If you have ever seen the movie ‘Somewhere in Time’, this hotel looks like back to the 70s in the movie. It’s a movie in 1972 which I haven’t born yet. This is one of the timeless and the best romantic movie I had ever seen. So backdate from my last year end trip in Hokkaido – Sapporo. It was quite rush and we only have 1 day to stay in Sapporo. The weather is pretty bad and it even delayed our schedule. Hopefully I can stay longer next time. Lucky enough we picked the hotel which is the closest to Shinkansen, it takes only approximately 10 mins walkable distance.
Each year during March to April, is the peak season of Japan’s cherry blossom. Many tourist and locals spend their time either to travel out town or in town to appreciate the beauty of the Sakura.
Throw back to my Tokyo business trip last month, I decided to arrive 2 days in advance to Shizuoka due to the blossom Sakura period in Kawazu. I made this last decision only 2 weeks in advance! I finally decided to go without accompany because I have never seen this in real life except in photos from friends. Since I made this decision very late and due to the cherry blossom peak season, there’s not much choice for hotels. Literally almost 98% were fully booked except this one – Imaiso which is quite convenient and only a station to Kawazu. Most of the hot spring hotel offers meals in the package if any of you have experienced, so it is not surprise this hotel do offer the same.
Before introducing this hotel, would like to tell you a bit background of Kawazu, it is a very small town located in the east coast in Japan with only approximately population of 7000 and a couple spot for hot spring. This year, Kawazu is the first place to have Sakura fully blossom in Japan and it is even earlier than last year. When I was there it’s around Feb 18 and it was suppose to be end of Feb! So guess what, I’m just on the right time and this is not really plan at the beginning! yea Bingo!
In terms of transportation to Kawazu, it takes approximately 2-3 hours by high speed train (Shinkasen) from Tokyo. I would highly recommend those who plan to visit this little city shall check the time table of the high speed train and buy the ticket in advance especially in a peak season like this! As the last train to there was 15:00 which was out of my expectation! I was supposed to take the high speed train to Kawazu however due to the delay of my baggage I had missed it!!! It finally took me 4 hours to arrive at 07:00 p.m at night (1.5 hours later than original time). Anyways, thanks God I was just on the right time to catch the night view of Sakura.
Apart from the previous hotel recommendation of MAI HOTEL , this is also one of my best choice to stay in Taipei. Situated in the heart of Zhongxiao area, only 5 mins walkable distance to station and lots of restaurants surroundings. Compared to the back of the hotel – San Want, I think this is more newer and clean plus much cheaper! So let’s see how it looks in the interior.
One of the reason I chose to stay in this hotel because it looks stylish and comical on the wall decoration. It looks more chic compare to any other classic hotel.
Continue my previous post of Taipei. Let’s move to Tainan- South of Taiwan. Since it’s my first time visited Tainan due to my business trip. Otherwise I guess I might not even think of visiting this place as it won’t be my bucket list. Not saying this is not an interesting place but not a hot travel location.
So before introducing the hotel I stayed, just a bit intro. of Tainan as I think not everyone have been to this place. It’s situated the South of Taiwan – Tai (Taiwan short term) and Nan ( means South) not a super hot travel spot for tourist but still have it’s attractiveness. Tainan is the oldest city of Taiwan. When I first arrived, I felt it looks totally different from Taipei. It’s more like an old city, everything looks so vintage or I can say it’s like back to the 80s/70s. (I’m not exaggerate but true). You will know what I mean when I showed you the below pictures. However I doesn’t mean I don’t like this city, but it’s much different compare with Taipei or Taichung however it’s also interesting to visit such an ‘old city’ / country side within a region.
Happy New Year! have you plan any of your trip in 2017 yet? I’m still Floating in space after a long holiday!! Anyways, as a new year start, my trips are fully filled in the upcoming year before June! so looking forward to it!!
So, let’s start the first post of 2017, I would like to date back a review of my last business trip since Oct in Taipei. As said it was a business trip however I went there 2 days in advance to wander around and look for some great stuff to share with you. So let’s start from where I stay!
I used to look for some decent hotel which won’t cost much so I could save my pocket for shopping and food. Anyways, here is one of the highly recommend hotel – Mai Hotel. It is located in Zhongshan district with a wide variety of food and spa nearby. It takes only 5 mins walk to Zhongshan station and 20 mins walk to Ningxia Night market. It just located perfectly and the most important is not pricey. Tt cost less than HK$690 / night (USD $90). So let’s see why I think this is a 5 star recommendation if you are planning on a budget trip to Taiwan!
I haven’t share the hotel i stayed in my previous Chiangmai trip after i few post, so here you go! We chose to stay in ART MAI Nimman Hotel, as far as I know they opened only a couple of months. The hotel is very new! We got the offer from expedia around hk$600. I think that’s not pricey with such a 5 star hotel.
The location of the hotel is very convenience, it’s just a few blocks after the main street. The exterior was so cool and stylish decorated with different geometric lines.
When we made our check-in in the concierge, the staff brought us the lovely welcome drinks. The gradient purple and blue drinks looks so lovely! As we were a bit early to check in, so they have asked us take a seat and enjoy their welcome drinks. Also have tell us in advance the restaurant and facilities they have in the hotel. That was so warm and sweet.While we’re waiting for our room to be ready, we spent our time to the gallery next to the concierge. There are different artwork of local artist nicely displayed in the gallery and if you love to buy it, you do can! I guess this is something what they mentioned where Arts meet Style!
In the ROOM
When we were ready to get our keys, our room was in no.615 which is the Renaissance theme. There are different themes in each floor and were uniquely designed by Thai local designers. The room was simple but stylish. There was a easel in the room, I guess that’s part of the Renaissance theme. The ceiling and everywhere in the room was decorated in wooden strips and in a white look & feel. There was a black chandelier hanging above the table. I am not familiar with renaissance style but it looks really nice to me. The bathroom was big enough and have all the things you need. Also coffee, tea and 2 bottles of water are free.
We also enjoyed our breakfast in the hotel at lobby by the next morning. To be fair, there wasn’t lots of choices and I think there’s room to improve in regards of the food. However they do have good service.
So if you don’t want to stay in the traditional lanna style teak wood hotel and would like to try something new, modern and stylish. I guess Art Mai should me one of your choice in the list.
How to get there?
Address: 21 Soi 3, Nimmanhaemin Road, Muang, Chiang Mai
Continue of my last Bangkok trip. I stayed in Grand Centre Point Hotel. The location is very good as it takes only 10 -15 minutes to Siam from skywalk. Also 5 mins to BTS. I made my reservation through Expedia from their special offer. It costs HK$2725 – 4 nights (2 persons)! So it’s around HK$680 /night include tax which I think is a good deal in such a convenient location.
I didn’t take photos at the lobby as haven’t thought of sharing my stay in blog. Anyways, the interior is a bit apartment feeling, not like normal hotel. However the interior do looks pretty nice! A bath tube with open wooden window and a balcony to enjoy such a beautiful night view in Bangkok.