With breathtaking vistas of Hong Kong’s harbor and thoughtful details to boot, the hotel truly lives up to its name as the city’s most photogenic stay.
Stepping into the elegant and spiffy Hotel ICON, one would never have guessed that it is also the teaching and research hotel built for the School of Hotel and Tourism Management by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Yet, the impeccable service that guests can expect to enjoy here is testimony of the hotel’s unique purpose as a learning environment.
Designed by renowned local architects including the award-winning Rocco Design Architects, the spaces within the hotel are inspiring at every turn. Highlights include the open-air heated pool which overlooks a stunning skyline, the lobby’s grand spiral staircase, which leads the eye towards the seemingly endless ceiling, as well as the lush, cascading 18-meter green wall—a design element well-aligned with the hotel’s eco-friendly practices. In fact, the wall is also one of Asia’s largest vertical gardens.
While the hotel prides itself on offering great vistas of Victoria Harbor, not all rooms boast such views. That said, its 262 guestrooms are cozy and well-designed, with contemporary designs and wood accents. I stayed in the Club 36 Harbor room, which came with creature comforts like a deep-soaking bathtub, a Karuselli lounge chair, and most importantly, floor-to-ceiling views of the harbor.
Apart from complimentary minibar and snacks, this room category also offers a choice of six pillow types including buckwheat and natural lavender-scented, to help promote a good night’s rest. Being a Club member also meant that I could enjoy dining treats around-the-clock at the Above & Beyond Club Lounge, from breakfast buffet to evening canapés.
With three dining concepts under its roof, guests are sure to find something that satisfies their appetites. I recommend The Market for its excellent international buffet spread, where must-tries like laksas, curries, and seafood yakitori (grilled skewers) await hungry bellies. The buffet’s layout, inspired by Hong Kong’s iconic and vibrant wet markets, is inviting yet ergonomic.
For a taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine, Above & Beyond on level 28 is the place to be. Don’t leave without trying the Peking duck or the honey-glazed barbecue pork. Those hankering after a tea break, ought to visit Green, a café and French brasserie. Its tea set menu changes seasonally, but is always an exciting mix of sweet and savory delights.
The best way to wind down from work or play? A pampering session at the award-winning Angsana Spa, tucked away on Level 9. Here, guests can relax with aromatic baths, unique blended massage oil massages, and more. The signature Angsana massage, which works on the body’s key pressure points to strengthen inner Qi or life force, is said to be among the most requested.
Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui