An ICON in-the-making
September 27, 2011, 4:03 pm
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The most interesting factoid about Hotel ICON, situated next to the historic Hong Kong Coliseum (known affectionately as 紅磡 or 紅館), is that it is a teaching and research hotel owned and operated by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (also adjacent).

Perhaps because of this lineage, Hotel ICON exudes a fresh, young, stylish vibe.  The staff look young, are personable, and helpful.  The hotel opened in mid-2011, and naturally, facilities are spanking new.  Because the interior design (by Hong Kong native William Lim) adopted a contemporary, understated language, I think the property will hold its age well over time.

The best part of the room is its spaciousness (my city-view room measured 36-square meters) and the floor-to-ceiling windows.  The next most welcome aspect is that everything in the mini-bar is complimentary, refreshed daily during morning housekeeping.  There is a thoughtful trove of stationery, and even an in-room printer and a supply of paper.  The secret delight is the generously-sized bathroom with glass-enclosed shower, deep soak tub (with a mirror that turns into a TV at the flick of a switch), huge mirrors, ambient lightning, and Leonard toiletries.  It’s amazing to have such a well-designed and spacious bathroom in Hong Kong where hotel rooms are notoriously small.

The facility I personally utilized the most was the gym, which faced the pool and featured a good selection of TechnoGym equipment in a spacious, high-ceiling environment that allowed in lots of natural light during the day.  Fitness enthusiasts will not have much to complain here.

The business center is on the 28th floor, but with free WiFi for hotel guests and in-room printers to boot, one would hardly need to make use of this facility.

The final amenity to note is a room on the 9th floor (same level as the fitness center, pool, and spa) called Timeless.  Featuring leather lean-back chairs and an array of beverages, fruits, and magazine, this is the sanctuary for guests who check-in before their room is ready or prefer to wait at the hotel before heading to the airport for their late flight.  A word of caution: the chairs look more comfortable than they actually are once you settle into them.

All said, I think Hotel ICON has the promise of an icon in-the-king.