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Sister property to the Opposite House in Beijing, the Upper House is the second slick hotel from Hong Kong mandarins the Swire Group, who are making a considerable splash in the contemporary hotel scene in Asia.
The entrance alone is highly impressive, with access through a stone curtain created by the English design genius (Thomas Heatherwick) behind the London Olympic 'petals' torch. A good start, and it's all uphill from there, both literally and figuratively, with a lift whizzing guests to the 38th floor of a skyscraper, from where the hotel takes over for the remaining ten floors.
Once in the hotel proper, designer Andre Fu takes over with his vision of a paperless (check in is on iPads), polished and pared down haven high above the hubbub of the streets. The 117 rooms, suites and studios, with views either of Victoria Harbour or the Peak, are very spacious with showers and baths and mirrors that become TV screens. Inadvertent exhibitionists should note that what you can see out at night can also see in, so the remote control blinds are recommended.
At the apex of the hotel sits Café Grey Deluxe restaurant from celeb chef Grey Kunz, reached across a bridge spanning an atrium and serving classical Mediterranean cuisine. The banquettes and 45ft long bar in the neighbouring bar are the place for a cocktail and the Skylounge opposite is the spot for a quiet drink or somewhere to read the papers. That's about it on the facilities front, but what there is works very, very well.