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COMPASS MAGAZINE , November 2013

Humble House Taipei

Humble House Taipei

Humble House Taipei

Humble House Taipei

18, SongGao Rd, Taipei City
(02) 6631-8000

Officially opened in December 27, 2103, Humble House Taipei is Humble House's first hotel. Situated in Taipei's busy Xinyi district, from the 5th to 24th floor this hotel boasts 235 guestrooms, banquet halls, all-day Italian restaurant LA FARFALLA and lobby bar The Terrace. To reduce pollution to the environment, nearly 50% of the building construction materials are eco-friendly, certified by Ministry of the Interior. And this represents the theme of Humble House Taipei: A garden in the city.

As soon as you enter the hotel, you can feel the hotel's life esthetics from its collection of nearly 600 art pieces by international artists. Lai Yin-li, the one arranging this art collection, and also chairwoman of Humble House, thinks art and taste should be of more importance than commercial value. The art pieces should be in harmony with the surrounding environment, and should provoke the viewer to thought. Therefore, art pieces displayed in Humble House Taipei are not cold, difficult, but rather friendly, playful, and understandable. Even if you're not here for an overnight stay, you can still enjoy some good meals or afternoon tea here, and remember, save some time for the lovely art pieces.

Out of the 235 guestrooms, 86 afford guests a beautiful view of Taipei 101 and the whole of Taipei city. It's best for situations like New Year's Eve, when the guests can enjoy the beauty of the fireworks from a short distance. Carpets in the rooms are Brinton, one of the finest carpet brands from U.K.. Wi-fi is available in the entire area of the hotel. Turndown service is available in all guestrooms. Amenities from British home fragrance brand Heyland & Whittle are only available in rooms with view and suites.

A. The video which can be seen at the 6th floor elevator hall is a 9-minute short film by Chinese artist Yang Yong-liang, and some spots of Taipei can be seen in the video. Other interesting art pieces include Bourrasque at the lobby, and The Hole, which looks like a bottomless hole, near the staircase on the 5th floor.

B. La Farfalla, "butterfly" in Italian, is an Italian restaurant in the hotel's 6th floor. This semi-buffet (NT$1,080/ person; NT$880/ person buffet only) features Italian chef Riccardo Ghironi. The Mediterranean-style interior, including stone walls and wood furniture, and a garden outside the restaurant, exudes a bright, refreshing atmosphere. Cray Ball, the art piece at the entrance of the restaurant, is by artist Paola Pivi, and it never fails to attract the attention of the guests.

C. Available until Dec. 28, 2013, a night in a Superior room is NT$5,800+15.5%, which is 52% off of the list price (NT$12,000+15.5%). This includes one buffet breakfast and one 50% off voucher (available for next stay). Moreover, the first 5 customers who book Superior rooms can be upgraded to Deluxe Rooms (list price NT$13,000+15.5%). This promotion is not available for booking for large groups.

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