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Swire Hotels To Open In Hong Kong

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Following the successful launch of its first hotel, The Opposite House in Beijing, Swire Hotels will unveil its second hotel, The Upper House, in Hong Kong this October. The Upper House is conveniently located within Pacific Place in Admiralty, Hong Kong Island’s premier integrated commercial, retail and hospitality complex.

The hotel’s 117 rooms, including 21 suites and 2 penthouses, all feature scenic harbor or island views and are among the largest in Hong Kong, beginning at 730 square feet. Bathrooms of over 300 square feet are framed with panoramic windows and feature walk-in rain showers, dressing area and deep soaking baths. Café Gray Deluxe, a 21st century ‘grand café’ located on the 49th floor overlooking Victoria Harbor, marks the return of celebrated chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong with his unique style of European classics and signature dishes from a lifetime leading the very finest kitchens in Europe, Asia and America. The vibrant restaurant is highlighted by a 46 foot long open kitchen and equally long bar. The outdoor lawn on the 6th floor and the sky lounge on the 49th floor are both intriguing venues.

The name, The Upper House, is derived from the design philosophy of an upward journey from Queensway towards Pacific Place, elevating into a serene house above the bustling city. The Upper House is designed by renowned Hong Kong architect Andre Fu of AFSO with the use of natural materials, distinctive sculptures and original artwork. The contemporary Oriental design echoes the aim to provide an understated feeling of residential calmness. “Our goal is to create a highly individualized small hotel with a dynamic and busy restaurant, and to help in showcasing the revitalized Pacific Place,” said Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels.

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