Design city bags its own design hotel
G.A Design International are the folks behind the Conrad Tokyo, the Movenpick Dead Sea Resort in Jordan and now the mighty W, Taipei. As one may expect from the hip hotel chain, the design is achingly cool – an interactive art exhibit here, an ‘interior balcony’ there. And all the rooms have views over Taipei 101 and the Yangmingshan mountain range – naturally. Outside, a huge steel chain appears to anchor the hotel to the ground – a design feature that will earn it instant recognition across a city that is increasingly involved in design and architecture.