Five Reasons to check in at Hotel ICON
In need of a cheeky staycation in Hong Kong? Read on for Honeycombers 's top five reasons to love Hotel ICON.
This article was written by Joanna Lam for Honeycombers in June 2018.
"Why we love hotel icon" by honeycombers
1. Think GREEN at Hotel ICON
Step into the hotel lobby and you are transported to a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Tsim Tsa Tsui - think high ceilings, plenty of wood elements and the iconic 18-metre-tall green installation right above the reception, which happens to be Asia's largest indoor vertical garden.
As you can probably tell from the ubiquitous green elements, the hotel celebrates nature and sustainability, but its efforts fo beyond its nature-driven decor. In fact, the property introduced Hong Kong's first electric hotel shuttle bus back in 2012, making transport between the hotel and the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui a breeze for guests in an eco-friendly way. Hotel ICON also donates all surplus edible food items from the kitchens to Food Angels, an organisation that provides healthy food for local families in need.
2. Tranquil Spa Haven
Run by Banyan Tree, the Angsana Spa boasts calm earthy tones and nature-driven approaches. I went for the Javanese treatment and, as explained by my therapist Jessie, is designed to relieve body tension and promote better sleep through deep pressure. With a focus on my shoulders, neck and lower back, Jessie performed consistent and pwoerful deep thumb pressure pushing, pressing and circling and around my body's energy meridians to break down tensely knotted muscles. Along with the application of the soothing lavender oil, her gentle yet firm stroking palm movements also stimualted my body's lympathic system and improved circulation.
3. Hong Kong Pride
Owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the hotel takes pride in its local identity. Throughout the property you will find traces of homegrown talents, including Chinese-inspired interior designs by William Lim, captivating paintings of the city streets by Chow Chun Fai on the 28/F and playful exposed light bulbs in The Market that pay tributes to the iconic local wet markets. There's also a selection of handpicked Hong Kong related books in the 28/F Club lounge, which come in handy as you indulge in a glass of champagne prior to dinner at Above & Beyond.
4. Sweet Perks
We love the bottomless mini bar in our room which has a good mix of naughty and healthy snacks, soft drinks and liquor. Thanks to the Club programme, we enjoyed private check-in and out services away from the crowd on the 28/F. Sunsets are best spent lounging in the cosy Club Lounge, where you sip on free-flow champagne and nibble on canapes whilst indulging in the breathtaking harbour view.
5. Modest yet Quality Cuisine
Hotel ICON is not short of quality dining venues. While The Market is known for its popular buffets, Above & Beyond offers Cantonese fine dining with a picturesque harbour backdrop. Afternoon teas and light refreshments are also served at GREEN, often with innovative themed menus.
Hotel ICON definitely makes it to our list of favourite staycation venues in Hong Kong to bliss out in. We'll be back again soon.
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