Citizenm has made its hotly anticipated foray into the Far East, opening a towering property on the doorstep of Ximendeng, a bustling area of Taipei known for its appealing nightlife and shopping infrastructure. Called Citizenm Taipei North Gate – it’s named after a nearby city gate from the Ging Dynasty – it features 267 rooms spread across 26 floors, and occupying such a tall structure, many of these pads obviously offer sweeping views of this bustling city. The hospitality format and interior design, created by Amsterdam-based practice Concrete, is similar to the Hotel Chain’s properties across Europe and New York City, featuring design-infused rooms, public spaces and facilities that streer clear from traditional hospitality, and effortlessly evoke a happy vibe.
All rooms come with a set of amenities that ensure a comfortable stay, including a comfy kingsize bed, a wall-mounted smart tv, a power shower, and last but not least, complimentary wifi, and all easily managed by way of an in-room tablet. The traditional lobby has been ditched for a living room dotted with stylish Vitra Furniture pieces, a signature Citizenm cabinet brimming with books, souvenirs and a collection of artworks, including pieces by leading Taiwanese artists, creating a welcoming, homey environment where to relax, mingle with other guests, or instead be diligent and get some work done. Each Citizenm property aims to reflect local culture, and this new outpost is no exception.
This is immediately evident at the entrance where an exterior wall, featuring a colourful anime and pop culture-inspired artwork by graffiti artist Ano. Seamlessly embedded in the living room is the 24-hour canteenm, a self-service restaurant where to take breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a light snack, or have some downtime over coffee, a cocktail, or when the occasion calls for it, a glass of bubbly, all served by trained baristas and mixologists. As said, Citizenm Taipei North Gate is ideally situated, providing easy access to Taipei Main Station, an important railway and subway hub with direct connections to other parts of the city and Taoyuan International Airport.