes b. La Loggia Flagship Store in Hong Kong, and the private residence of actress Michelle Yeoh. Fu successfully reached his goal to create an intimate experience and the feel of a private home with tranquility as a key ingredient as you rise above the bustling city.
Entering through a textured-nickel front door, guests travel into a circular bamboo enclosure called the Lantern. An escalator transports to Level 6, home to The Lawn, a sunlit grassy haven, punctuated with bean bags for relaxing in the sun. Equally stylish guestrooms, 117 total, feature natural timber, limestone and shoji glass, along with simple yet gorgeous celadon and bamboo color schemes. Imagine green tea upholstery, limed oak flooring and oak timber. Roomy 300-square-foot bathrooms feature rain showers and free-standing tubs for deep soaks high in the sky.
The views? Simply breathtaking.
Continuing on the upward journey, guests ascend to Level 49 where the Sky Bridge leads to the Sky Lounge and Café Gray Deluxe. Chef Gray Kunz’s welcome return to Hong Kong celebrates organic produce and “everyday dishes.” The stunning modern restaurant and bar overlooks Victoria Harbor and mesmerizes diners and imbibers. Fu has keenly placed contemporary art and sculptures throughout the hotel as sophisticated eye candy which adds to the savoir faire and impressive design.
Sister hotel to the award-winning The Opposite House in Beijing, The Upper House is owned and operated by Swire Hotels who is developing a collection of stylish boutique hotels in English towns and cities to be launched in 2010.