W Taipei, marking ‘WOW’ to a Taiwan adventure

Posh malls linked by a skywalk that stretches for blocks, historical edifices braided with iconic modern structures in one neighborhood, men and women in business suits walk side by side with tourists in sneakers along scenic crossroads of the financial district bustling by day and pulsating at night—the heart of Taiwan’s metropolis is dynamic, exciting, vibrant, scenic, and chic!

Mirroring the soul of the cosmopolitan capital is W Taipei. It echoes the city’s life and style and interprets it by marrying natural elements and sensual flair, projecting it on every square inch of its edifice.

“It is W Taipei’s tribute to cool,” said Gary Lee, the Assistant Director of W Taipei.

“Each W hotel has its own design narrative based on its location. In Taipei, nature is the distinctive element—the surrounding mountains, the two main rivers, tea farms, hot springs; all these are juxtaposed with the electric energy of the new Central Business District. We call it ‘nature electrified.’”

Natural elements like bamboo and repurposed wood are integrated with man-made elements and technology to come up with an awe-inspiring interior and exterior design.

This spirited, bold and modern aesthetics will embrace guests from the receiving area on the ground floor to the 10th floor concourse, where the “living room” (aka the lobby)—where guests can hangout, enjoy modern high tea or a drink prepared by the mixologist, and Woobar— where the worlds of music, fashion and design converge, are; to the privacy of the room.

Even the lifts and landings are designed to excite-an experience in itself. The ride-and-arrive thrill goes all the way up to the top floor where the views, which W drew its inspiration from, are breathtaking.

So are the private sanctuaries. When W says it redefined city chic and put the WOW factor in each room. Better believe it, I walked into one.

I love the stylish Oriental sensibility of (my) 13th-floor WOW Fabulous King Room’s design—a lighted Japanese-ish panel and vertical timber pins that act like blinds to provide privacy (or not, if you choose to) to the spacious (and sexy) bathroom with a spa style island bath; the signature W Bed wrapped in 350-thread count linens; a play platform by the floor to ceiling picture window that frames the Yushan Range; and appointments that will elicit a nod of approval from the most discerning business or leisure traveler.

If you need to rest, do it in style. You deserve it. Pick one from 405 fully wired rooms (148 Wonderful Rooms, 153 Fabulous Rooms, 54 Spectacular Rooms, two Cool Corner Rooms, 11 Fantastic Suites, 33 Marvelous Suites, three WOW Suites and one Extreme WOW Suites) filled with the most unique, modern (and playful) amenities, which include the wicked Munchie Box and premium-stock mini bar. So whatever room you nest in, you’re in for a treat.

And the treats go way beyond your sacred space. At any time of day or night, if a dip in the heated outdoor pool or pumping iron is your thing, go right ahead. Or if you fancy escaping to a blissful plane, you’re on a virtuoso’s hands at Away Spa.

Perhaps the most impressive of the services is the trademark Whatever/Whenever. It’s the genie in the lamp granting your wish for “Whatever you want, Whenever you want it”, (as long as it’s legal), like a private session with a Feng Shui master, a chopper ride over the city, or the Xia Long Bao from Din Tai Fung across the street—and they don’t limit you to three wishes.

Wishing for a food trip? Taipei is a culinary paradise and there’s no better place to kick off the “yin shi wen hua” (food culture) exploration than at W’s The Kitchen Table on 10th, a united nations of foodie favorites where Asian, Western and European cuisines co-exist “tastefully”; and YEN on 31st, to sate that particularly picky palate for Cantonese cuisine with dishes conceived by Michelin-starred chef in W Hotels Worldwide’s the first Chinese restaurant. If you believe that deserves a toast, then do that at YEN’s slick bar where pre-dinner guests flirt, woo and wow with the Taipei 101 as an audience.

Here’s another tip, perhaps the most important one—plan your stay longer when visiting Taipei and staying in this hotel. W Taipei is a Xinyi District attraction along with Taipei 101, and you need more than a couple of days in the city to enjoy what the hotel and the city have to offer altogether.

And you ask me what’s exciting about Taipei? Stay at W Hotel and find out. This is a good place to kick start an adventure in the Taiwanese city. Only mine was too short. Too short.

W Taipei is at 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District, Taipei 110, Taiwan. Visit their website: http://www.wtaipei.com

Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit ofapplesandlemons.com and jeepneyjinggoy.com

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