STYLE: LUXURY LOCATION: TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON. DISTANCE FROM AIRPORT: APPROX. 30 MINUTES BY CAR, or APPROX UNDER AN HOUR FOR AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN AND SHUTTLE BUS. DISTANCE FROM CLOSEST MTR: TST IS APPROX. 10 - 15 MINUTES BY SHUTTLE BUS OR CAR / TAXI.
The Icon has my vote all around! They must have done something right, as I have stayed here twice, and both times have been nothing less than superb. It's important to know that hotels stay consistent with their level of service. They even remembered me on during myself second visit there, which was very flattering. I really appreciated the fact that they were very responsive with the queries I had prior to staying. I met with the Director of Marketing Communications, and she gave me more of an insight on the property and it's concept of how it is like no other. I mean, the best way to learn is through first hand experience. So to have students training and working for credit hotel grounds, is genius. Plus. they are a boutique hotel so I noticed that they did go that extra mile with the "little things."
I without a doubt would recommend them to any traveller, looking for modern, and luxury accommodation. Please read on for some useful info about this fabulous hotel...
THE TESLA AIRPORT PICK UP (for an additional charge).
Now since my flight arrived at 20:00 hrs, I opted for the Tesla airport pick up. I was notified that their attache would be waiting for me at arrival gate 2. Sure enough he was there, and he transferred me to the limo pick up point, where my Tesla awaited. I’ve never been in a Tesla, and I have to say that it was such a bracing experience. It was such a quiet, sleek and smooth ride. Plus of course there was free wifi. Best of all, it was FAST. If you are arriving late or coming off a long flight, or stressful trip - I highly recommend the Tesla! I guarantee you it will enhance your Icon experience.
THE COMPLIMENTARY SMART PHONE FOR EACH ROOM
You know, it really is the little things, and what I love about the Icon is that they really do think about the needs of their guests. A lot of these luxury hotels feel that they do not need to try, simply because they have already made a name for themselves. The Icon provides a smart phone for each room. This is ideal for the first timer to Hong Kong as the maps come in super handy when navigating the city. Or, even if you’re not a first timer (like myself), I found it particularly handy when it came to calling my mum in the Philippines, or when I had to call through to the concierge to inquire about the shuttle bus pick up.
Ok, so what was the last hotel you stayed at that had a free minibar? Water, juices, beer, candy, snacks. Not just “available,” but… FREE.
THE TIMELESS LOUNGE
It’s always great to start your vacation, or your business trip on the right foot. The Icon have the “Timeless Lounge.” This lounge is available to guests who have to wait for their room, or for those who have just checked out, and waiting for their transportation.
Gone are the days with waiting in the lobby or finding a nearby cafe to kill time, when you can just chill out at the Timeless Lounge in their reclining chairs, finish up in some work, or take a little snooze. I forgot to mention that they have a snack bar and a wide array of refreshments to hold you over until your next meal, or to just keep your mouth entertained.
The Icon is personally one of my favourite properties. I love the concept of how they work with the tourism students at the Polytechnic University next door. It feels good to know that people are actually learning on the same grounds. My interaction with members of staff, whether on the phone, email or in person has always been nothing less than exceptional.