W Hotel Taipei
Address: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Taipei, Taiwan 台北市信義區忠孝東路五段10號
Tel: +886 (2) 7703 8888
W Hotel is the new hip spot in Taipei City. The 39th W Hotel globally, W Taipei opened just shy of 2 months ago on Valentine’s day. What is the big deal? Described as “a sensational swirl of high-energy interiors, vivid design, cutting-edge technology and uniquely modern amenities to fulfill every wish”, W Taipei is also the only hotel in the city with a panoramic view of the Taipei 101, the 2nd tallest building in the world.
Let’s roll the pictures.
The 1st floor features a dramatic installation of metal sticks as “clouds” and the blue dots on the floor as “raindrops”, inspired by the rainy weather in Taipei. On the wall is an interactive installation, “To Light You Fade” created by rAndom International, which lights up according to your movements in front of it.
The purple “target” at the elevator…does it suck you in?
The reception located on the 10th floor.
The concierge desk. Whatever, whenever.
We first stopped by the WOOBAR, which is quite empty during the day packs up as darkness sets in the city.
WOOBAR ice latte.
Though the weather wasn’t too pretty on the day I visited, the outdoor pool (officially called “WET” instead of the pool) is still quite the sweet spot. It would be sexier if the buildings on the background weren’t so ugly.
Spots of green and yellow and an expanse of blue pop out from the overall grey color scheme.
Lazy chairs by the poolside.
We then headed upstairs to check out a “Fabulous Room” and a “Marvelous Suite”. The two look very similar in terms of decor, but the Marvelous Suite is of course larger in size and has more partitions. At the entrance is a red rabbit from W Taipei’s signature W Zodiac Animal – a whimsical touch.
The living room. That decorative piece on the wall is supposedly…an abstract shape of Taiwan?
Work station with a leather ergonomic chair. Taipei 101 in the backdrop.
The signature ultra-comfortable W Bed with its 350-thread count linens. Loving the green carpet.
Take a shower while gazing at Taipei 101, with everyone in the office building gazing back at your naked body. Lovely.
Bliss® sinkside six pack.
View of the pool from the room.
Next we went up to the 31st floor to visit W brand’s Cantonese restaurant, Yen, which features a sleek bar, a spacious dining area, and five private dining rooms. The menu is consulted by creative Chef Jereme Leung and rumor has it that the contemporary dishes are very worthy of your stomach space.
The bar. Those eyes blink as you move closer to/further away from them. Cool or creepy?
The dining area.
The red private room.
Wall decorations made out of eating/cooking utensils.
View of the pool from the private dining rooms.
The mirrored wall.
We then descended to the the 12th floor to check out the gym, which features the “newest” machines and a “softer” floor for the yoga room, but the space looked surprisingly normal and very un-W-like. Lastly, we dropped by the banquet rooms on the 8th floor, where a cool “instant print” device snaps pictures of whatever is in front of its lens and prints that on the wall.
The grand ballroom. Perfect for a night club-themed wedding ;)
W Hotel is quite a destination in Taipei. Even if you are not staying in one of the “Fabulous/Fantastic/Spectacular” rooms, drop by to sip at the WOOBAR, chill by the WET, nibble at Yen, and revel in the magnificence of W Taipei’s “nature electrified”.
Click here for night pictures of W Taipei during my second visit.
Special thanks to Ivy, Howard, & Ken.