Taipei - Chill Roof
We fly back to Taiwan once a year. In the past, we could arrange our vacation as we wished until my daughter goes to school. Since then we have to follow her schedule, which means higher expenses for traveling. However, this is not our main concern. What we find troublesome is where to stay. Location, price, comfort and tidiness are the key elements that we consider.
In the past years, we have stayed in many different hotels. We found that each of them could have been better at some points. This Christmas, we flew back to Taiwan and stayed in Chill Roof in Taipei, we finally had the feeling of being home. I hope you will find this article useful in case you will have a trip to Taipei in the future.
It was Christmas and New Year holiday when we traveled to Taiwan. Although we tried to book our hotel two months in advance, we could not get the room that we requested. We had to change three times at Chill Roof during our stay. However, the advantage was that we could experience its three different styles out of ten various designed rooms, namely room 10, room 4, and room 5.
In each room, they offer a water boiler, bottled water, and tea bags. We used to bring our coffee filter and coffee with us while traveling, so the service of offering a water boiler is very thoughtful. Moreover, we were satisfied with their bedding since the mattresses and pillows had good support for the body. Then I could get good quality sleep despite my busy schedule and jet lag.
hill Roof is founded based on the concept of home. It is also the reason why all ten rooms have their individual and unique designs. After opening the door and walking through the lobby, we took off our shoes and changed into indoor slippers. At that moment we were aware that we were back home. The warm and comfortable wooden floor in the lobby welcomed us. There seems to be a journey in front of us. Exploring this hotel is going to be fun.
The lobby, I would call it a living room, has soft music as a background. The soft sunlight shone through the big windows and spilled on the wall where the magazines and books were. There was a tiny yet lovely area near the window, where you can make a cup of filtered coffee. This area gave us an opportunity to take it and enjoy it.
One day when I was ready to go out, I overheard a conversation between the staff and I realized that the man who was preparing coffee was one of the owners. The fresh morning sunlight spilled the room through the windows, which I found very beautiful. I took out my camera and asked him if I could take some pictures to capture the moment.
Now, while I am writing this article, the flat images seem to become three-dimensional, I can experience the atmosphere and the aroma of the coffee. From a short chat with the owner, I found out that there are three owners running this hotel, each of them would come to the hotel at will, and they would be working in the living room, fixing and cleaning the rooms or chatting with their guests and offering insider tips about what to do in Taipei. Then, I decided to have a conversation with all three of them.
A meeting without prior arrangement was not easy for four of us. Yet, the evening before I left Taiwan, we finally made it just at the time when people switched off the lights and went to bed. Different from usual, I did not prepare any question. Instead, we were just like new friends who meet each other at the hotel lobby. The conversation would be perfect if we had chips and beer.
These three men who founded Chill Roof had always dreamed of having a hotel in a similar idea like Chill Roof for more than ten years. The turning point for them to make a dream come true was 2014. During a trip to Europe, they were especially amazed by the free spirit and arty designed hotels they stayed in Berlin. After coming back to Taiwan, they started to make their dream come true. So far they have been running the business for less than a year, yet, it already becomes a well-known place when travelers look for a room to stay in Taipei.
I like the idea they tried to deliver: We offer a space like home to make people feel relaxed, easy and comfortable.
Location is an essential element for us to decide whether we would stay. Chill Roof is close to Songjiang Nanjing MRT station, which takes around 6-7 minutes to get there by foot. Since we are used to walking between subway stations in Germany, a six-minute walk is just fine. Although we had experiences staying in hotels which were located next to MRT stations in the past, we spent a lot of time switching different lines to reach our destinations.
If you take a look at the map of MRT lines of Taipei, you will realize that Songjiang Nanjing MRT station is just right in the middle of the city, which means, it is easy to get to your desired locations without often changing lines. Therefore, the location of Chill Roof was the main reason we decided to stay.
Furthermore, the neighboring areas are exciting to discover as well. The staff shared with us that Ningxia Night Market, which gathers all delicious food stands, is worth visiting. We tasted some dishes that we do not get in Germany. Feel free to view the photos below and bookmark this article as your guide for your next trip to Taipei.
Traveling allows us to pursue the dream of our desired lifestyle. Via traveling, we gain opportunities to see a wider world and develop a wider life experience. Chill Roof was one of our spotlights during our stay in Taiwan. I highly recommend it to people who live overseas and visit Taiwan sometimes as we do. Moreover, we also recommend this hotel to those who enjoy adventures and plan to visit Taipei as your next journey.