Located in a hidden alley of Beitou, the hot spring area of Taipei, Solo Singer is an unexpected little gem. As we arrived in the evening, it’s welcoming soft yellow lights shone warmly beaconing us. The hotel has about 50 years of history, inside the décor is a mixture of vintage furniture (the most memorable being a beautiful large mirror and green sofas) taking you back to the Golden age of Beitou as a major entertainment district of Taipei mixed with contemporary trendiness, you can spend a while just at the cozy foyer checking out the interesting products on display, like cds by local musicians or art works of emerging artists.
Solo Singer also organizes interesting cultural events like art shows or talks. There’s also a roof terrace where you can leisurely lounge and a small reading room/library equipped with interesting books. The inn is an intimate one with about 8 rooms, the room we stayed in was extremely comfortable with high quality bed and mattress and featured original art work. The bathroom is beautiful with old tiles. There’s a kitchen and the breakfast prepared for us was delicious with lots of fruit from the South of Taiwan.
Staff and manager are super friendly and talking to them feels like talking to old friends.
Beitou district is great and there is lots of information on what to do there at the inn, hot springs are everywhere and you can also hike to Yangmingshan, there are so many excellent restaurants too near Solo Singer. Highly recommended! I hear Solo Singer will soon open a tea-house, we visited the tea-house space which is wonderful and can’t wait to spend some time there on our next visit to Taiwan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- To lose one’s way is to begin a journey.To empty one’s mind is for containing more blessing. It is a renaissance project of a small old Taiwanese hotel. It is a hotel in the hot spring area without hot spring, but embedded in the history and traditional lifestyle of an old Taiwanese neighborhood. There won’t be any televisions to disturb your time when pausing to enjoy the quietness and inspiration away from the bustling life. Pick up a book if you want and find your favorite corner for reading. The speed of reading is what we believe to be the best speed for experiencing the traditional Taiwanese lifestyle. Solo Singer Inn is in a small hidden alley too narrow for cars to enter and is off Beitou Wenquan Road (Hot Springs Road) where a group of passionate travellers and artists started the renaissance project of a three-story inn over 60 years old. This new beginning introduces the spirit of Taiwan’s local alley culture to international travellers. Solo Singer Inn has preserved the characteristics of Taiwan’s traditional inns. All of the guest rooms are different in layout. The team has tried as far as possible to preserve their original characteristics; the sloping walls, the narrow staircases and corridors. Every inch is a precious memory of Taiwan’s old inns, standing witness to the rise and fall of Taiwan’s indigenous culture and half a century of Beitou’s history. ... more less
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