I recently took my first trip to Tainan to see if there was more to this city than temples and it’s famously delicious street food. It turns out, the answer is yes!
First, there are four outposts of Silks Place in Taiwan. There’s one in Taroko Gorge and two in Yilan. They are all owned and operated by FIH Regent Hotels, the first and only Taiwanese-owned, global luxury hotel group.
In a cute twist, the Chairman of the hotel group is from Tainan, so opening this hotel was a personal goal of his. A homecoming, so to speak, for a homegrown hotel chain.
Silks Place Tainan is located in a new business area the southwest area of the city. In the same complex there are two other hotels (Hotel Cozzi and Tayih Landis) and on the south side, a Shin Kong Mitsukoshi mall.
The lobby is massive, with local touches seamlessly incorporated with the modern design. It’s a cool and welcome escape from the summer heat.
The rooms are definitely designed for leisure and relaxation, not business. There’s a Japanese style reading nook by the window with tatami flooring. Also a huge bed, Nespresso machine and a ridiculously large tub in the bathroom.
See this, here? That’s where I took a really great afternoon nap.
For dinner, we decided to take a break from Tainan’s famous street food and cheap eats, and instead settled into a booth at Robin’s Grill inside the hotel.
The salad bar was so good, you guys. The greens and vegetables are all organic and sourced from local farms.
After dinner, we headed outside to the Glass House, the little bar by the hotel pool. With all the lights off, you could imagine this being LA or Sydney.
The bar is open from 5pm to 12am daily. We stopped in to experience this ingenious and beautifully designed drinking game below…
It’s called “36 Tactics” and there are only five custom-made sets that exist.
Here’s how it works: Each cup is inscribed with a different Chinese war tactic. There’s also a bamboo container with 36 fortune sticks representing a Chinese war tactic matching each of the cups. You draw a stick and drink the corresponding shot.
There are six types of tea with six types of alcohol mixed with three flavorings. Three Chinese teas and three Western teas. The liquors are gin, rum, tequila, brandy, vodka and whisky. The flavors are peach tea liquor, lily green liquor and pineapple puree.
You need to book ahead with the bar to reserve your box. But be aware it costs 1,800TWD so bring friends!
For breakfast, there are two buffets to choose from: Western style or Taiwanese style served in a separate banquet room.
We went with the Taiwanese style to taste the mini versions of local specialties, as well as super delicious rice congee with all the fixings.
When in Tainan, you know?
Thanks to the team at Silks Place Tainan for arranging our hotel stay. This post was written independently by me and all opinions are my own.