The Upper House

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Address: 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Hong Kong, China

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.2

Upper House? Upper Crust is more like it. With knobs on.

Talk about a makeover. This hotel started life as a regular upmarket apartment block, which I and a million other Hong Kongers must have walked past totally unaware of its existence. Then the owner (Swire, one of the city’s most powerful corporates) kicked out the tenants, brought in the builders and a celebrity chef, and sat back to count its winnings.

 

Location
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3.3
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
3.6
90%

Location

Rather than being dwarfed by the three international five-stars just outside the door above Pacific Place, The Upper House takes a done-the-rest-try-the-best stance. Hong Kong Park (the city’s most picaresque) is about five minutes’ walk away.

 

Bedrooms

Is it childish to start with the Maxi Bar? A full-sized fridge stuffed with goodies (including beer), and all included in the room rate. Raiding the larder was never so good. Add in down bedding wafted from a fairy tale, an iPod Touch, and WiFi (naturally). Pick from studio, suite or penthouse – they’ve all got that deliciously fresh and crisp modern touch. No harbour view? No worries, looking back at the hills can be pretty fascinating too.

 

Public areas

Few hotels in Hong Kong can add a lawn to their tally of attributes. The Upper House’s greensward may be small, but it’s not to be sniffed at.

 

Eating and drinking

You can’t write the words Gray Kunz without preceding them with an emphatic “Chef”. The undoubted star of the show, and the reason why tables at lunch and dinner fill up fast and empty slow at his eponymous Café.

 

Leisure facilities

The gym seems like a bit of an afterthought – but they didn’t have much space to play with.

 

Service

Staff seem rather self-conscious of their stellar position in the Hong Kong accommodation stakes.

 

Who stays there

A-Listers, those wanting to get on the A-List, plus a smattering of awed spectators.

 

Price advice

Very much at the top of the grid: bargains may be hard to come by, but there are three other hotels in the immediate vicinity so check rates.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Nightlife

Pros & Cons

  • Super smart design and food
  • Hip replacement needed (pun intended)
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