The most iconic landmark in Taipei has to be the Taipei 101. It was the world’s tallest building until Burj Khalifa in Dubai was completed in 2009. While it has been relegated to second place in terms of height, it still remains an important symbol of modern Taiwan. And most impressively, the annual fireworks display at the Taipei 101 during the New Year countdown is so magnificent, it makes Taipei one of the most exciting places to spend the New Year at.
Humble House Taipei
If you are visiting Taipei and would like to stay in a hotel that features a view of the Taipei 101, there are a few to choose from. I stayed at the Humble House Taipei for two nights during my last visit to Taiwan. Don’t be mistaken by its name – this hotel is anything but “humble”. One of the most luxurious hotels in Taipei, it is also home to several artistic works by international artists and has a sophisticated and modern interior design.
The hotel has 235 rooms, but not all of them offer a view of the Taipei 101. You would have to pick at least a Grand Deluxe Room and above for an unobstructed view of the iconic building. Tastefully designed, the Grand Deluxe Room was spacious without losing a sense of cosiness.
While you’re a guest at Humble House, make plans for dinner at La Farfalla, which is touted one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. You have to make a reservation; it is unlikely that you will be able to get a table simply by walking in, given its popularity, especially over the weekend.
Bring your swimwear along too – Humble House has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool where you can swim against the backdrop of Taipei 101. However, the swimming pool is closed during winter.
For more information about Humble House Taipei, visit their website here.
3 other hotels that offer a Taipei 101 view
1. Grand Hyatt Taipei
Book the Grand Executive View Suite for a view of the Taipei 101 and Taipei City Hall. Equipped with facilities for business travellers, such as a huge work desk and high-speed internet connectivity, the room also has a marble bathroom with a built-in TV inside, and is stocked with Salvatore Ferragamo amenities. As a guest of this room, you’ll also enjoy full access to the Grand Club Lounge, where all-day coffee, tea and snacks, as well as evening cocktails and canapes are served.
2. W Hotel Taipei
Several rooms in this hotel feature a view of the Taipei 101, but if you are intending to go full luxurious, consider the WOW Suite. The 116-sq metre room has opulent interior finishing, including an infinity tub, a walk-in wardrobe, and a 52″ flat screen TV in the living area.
3. Park Taipei
For a more affordable alternative, consider Park Hotel, which has two room types that offer a view of Taipei 101. The bigger room, the Executive 101 View Room measures 34-sq metres and has basic amenities that will make your stay extremely comfortable.