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Taichung’s tallest hotel is Hotel One

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Located in a stunning ovoid glass tower that rises out of the Taichung grid, Hotel One evokes the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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The tallest hotel in Taichung, Hotel One was recently a Trip Advisor winner for “Trendiest Hotel.” For those wary of the word “trendy,” fear not, for Hotel One has enough substance and foundation to weather fickle design movements.

Opened in 2007, Hotel One features more than 200 guest rooms and suites on the 24th through 46th floors. Book a corner room for jaw-dropping vistas. Then push the buttons for the electric curtains – and watch in awe as the sky opens up around you.

The capacious rooms are furnished in an amalgam of Eastern and Western design and equipped with the equivalent of a home office, including a generously-sized workstation with 37-inch LCD TV, DVD player, iPod connector, 5.1 Surround sound system – and laser printer. A harmonious blend of contemporary design and multi-tasking functionality, Hotel One is the embodiment of modern Taiwanese life.

There’s also free Wireless Internet access and a 24-hour health center. In short, this is the hotel into which you check in – and check out.

Breakfast is served amongst the clouds on the 28th floor at IN Restaurant, a contemporary brasserie where the extensive buffet includes an array of Western dishes, alongside Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Japanese specialties, all prepared with seasonal, local ingredients.

Downstairs, a bakery named Liz Gastronomie serves fresh-baked breads, cookies, and pastries in the lobby where it’s pleasant to watch office workers hurrying to and fro. Before long, however, you’ll probably pine for the giant windows and the unparalleled views from your room. Head back upstairs to your playboy aerie – and sink into your penthouse fantasies.

Soak in the tub overlooking the Taichung skyline – or shower in the walk-in rain forest shower with full-length window.

Go ahead and grind against the glass; from way up here, only the angels can see your show.