The Vibe: City sleek.
The Area: Kowloon, a 10-minute walk to the main Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station and a 15-minute walk to the Star Ferry.
The DNA: The teaching hotel the Polytechnic University, Hotel ICON offers all of the bells and whistles of a luxury hotel. The first thing you notice when you walk into the Icon’s sunny lobby is a swooshing multi-story vertical garden laced with over 8,000 plants. Elsewhere, there’s a vast wall of glass, a wooden spiral staircase and low-slung circular sofas. Playful works of Hong Kong art and photography can be found all over the hotel. There is an outdoor pool, an Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree, 24-hour fitness centre and a range of bars and restaurants, including all-day The Market, designed by Conran and Partners.
Suite-Me-Up: The Designer Suite (pictured here) by Chinese, New York based, Vivienne Tam, is the reason to stay at this hotel. The 80m2, 27th floor suite offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and skyline. The author of “China Chic” has created a one-off suite inspired by her New York flat and exuding a blend of chinoiserie and modernity, a signature of her style. Tam is an alumnus of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), which owns Hotel ICON. Tam plays with varying shapes, organic forms and objects, rich woods and textured marble, begging to be touched. Tam also custom-made a number of art pieces including a portrait of “Opera Girl,” made entirely of Swarovski crystals. She created the character for her line of accessories in 2011 inspired by the Chinese Kun opera.
✅ free WiFi • year opened: 2011 • size matters: 262 rooms, including 26 suites (37-80m2) (388-861 sq ft)• architecture: Rocco Design • interior design: CL3, Conran and Partners, Vivienne Tam ❌ no parking available • 24-hour front desk • no pets allowed • wheelchair accessible