We asked Splendia, an expert in the coolest boutique and luxury hotels around the world, to give us the inside scoop on their favourite places to stay in Taipei and Shanghai. They also have given us a special coupon code for all Sassy members (see below) so if any of the hotels peak your interest make sure you book through them with the special Sassy code to ensure you get the best deal around!
They say Taipei is the most vital and vibrant city in the Chinese-speaking world and a paradise to food-lovers: The back lanes of every neighborhood are crammed with cafes, tea houses, restaurants, herbal medicine stalls and pocket temples.
Fullon Hot Spring Resort Danshuei – This relaxing hotel is situated in a suburb 40 minutes of Taipei, in Danshuei, which offers scenic landscapes, rich culture and unique architecture which makes it a famous tourist destination. The town is popular as a site for viewing the sun setting into the Taiwan Strait.
Les Suites Taipei Ching-Cheng – Chic, contemporary elegance with a sophisticated Asian flair characterizes this outstanding boutique hotel, located in the heart of Taipei. Les Suites Taipei Ching-Cheng is an oasis of style and luxury amidst a sprawling, high-tech metropolis.
Hotel Eclat– This brand new and tranquil oasis can be found in the most fashionable district of Taipei, the thriving Da-An District. The hotel aims to create an artistic yet homely feeling with all kinds of little luxuries you could ask for.
Celebrated as the Paris of the East, Shanghai is now a dazzling showcase for 21st-century China. This art-packed and fast-paced party city has retained much of its colonial heritage, from the majestic Bund to the tree-lined French Concession district. Refuel on yummie dim sum, stroll among Tai Chi students at dawn or hit the exquisit bar and club scene – whatever path you choose, you’ll be electrified by this high-watt city – come and see the new China.
@ Gallery Suites – This hotel is housed in a 1933 heritage building, the Champs Elysees of Shanghai, Hengshan Road, and was once the apartment of a Russian Princess. This heritage building has been restored with its interiors fully refurbished and converted to a stylish Art Deco boutique hotel in the old French Concession of Shanghai.
Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai – Ideally situated on the premier south side of the world famous Bund, Les Suites Orient offers a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and Pudong skyline. This trendy boutique hotel is set with warm cozy guestrooms and elegant and luxurious décor.
JIA Shanghai – The JIA Shanghai is light-years away from the traditional and mainstream hotel mould. An eclectic and designer interior created by the collaboration of a range of top international and home-grown design teams, creates a variety of ambiances featuring bespoke furniture and unique artwork, often with an almost comic touch.
Sassy Deal: Splendia is offering Sassy members 10% off your total booking cost (excluding any local taxes) made until 31 December 2010. Just enter the coupon code sassy10 when booking on their site. Terms and conditions are listed below:
– Only valid for stays made between 00:01 GMT on 24th Aug 2010 and 23:59 GMT on 31st December 2010 for stay dates between 24th Aug 2010 and 31st December 2010.
– Only one promotional code per booking may be used.
– Promotional codes cannot be used for any previously purchased bookings.
– Not valid for bookings in the following hotels: Crowne Plaza. Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Indigo, Radisson SAS, Radisson Blu, Moevenpick, Sofitel, Kempinski, Steigenberger, Plaza Athenee, Oberoi hotels, Six Senses, Trident, Four Seasons and hotels managed by the Pegasus system.
– Splendia reserves the right to modify these conditions of use or to withdraw a promotional code at any time.