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October 6, 2009

The Upper House Opens its Doors

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The highly anticipated launch of The Upper House took place in Hong Kong October 2. The opening ceremony included a traditional ribbon cutting and lion dance attended by senior Swire Properties management.

The launch follows widespread acclaim for Swire Hotels’ first property, The Opposite House in Beijing, and leads the way in Hong Kong for Swire Hotels’ third property, EAST, a lifestyle business hotel, opening in January 2010.

With stylish design from renowned Hong Kong designer Andre Fu of AFSO, the hotel offers 117 rooms, including 21 suites and 2 penthouses, beginning at 730 sq. ft. – the largest in Hong Kong – all featuring scenic harbor or island views.

Café Gray Deluxe, a 21st century ‘grand café’ located on Level 49 overlooking Victoria Harbor, marks the return of celebrated chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong and serves modern European classics throughout the day. The vibrant restaurant is highlighted by a 14-meter long open kitchen and equally long bar and is set to become a long awaited addition to the Hong Kong dining scene.

Also on Level 49, the sky lounge offers panoramic views, a working fireplace and comfortable sofa areas for guests to enjoy. With complimentary wireless internet available throughout the hotel, the lounge is the ideal place for guests to catch up with online news, e-mails or simply kick-back and enjoy a game of backgammon with fellow guests.

The outdoor lawn on Level 6 provides a unique urban retreat with an area for drinks and relaxation under the Hong Kong skyline.

In keeping with the hotel’s principles to reduce guests’ ‘carbon footprints’ while remaining connected at all times, the hotel’s energy saving Lexus RX450H hybrid cars are equipped with complimentary WiFi, ideal for business and leisure travelers on the move.

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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.

www.upperhouse.com

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