Upper House: A journey for the senses
Text: Malin Norman | Photos: Upper House
The luxury hotel Upper House offers up a superb mix of the highest-quality tranquil space plus peace of mind. In addition to its fantastic views of Gothenburg from up high, this is a real hotspot for yoga enthusiasts and gourmet dining. This season, guests can also enjoy the new gym area in the award-winning Upper House Spa.
Upper House is conveniently located in the centre of Gothenburg and close to the huge indoor arena Scandinavium, as well as Liseberg, one of Scandinavia’s most frequented amusement parks. Many guests come to stay while visiting international exhibitions and events, or when having fun at the fair. Part of the tall building complex Gothia Towers, Upper House is an oasis sitting in the middle of the three towers, with its 53 stylish rooms spread across levels 21 to 24. On the 25th floor is the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, Upper House Dining, which has received several prominent awards.
In addition to the stunning vistas of Gothenburg, Upper House also features a fantastic spa. Most recently, it has been named winner of the prestigious World Luxury Spa Awards 2019 in the national category Luxury Hotel Spa. “We are extremely proud of this fine award. The fact that our guests leave such nice reviews about our spa means that our daily commitment gives great results. We work every day with the overall experience and to exceed the expectations of our guests,” says Jenny Hayward, spa manager. Upper House Hotel has also been named Sweden’s best hotel in TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Spa and yoga luxury up high
With Oriental influences and inspiration from the west coast of Sweden, the tranquil spa interior is a mix of marble details and light wood. “Our spa is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle, somewhere to find peace and breathe for a while,” says Hayward. As Upper House Spa is attractive also to those who are not staying at the hotel, a membership service gives access to the spa, gym and classes.
Guests can also try the hammam, a Turkish sauna with a traditional bathing ritual, or they can book a massage and other treatments and go for a relaxing swim in one of the pools. During weekends, the spa offers a sauna experience consisting of a seven-to-ten-minute ritual hosted by a sauna master.
The hotel’s own brand, UH by Upper House, supports local production in Gothenburg and is based on Nordic ingredients − for instance, the lush shampoo, conditioner and shower cream with honey and seaweed, and the luxurious body oil with sunflower oil and blackcurrant. New additions include a face mist with goji berries, packed with antioxidants, and a lovely moisturising face cream with argan oil.
New gym and power napping
This season, the spa has opened its newly refurbished gym on the 19th floor, with the latest exercise equipment from Life Fitness. “The number of members has steadily increased, and there is a lot of interest in our spa, gym and yoga classes,” says Hayward. “In the gym, we have focused on expanding the space for using your own body, and we also have great collaborations with personal trainers and instructors.”
Upper House Spa has further developed its holistic yoga concept with classes such as aqua yoga, a form of floating, and board yoga with specially designed boards for yoga on land. There is also a number of happenings in the pipeline, such as midnight yoga and mermaid yoga.
Another highlight is a sleep retreat bed with a 30- or 60-minute audio programme. While listening to a combination of sounds and music to slow down brain activity, the bed will send vibrations through its soft, water-filled parts, further reducing stress – true power napping at its best.
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