INTRODUCTION

The Hotel Proverbs Taipei is a boutique property with a hipster edge.  It is a member of the Design Hotels chain of hotels, which in turn is a partner to Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel is a 3 minute walk from Zhongxiao Fuxing metro station, which is 3 stops on the blue line (Bannan Line) from Taipei Main Station, where many will arrive into Taipei by either bus or bullet train from Taoyuan Airport.

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In the immediate area, there are local food stores, convenience stores and other random shops. About a 5-10 minute walk away to the south of the hotel (about 5 blocks), there are numerous upmarket restaurants and bars. There is also a large Sogo department store just 2 minutes walk away, and a trendy shopping district for the 20s crowd (called Dongqu locally).


CHECK-IN

The lobby of the hotel occupies a compact area of the ground floor.  The concierge desk can be found here, along with a small shop selling baked goods.

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An upmarket restaurant called TK Seafood & Steak is also on the ground floor.  As the name implies the restaurant serves seafood and steak in various styles, such as Italian, French, Japanese and Thai.  The beef served here is sourced from America and Australia.  A buffet breakfast is also served here, which I did not have but have heard is of good quality.  The restaurant has high ceilings from which chandeliers hang, giving it an opulent yet open setting.

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The check-in area however isn’t on the ground floor.  Rather, a concierge member escorted me via elevator to the 3rd floor to check in.  The elevator is illuminated with red lighting and has seemingly distressed wooden flooring to add to the hipster appeal.

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There is no front desk per se to check in at.  Rather, there is a cosy lounge where staff assist with the check-in process efficiently and with a good command of English.

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I booked a Deluxe Room and that was the room type received.  SPG members are not entitled to upgrades at Design Hotels, but properties may provide them at their discretion.  No big deal though as being surrounded by the unique decor was satisfying enough.

Incidentally, the bar is right next to the check-in area and seems to be quite popular as the place was still pumping late in the evening.  It might be a bit unsettling though if one arrives late at night to check in, with a lively bar going at full steam just metres away.

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THE ROOM

I was brought up to my room by a member of the check-in staff, who also explained the functions of the room and the various amenities.  The room key is a physical key which goes in a keyhole, as opposed to a keycard.

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The room itself was designed with an open plan concept.  As such, there was no real separation between the bedroom, bathroom and living room/lounging area.  As you can probably glean from the photos, the property is similar to motels in Taiwan where the young and energetic go about doing their evening dues, albeit with a more upmarket and hip environment.

The bathroom area though was stylishly designed with marble bathrooms with a free-standing bathtub, separate rainforest shower and Japanese ‘washlet’.  The washlet was a later model, which automatically opens as you approach it.

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The design is not really suitable for families as the bathroom opens directly to the living room/bedroom and is only separated by a curtain which can be drawn. The toilet is enclosed by a glass door so not for the self-conscious.

The shower amenities are from the ‘Nero Oud’ line of Allegrini Amenities, which are gentle on the skin with a refreshing aroma – comparable to Aromatherapy Associates amenities provided in Conrad hotels.

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Bathroom amenity kits are provided, including a carry bag which is yours to keep.  They contain pretty much all you could possibly need, including dental kits, shavers, mouthwash, cotton swabs, loofahs and comb.

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The living room/lounging area has an antique style sofa and blend in nicely with the dark wooden tones of the flooring and walls.  The sofa though isn’t very practical for prolonged lounging as there is little padding on the sides, making it impractical to lie down or use the sofa as one typically does.  The TV is also not visible from the sofa.

An in-room safe, umbrella and plush bathrobes were also provided.

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The mini-bar was complimentary (and is for all rooms) except for a bottle of wine and was well-stocked with drinks, including 2 beers, and various snacks and Nespresso machine.  Hard liquor though is noticeably missing, but one can always pop downstairs to the bar for a late night tipple.

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The bedroom is extremely comfortable, being on the slightly more firm side but with a good amount of padding, which is quite typical of Asian hotels.  A low-hanging chandelier functions as a bed-side lamp, which continues the kitsch yet attractive design of the room.

The TV is quite large and adequate and had complimentary ‘pay-tv’ including adult movies (although i suspect they will be paid at some point).

The work desk is quite small and not very useful for getting stuff done, but working isn’t really the point of this hotel.

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Everything in the room is Proverbs Hotel branded, right down to the tissue box cover. Most of the lights in the room were dimmable with antique style switches.  Next to the TV, there is a standing clothes hanger perfect for hanging jackets, coats or suits.  True to style, it also follows the hipster trend.

There is also a nice small and narrow balcony outside the bedroom which wraps around to see what’s going on on the streets below.

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A basket/tray was left on the bed which included a handwritten greeting card and details the prices of merchandise for purchase, such as the hotel-branded umbrella, towels, bathrobe etc.  A card to remind guests to leave a TripAdvisor review is also included, which advertises that the guest will receive a special gift upon checkout.  I didn’t do a TripAdvisor review and so can’t report on what the gift is.

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OVERALL

This hotel is probably my new favourite hotel in Taipei.  It is better located than other offerings from the major chains, which generally have the higher end properties near the Taipei 101 building, which is far from other attractions.

There are also loads of restaurants nearby to suit your budget, with street food places in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, and more upmarket places within a 5-10 minute walk.

The property has also been meticulously designed in its particular theme, but may not appeal to everyone.  In particular, the design of the room I stayed in is not suitable to families with its open plan bathroom.  However, it would probably appeal to those between 20-35.

One item of note though is that there is a rooftop pool on the 12th floor, which looks nice in photos, but I did not visit on this particular visit.  It is open until I believe 9pm.

My room rate was 5400 NTD incl tax, which is much lower than rooms usually go for.  A 20% discount was applied to my rate due to finding a lower price advertised by a third party online travel agency, allowing me to apply for a ‘Best Rate Guarantee‘ through SPG.  Rooms usually go for between 7500-9500 NTD, which is around 250-300 USD, putting it in the same league as the W Taipei and Grand Hyatt Taipei.

For myself though, I would definitely stay again next time I’m in Taipei.

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