Poetic inspiration from Spain infuses this Taiwanese hotel with a warm romantic atmosphere: Hotel Proverbs reveals to us its most intimate mood and personal touch.\n\n\n\nFabio Colturri, Head of Content at DesignWanted, was invited to spend a few nights at Hotel Proverbs to fully experience its deepest vibes. Have a look for your self reading through his words.\n\n\n\nWalking down the street, hungry, sleep departed - and jet-lagged - I see the majestic black monolith with the double P logo on top: here we are, this is Hotel Proverbs. I will learn later that this name has a very deep and secretive story behind it - but you\u2019ll have to read through to find out, as it took me a while to discover too.\n\n\n\nThey open the door for me, I\u2019m carrying luggage, and the moment I step in I hear a friendly voice: \u201cHello Fabio, welcome.\u201d\n\n\n\nI\u2019m like: \u201cHey! Hello to you too\u2026and thank you, I guess, how do you know\u2026 it\u2019s me?\u201d\n\n\n\n\u201cWe are good.\u201d\n\n\n\nThis was Spud Cheng welcoming me, with a friendly smile and firm handshake. Quite a start! Simple things make me happy.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHotel Proverbs is 1 of the 3 Design Hotels in Taiwan: the prestigious organization handpicks hotels around the globe to create a community of design-oriented, cultural-defining unique hospitality experiences.\n\n\n\nEntirely designed by Taiwanese architecture firm Ray Chen + Partners Architects, the hotel outlines a modern and impactful architectural exterior structure, revealing a set of warm and personal touches on the inside.\n\n\n\nI was given an eye-opening tour by two excellent souls from the Marketing & Communication Department: Jairdan Chiu, Senior Supervisor, and Eve Lo, Manager. They guided me to discover that a surprising number of details of Hotel Proverbs were carefully designed to encourage personal interaction between visitors and interior spaces.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe interiors present a warmly enclosing dark atmosphere, where a combination of industrial accents and glamorous details are mixed into the same spaces.\n\n\n\nAll the industrial furniture pieces in the rooms were sourced from US brand Restoration Hardware, while couches come from Holland and precious wall textiles were locally sourced, resulting in a male-oriented design, firm and refined at once.\n\n\n\nSilently, the hotel reveals a set of interaction points that aim at creating a dialogue with visitors and interiors to the point where each person can leave its very own mark.\n\n\n\nCorridor walls were built with a metal material that gets \u201cstained\u201d by hand traces of people\u2019s touch and the back of every room door is made of precious velvet on which one can easily \u201cdraw\u201d on with a finger.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAnother personal element is the Turkish carpets in the rooms, all different from one another and purposely not fixed to the floor to create a sense of movement and warmth. Similarly, the wooden floor planks were unevenly laid to generate less of a regular, flat, boring base. \n\n\n\n The Turkish carpets in Hotel Proverbs are different in each room and not fixed on purpose to create a homely feeling \n\n\n\nAt Hotel Proverbs the homely feeling is the priority, and this is why access your room an actual key goes in an \u201cold-fashioned\u201d door lock and the walls of the elevators are covered in warm red velvet, unavoidable to touch and caress. All these details combined add up to shape a complete experience that differentiates from other hospitality brands and results exclusively individual. \n\n\n\n The back of the rooms\u2019 doors is covered in velvet showing the marks of guests\u2019 touching \n\n\n\nAfter hearing about this series of tiny-yet-wonderful mind-stimulating interior details, it was time for me to find out the reason behind all these red details I noticed, and how they connect to Proverbs\u2019 name and cultural duality, all the way from one end of Europe to the other end of Asia.\n\n\n\nArchitect Ray Chen\u2019s concept for the hotel takes inspiration from a series of artworks by romantic Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya: Los Proverbios, an enigmatic collection of 22 paintings from the early 19th century, depicting dark and dream-like scenarios related to traditional proverbs of the Spanish culture.\n\n\n\n Each room at Hotel Proverbs features an original artwork inspired by traditional Spanish elements\n\n\n\nIt is beautiful to see Hispanic cultural references silently integrate with eastern values, eventually finding common ground through the evocative red color, found in precious velvets from Spain as well as in Chinese culture as a symbol of luck, joy, and happiness.\n\n\n\nA number of red accents are found in Hotel Proverbs, from the fabric inside the elevators, the neon light behind the wardrobes and the details of the drawings featured in each room. Drawings originally conceived by the former creative director, adding a deep and truly individual touch to each room: just abstract shapes, vigorous brushes and intense colors at first glance, then reveal a tiny typing featuring the proverbs which inspired Goya for his paintings.\n\n\n\nAgain, Hotel Proverbs wants its guests to bring their own personal story inside its rooms and connect with it, influencing and intertwining a human\u2019s life with interior spaces and its resulting induced experiences.\n\n\n\n The elevators are covered in soft red velvet to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere \n\n\n\nWe know details make the real difference in shaping spaces and experiences. Another intriguing element shaping the cultural-hybrid design of the rooms is the grey raw concrete feature.\n\n\n\nNext to refined textile partitions, mirrors and wood cladding on the walls, we find a small portion of the vertical surfaces purposely left unfinished. This symbolic design choice refers to a Chinese cultural value suggesting to always leave some \u201cblank space\u201d because you can never be 100% of your choice. This space will be used for future improvement, it will leave room for adjustments of unforeseen mistakes. \n\n\n\n A concrete detail is found in every room of Hotel Proverbs to maintain an unfinished touch \n\n\n\nHotel Proverbs is the perfect destination for single business travelers or couples. The hotel naturally attracts creative professionals such as designers and architects who are very sensitive to the care put in the interior concept, and many architecture students curious to visit the building and touch with a hand such a grand realization.\n\n\n\nIn order to create a truly personal experience, the staff of Hotel Proverbs observes its guests closely. In a conversation with Spud Cheng, Customer Relations Manager, I am told some lovely anecdotes about the ever-surprising customer support provided by the hotel staff.\n\n\n\nWhen writer Christina Yung spent some time in Taipei, she was in the process of writing her book \u201cSmall Shops, Big Hearts\u201d about the magic behind family-ran shops. When Spud heard about his guest\u2019s mission, he prepared a list of local shops for her to visit and interview to support her.\n\n\n\nSimilarly, when a Japanese couple flew to Taiwan to explore the island but with no itinerary planned yet, Spud and his team helped them to figure out the route and select the best hotels around the country, calling them up to secure the bookings and make sure that their guests would have been expected.\n\n\n\n Iconic chandeliers are found on the ground floor restaurant of Hotel Proverbs \n\n\n\nLocated in the East District of Taipei, Hotel Proverbs stands out as a very high architecture in the area, filled with traditional buildings, tiny street shops, and food spots.\n\n\n\nThe hotel is often visited by locals attracted by its 52 seater restaurant renowned for its magnificent seafood and rare aged steak, prepared using meat from Taiwanese cows.\n\n\n\nLocals also enjoy the hotel bar, EAST END, famous for its signature cocktails prepared by an experienced team of bartenders. The interiors of the bar are warm and dark, featuring some original metal wall claddings sourced through an auction by a European castle.\n\n\n\nEAST END was among the top 50 bars in Asia of 2017 in the official ranking by Diageo.\n\n\n\n The EAST END bar was among the top 50 bars in Asia in the official ranking by Diageo \n\n\n\nThank you Jairdain and Eve for guiding me through Hotel Proverbs and revealing so many secrets. Make sure more people know them as well so that they can fully enjoy the full Proverbs experience!\n\n\n\nThank you, Spud for being so genuine in your work as a host.\n\n\n\nI hope to see you all again in Taipei and let us know if you happen to be in Milan, we\u2019ll cook you some amazing food for you.