The Upper House hotel, Hong Kong

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The hotel’s rooms are some of the largest in Hong Kong and simply ooze discreet luxury. Tucked away high above the city streets on the 38th floor, minimalist designs feature natural timber and limestone and all mod cons at the touch of a button. The huge bathrooms are quite spectacular; graced with a walk-in rain shower, dressing area, and free-standing bathtub with panoramic harbour or island views. From its entrance amidst the designer shops of Pacific Place, the 6th level garden and lawn is a natural city retreat, quite a rarity in Hong Kong. The lush green grass makes a relaxed escape from the thriving city streets, as does the acclaimed, one-star Michelin Café Gray Deluxe, perched on the 49th floor and overlooking Victoria Harbour.

• one-star Michelin restaurant • bar • lounge • gym • garden & lawn • concierge service • in-room dining

• 117 studios & suites • complimentary maxi-bar • 42” flat-screen TV with surround sound • wi-fi Internet • iPod touch • espresso machine • large bathroom with views


 When every place with a knock-off Eames recliner is claiming design-hotel status, the real thing is something to treasure. Enter through a pleated stone curtain fashioned by Thomas Heatherwick (he of the 2012 Olympics cauldron petals) then it's up, up, up, on an escalator into the hushed heart of this sanctuary. Occupying the top 10 floors of a skyscraper high above the harbour, The Upper House is described by its architect Andre Fu as a 'poetic, upward journey' into peace. Natural materials of light oak and limestone, polished bamboo, marble and velvet lend a barely-there minimalism to the interiors, but there's a superior intelligence at work behind the scenes. The in-room check-in avoids chaotic arrivals and there's a TV hidden in the bathroom mirror, but why bother watching it when there are CinemaScope views from the bathtub? Climb to the 49th floor and cross the atrium bridge for more sensational views and modern, market-fresh food (wild king-salmon; seared lamb roulade) at dressy Café Grey Deluxe. Like an interlocking wooden Chinese puzzle, each element of your experience here is designed to slide home with smooth precision.