Humble House – 寒舍艾麗酒店
18 SongGao Rd, XinYi Dist. Taipei 台北市信義區松高路18號
+886 2 6631 8000
Back in the years when Grand Hyatt was the one and only choice in XinYi Dist., then came Le Meridien and W Taipei. After Starwood dominates the battlefield a more affordable option joined the gang – Home Hotel. Now, we welcome Le Meridien and Sheraton Taipei’s sister hotel Humble House, who had it’s grand opening on 27th December just a few days before I checked in. Assuming both Le Meridien and Sheraton belong to the Starwood chain which Humble House will happily join the big family, oops I was wrong. I still remembered the face of Benny Tsai (Chairman of My Humble House Group) when I asked him “does Humble House belong to Starwood?” he was like had you ever heard of any properties call Humble House outside of Taiwan?
Being the first local hotelier who has two top notch hotels in the same district, to be exact they are adjacent to each other. Humble House continues the modern vibes and classiness of Le Meridien, later on, XinYi Breeze will operate on the same property just like Hankyu and W Taipei.
Just like Le Meridien, it’s artsie from the lobby to guest rooms. You can find yourself surrounded by art pieces wherever you go, and most of them are LED artworks. I had to admitted that it is the first time I came face to face with these modernized art pieces and I found them very eye opening. They do offer an art tour on daily basis just like an art museum and they have not less than 60 pieces of art work in the hotel, be sure to check with guest service if you want a tour while you stay with them. Check in is located on the 6th floor and ground floor is pretty low key, you can’t even tell it’s a hotel lobby with 2 elevators and one guest service counter.
I was told by their reservation staff that I should check in earlier that day since there will be traffic control, when my friend checked in around 3:30 she was told that the room wasn’t ready. When we went back for our room key later that day, I mentioned I requested late check out while I made the reservation. The reply was “Normally we can do late check out at 12:00, but since we gave you your room key at 7:30 we can extend it to 1:00.” I was like “Errrr!”
Humble House do have alot of greeting staff, they show you your way and direct you what to do. I do find them quite attentive and willing to help.
Humble House has an Italian restaurant – La Farfalla , a Bar – The Terrace, a spa, a gym and an outdoor swimming pool (still under construction). The gym is fairly tiny and I do mean it, which only fits 5 pieces of gym equipment.
You need to beep your room card in order to get to your floor which I prefer over the ones you have to swipe your card. My friend did comment on the card sleeve being too tight which made it really hard to get the room card out. The rooms were not as spacious as W Taipei but similar to Le Meridien, we stayed at the Premier King Room (36 sq meter ) Upon entering into the room on the right hand side was a long corridor of mirrors with wardrobe hidden in there and a dressing table at the end. On your left hand side, there were mini bar, fridge and your Nespresso machine, not to mention that they use Ritzenoff’s My little Darling coffee set here.
There were mirror walls everywhere in the room, to give you a more spacious perception. The full length mirror sliding doors were kinda hard to lock. The bathroom was relatively big in terms of the room size. I wished that I had time to soak myself in one of the Lush sweet smelling bubble bath before we went to the count down party. They used their own branded amenities, we don’t mind them just that the hair conditioner wasn’t doing what it supposes to do. You can tell that Humble House think in their guest’s shoes they even put an English translation signage for their Japanese Toto smart toilet remote control. Their bath robe is quite cuddly I would want to take it home if it’s in white.
Our room ain’t facing 101 but the Shin Kong building as well as a sneak peek of Neo 19. It had a bright red sofa in contrast with the mirror and white interior. It had what a hotel room should equip from stationaries to DVD player. I don’t know had you ever encountered that when you needed tissue and the one and only place with it was the bathroom which was occupied, how you wished that you have a box in the room. Humble House thinks the way I think they have one box right next to the Sealy posturepedic mattress Woah !! Love it !!
Watch out for my first meal of 2014 @ La Farfalla and
HAPPY NEW YEAR PEEPZ!!!!