L’une des adresses préférées de Josephine ? l’ Hotel ICON
What about an affordable hotel with a rooftop pool overlooking Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong? I managed to find one in my last trip!
Hotel ICON is located on the Kowloon side, about 5 minutes work to the Hung Hom station, and very close to the Polytechnic University.
I did enjoy my stay there very much. Luckily I had good weather, so was chilling out by the pool all the time, it was fantastic!
Here about the hotel –
A) Location: Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, a bit off the central touristic spots, but there are shuttle buses every 20 minutes to TST metro station and Harbour city (major shopping centre of HK), so actually very convenient. And the neighbourhood has enough to offer – shops, restaurants, a DFS opposite the hotel etc., and is nicely set away from main tourist flows.
B) Facilities: the hotel opened in 2011, and building is designed by the leading local architect and interior designer. The 3 restaurants – a lobby café, a buffet restaurant and a Chinese restaurant are all very popular, and can be difficult to book at times. However I tried their famous breakfast buffet once, was not bad, but I was not that impressed to be honest. On the other hand, I personally don’t like to eat at buffets.
The pool (and pool bar) with harbour view is on the 9th floor, about 25 – 30m long, heated. The size is reasonable for real swimming, which is great. There’s also a well- equipped gym facing the pool and the harbour, and a SPA. Everything is perfect in this area, very nice changing room and shower with sauna too, providing everything you need from hair dryer to swimming suits.
C) The room: spacious for Hong Kong, nicely decorated, nice bathroom with separated bathtub and shower.
D) The view: the view was OK, for harbour view rooms you still only get part of the harbour, and the building is not so high so you’re view also largely consists of rooftops of surrounding buildings. But for what you pay, this hotel is really more than fine enough.
So, highly recommended!