Art with a View
A particular hotel, the Upper House in Hong Kong: recently built (2009) and located in the beating heart of Pacific Place, was conceived as a place to “retire”, through a vertical journey from the confusion and the stress of the big metropolis.
Using the words of the same designer, the architect Andre Fu: “With an intention to create a small luxury hotel reminiscent of a private residence, I have purposely conjured a sense of tranquility throughout the design and ambience of the hotel “.
The initial intentions are well perceived once entered the Upper House: luxurious yes, but measured, elegant, classy. The design, the care of materials and details, the numerous works of contemporary art, both in the common areas and in the individual rooms, nothing is left to chance to achieve the desired purpose. Even the scent, yes… the scent that envelops the “home”, has been specially designed to provide the visitor with the desired feeling of tranquility in a welcoming and exclusive place.
The spaces are large and clean, the windows are wide and bright, the view is always pleasant, whether it is facing the skyscrapers of Hong Kong’s bay, or to other directions. The “rooms” are 117 “Studios” and “Suites”, which are flanked by two “Penthouses” but, define these as rooms is simplistic, since the smallest are 70 sqm apartments, up to the Penthouses measuring 180 sqm . Needless to say, are elegant, welcoming and futuristic in their amenities.
There are of course, also a “secret garden” at level 6, the Sky Lounge at 49, fitness rooms, bars and the Gray Café De Luxe restaurant, with a breathtaking view towards Victoria Harbour and conducted by the starred Chef Gray Kunz, which offers refined modern European cuisine, but influenced by its many experiences in various parts of the world.
Definitely a Hotel that meets the needs of the most refined and demanding customers.
Texts © iBestmag – Images © The Upper House – Hong Kong/Michael Weber