Experience the magic of Taiwanese culture at the W Taipei

When you think of visiting Asia, perhaps Taiwan doesn’t instantly spring to mind. More known for the manufacturing that takes place on the island, Taiwan is a little undiscovered gem, situated an hour east of Hong Kong by air. At the heart of its capital, Taipei, stands tall, the W Taipei; a centerpiece that has become an icon of this beautiful island. Lets delve a little deeper into this fascinating property…

Written & Created by Mark Norris
Featured in BELLO issue #136

Situated at the heart of downtown Taipei, a stones throw from the vibrant shopping mall, movies, and the city hall, with magnificent views of 101 Taipei, what was once the tallest building in the world.

The hotel itself has an individual aura, decorated and inspired by artists from around the world. As you walk into the main lobby, you’ll see large circles of bright blue light, representing the raindrops in this tropical climate, and the water basin that Taipei sits within.

The main reception area is situated on the 10th floor, along with the pool, the Kitchen Table restaurant, and the Woo Bar. You’ll be greeted by the fabulous W Welcome team, who’ll do their best to ensure your transition from the travelling storm, to relaxation, is made as smoothly and quickly as possible!

The Kitchen Table Restaurant

Breakfast is served in the Kitchen Table restaurant. With my experience at other W properties around the world, I have to say that the breakfast quality and choice in Taipei is the best I experienced. From traditional Taiwanese classics, to worldly cuisines, take your pick, it really is a feast for everyone to enjoy.

If you fancy something extra special for dinner, this is also served at The Kitchen Table restaurant, a buffet style, much the same as breakfast. The dinner menus offer everything from Indian cuisine, to Nepalese specials, and, of course, traditional Chinese foods, too. The 5* chefs will tailor certain dishes to your individual taste, making it extra special. From the finest, melt-in-your-mouth meat, to a dessert menu that would make all children faint, The Kitchen Table restaurant is more than you can ever expect.

Even though the weather in Taiwan can be somewhat unpredictable at times, you may find yourself sat amongst the clouds one morning, but enjoying cocktails at the WET Bar come the afternoon. All the while, there is something quite special about being in a high-rise, sitting on the pool deck, contemplating life. Whatever the weather, the views across the city, and luxurious environment you find yourself cocooned within, makes for a stay you’ll never forget

The rooms themselves come in all shapes and sizes, right up to the Extreme Wow Suite, which is basically a self-contained apartment at the top of the building.

One of the nicest things to do, whichever room you choose, is to relax amongst the views across Taipei form your bed. Turn the lights off at night, open your double blinds, and enjoy the views. They really are fascinating, and will keep you mesmerized for some time.

The YEN Bar

The YEN Bar, situated at the top of the hotel, offers a private area to enjoy a sophisticated, but relaxed cocktail or two. With an exceptionally peaceful aura, you can enjoy conversation amongst one of the best views in Taipei. Mixed by the W Mixologist, cocktails are supreme quality, using locally sourced ingredients that are unique to Taiwan; you won’t have tasted anything quite like it.

To experience the magic of Taiwanese culture, visit the W Taipei, I assure you, you will not regret it.

To connect with the W Taipei, please see their channels, below:

Facebook: WTaipei
Instagram: @WTaipei
Twitter: @WTaipei

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Aleksandar Tomovic
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French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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