There are times when roses and chocolate just don’t cut it, and only an all-gold Ancient Egyptian suite with a miniature Sphinx will do.
In the weird and wonderful world of Taiwan’s high-end love hotels, there are no rules of interior design (or good taste) to break. Roman baths? Why not? Carousel rides? Can do. Batman room? Go for it!
Ready to take notes? Here are 8 out-there Taiwanese love hotels that may just inspire a second honeymoon.
Wego Linsen Boutique Hotel, Taipei
Quick checklist to figure out if you’re staying in a Taiwanese love hotel: Are there beaded partitions dangling from the ceiling? Is there a Jacuzzi tub in the center of the room? Does check-in time start at 7pm? Congratulations! You are in a love hotel, hopefully one by the Wego group — brave pioneers of Taiwan’s creative pleasure dens.
Mulan Villa Spa Motel, Taipei
Some of the rooms at Mulan Villa Spa Motel are actually classy, in a velvety, boudoir, 50-Shades-of-Gray kind of way. We can’t help noticing those ornate divans. No complaints. Resting, sipping champagne, modeling for paintings – lots of things look better done on a divan.
Sato Castle, Taipei
Among the curious things spotted in the rooms at Sato Castle: A deer statue, life-size superhero costumes, football goal posts, plastic apple trees and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Did we mention there’s a drawbridge guarded by a knight at the hotel entrance? If that doesn’t do it for you, we don’t what will.
iCloud Motel, Taichung
Surprise, surprise! Who knows what you’re going to get when you book a room at Icloud Motel? Every room is different, but all are modern and intriguing. The motel also boasts a spa with a sauna, bubble-massage bathtub and Vichy shower.
Shuei Wu Villa, Taichung
Very luxe, very spacious, very… interesting. Shuei Wu Villa has spared no expense decorating its rooms, and it shows. The spot-lighting is strategic, the bathtubs are large enough for two (or three!) to splash around, and those chandeliers!
Uher Luxury Resort & Hotel, Taichung
Say what you like, there is something sensuous about the rooms at U-Her Hotel. Could it be the pretty lamps? The plush furnishings? Maybe the carved headboards? Whatever it is, we can definitely see ourselves lounging around, silk bathrobes on, in this decadent abode.
Wego Dazhi Boutique Hotel, Taipei
Except for the circular beds, the platform beds, the marble Jacuzzis and the disco balls, you’d be forgiven for thinking Wego Dazhi Boutique Hotel was not in the love hotel business. We could note it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport — perfect for a quick, er, layover.
Lanshy Boutique Motel, Taichung
Lanshy Boutique Motel is concerned about the comfort of its guests. That’s why it’s made sure to include the essentials right on site: massage, hot tubs, 24-hour room service and of course, karaoke.