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Hong Kong's Sensational Hotels and Dining
By Roderick Eime
20 February 2014





 

 

Hong Kong’s hotels reach for the stars and the city contains several of the world’s most famous and most awarded properties.

 

Heritage and nostalgic types will be in their element with the grand and regal 85-year-old Peninsula in Kowloon and its fleet of Rolls Royce limousines or the comparatively youthful 50-year-old Mandarin Oriental on Connaught Road in Central.

 

Apart from the classic and romantic, there the latest, largest, luxurious and lavish. Hong Kong hotels do this in spades.

 

There’s a cavalcade of fantastic 21st century five-star hotels just waiting for the tired jetsetter to relax and enjoy. Four Seasons, Shangri-La, T Hotel, ICON, Ritz-Carlton and Langham are all there for the asking, but one rises above this glittering pack garnering accolades like no other: The Upper House (TUH).

 


Street view of The Upper House

 

 

Recently rated the number one hotel in Asia and number two in the world in the coveted 2014 TripAdvisor Readers’ Choice Awards, TUH is a property of Swire Hotels and opened on October 2009 inside a thoroughly refurbished former residential tower at Pacific Place. This sprawling residential and commercial complex covers some 480,000 sqm of prime real estate and also contains the five-star Conrad, Island Shangri-La and JW Marriott.

 

GM, Dean Winter, says “Our hotel was created to provide a retreat removed from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.” Designed by renowned local architect, Andre Fu of AFSO, it uses natural materials, distinctive sculptures and original artwork to accentuate the individuality and exclusivity.

 

This is achieved immediately upon arrival with guests elevayed from the driveway to the sunlit Level 6 sanctuary. This sensation of separation helps the guest relax and create a sense of isolation from the hurly-burly of Hong Kong.

 


The Upper Suite - and view!

 

TUH’s 117 rooms all feature panoramic harbour or island views, including 21 114 sqm suites and two 182 sqm penthouses – the largest in Hong Kong. Bathrooms with their own breath-taking vistas, come with walk-in rain showers, dressing area and deep soaking baths.

 


Café Gray on the 49th floor
 

Part-and-parcel with any stay at TUH has to be the dining experience at Café Gray, the 49th floor ‘grand café’ with sweeping views over Victoria Harbour. Celebrated chef Gray Kunz returned to Hong Kong with his personal style of European classic and signature dishes from the best kitchens in Europe, Asia and America. The highlight is a 14 metre long open kitchen and equally long bar.

 

For more information about all things Hong Kong, visit  www.discoverhongkong.com
 

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