Discreetly located in a quiet part of Taipei’s most fashionable district, Da-An, is Hotel Éclat, an eclectic, elegant new boutique art hotel which is the first new luxury hotel to open in the city for many years.
The French word “Éclat” literally means “glorious accomplishment and honour”, and this aptly describes this stylish, avant-garde new hotel with lavish furnishings, priceless artworks, eclectic contemporary design and among the most opulent guest room amenities of any hotel anywhere.
A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the 60-room hotel is owned and conceived by sophisticated Hong Kong entrepreneur George Wong, who created and owns the legendary luxury apartment complex Hong Kong Parkview. The hotel features much of his personal art and furniture collection, and even his own personal collections of vintage fine wines and priceless rare Chinese mao tai liquor.
The hotel is designed by Charles Robertson of LRF Designers Limited, whose work includes stylish projects such as the ultra cool Le Meridien Cyberport Hotel in Hong Kong, Starworld Hotel & Casino in Macau and Four Seasons Shanghai.
Discreetly scented with bamboo and lotus fragrance, the elegant Éclat Lounge sets the tone and features two original Salvador Dali sculptures worth over several million US$ each, lavish velvet sofas and drapes and vast glass hanging light sculptures in various shades of purple by noted Czech glass artist Jitka Skuhravá, Lasvit. Afternoon tea at The Éclat Lounge has already become a “must do” for those in the know in Taipei.
All 60 guest rooms are luxuriously equipped with state-of-the-art luxury amenities including 42-inch LCD televisions and internet TV keyboards, Bang & Olufsen CD and audio systems, Nespresso coffee machines, Montblanc desk sets and pens, Philippe Starck desk chairs, Riedel glassware and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries featuring not the usual three but seven different amenities.
A unique glass wall divides the walk in rainforest shower from the living area and can be frosted or defrosted at the touch of a switch, and every room features an original work by Chinese contemporary artist Tang Yuen Hei.
Bedlines are also of the highest quality, and there is a choice of ten different pillow types from the pillow menu.
The signature Éclat Suite – already the choice of celebrities visiting Taipei – includes a lighted marble dining table, Swarovski chandeliers, Murano glass sculptures and a Hasten bed from Sweden favoured by royalty and costing a cool US$48,000.
For dining, Éclat Lounge serves breakfast, business lunches and traditional English afternoon tea, and offers an a la carte menu throughout the day. Guests may descend the marble staircase to the elegant basement level, where a remarkable restaurant with a European flair will open in the first half of 2010, complete with fascinating artworks.
The elegant George Bar, cosy and discreet, is the perfect place to enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail over a few tapas early evening, or for a quiet rendezvous late into the night
Hotel Éclat’s location could not be better. The hotel is in the heart of the fashionable Da-An district just minutes from the world famous landmark tower Taipei 101, the Tun Hua South Rd luxury shopping district, Taipei’s famous 24-hour Eslite bookstore, and cool nightspots such as the Anhe Road bar street and Taipei’s most chic night club Room 18, which Hotel Éclat’s guests can enjoy complimentary entrance to.
Guests also enjoy complimentary access to California Fitness gym and preferential rates at the nearby Shiseido Qi Spa.