An authentic experience awaits at the Solo Singer Hotel, located in Taipei's Beitou hot springs area. This revamped 50-yo boho-chic guest house has quirky retro and design touches throughout. Rooms have no TV's (instead, grab a book from the library) but do come with private facilities - some in Japanese style with tatami and futons. There is a lounge with complimentary tea and Taiwanese snacks and a cafe can be found right next door. The guesthouse has some rave reviews (super friendly staff, cute "house" cat), but we have no clue where the intriguing name comes from - leave a review or a Facebook comment.
• 15 rooms (9-29m2)
The DNA: The original Bin-cheng hotel opened for business fifty years ago on Wenquan Road and has since stood witness to the contemporary history of Beitou’s development. In a project to breathe new life to this old hotel, the Solo Singer team decided to preserve the original space while renovating creatively through the integration of art, design and innovation from daily life. The Solo Singer team constitutes professionals from hotel and arts management, curators, writers, designers and cultural historians. After travelling through the cities of the world, they came to realize the extent of decay of Taiwan’s old inns and were determined to do something for their country’s fading local culture. The hotel rooms were designed by 18 artists with the theme, A Room of One’s Own (from the legendary book of Virginia Woolf) , which intends to provide the means for travellers to travel back and forth in time, and to re-interpret the values of the ordinary life in old Taipei alleys.
• MRT Xinbeitou Station: 3-minute walk
• Beitou Hot Spring Museum: 5-minute walk
• Beitou Thermal Valley: 10-minute walk
• Taipei Central Station: 20-minute ride
• Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport: 1-hour drive