all-in-one chic hotel cozier than your home
Written and translated by Diva
532, YingCai Rd, Taichung City
I love staying at hotels and enjoy the ambiance that temporary lodging exudes. Nothing pleases me more than staying in a nice hotel that's well-equipped with sleek amenities and gourmet restaurants; even just having breakfast or an afternoon tea in a nice hotel will help me get ready for the day.
A truly good hotel should be as comfortable as your home but also equipped with posh accessories and cool gadgets. Ever since Hotel ONE opened in Taichung I've heard rave reviews from friends who've stayed there and astonished guffaws of, "What do you mean you haven't been there? I love Hotel ONE!" In the summer of 2008, an opportunity for a night's stay at the hotel finally presented itself and I was off to Taichung for my stay at Hotel ONE.
As soon as I boarded the High Speed Rail from Taipei I fell asleep. Within one hour I opened my eyes and found myself in the always-sunny Taichung. My first impression of Hotel ONE was its exterior. The building structure resembles a sailboat. While entering the lobby, I noticed that the theme color, a cozy orange, was very welcoming. All of the staff members at Hotel ONE wear different uniforms, depending on their duties. All of their outfits are stylish and chic; I wanted to apply for a job there, just so I could have such a nice-looking work wardrobe. When front desk staff handed me a stack of business cards with my name next to the logo of Hotel ONE and a mobile phone that will connect me to the service center with one simple dial, I was thrilled that the individual, custom-made services in Taiwan's hotels had been elevated to a new level.
After check-in, I went to Top of ONE on the 46th floor for afternoon tea and immediately was overwhelmed by the panoramic view from the tallest building in Taichung. Hailing from Canada, Chef Paul Image created the most fulfilling afternoon tea course: one appetizer and 17 different sweet and savory treats followed by a French crepe topped with ice cream. If I could only have one meal a day, then this would be it. Afternoon Tea runs from 2 to 5 p.m. daily (NT$450/weekdays, NT$530/weekends+10% service charge).
IN Restaurant on the 28th floor is designed for group gatherings and specializes in Indian and Thai cuisine. Senior Sous Chef Eric Lee utilizes his generous culinary skills for healthy and delicious dishes. The weekend brunch (11 am-2 pm, NT$800+10% service charge) abounds with authentic world cuisine and even has an on-site tarot reader for a little fun during your meal.
After dark, be sure to come by Lounge ONE on the 29th floor for the night view of Taichung city and tasty cocktails prepared by Joanne, the beautiful bartender. You must try Moon River (NT$280+10% service charge), because it will set you in the right mood for the night. The chic decor in the lounge is so gorgeus that I thought I wasn't in Taiwan anymore!
I stayed in a corner studio (NT$10,500/night) which has two large windows with a view. And I was so impressed with the fully equipped work station that I wished I could take it home with me. To really get the most out of your room, remember to take a soak in the giant bathtub while appreciating the view through the window. It's the best way to call it a night.