citizenM Taipei North Gate, the inaugural citizenM hotel in Asia, hits all the right notes without the elaborate bells and whistles. Designed by Dutch interior design studio, Concrete, the innovative Dutch hotel brand kept all the essential best bits of a great hotel, and made them better.
Located directly opposite the Taipei’s historical site, North Gate, the 26-storey hotel is 250m away from the nearest metro station (Beimen) and within walking distance (about 650m) to both Taipei Main Station and the Airport Express terminal. The stroll from the main railway station can be pleasant if you are travelling light and if the weather holds up. Alternatively, if the rain decides to drop in as it did when we were making our way to the hotel, then it is a very short taxi ride away.
Once you arrive, the affable staff, or citizenM ambassadors, will make you feel at home right away— even the dismal rain cannot dampen their chirpy vibe. You will also notice “citizenM says” quotes all over the hotel: one elevator tells you to “step this way to lift your spirits”.
The traditional lobby is replaced by a “Living Room concept”—a stylish entrance area which features an oak cladded spiral staircase leading up to a welcoming space (more on that later)– and there are high-tech kiosks installed to enable an efficient guest “self-check-in” process, where machine programs the key card on the spot (we like that the citizenM ambassadors are always on hand to help and explain the how-tos).
Follow the spiral staircase up and you will find a vibrant, cosy space lined with shelves filled with local items and souvenirs, books, and inspiring art, and decked out with iconic furniture pieces from the latest collection of Vitra beckoning you to lounge there all day.
A few steps away from the Living Room, on the same floor, is CanteenM, a 24-hour dynamic dining and cocktail space. At breakfast, there is barista-made coffee, light pastries and Asian fare, such as congee with accompaniments, and guests can enjoy a light sandwich and sushi for lunch.
A range of savoury fare is also offered throughout the day, including Asian cup noodles, where guests can pick and choose their preferred noodle, ingredients and condiments for the perfect late night fix.
Unlike traditional hotels, citizenM Taipei North Gate has just one room category cleverly designed around resting and relaxing on a large plushy bed with fluffy pillows. In all 267 rooms there is free Wi-Fi, which citizenM implores you to abuse when you log in, and also a handy in-room tablet that controls everything from managing the television and themed wake up alarms, to room temperature (it can get a little chilly though), blinds, and ambient lighting (complete with music) that ranges from calming to groovy.
Art is also prominently featured throughout the hotel. The exterior entrance wall presents a vibrant anime and pop culture art piece by Taipei’s up and coming local graffiti talent, ANO. There are also works from Taiwanese photographer Chou Ching Hui’s ‘Animal Farm’ collection and an interactive art piece titled ‘Lightbox’ by Taiwan contemporary artist Hung Tung-Lu.
No 3, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei Taiwan