Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

Sleek & Chic ~ Habita Hotel, Monterrey, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | December 20, 2009

Ever since the arrival of Habita Hotel Mexico City, the term boutique hotel has firmly entered Mexico’s hospitality industry vocabulary. That first move by Grupo Habita has now expanded into a slew of boutique hotels across the country. And now it’s Mexico’s second city of business and trade, Monterrey to get a taste of chic hotel experience. Bienvenido, Habita Monterrey!

Habita Monterrey is sleek and spare but comfortable. All rooms are furnished with riffs on Midcentury Modern pieces by avant-garde designer Rick Owens. Continue reading


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Sleek & Chic ~ Villa 32, Taipei, Taiwan

By Dian Hasan | December 20, 2009

The bustling Taiwanese capital of Taipei’s best-kept secret in chic accommodation isn’t even in Taipei. But close enough for conducting business when you’re in town. Villa 32, a spa-themed little boutique hotel outside the city, not too far from the airport, offers tranquility near the Beito hot springs.

Villa 32 is surrounded by its crisp, clear air, white clouds, stone-grey walls, lushes of greens, blooming flowers, and soothing hot springs, Villa 32 has preserved the last piece of leisurable tone in this urban bustle. Continue reading

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Sleek & Chic ~ Ambience Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

By Dian Hasan | December 20, 2009

As the capital city of one of Asia’s original tiger economies, Taipei surprisingly lacks presentable boutique hotels with style and personality. The wait is over. Courtesy of Ambiance Hotel, brainchild of Taiwanese Architect Wei Ming Lee and Designer Ted Su. Ambience promises the first offbeat and contemporary boutique hotel designed to breathe style and excitement into Taiwan’s capital.

Ambience’s 61 avant garde guestrooms and suites feature a unique decor blend of polished steel, glass, white granite and calf skin leather upholstery. Furnished with designer pieces by Philippe Starck and Feruccio Laviani. Continue reading

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