Never been the type to embrace the hipster scene, I was pleasantly surprised with the 2-night stay I had at Swiio Hotel earlier this year. Nestled in the quiter end of Da-an district, the brand spanking new whitewashed building towers above other drab appartments in the area. For one thing, I love that it’s such a monstrously out-of-place addition to the neighbourhood, and how people couldn’t believe their eyes when they come upon it. Intrigued by the glowing reviews on the internet,I decided to give this months-old hotel a try after my Airbnb reservation fell through.
All my prejudice dissolved the moment I stepped into the hotel. The small reception aptly sets the tone for the hotel.Intimate, but not intrusive.The front-desk service is swift and courteous.The room, while not outrageously spacious, is extremely well-designed in its minimalism and practicality.The neutral-toned décor (lots of wood), the leather swivel chair, the wifi speaker, all amenities seem to be specifically designed for someone who is in search of peace and quite in the midst of the urban hub-bub,someone like me.
Another really smart feature in the room is the remote-controlled motorized blinds that provide much-needed privacy while still allowing enough natural light to seep through. I was able to get some work done while enjoying the free snacks and drinks from the snackbar.(Yes, you heard me right.) Overall, Swiio Hotel (Da-an) proves to be very good value for its money and an excellent base to explore Taipei.
Address: No.185 Sec.1,Daan Rd.,Daan Dist.,
Taipei City 106,Taiwan
[Swiio Hotel x 小憩都會假期]