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Friday, November 25, 2016

Hotel Icon Hong Kong: Staycation in Style





Having visited Hong Kong countless number of times since my pre-teen years, I could not remember a vacation when I was not smitten by its beauty and grand scale. The former British colony was my first glimpse of the harmonious cultural intersection of the east and the west. Seeing that solidified my love for travel. Now, I look forward to taking trips there at least once or twice a year to draw more inspiration. I recently found that dose of inspiration in a hotel in the middle of bustling Kowloon. Its name is Hotel Icon.

Hotel Icon, owned by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, is a hotel that marries hospitality and art in style. It is special because their students, who are future hoteliers, come here to work and learn about hotel management and everything in between.

The lobby alone is worth the visit. Designed by French Botanist Patrick Blanc, Hotel Icon is proud to have Asia's largest vertical indoor garden. It is a wonderful to see all that green inside a building in Hong Kong.


When we arrived, we were whisked immediately to the sleek executive floor for our hassle-freecheck-in. On the same floor was the Above and Beyond restaurant, which would most likely be one of the most romantic spots for dining in the city. 

After savoring a few, we went to our Club 36 Harbour View Room and saw this incredible view of Victoria Harbor. We had everything we needed - Bathtub with TV, Work Station, Portable Speaker, Cellphone (for local calls and wi-fi hotspot), Printer, and the best part -- Free Minibar. Yes. You heard me right. Every day, they replenished the mini-bar. Whoever thought of that was a genius! Nothing can make a staycation better than an unlimited Mini-Bar. We practically ate all the M and M's the whole day. (I wanted to take a photo of the other room categories but everything was booked!)

For Hong Kong standards, the rooms in Hotel Icon are relatively bigger.  


I thought I was dreaming.
Dining:

The hotel has three main restaurants. On the ground floor, you can have a casual brunch or cocktails at the chic Green restaurant.


The Market,  a restaurant inspired by the food markets in Asia, has an open kitchen that serves the best international dishes around the world. You can watch the chefs work their magic here.


The last restaurant (which I have already mentioned previously)  is Above and Beyond - one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed Cantonese restaurants. With stunning and generous views of the the harbor and the skyline, dining has never soared to better heights. Executive Chef Paul Tsi is the man behind the creations in the kitchen.

I suggest booking a Club room (or the Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam) if you decide to stay here. You get extras that will make you a happy guest - breakfast, snacks and afternoon tea and cocktails. Late-check out can also be requested.  

The hotel also has an award-winning wine room. You definitely know your chosen dish can be perfectly paired with excellent wine from their impressive selection.

Amenities:

With this view, working out has never been more rewarding. (After checking-out, I was still able to use all the facilities. Hotel Icon is also the only hotel I know which has a Timeless lounge for those with early check-ins or late check-outs)

Sweeping Harbour View.


Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree offers the best and most relaxing treatments in the city. 

At the end of our stay in Hotel Icon, I had this sudden surge of energy. The hotel, despite having more than 200 rooms, retained its boutique feel. Service was personal and seamless. All we saw here were young and happy faces that greeted us every single time. When you decide to stay here, prepare to be spoiled.

For Bookings: Click Hotel Icon.
17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

P.S

Thanks to BAW for making this trip an unforgettable one. 

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