Need To Know
117, including 23 suites.
A civilised 12.00pm, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $619.13 (HK$4,800), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude breakfast, except for the Upper Suite.
Beautifully set in Hong Kong-born wunderkind Andre Fu's serene, sophisticated design are a series of specially commissioned artworks, which follow the upward journey from fourth floor lobby, on the wooden-arched escalator to Level 6, to the grand, candle-lit columnades of the 49th floor and Café Gray. British designer Thomas Heatherwick's clever outside cladding, Stone Curtain, begins this artistic odyssey at street-level and a highlight is the inner atrium's 10-storey, water-inspired installation, Rise, by Hiroshiwata Sawada.
At the hotel
Lounge, gym, garden. In rooms: free broadband/WiFi, flatscreen satellite TV, interactive iPod touch, dual-temperature wine fridge, free maxibar snacks, soft drinks and beer (excluding wine and champagne), espresso machine, yoga mat, Ren toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Soothing bamboo, luxe limestone and warm woolens are the materials of choice in all the subtly opulent rooms, which start from the 38th floor. We love the cushioned window seats, harbour views and L-shaped loungers of the Upper Suites, but the inland-facing Island and mountain view Studios have the best feng shui. All rooms have walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms big enough to sleep in, with roomy rain showers and giant tubs (complete with TV concealed behind a mirror). But remember – just as you can see all of Hong Kong as you soak, so can all of Hong Kong see you. Blinds are electronic and remote-controlled.
Home comforts abound – shoe-trees, yoga mats, arty coffee-table books and more Ren toiletries than you can fit in your washbag – so some skyscraper-scoping binoculars should suffice.
An extra bed for additional persons, can be added for HK$500 a night. When the Hong Kong climate allows, rest on the upward journey to your room with a break on the Lawn, a secret garden on Level 6. Complimentary morning yoga classes on weekends.
Children are welcome, and cots and sofabeds are available free of charge. Babysitting can be arranged with a local nanny. Beyond that, kids' facilities are limited and there's no pool.
The Upper House uses in-room body motion sensors to save electricity, hybrid cars for private hire and sources locally-grown, organic food. Printed hotel directories have been replaced by whizzy iPod-touches and check-out is paperless.