WHAT’S IT LIKE?
This contemporary hotel, situated atop the JW Marriott in Admiralty is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, and in keeping with that group’s traditional nature, the hotel has a small room count with exceptional service.
Asian designer Andre Fu created a scene of understated elegance without forgetting that pinch of trend-inducing energy that is so fitting for this international city.
The name of the hotel has a double entendre representing the upward drive from Queensway to Pacific Place and its top floor skyscraper views of Hong Kong.
The public areas, decked out in natural wood tones, feature a plethora of regional art and photography. Check-in formalities take place via iPad in guest rooms to expedite the process.
Cafe Grey Deluxe, on the 49th floor, serves all meals from an exhibition kitchen. While the activity is entertaining, it is hard to pay attention when one of Asia’s most glamorous cities unfurls before your very eyes from the floor-to-ceiling windows. A happening bar and lounge draw the area’s glitterati with nary a table to be found most nights.
On the grassy sixth floor terrace, lawn chairs and bean bags provide a pleasant place to enjoy a cocktail or snack on a sunny day. Morning yoga is held here, and room service or the neighboring coffee bar are always on call. This is one of the only outdoor relaxation gardens of its kind for a Hong Kong hotel.
A full fitness area and gym offer the latest in cardio and weight lifting equipment. While there is no swimming pool, guests can take a taxi to a sister hotel 20 minutes away for a swim. Meeting space is available in the living room opposite the restaurant on the 49th floor with the requisite business amenities in place.
Since the hotel sits right atop Pacific Place shopping center, there is ample opportunity to find the perfect gift for a loved one to take home. Hybrid cars can shuttle guests to and fro around town free of charge.
Classified as studios, since they are all essentially suites to begin with, they are some of the largest accommodations in town. Entry-level Studio 70s (so called for their 730 square feet) and their larger brethren Studio 80 (850 square feet) offer the same gorgeous views that the top-floor restaurant do, but mostly from multiple angles since the bedrooms and bathrooms have numerous curves.
Be aware that others can peek into rooms at night, but the city and harbor vistas are the target of most guests’ cameras here. All come with furnishings done in light color tones with bamboo and limestone accents. The floor-to-ceiling windows in guest rooms are as equally entertaining as the iPod docking stations, flat-screen cable TVs, CD/DVD players, surround-sound stereos, pre-loaded iPod touch with Hong Kong sightseeing information, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access and electronic drapes. Sofas are ideally placed by the windows to accentuate the views.
The touches of home are here, too, such as wine fridges, down comforters on beds, espresso machines and a stash of free snacks and drinks in the minibar. Enormous dressing areas and closets are appreciated by heavy packers.
The limestone-sheathed baths are guest rooms in their own right with shower stalls boasting full city views and rainfall showerheads, REN Neroli designer toiletries, deep soaking tubs facing TVs hidden in the mirror, thick towels and robes, slippers, and electronically controlled shades covering the large windows. Upper Suites are nearly twice as large as the Studio 70 units with large living areas and some of the best views of the house.
Hotel owner Swire Group, which also owns hometown Cathay Pacific Airlines, is known for its efforts to maintain high standards. This is one of the city’s best designer hotels hosting visiting glitterati and celebrity business folk on a regular basis. There is no comparison in terms of hotels that boast such a small room number with accommodations this large. You pay for the privilege, but guests here never seem to mind.