Hotel Icon

Hotel Icon

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Hotel Icon in lively Kowloon has brains and good looks in equal measures: owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, its attractions include: sweeping harbour views, three excellent restaurants, and enough Chinese art to fill a gallery. Hong Kong Island is a 20-minute drive away, but you won’t miss it, thanks to Kowloon’s buzzing markets, edifying museums and on-trend boutiques.

 

Highlights:

  • Kowloon’s buzz

  • All the Chinese art

  • Icon’s trio of restaurants

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A bottle of house wine

In the know

Also need to know:

Guests booked into a Club room or suite get to enjoy paperless check-in (and other perks) at a separate lounge on the 28th floor. The hotel boasts Asia's largest vertical indoor garden, designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc. The garden frames the Green café on the ground floor of the hotel, making for an unexpected green respite from Hong Kong's iconic concrete jungle.

Packing tips:

Geek-chic glasses to blend in with the personable young graduates who make up some of the staff (we’re not talking bumbling interns). Don’t leave your negotiation skills at home: you’ll need them for bouts of bartering in the local markets.

Dress code:

This is a stylish stay – staff are dressed to impress, thanks to uniforms by Hong Kong fashion darling, Barney Cheng – so leave loungewear at home. Support Hong Kong talent by wearing colour-pop threads by Day Dream Nation (www.daydream-nation.com).

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Kowloon boutique hotel and unpacked their market finds and gallery postcards, a full account of their Chinese luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Icon in Hong Kong…

We could start by talking about this hotel’s art credentials: a Freeman Lau-curated collection of over 100 works by local artists decorate walls, nooks and living spaces. We could s

Accommodation details

Address:

17 SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, KOWLOON, Hong Kong
KOWLOON
China

Location:

0.6 mi / 1.0 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

You've got three to choose from here: Green, a casual ground-floor café that bakes the most delicious, feather-light cupcakes; the Market, inspired by old street food markets and designed with open spaces where you can interact with the amiable chefs, who rustle up local favourites, and, the main event: Above & Beyond. Here, Joseph Tse, formerly of Man Wah, creates refined Cantonese cuisine, including a smashing dim sum lunch. Since the dining room is set on the 28th floor, any meal here comes with a generous side of harbour views. The restaurant also has an impressive walk-in wine cellar, with lockers for private stores.

 

Top table:

We love the long private table adjacent to Above & Beyond's wine cellar for special occasions; sit closest to the chefs in the Market.

Last orders:

Tipples are served in Green bar between 11am and 11pm Sun to Thurs; 11am–2am, Friday and Saturday. Buffet breakfast is available in the Market between 6.30am and 10.30am; American and Continental options are on offer in Green 7am–10am.

Room service:

The 24-hour menu spans Cantonese classics and Western comfort food.

Hotel bar:

 Pause for a drink in Green café and plot your own vertical garden.

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