W Hotels Worldwide debuts in Taiwan


TAIPEI, Taiwan – W Hotels Worldwide today opens the doors of its 39th hotel
globally, W Taipei, which is located in the buzzing central business
district of Xinyi. The 405-room hotel has been designed by renowned
architects G.A. Design International Ltd. of London and is encased in
radiant glass. Rising 31 floors, W Taipei is the only hotel in the city
with a panoramic vista of the iconic 101 Tower, one of the world’s
tallest buildings. Today’s opening of W Taipei coincides with the
opening of W London – Leicester Square, which will be the W brand’s 40th
hotel globally.

“W Taipei marks an important step in the global expansion of the W
brand, in particular in Mainland China and the Taiwan region,” said Eva
Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien. “W
Taipei is sure to redefine the meaning of ‘hotel’ in Taipei and is well
equipped to electrify the city.”

“We are thrilled with the opening of W Taipei today,” commented Qian
Jin, Senior Vice President of Operations, China & Taiwan, Starwood
Hotels & Resorts. “W Taipei is the ultimate urban getaway in the middle
of one of Asia’s hippest and most cosmopolitan cities. Without a doubt,
W Taipei will be the venue of choice for discerning and style-conscious
trendsetters – particularly those inspired by W brand’s unique mix of
forward looking design and innovative style.”

Taipei Hotel Design Redefined

Upon arriving at W Taipei, guests will marvel at “The Chain” – made of
the strongest stainless steel with a mirror finish – that symbolically
anchors the energy of the W Taipei into the ground and is juxtaposed
with a gigantic green wall filled with plants organically grown
throughout Taiwan. W Taipei showcases a cutting-edge collection of
design installations that bring to life the hotel’s design concept of
“nature electrified.” For instance, an interactive light installation –
entitled “To Light You Fade” created by rAndom International, a “W
Hotels Designer of the Future ” – interacts with guests as they enter
the building, by changing shape, look and feel in sync with its

Sip, Mix and Indulge at W Taipei’s Bars and Restaurants

Taiwan’s newest scene, W Taipei will feature an eclectic assortment of
signature restaurants and lounges. The Kitchen Table tantalizes with a
broad menu of spicy and aromatic tandoor dishes, wood-fired pizzas,
stylish salads, succulent seafood and grill dishes. Outside on the WET
pool sky deck, al fresco dining means an urban barbecue overlooking
Taipei’s Technicolor city lights. On the 31st floor, the W brand’s
Cantonese restaurant, Yen, features a sleek bar for sipping as well as
delicate dim sum, fresh seafood, signature soups, delicious desserts —
and five private dining rooms for more intimate affairs. As the
consulting chef of Yen, creative Chef Jereme Leung brings his innovative
style of cooking and unique approach to contemporary Chinese cuisine.

Sanctuary of Serenity High above the Energy of Taipei

Guests at W Taipei may choose from 405 guestrooms and suites, designed
as private sanctuaries inspired by nature with spectacular urban views.
Overlooking the Yangmingshan mountain range that surrounds Taipei,
guestrooms feature an interior balcony/play pad, a great place to relax
in the serenity of the room amidst cosmopolitan Taipei, as well as
warm-colored stones, burnished wood and lush, electrified floral
carpeting contrasted with modern, subtle lighting inspired by Chinese
lantern boxes. Designed with the international jet-setter in mind, all
guestrooms boast the signature ultra-comfortable W Bed with its
350-thread count linens; a sleek, modern white work station with a
leather ergonomic chair; state-of-the-art in-room technology including
high-speed wired and wireless Internet access; flat-screen, 42-inch LCD
televisions; Bose 2.1 sound systems; charging MP3 player docks; IP phone
with voicemail; and a W Taipei’s signature W Zodiac Animal – a whimsical
touch to the room.

W Taipei – A Meeting Destination

W Taipei will offer more than 2,833 square meters (more than 30,000
square feet) of meeting and event space. The Mega Room at W Taipei will
be the largest pillar-less ballroom in the city, with over 1,039 square
meters (more than 11,000 square feet) of space for everything from
annual meetings and state dinners to gala wedding banquets and
high-wattage fashion shows. To make meetings unforgettable, W Taipei
will feature W’s signature Whatever/Whenever(R) service philosophy,
offering guests whatever they want, whenever they want it, as long as
it’s legal!