Hong Kong is not to be missed on a trip to China. Because of it’s former British Rule, it is a city runs somewhat independently of the main part of the country, having distinctive traits of both Chinese culture and British heritage. The mountains juxtaposed with the Harbor make this one of the most beautiful big cities I have ever seen.
During our five nights, we experienced lots of great restaurants, sites, and also two great hotels. Our first four nights in the city were spent at the Upper House Hong Kong which is situated on the top floors of the JW Marriott Building on the Hong Kong Island Side of the city in the Pacific Place area. For the record, I loved staying on the Hong Kong Island side of the city for its ease of seeing the sites. The other side of the city (Kowloon), is more famous for shopping and dining. With the Upper House, you have a little of both worlds being near the Pacific Place Shopping Center and only a 5-minute cab ride from the “Central” area of Hong Kong Island.
From the moment we walked into the hotel, the service was exceptional as we rode the escalator from the entrance to the elevator bank. Once in our extremely spacious and well appointed corner room, we were greeted with some very thoughtful welcome amenities such as Dim Sum handbooks, a Hong Kong tourist notebook made especially for children, a very high quality black leather bag, and a coloring book and pencils.
The 730 square foot Studio 70 Island View Room consisted of a large bedroom with a full “L” Shaped Sofa to the left of the bed, and a cushioned window seat to look out on the city from windows that expand almost the entire length of the suite. The desk sits in front of the bed looking out the windows with a large built in TV to one side. A built in Mini-Bar and Coffee/Tea Station were nicely hidden in a closet near the entrance and exit to the suite.
The Bathroom was just as much a showpiece of this amazing room as the expansive bedroom. The separated dressing and sink area were lit with beautiful mood lighting and a wonderful closet that had a safe and many drawers to house all of the essentials. Taking a step up behind this dressing area led to the shower and tub area of the bathroom which also boasted full windows that overlooked the city. A built in TV directly in front of the bathtub was a wonderful perk as well!
The hotel itself feels very much like a boutique property, with only 117 rooms, a small gym, a terrace, and a (great) restaurant, this wouldn’t be a hotel for guests looking to “stay in” every night. But then again, when in Hong Kong, you should be venturing out! Cafe Grey on the top floor of the hotel was amazing for all meals. The great views of the city, swanky bar (that was always buzzing but never felt crowded), and wonderful menu made for the perfect place to start and end each day.
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