TRIED & TESTED
Inspired by lake Tuve in Sweden
2 July 2013
Most striking feature:
The view. It’s so magnetic that you end up sitting in the chair before your window for hours and then you still have to discover the city. That’s what happened to me. I really had to tell myself: okay, you can also enjoy the view tonight, so go out! Hotel ICON opened it’s doors in 2011 and it’s not only a hotel but there’s also a University inside the building. It’s from the same owners so there’s a connection between the University and the hotel. Some students work in the hotel as an internship for example. Although the hotel is very modern you will see some Chinese details. In the Market, the restaurant on the second floor where you have your breakfast, the red lights on the ceiling refer to the Chinese lanterns you see on the typical Chinese markets. In the lobby there’s a black wall divider which is made in a small Chinese atelier on Hong Kong Island. Designers Terence Conran, Rocco Yim and William Yim also worked on the Yin and Yang principle. That’s why you see a lot of round furniture in the interior. Like the wooden couch in the lobby. On the 9th floor there’s a spa and a swimming pool with the same view. On the 28th floor you will find the Above & Beyond restaurant where I had dinner. The menu is all about typical Cantonese dishes with a modern twist. I really liked the chilled mango sago cream with pomelo as a dessert. The chef, Joseph Tse, was awarded as Best Chinese Chef. The 28th floor is also the floor where you check in as an executive guest. As an executive guest you get some extra’s. Like a complimentary breakfast at the Above & Beyond restaurant. Or access to the lounge on the 9th floor. And you also got the opportunity to check out at 3pm. So you can enjoy that view some hours longer!
My room on the 25th floor had a beautiful view, but the rooms at the corner have an even wider view. These are the more expensive suites. Like the Vivienne Tam suite. Vivienne Tam is a fashion designer from Hong Kong and she designed a suite with all her favorite things in it. Like a round curved bath, Ploum by Rowan & Erwan Bouroullec, a piece of art by Swarovski and a yoga mat for your morning exercises. In all the rooms you will find a full stocked minibar where everything is for free. There’s free wifi throughout the hotel. And there’s also a small little city guide in the room for you to use. Oh, and if you want to see your favorite serie? Take a long bath because there’s a television hanging above it. A truly recommendable stay!
From 240 euro per night, check out: www.hotel-icon.com
Cathay Pacific flies from Amsterdam to Hong Kong on a daily base. Check their website for the best tickets. They now have a great Hong Kong Supercity offer to discover the city in 6 days including your hotel.