We'd visited Hong Kong briefly before, but this was our first chance to spend a few days looking around. We stayed at a new hotel Sandra found on Trip Advisor: Hotel Icon in Kowloon. It's only been open a year and is very impressive: reasonably priced but very luxurious and carefully designed. Turns out, it is the hotel training school of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University so there are armies of beautifully presented young people, carefully supervised by staff, ready to assist at every turn. We had personal in-room service for the wifi and the TV (which turned out to be a case of remote control confusion, but we won't mention that again). The cleaning was meticulous - and checked up on carefully - and the stationery included sticky tape, a stapler and glue. The design details are impressive, and the decor modern and interesting.
We've featured a photo of the huge living green wall in the foyer, and a sample of the artworks scattered throughout. The staff uniforms are all designed specifically their tasks by famous graduates of the school - the concierges wear smart knit tops, cotton pants and sneakers, the reception staff suits, with the women's jackets being a beautiful woven silk fabric that references the hotel's logo. The hotel cafe food is Western, but just over the road is both a huge designer shopping mall and an impressive range of cheap local eateries. The Hong Kong History and the Science Museums are a few minutes walk away, and it's near an MTR station.
Although it's built above the exit from the tunnel to Hong Kong Island, probably the busiest highway in Hong Kong, It is double-glazed and quiet. The views from the 26th floor are spectacular.
Part 2 when we find somewhere to charge this computer! (Presently on a ferry to Estonia!)