We took the 7.15am Jetstar Flight to Taipei, the cost of flight + Hotel is around $734. We arrived at Taipei around 12noon and the flight is so smooth & on time, there is no delay or whatsoever. Arriving at the airport, we met up with a driver from Swiio Hotel, which we are going to stay at for the next 4 days. Swiio Hotel is situated at Ximending. The hotel Lobby is located at the 6th floor, luckily there is a driver provided for us from Airport to hotel, if we book this hotel. Otherwise if we travel by ourselves to this hotel, it may be difficult to find. For those who take the train, you may want to look for TGIF building and go up to 6th floor to the lobby. At the first floor, there are many shops selling clothes, shoes, accessories and a hair Salon & Manicure parlour. This hotel is very convenient for shopaholic! When we arrive at the hotel around 1.45pm, they only allow us to check in at 3pm because other customers are checking out at 12noon, and they need time to clean up the rooms. However, they allow us to put our luggage at their storage lockers for free, so we handed the luggage over to the bellboy and went to shop around and have our late lunch.
We found a nearby stall selling some local food; 汤面， 滷肉，豆干，白萝卜， etc.. It’s very nice & we ate till very full! The total cost is around 120NT for 2 of us, very cheap too.. After which, we still had time, we went shopping! Spent some time at the accessories shop and I bought a pair of black tights/stockings with crystal studs for 150NT. I also bought 2 racer-back tops （背心） for 100NT each, very cheap.. We also went to Watsons to buy many facial masks, make up, etc. After shopping till around 330pm, we went back to hotel to check in.
Hotel room & lobby is very unique, I’ve never come across such a special room. Look at the photos~ I love the special waterfall faucet which is similar to one of the Toto Neorest series faucet. The Rainfall showerhead lets us relax under it after a tiring day of shopping. The only disadvantage is there is no bathtub, and the countertop basin is a little narrow, which makes washing face a bit too wet & messy..
Hotel Lobby’s Lounge
Our hotel Pantry~
cool waterfall faucet!
After check in and freshening up, we went to have our dinner at a nearby 麻辣火锅stall, 299NT 吃到饱 buffet. The place is not too bad, quite normal looking, not much decorations. But the food is delicious; the fruits are really fresh and sweet.
Afterwards, we went to shop around and I bought a swarovski crystal leather bracelet at a stall in Ximending [西门町] (790NT). Following, I bought a purple cardigan for 250NT. We then went to the toilet restaurant for ice cream dessert and drinks. Toilet restaurant seats are made of toilet bowl and the tables are made of bathtubs. Quite special design, however the food is not very nice & expensive, only good for taking photographs. We bought many little food stuff from those roadside stalls, including 台湾香肠， 泡泡茶。After shopping for quite some time, we went into a fish café which is one of the few café left that is still opened after 11pm. The design of the whole restaurant seems like we are in an aquarium, complete with swing seats and pebbled flooring. I ordered hot honey chrysanthemum tea, which comes in a pot. Calming my nerves for good sleep~
At the Fish house
we also ordered a pot of hot chocolate at fish house!
After a long tiring day, we head back to hotel for our required beauty sleep.