What a trip. Literally. A few days earlier you could have found me careening down a secluded island road in the Philippines...battling tropical storms – and even a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. Today, however, I am in Taiwan for the very first time. And my very first stop? The luxurious HOTEL QUOTE Taipei. Here, without a doubt, is where the realization hit me...
I'm going to LOVE Taipei.
Words & Photos By Nathan Allen
HOTEL QUOTE sits discreetly behind the wall of a bustling street in Taipei, very near the Nanjing Fuxing (Brown/Green) MRT line. The hotel is quite tasteful and artistic; A sleek, modern design with deep, warm hues. The staff was every bit professional and helpful, and saw me to my room right away.
I believe this unit is known as an "O Room", and impressive is an understatement. Featuring a king sized Simmons mattress fitted with soft, heavenly bedding, this may well be the best night of sleep in my life.
I love the layout of this room. There is a divider between the bathroom and the bedroom - it can be pulled down to separate the space. As you can see, the bathroom is quite large, and provides everything a weary traveler's heart may desire. Personally, I was set on a hot, relaxing soak in the bathtub.
I don't know how I feel about hotels that place a television in the bathroom...I suppose I like to keep these two areas of my life separate. In any case, I loved the layout here because it's not in the bathroom. However, if you want, you can still watch the bedroom TV from the bathtub!
It's All in the Details...
The "surreal" part I mentioned in the title comes from the design and feel of the place...the small touches here and there. I noticed a kind of "retro" vibe...evident by the "house phone" pictured below. Details like this kind of made me feel like I was in a Wes Anderson movie, and being one of my favorite directors, I didn't mind that at all.
Also pictured are the controls for the room's space-age toilet...which is quite an experience in and of itself. being fully automatic (and even heated), one need not touch any part of the toilet (with hands) during use. Yes, truly a germaphobe's dream come true.
(I'll admit, having a robotic toilet attend to the most intimate of your bathroom needs takes a bit of getting used to, but wow...how quickly you become spoiled by it.)
Also worth mentioning is the sleek and natural stone coaster on the sink. Along with the scent of the soap and toiletries (which I can be particular about), I thought these were very tastefully chosen.
Some other things to note about the room: A safety deposit box large enough for a laptop (yessss), thoughtful master lighting controls by the bed (which are are illuminated so you can access them in the dark), a gourmet coffee maker, and a Bose sound system. Wifi worked well throughout the hotel. Yes, I felt right at home.
An Eclectic Theme in the Common Areas
There seems to be a "woodland animal" theme...and though this deer bust in the lobby looks quite real, I was assured it is indeed faux.
H.Q. Lounge & Meeting Room
The sleek and well equipped lounge also provides complimentary snacks to guests. There are more forest animals to be found here as well...in the form of ceramic rabbits decorating the tables.
The attached meeting room is intimate, and tastefully lit. Very sleek.
Aside from a wide variety of snacks and beverages, below is another quirky touch. One wall of the lounge is full of glass jars...each one containing its own unique complimentary items for guests. Everything from toiletries to souvenirs to candy (on the lower levels).
Offering all these items in the rooms would clutter things quite a bit, so this was a very creative solution. Of course, most hotels only offer a fraction of this many goodies...so you're made to (quite literally) feel like a "kid in a candy store".
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333 Restaurant and Bar
I enjoyed a nice complimentary breakfast buffet as well. With a wide variety of food options (and a swanky atmosphere in which to enjoy them), this was the perfect way to wrap up my visit before checking out.
HOTEL QUOTE Taipei was the perfect place to begin my Taiwan adventure, and I'm so very grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with my readers. Many thanks to Calvin, Irene, and the rest of the wonderful staff for making my stay so memorable.
There is much more to come from Taipei...so stay tuned!
You can find more info about HOTEL QUOTE Taipei on Agoda HERE
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- Nathan Allen
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