Last week, together with the dreachong team, I embarked on a 5-day trip to Taiwan for hotels.com, spending 2 nights each at Taipei and Taichung’s Sun Moon Lake. Home Hotel Da-An was home for us for the first 2 nights and it’s suffice to say the hotel lived up to their eponymous name! Read on to learn more about our stay at Home Hotel Da-An and why I think this should be your recommend choice of hotel in the Da-An District.
Home Hotel Da-An is located in the Da-An district – the heart of Taipei – which is one of Taipei’s favoured districts for shopping, food and entertainment. Commuting is not a problem as the hotel is a 3 minute walk from Zhongxiao Fuxing Metro Station. Taxis are also readily available outside the hotel, and we had no problem grabbing when whenever we needed.
My favourite go-to shopping area in Taipei has got to be the area along Zhongxiao Dong Lu and sandwiched between Fuxing Nan Lu and Yanji Street (right across Zhonghua Dunhua Station). The area is lined with fashionable independent clothing boutiques, and homeware and lifestyle goods stores, and is only an 8 minute walk from the hotel! I’ll be doing a more comprehensive guide on where to go and what to do around this area in my next blog post, so stay tuned!
Home Hotel Da-An’s earthy meets modern-industrial colour palette and decor immediately gives off a homeliness appeal, and you get this sense of warmth and home right when you step into the lobby, and even through to the reception area on Level 5. Enter the floor of your room, and you’ll see a big sign that says “There is no place like home”, step into your room and there’s a personalised note ready for you on the bed that writes “Welcome home” from your housekeeper of the day. Talk about being homesick no more!
Home aims to support local lifestyle brands, the hotel’s furniture and toiletries (i.e. cups, dish soap, etc.) are sourced locally, and reflect an authentic Taiwanese spirit. Fun fact: The trash bins in our rooms were designed to look like a xiao long bao steamer basket and are also available for purchase.
What I also loved about the hotel it’s environmentally-friendly philosophy. Soap and shampoo dispensers are refillable, reducing the chance of wastage and use of plastic. There were little placards and notes around the room reminding us to reduce our environmental footprint – we could opt to change our linens on the third day as one would at home!
All in all, my stay at Home Hotel Da-An was nothing short of comfortable and welcoming. The hotel’s staff were always ready to help, and offered many shopping and cafe-hopping suggestions that suited our preferences (not your typical touristy spots)! Book your stay at Home Hotel Da-An via hotels.com for if you’re looking for a home away from home! If you want to explore the other hotels hotels.com provides, visit this link here!
Watch out for the upcoming posts for the continuation of our Taiwan trip! We recommend our top things to do in Taipei City next!
Has it been nearly a month since Singapore Fashion Week? If you missed some of the 3-day long excitement,
we’ve picked out some of our favourite runway hairstyles as seen during SFW!
For that simple elegant just-got-out-of-bed look,
go for a casual loose ponytail hairstyle, as chosen by
local fashion designers Gin Lee and Ling Wu.
For something more edgy, create a Messy Wave look as seen on models walking for Singapore labels Gin Lee, Ling Wu, and Whole 9 Yards.
If I’m going for something fashionable and classic, I can always turn to a sleek straight look. This instantly makes any outfit look more statement-worthy! The sleek look was seen on the shows of Lai Chan and Ying The Label.
In today’s blog post, I’ll be showing you guys how to re-create the Messy Waves look:
For more hairstyle tutorials, stay tuned! x
Tee: Rag & Bone
Shoes: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand
Grabbing a quick coffee at one of my go-to cafe haunts in Singapore, feat. my brand new kicks from Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, which is finally now in Southeast Asia! The brand’s first-ever pop-up is now at Pedder on Scotts, Scotts Square, and houses the full assortment of RTW, shoes, bags and accessories from Francesca Rinaldo and Alessandro Gallo’s FW17 collection. The collection is inspired by a young lady visiting her grandmother’s home in Venice and re-discovering her Italian heritage – my favourite definitely has to be the magenta-coloured suit – you can’t miss it when you visit the store!
If you are newly acquainted with GGDB, you would realise their ultra-comfy sneakers have an intended distressed effect, and are made with re-purposed vintage materials. Trust me when I tell you, you immediately feel the amazing fit and comfort of their sneakers when you try them on!