Play Design Hotel

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$120 per night

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Taipei City, Taiwan
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The term "design hotel" takes on refreshing new meaning at Taipei’s Play Design Hotel, an “inhabitable gallery” where the rooms are outfitted entirely in local Taiwanese designs—from the bespoke furnishings to the toothbrush holders and pens.

Interactive designer Daniel Chen is the brains behind this experimental, five-room boutique hotel—and runner-up in the 2017 Radical Innovation Awards—that connects travelers with Taiwanese designers, many of whom would otherwise struggle with tapping into international markets. More than just a place to lay your head, this unique hotel lets guests get hands-on with contemporary Taiwanese design in an immersive, off-the-beaten-path experience.

Modern home with Bedroom, Pendant Lighting, Bed, Bench, Track Lighting, and Concrete Floor. Located on the fifth floor of an unassuming building in Datong district, Play Design Hotel is a hidden gem with only a small sign to announce its presence. Polished concrete walls and floors coupled with large, black, metal-framed windows create an elegant backdrop for the hand-picked design objects sourced from over 100 local Taiwanese designers.  Photo 2 of Play Design HotelView Photos

Located on the fifth floor of an unassuming building in Datong district, Play Design Hotel is a hidden gem with only a small sign to announce its presence. Polished concrete walls and floors coupled with large, black, metal-framed windows create an elegant backdrop for the hand-picked design objects sourced from over 100 local Taiwanese designers.

Modern home with Bedroom, Track Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Wall Lighting, Bed, Chair, Night Stands, and Concrete Floor. Each of the hotel’s five rooms is carefully curated with handpicked design objects that guests are encouraged to use—unlike most design hotels, the art here isn’t just eye candy. A scan of a QR code pulls up the design products in each room with descriptions and purchasing options.  Photo 4 of Play Design HotelView Photos

Each of the hotel’s five rooms is carefully curated with handpicked design objects that guests are encouraged to use—unlike most design hotels, the art here isn’t just eye candy. A scan of a QR code pulls up the design products in each room with descriptions and purchasing options.

Upon check-in, guests are taken on a tour of the available rooms with explanations of their respective themes. Design-conscious travelers interested in diving further into Taipei’s art scene are given personalized recommendations for local works, events, exhibitions, and shops.  Photo 7 of Play Design Hotel modern homeView Photos

Upon check-in, guests are taken on a tour of the available rooms with explanations of their respective themes. Design-conscious travelers interested in diving further into Taipei’s art scene are given personalized recommendations for local works, events, exhibitions, and shops.

Modern home with Bedroom, Ceiling Lighting, Table Lighting, Bed, Bench, Chair, and Storage. Play Design Hotel also serves as a design incubator where local designers can exhibit their prototypes for the first time and receive feedback from user testing.  Photo 8 of Play Design HotelView Photos

Play Design Hotel also serves as a design incubator where local designers can exhibit their prototypes for the first time and receive feedback from user testing.

Chen hopes to one day expand Play Design Hotel’s concept to other commercial spaces like restaurants, so that guests can learn more about the origins of design objects around them, from the cutlery to the furniture.  Photo 10 of Play Design Hotel modern homeView Photos

Chen hopes to one day expand Play Design Hotel’s concept to other commercial spaces like restaurants, so that guests can learn more about the origins of design objects around them, from the cutlery to the furniture.

Modern home with Living Room, Table Lighting, Bench, Coffee Tables, Rug Floor, and Concrete Floor. The Guest Selections room lets guests select the Taiwanese design objects they would like in their room, as well as the layout, before they check in. Photo 12 of Play Design HotelView Photos

The Guest Selections room lets guests select the Taiwanese design objects they would like in their room, as well as the layout, before they check in.

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Chair, Desk, and Concrete Floor. The Future Lab room shows off avant-garde Taiwanese design. Photo 14 of Play Design HotelView Photos

The Future Lab room shows off avant-garde Taiwanese design.

Modern home with Bedroom, Track Lighting, Bed, Pendant Lighting, Chair, and Concrete Floor. The themes of the five rooms often change, creating different experiences for travelers to look forward to on their next trip back. Photo 15 of Play Design HotelView Photos

The themes of the five rooms often change, creating different experiences for travelers to look forward to on their next trip back.

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