Hong Kong, China

Hotel Icon

Rates from (inc tax)$301.63

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21HKD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Home-grown Hong Kong


Colourful Kowloon

At Hotel Icon in vibrant Kowloon, you can split your time between admiring the stash of contemporary Chinese art, the food served in the trio of restaurants, and the sweeping views of Victoria Harbour. The hotel is owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, used as a research facility and staffed by bright young things: expect a stay that’s edifying and enjoyable in equal measures.

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Need to know


262, including 26 suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability (latest check-out, 2pm). Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $301.63 (HK$2,340), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (HKD2,574.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Breakfast is excluded, but WiFi and minibar soft drinks and snacks are free. Book a Club room and you'll get plenty of extras, including breakfast, cocktails and canapés, and late check-out.


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.

At the hotel

Indoor garden, spa, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, bathrobes, slippers and Leonard toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Ask for a room overlooking the harbour (on floors 23-27) for the best views. It's worth saving up for the perks of a Club room or suite, which have access to the Above & Beyond lounge on the 28th floor – meaning free breakfast, all day snacks and drinks, pre-dinner drinks and canapes. (It's also an excellent meeting space, if you have deals to close/media contacts to schmooze.) The Vivienne Tam suite is a stunner: an 80sq m sprawl on the 27th floor, decorated with stately Chinese antiques, a ceiling inspired by traditional grand Chinese houses, and clever contemporary pieces by Vivienne herself, an alumni of the PolyU. It's grand, for sure, but it's also cosy.


Eyeball Hong Kong’s harbour as you notch up laps in the hotel’s impressive ninth-floor outdoor pool: you can plan what to eat for lunch in one of the three restaurants as you slice through the water. The swimming pool will be closed for maintenance between 2 February and 8 February 2015.

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.


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.


Babysitting is available on request, but only between 8am and 1pm. Cots can be added to rooms at no extra cost; additional beds are free for under-12s (HK$1,000 plus 10 per cent tax a night, for teens). Paper, pens and pencils can be provided.

Food and Drink


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.

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).

Hotel 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.


Hotel bar

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

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 Icon
17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Hong Kong


Hong Kong International Airport (www.hongkongairport.com) is 35km away, a 45-minute drive. Most of the world’s top international airlines fly to Hong Kong International Airport weekly, if not daily, and it regularly tops the charts in the ‘world’s best airport’ awards. Once you have landed, zoom into the city on the Airport Express train service – it takes about half an hour (www.mtr.com.hk).


Hung Hom is the nearest station (www.kcrc.com); Tsim Sha Tsui is the nearest Metro stop (www.mtr.com.hk). The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) runs regular trains into and out of Hong Kong, as well as around the New Territories. Excellent in both value and efficiency, the MTR subway system is a great way to zip back and forth between Kowloon, Central and Causeway Bay.


It’s a 20-minute drive to Central Hong Kong; the hotel has plenty of parking spaces (HKD50 an hour). That said, you don't need a car here: roads get congested, and the public transport options are extensive and excellent.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Hong Kong Museum of Art (+852 2721 0116) is in Kowloon – 10 Salisbury Road, to be precise – and well worth a trip for its big-name international exhibitions (we saw Andy Warhol works when we went). Kowloon is also home to many of Hong Kong’s famous markets, including the famous Temple Street night market and the Ladies’ Market. Be sure to watch the harbourside Symphony of Lights, a spectacular daily light show that demonstrates Hong Kong’s way with neon. You’ll want to eat your way around Kowloon, too: trying food from the hawker stalls (the more mysterious-looking the food is, the better). The hotel shuttle will take you to the MTR station, if you want to explore further afield, or you can take the ferry over to Hong Kong Island. Since Hong Kong is famous for its tailors, it'd be a shame not to have a suit or dress made while you're here. Smith got new threads from Rocky's Fashions at Shop No.19, Ground Floor, Far East Mansion, 5-6 Middle Road, Kowloon; the clever tailor will even come and drop your new togs off at the hotel. 

Local restaurants

We’d visit Spoon by Alain Ducasse (+852 2313 2256) at the Intercontinental Hotel on Salisbury Road, Kowloon, for its ceiling alone, which is lined with, yup, spoons. Of course, any Ducasse dish is also worth travelling for. For a traditional Chinese experience, feast on dim sum amid red silk splendor at T’ang Court (+852 2375 1133), at the Langham Hotel on Peking Road, Kowloon.


Local cafés

A favourite tourist treat is afternoon tea in the opulent lobby of the Peninsula hotel (www.peninsula.com; +852 2920 2888) on Salisbury Road.




Anonymous review

He was wearing Timberlands.
Untied, nonchalant, seriously trendy Timberlands.
A work boot formally worn by tradesmen, but now favoured by the likes of Jay Z, they’re more often spied on celebrities, rappers and the Cool Clique rather that on the southern tips of a hotel doorman.
I make this unexpected discovery as we are shown through to the lobby of Hong Kong’s Hotel Icon in Kowloon, where Mr Smith and I have escaped for a four-day holiday.
‘He’s wearing Timberlands,’ I hiss into the ear of the blissfully unaware Mr Smith, who is more focused on the enormous vertical garden creeping up the right wall. And thus, the benchmark is set for our brief, albeit glorious stay at Hotel Icon: this place is cool.

Bags are taken, smiles are flashed, doors are opened. The charming staff in the cavernous, crisply cold foyer are a delightful oxymoron of old-school charm and new-school cool: the Timberlands, it would seem, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the savvy hospitality attitude of 21st-century Hong Kong. Moments later we are whisked high up to the executive check-in floor, where a sticky Mr Smith and I graciously accept beverages and sign away our lives on slick iPads. Swiftly and seamlessly we find ourselves in our room. Just like that.

After years of travelling, it seems almost a given to spend the first few hours in a new country arguing in broken English with a hotel receptionist about how yes, you need cutlery in your room, and no, you won’t throw it out the window. In comparison, this is so easy.

With a smug smirk playing at the corner of my mouth, we are led to our Club 36 Harbour View room. And what a room it is. Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re gonna do Hong Kong in style; this is where it’s at. Our boudoir, while not enormous, is beautiful. Sweeping views across the entire length of Kowloon – and across a short moat of sea – Hong Kong Island; a grandiose bathroom with a TV over the bath, an office space, surround sound speaker system, decadent (and free!) minibar, and the most divine bed I have ever felt. Do I jump up and down on it giggling hysterically? Yes. I do.

My initial awestruck reaction doesn’t wane over the two days we spend in Hotel Icon… if anything, my jaw just keeps dropping further and further to the floor until I am dragging it along behind me. Hotel Icon is truly a beacon of sleek, calm service that exists in stark comparison to the hot hustle of downtown Hong Kong.

On a roll after check-in, Mr Smith and I plot our first day: a quick scout of Kowloon’s Ladies’ Market, a spa session, some cocktails and dinner (how glad I am we’re not trekking the mangroves of Cambodia or hiking Mt Fuji – adventure holidays are fine for some, but the stress of finding a good quality fake Michael Kors bag before our 4pm massage is enough excitement for me.) So off we totter, wandering around in the humid air of downtown Hong Kong for a few hours before staggering back to the hotel for our pampering treatments.

Hong Kong is a city of paradoxes. In a single day you will be swept from the hot and heaving masses of fragrant marketplaces, with the endless swarm of traffic, people, noise and commotion, up to the soaring heights of chilled shopping malls, where luxury clothes and accessories sit quietly beside charming sales assistants. You cannot help but get caught up in the wonderful dichotomy between old and new Hong Kong. Centuries of tradition is intersected, almost violently, by Western modernity. McDonald’s sits rudely, loudly, among a sea of street stalls selling octopus or live crabs or chicken hearts. It is an overwhelming assault on the senses and a fabulous cross-junction.

That being said, as our massage awaits, I’m hailing cabs out of steaming downtown faster than calamari curls in a deep fryer. Marketplace HK is great, but a 90-minute massage session? That’s the ticket.

Hotel Icon’s Angsana Spa is heaven. We arrive, flustered from our shopping adventure, to be offered a selection of herbal teas to offset our choice of herbal aromatherapy scents, to offset our choice of herbal massage oils. We pick our scented path to the most divine 90 minutes of our lives, where a full body massage leaves us limp and dribbling through the hole in the massage table. Heaven has a new name: Angsana.

After regaining consciousness and cognitive repossession of our limbs, Mr Smith and I do what any sensible couple does on holiday – we go searching for cocktails. Before our trip, we have been told about a restaurant we just have to visit: Above & Beyond. Well, imagine our surprise when we discover Above & Beyond is literally just above and beyond… on the top floor of our building. Frocked up, we rock up to A&B around 7pm to the happiest news of all – cocktails are free for hotel guests between 6pm and 8pm. And not just cocktails, but hors d'oeuvres as well. Good hors d'oeuvres.

In a magical moment, our first day at Hotel Icon ends with Mr Smith and I sipping on a Singapore Sling, nibbling on banana leaf chicken and watching the twinkling lights of Hong Kong flash and bubble on the streets 28 floors below.

The best hotel reviews give you a tiny taste on the tip of your tongue of what your experience could be like. Hopefully, you have garnered some kind of understanding of what a complete experience Hotel Icon – and Hong Kong – is, with some mysteries still left uncovered (I haven’t even touched on the pool, or the breakfast buffet…).

Hong Kong, a tale of two cities – old meets new, luxury meets simplicity, east meets west, and where the doormen wear Timberlands. So spoil yourself, why don’t you?

Xoxo, Mrs Smith.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Icon’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The cell phone provided by the hotel for internet, local and international calls! Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is nearby. 10/10

Don’t expect

Everything you need is there.


Stayed on 14 Jun 2016

We loved

The outdoor pool on the ninth floor with views of the Hong Kong skyline. Style, comfort and facilities in the hotel room including free mini bar. Excellent service at the hotel. Fantastic restaurants at the hotel, but they are expensive. Hong Kong Museum of History is free and very good - short distance from the hotel. Fantastically organised transportation system - buy an 'octopus' card, which can be used on any tram, ferry, metro, train etc Taxis are cheap - make sure they use the metre. Visit SoHo area for great bars, restaurants and more independent shops. Happy Foot Reflexology Centre - crazy place - must have had 30 people in various rooms sat in leather arm chairs receiving excellent foot massages and pedicures. Taxi to Stanley or Repulse Bay if you fancy the beach or coast.

Don’t expect

The hotel to be in the centre of Hong Kong island - It is in Kowloon across the water. You have to take a shuttle bus and Star Ferry to get across or a taxi or walk and take the metro. Taxi drivers will not drive back to Kowloon from Hong Kong at night because of the traffic. Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade currently closed due to building works ( June 2016) and will be for sometime.


Stayed on 28 May 2016

We loved

Amazing views, beautifully designed hotel. The common areas of the hotel are lively and well designed. Phenomenal attention to detail at every turn. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Don’t expect

Large rooms, but this goes for anywhere in Hong Kong.


Stayed on 5 Jan 2016

We loved

The Above Beyond lounge was fantastic - great views over the Hong Kong skyline. We were happy with everything.


Stayed on 18 Jun 2015

We loved

The phone provided in the room, free minibar and the breakast. Location was great too.

Don’t expect

A quiet chilled out hotel, very busy.


Stayed on 13 Jun 2015

We loved

The fantastic service and outstanding staff with their excellent attention to detail. The club floor and the pool and gym. Everyone in the hotel was exceptionally helpful with our small baby.

Don’t expect

To be really close to Hong Kong Island. Hotel Icon is further out in Kowloon but still easily accessible.


Stayed on 5 May 2015

We loved

The room design – especially the bathroom in wooden oval shape slide door. The handy mini city print map and free mobile phone with local sim card and data plan that can carry out.

Don’t expect

It seemed a little bit dusty to me, I think cleanliness could be improved.


Stayed on 17 Jan 2015

We loved

The duty manager came over to introduce herself at check-in, which made the service very personal. It's great that they give you a mobile phone that you can use around the city, and you can also have calls diverted from your room. The free laundry service in the Club Room is excellent.


Stayed on 18 Dec 2014

We loved

Very good if not exceptional service. Good room size, well maintained and high quality of amenities. Plus lots of extra touches such as the turn down menu. The concierge knew where I could watch the rugby at a moments notice. All staff tried to go "above beyond"!

Don’t expect

I was disappointed that the pool bar was not really a happening place as a high floor bar with a view would have been great. The restaurant bar could fulfill this function if the entryway was laid out differently.


Stayed on 5 Nov 2014

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