W Taipei Opens, is 'Nature Electrified'
Nature electrified. In progress.
Ok, so all the attention in hotel opening world yesterday may have gone on the W London Leicester Square, thanks to its stellar guestlist for its pre-opening party, but hey, technically the W Taipei stole London’s thunder by opening on a time zone eight hours ahead.
The hotel is in the Xinyi district, by the massive Taipei 101. In fact, according to Incentive Travel, it’s the only hotel in the city with a “panoramic vista” of the tower. There are two restaurants – The Kitchen Table, serving international food, and Yen, a Cantonese restaurant and bar.
The decor sounds pretty groovy – according to the hotel,
Upon arriving at W Taipei, guests will marvel at “The Chain” - made of the strongest stainless steel with a mirror finish – that symbolically anchors the energy of the W Taipei into the ground and is juxtaposed with a gigantic green wall filled with plants organically grown throughout Taiwan. W Taipei showcases a cutting-edge collection of design installations that bring to life the hotel’s design concept of “nature electrified.” For instance, an interactive light installation interacts with guests as they enter the building, by changing shape, look and feel in sync with its surroundings.
Sounds gorgeous, right? Sadly the hotel’s Facebook page has yet to be updated with any new pictures, and the website only shows renderings. Sad face! We’re imagining something awesome, though. And we’ll keep checking in on them until they get something up.
When we checked in on things last week, we couldn’t see any availability for the first couple of weeks and were told on the phone that it must be sold out – but then Starwood Lurker AP (shurrrely the best pseudonym ever) told us that, in fact, there are rooms free from today until Thursday, and then again from 28 February. And indeed, the website is now showing availability on those dates! You can sneak in tonight for 9,300 TWD, or $316.
Or, if you can hold on a bit, you can book the Are You Spectacular? opening deal, which gets you accommodation in a Spectacular Room or Fantastic Suite, breakfast, welcome cocktails, VIP access to the clubs in Xinyi, an in-room “welcome amenity” from celeb chef Jereme Leung, and a free “W Zodiac Animal” (again, we want to see pictures). It’s available through August 31 and starts at $250 a night for the Spectacular room or $445 for the suite plus tax and a 10 percent “service charge”. Although, check your dates carefully – because the first date we could find it for was 28 February and it cost $299.
Hopefully when the pictures come out, we'll find out whether it's worth that.
[Photo: W Taipei's Facebook page]