Friday, July 10, 2015

Home Hotel Daan ♥ ♥ ♥

Home Hotel Daan was in its early months of operations during our stay. Honestly, I was a bit
 hesitant because it was so new I could not find any reviews online. Plus, I thought the name 
"Home Hotel" sounded a little funny. 

But all that uncertainty disappeared once the huge wooden door slid open and welcomed us
into this bright and cheery space. I loved it the moment I set foot in it.

"Welcome Home," the wall greeted us. Then everything at Home Hotel began to make sense.

Reception is at the 5th floor and check-in time is at 2:00pm, but the hotel staff was so nice
to let us into our rooms when we arrived before noon.

It is called Home Hotel because it champions homegrown artists and designers. 
Everything here is proudly MIT or Made in Taiwan

From this vertical garden display rack...

Down to the furnitures, flowers, magazines, and throw pillows

I wanted to take these home!

My favorite piece of furniture is this chair. What genius play on marble, wood, and leather!

Not your usual hotel lighting fixture. Those are lightbulbs inside the deer!

A fireplace which is not really necessary in the current Taipei heat, but will be comforting
 during chilly winter months

Computers free for hotel guests to use

The keycard bears the nicest message - No place like HOME ♥

Another heart-warming greeting when the elevator doors opened on our floor. 
Love begins at HOME. ♥

 Hallway to the rooms

Our Standard Marvelous Room

The design is warm and cozy, simple yet tasteful. Every night we slept like babies in our beds.

No to boring hotel room furnitures! Each piece at Home Hotel is an artwork.

Including the notepad and tissue paper holders

The desk lamp is simple yet so stylish

My bedside table light, called The Home Lamp by Taiwanese designer Tony Yu, is made from 
a whole-cut trunk of Taiwania Justo from the Taiwan aboriginal tribes. This part of the tree is 
actually a refused piece that is considered junk, and look what beauty came out of it! 
The stainless steel triangle represents the traditional aboriginal rhombus symbol, and together
these two elements bring a design with form, functionality, and very special meaning.

Robes and in-room safe

The cutest shopping bag. I admit I took home quite a few pieces. :P

Drip coffee, tea set, and the most adorable coffee mugs. These are designed by BLANQ
and can be purchased at the hotel lobby. Edison gifted me with the bear. Thank you! :)

Now you see the sunken shower from the work table...

And now you don't!

The bathroom uses shiny gold fixtures

Toiletries include toothbrush, comb, razor, shower cap, cotton kit, and cypress essential oils soap

Shampoo, conditioner and body wash by Cha Tzu Tang in very special scents like lotus leaf,
 marigold, and mulberry. These made me so excited for bath time everyday!

You can opt to shower in private

Or with the view of Taipei skyline. 
I adore the happy, colorful tiles, but wish the water pressure were a little stronger.

Balcony with the chicest wooden rocking chair, another amazing design by Taiwanese talent

Coffee, mornings, and me :)

I appreciate the separate toilet which allowed me to do my personal "business" while my
roommate Sheryl used the shower

I don't really like sharing bathroom spaces so this second sink is perfect

Another wonderful thing I need to mention about our room is the presence of electrical outlets 
everywhere. This is very important to me because I bring so many devices when I travel (mobile
phone, camera, multiple powerbanks, pocket wifi, etc), and now I can even charge while 
conducting very important business on the bathroom throne. Lol.

Our room came with breakfast at the hotel restaurant Fancalay 

Cold cuts, salad and fruits

Breads and cereals

Congee, coffee and tea

I can't get over how beautiful these coffee mugs are!

Aside from the buffet spread, you get a plate of bacon, ham, sausage and hash brown with 
your choice of egg

Always soft-scrambled for me

Remember the Cha Tzu Tang toiletries I so enjoyed in the shower? Good news! 
They sell them at the lobby!

Each product is special and unique, and don't you just love the packaging? 
This one is cucumber honey body lotion. They have many other chinese-inspired scents 
like lotus leaf, rosskastanie, mulberry, and marigold

These travel sets make the perfect gifts to family and friends back home

Another bonus is the hotel location. Home Hotel is right smack in the middle of Daan District, 
close to two Sogo Department Stores where you can go crazy with food pasalubong shopping, then
enjoy a meal at the xiao long bao institution Ding Tai Fung. There is also a Family Mart right beside
the building, meaning 24 hours of tea eggs, milk teas, and other Taiwanese snacks enjoyment.

That's Sogo in the far right, and directly below it is the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station
which connects you to all other areas of Taipei. It's a short 5-minute walk away.

You will be eating A LOT in this city, so the Yoga studio across the hotel will save your life. :P

I truly enjoyed our stay at Home Hotel Daan. The room is cozy and comfortable, the atmosphere welcoming, and most importantly, the service is warm and genuine. Dison and Michelle at the reception helped me with our restaurant reservations and sent me updates through Line. 

He was such a pooh bear who always made us feel we were coming home to Home.

I whole-heartely recommend Home Hotel for your next Taipei tip, and for the best deals, book through Agoda.

Home Hotel Daan: No. 219-2 Fuxing South Road, Section 1, Daan District, Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: +886 2 8773 6333

To book Home Hotel Daan through Agoda, click here.

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