These eco-friendly hotels in Taipei offer creative getaways for stylish, savvy travelers
Who doesn’t want the best of both worlds when on vacation? At these two amba hotels in Taipei, not only can you immerse yourself in the local culture while getting away from it all, you can also stay connected to the people that matter thanks to the availability of 24/7 Wi-Fi.
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amba Taipei Ximending
Located in a pedestrian-friendly section of Western Taipei, amba Taipei Ximending is part of the fashionable Eslite shopping complex on Wuchang Street. Just a five-minute walk from Ximen Metro Station, it’s the perfect base for exploring the city’s rich cultural heritage and emerging design and lifestyle scenes.
Conservation and creativity are the watchwords here. For starters, the 8m-long reception desk made from 2012 plastic bottles that glow at night and “Seeded”, the 37-piece artwork in the lobby that was custom-made from carved plywood by Taiwan artist Fang Marvin-Minto, are the products of efforts to turn “trash” into artful treasures. In the Tingba music lounge, an entire wall is covered with 300 pairs of recycled jeans. Corridor walls are painted with murals depicting Ximending street scenes and the elevators look funky and colorful. The rooms are clean, modern, spacious, comfortable and flooded with natural light. Oh, and did we mention that there’s free high-speed Wi-Fi everywhere?
No. 77 Wuchang St, Section 2, Wanhua District; +886 2 2375 5111; www.amba-hotels.com/en/ximending
amba Taipei Zhongshan
Located in leafy Zhongshan district, amba Taipei Zhongshan is the perfect base for discovering central Taipei’s historical and contemporary treasures. Go for a walk to admire century-old European architecture then relax at any of the many hip restaurants, boutiques and cultural gems nearby, such as SPOT-Taipei Film House and the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
Given that the hotel was designed with creativity, comfort and connectivity in mind, tech-savvy guests will love the complimentary, super high-speed Smart Wi-Fi offered hotel-wide. Each room is equipped with 42-inch Sony Full HD TV, which means guests can enjoy a range of international and local cable channels. There’s built-in Facebook, YouTube, Skype, photo sharing and music to name just a few. All 90 rooms boast clean lines, comfy beds and delightful details like free amba flip-flops, fun mugs for sipping Taiwanese tea and coffee and all-natural bath amenities by socially responsible Taiwanese brand Two Acres.
No. 57-1 Zhongshan North Rd, Section 2, Zhongshan District; +886 2 2565 2828; www.amba-hotels.com/en/zhongshan
This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Smile magazine.