Kimpton Da An hotel room with pale timber panelling, teal wall behind bed and white linen, grey woven vinyl flooring
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With little fanfare, the Kimpton group has finally made its debut in Asia, opening in Taipei's colourful Da'An district alongside the neighbourhood's haul of lively night markets, boutiques and cafés. 

Inside, Shanghai-based Neri&Hu has taken its cues from the city's rich tapestry of evocative alleyways and distinct tiled architecture, resulting in an elevated mood of quiet serenity. This is best seen in the 129-rooms, where - save for a vivid teal-coloured wall behind the bed - the designers' own collection of furniture sits against a backdrop of Bolon woven flooring, pale timber, white tiles and grey hues.

In the public spaces, the urban theme continues, particularly in the The Tavernist, the in-house restaurant, which nods to the city's arcaded walkways with a series of arched walls - clad in fluted tiles and metal-patterned wallpapers - that create a a distinct set of separate spaces. A suitably urban setting, then, for executive chef James Sharman, who channels stints with René Redzepi and Tom Aiken with an inventive menu of modern classics like crispy fried chicken, deconstructed cauliflower and cheese and baked Alaska.

Kimpton Da An hotel room with teal wall, pale timber panelling and grey bedding and cushions

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Kimpton Da An hotel lounge with grey sofa and tub chair, round marble and wood tables and pale timber wall panelling

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Oval desk with marble top and brass legs, teal tub chair, black floor lamp and pale timber wall panelling

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Breakfast bar with concrete base and brass ledge, cream fluted wall tiles and large windows looking onto garden

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Hotel dining room with teal fluted wall tiles, long wooden tables with pale grey chairs and circle of lights hanging from ceiling

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Dining room with yellow wall tiles around arched windows of wine storage area, long table and rattan chairs

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ADDRESS

No. 25Lane 27
Section 4
Ren'ai Road
Da'an District

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Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms