Hotel Proverbs (賦樂旅居): Sexy, chic and incredibly inviting,
I arrived at Da'An's newest boutique hotel just past dawn after a 15 hour flight from Portland and was immediately fed breakfast; fresh juice, yogurt, bread, cheese and prosciutto (which I am a sucker for).
After a long bath, I was refreshed enough to start the business that had brought me to Taiwan: simultaneously covering the 2016 bicycle show across town in Nangang and acting as photographer on a 48-hour bicycle marathon circling the island.
Over the course of the next five days I managed to do both, and the Proverbs was crucial in providing some semblance of a work-rest balance.
Breakfasts were excellent, a good balance of healthy and decadent (see above: prosciutto), and food at both the 1st floor restaurant and the third floor bar absolutely world class. Being a Tapas fan, I tended to eat more in the bar, which has a bit more of a chill atmosphere. Service in both was excellent.
My room at the Proverbs had everything a writer on the go could hope for, from deep bathtub and cloud-soft bed to fully stocked snack and coffee bar and a toilet about as close to being sentient as I think anyone would ever want.
Returning after the cycling marathon (grueling - 48 hours without sleep), the tub-bed combination was absolutely crucial in regaining a semblance of sanity for the next two days of the bike show.
This place gets my seal of approval. Book a room next time you're in Taipei, or just stop in for a drink, a meal, or to soak up the chic atmosphere.