When you live on the top floor of a fourth-storey walk-up building — where the ceiling routinely leaks during those pesky Taipei rain storms — it doesn’t feel so strange to book a night at a hotel in your own city.
In fact, I can promise you it feels really nice. Especially when it’s 35 degrees celsius outside, and not far off from that inside.
I’ve stayed at Humble House twice, and I kind of love the place. It has a boutique feel despite its 235 rooms, it’s located inside a Diamond-rated Green Building, and it’s the only Taipei listing on Design Hotels.
The most recent stay was this past weekend to celebrate getting legally hitched at the registry office. True to my impulse purchase ways, the room was booked online just 24 hours before we checked-in…
We stayed in a Superior Room. Don’t be fooled. Despite what the name suggests, it’s actually the standard room and it’s not superior to anything else.
That image above is a sight for sore eyes. A comfy bed. Luxurious sheets. Air conditioning that doesn’t hum…oh, yes.
Humble House Taipei opened in December 2013, so its rooms still have that lovely new hotel smell. There’s a Nespresso machine to play with, a surround sound entertainment system and a HBO and Cinemax on TV.
Another reason I’m a big fan is the 6th floor bar, The Terrace. Possibly the best-kept secret in Taipei, The Terrace has a sky garden with views of Taipei 101, and most importantly, there’s a legit happy hour special from 5-8pm daily. See you there.
Humble House Taipei is also known for displaying contemporary art throughout its public spaces. There are countless paintings, video installations and sculptures by Chinese, Taiwanese and European artists. Inside the rooms, you’ll find photographs of butterflies underwater created by English artist, Alexander James.