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Swire Hotels Opening the 117 room Upper House in Hong Kong
Café Gray Deluxe Marks the Return of Chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong

Hong Kong, April 15, 2009 - Following the successful launch of its first hotel, The Opposite House in Beijing, Swire Hotels will unveil its second hotel, The Upper House, in Hong Kong this October.

The Upper House is conveniently located within Pacific Place in Admiralty, Hong Kong Island's premier integrated commercial, retail and hospitality complex. The hotel's 117 rooms, including 21 suites and 2 penthouses, all feature scenic harbor or island views and are among the largest in Hong Kong, beginning at 730 square feet. Bathrooms of over 300 square feet are framed with panoramic windows and feature walk-in rain showers, dressing area and deep soaking baths.

Café Gray Deluxe, a 21st century 'grand café' located on the 49th floor overlooking Victoria Harbor, marks the return of celebrated chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong with his unique style of European classics and signature dishes from a lifetime leading the very finest kitchens in Europe, Asia and America. The vibrant restaurant is highlighted by a 46 foot long open kitchen and equally long bar.

The outdoor lawn on the 6th floor and the sky lounge on the 49th floor are both intriguing venues. 

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.

The Upper House is designed by renowned Hong Kong architect Andre Fu of AFSO with the use of natural materials, distinctive sculptures and original artwork. The contemporary Oriental design echoes the aim to provide an understated feeling of residential calmness.

"Our goal is to create a highly individualized small hotel with a dynamic and busy restaurant, and to help in showcasing the revitalized Pacific Place," said Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels.

About Swire Hotels

Swire Hotels has been created to manage small luxury hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a luxury experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.

The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and will be followed by the opening of a 117-room luxury hotel in Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in the autumn of 2009 and, in the future, a 90-room hotel at TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou. Swire Hotels will open a 345-room lifestyle business hotel called EAST in Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, in 2010.

In the United Kingdom, Swire Hotels is developing a collection of stylish boutique hotels in interesting English towns and cities to be launched in 2010.

About Pacific Place

One of the largest commercial and retail centers, Pacific Place is spread over 5,000,000 square feet of prime real estate in the heart of Hong Kong's business district with direct access to the Admiralty MTR station. Since its inception in 1989, the four-level mall has become home to over 130 shops and boutiques and two major department stores, collectively offering a dazzling array of contemporary fashion and internationally renowned and luxurious brand names.

This comprehensive shopping destination is also the location of three five-star hotels, a conference center, three Grade-A office towers and a luxury serviced apartment. Under the leadership of Swire Properties, Pacific Place remains Hong Kong's premier shopping destination.

About Pacific Place Design Improvement Project

The Pacific Place Design Improvement Project is part of the ongoing regeneration of Pacific Place to meet the ever-changing needs of shoppers. The project - led by famed English architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio and themed "A New Frame of Mind" - involves a fluid approach to interior, exterior and architectural refinement of Pacific Place to a new era of style and luxury.


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Also See: Swire Hotels Challenges the Norm in Beijing with the Edgy 99 room Opposite House, Opening in Summer 2008 / May 2008



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