W Hotel Review W Hotels have always been known for their experiental quality, from the charming old-world touch of W New York in Union Square, the vintage glam of W Hollywood, the sensorial experience of luxury and art in W Hong Kong, and the ethereal quality of W Seoul nestled on top of Mount Acha overlooking the Han River. By virtue of the Starwood brand and the W Hotel chain, one could almost predict W Hotel Taipei to be innovative, contemporary, and design-driven, yet the narrative of W Taipei takes us deep into the history and trade of Taiwan (which used to be known as the electronics haven of Asia) fusing it with natural resources. This fusion between the rural surroundings of the Taipei and central business district of Xinyi where the hotel is located, is best seen in the hotel's design concept of "nature electrified." You'll understand this upon approach as you see "The Chain," a gigantic stainless steel chain that symbolically anchors the energy of W Taipei building into the ground. Its roots in nature can also be seen with green wall that covers a better part of the exterior, filled mostly with plants organically grown throughout Taiwan. Nature electrified As you enter the lobby, your sense go into overdrive towards two directions, it puts yourself at ease in the tranquil interiors, while keeping you on your toes with the electric vibe of the space. Through the installation To Light You Fade by random international (also an awardee of W hotel's "Designers of the Future") you get to interact with light in an intuitive manner, and movements are in sync with the surroundings, changing its shape, look, and feel, depending on your proximity and movement. The installation is mounted on a reclaimed wooden wall on the ground floor of W Taipei, and was developed using custom software, requiring several hundred unique OLED (organic light emitting diodes) to create a delicate sculpture of mirrored plastic and bamboo sheets. Inside, you are transported into a digital forest, with a delicate sculpture of mirrored plastic and bamboo sheets hanging from the ceiling as if imitating the tenacity of snow, the gentleness of rain, and light trickling in between the forest leaves. Towards the lobby elevator is Purple Target, a mandala-shaped canvas filled with high-grade thumbtacks symbolizing the centrality of W Taipei in the heart of Xinyi district. White up-lights on the floor present in both the lobby and the 10th floor (where the main concierge and reception desks are located), continue the discourse of nature-technology as these evoke the feeling of water droplets. Sully the senses The keen attention to detail extends to their ecletic assortment of signature restaurants and lounges. The Kitchen Table offers a variety of comfort dishes such as spicy tandoori, wood-fired pizza, salad, seafood and other grilled dishes. It offers light and airy garden cottage setting, with a contemporary twist, of course, punctuated by a flood of natural light on bold acid yellows and refreshing white colors. The Living Room doubles as a lounge and restaurant with tall slatted timber cocoon chairs clustered in groups. It serves as access to the W pool skydeck through generous sliding glass panels. At the edge of the pool is a metal bubble sculpture evoking suspended droplets of water, to complement the modern, clean lines of the boardwalk deck and the open- style fireplace. Perched high on the 31st floor is YEN, the hotel's signature Chinese restaurant, the first W inspired Chinese restaurant in the world, which shall be the basis for future iterations in other branches. Yen shows off a spectacular view of the pulsating Xinyi district that extends to the natural mountain ranges around Taipei. An urban escape Guestrooms are designed as private sanctuaries by leaning towards a more natural palette of warm-colored stones, burnished wood, and lush floral carpeting shown through the subtle light of Chinese lantern boxes. Keen attention to detail are all key to relaying the cosmopolitan lifestyle of any W guest: The interior balcony, the signature ultra- comfortable W bed, the white workstation paired with a leather ergonomic chair, and oversized vacation-style tub, and the red or chartreuse- colored subway-inspired wall tile and wooden partition. True to the contemporary and design-led lifestyle brand of W Hotels with more than 38 hotels and retreats around the world, W Taipei encompasses their core passions of fashion, music, and entertainment, through their fashion activities hinged on both local and international fashion in the case of W's participation in international events like presenting their "Global Glam" collection during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Another component is their signature Whatever, Whenever service policy that offers guests whatever they want, whenever they want it, with the W Insider at the forefront. That is why the W hotel is a class of its own, it does not only give you a place to rest, but in its own way, it gathers all the exciting energy of the modern city of Taipei and lets you feel it by virtue of the hotel experience.
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