Hong Kong’s Hotel ICON is a Luxury Standout Overlooking The SightsAuthor:Michelle Konstantinovsky
For first-time visitors, Hong Kong can seem a bit overwhelming. From the towering skyscrapers to the half-mile-long Mid-Levels Escalator (the world’s longest covered people mover), the unitiated may find themselves wishing for a city retreat that’s comfortable, chic, and just far enough from the hustle and bustle that it feels like a haven. Hotel ICON nails it.
Located in the energetic Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon, the impecably designed hotel maintains an intimate air despite its expansive layout. Infusing the space with a palpable passion for local culture, Hotel ICON employs a team entirely staffed by students earning their degrees in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. By giving them exposure to all areas of the hotel, the management provides hands-on experience to the next wave of hospitality leaders, and ensures the hotel is in the hands of knowledgeable, enthusiastic local experts. According to the hotel’s website, “In the ICON universe, students, teachers, and seasoned hospitality professionals come together with one aim: to make your stay utterly memorable and pleasurable.”
Hotel ICON represents the combined efforts of Hong Kong’s most creative talents including Rocco Yim, Terence Conran, Patrick Blanc, William Lim, Tommy Li, Barney Cheng and Freeman Lau. Standing as a testament to design innovation, this luxury Hong Kong hotel features work from acclaimed local and international talents. Take the Designer Suite by Vivian Tam, for example. The fashion icon has outfitted a 860-square foot sanctuary that offers stunning panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, high-tech gadgets, and custom imported linens, down comforters and pillows. The 262 beautifully-appointed guest rooms include 165 Rooms, 68 Above & Beyond Rooms, 26 Suites and 3 Prototype rooms, and most showcase views across Victoria Harbour.
Guests looking to work out and wind down will spend a fair amount of time on level 9, where they’ll find the Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree, the hotel’s tricked out gym, and open-air heated pool overlooking Hong Kong’s iconic harbour and skyline. The hotel also takes sweet mercy on jetsetters, offering a comfy Timeless Lounge for travelers who arrive early or need to stay late awaiting overnight flights.
The food scene is serious business at Hotel Icon too. One of the city’s most celebrated Cantonese restaurants, the hotel’s Above & Beyond offers award-winning cuisine and sweeping views. GREEN is a café by morning and a Brasserie the rest of the day, located just under one of Asia’s largest vertical gardens. And The Market draws inspiration from the iconic food markets of Asia and Europe, serving the finest international classics, all prepared by chefs from their respective countries.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a Hong Kong newbie, Hotel ICON has the amenities and style to inspire a repeat stay.
Hotel Icon is located at 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Call 852.3400.1000 or visit www.hotel-icon.com for more information.