GLAD Hotel Yeouido, Seoul in South Korea, Humble House Taipei in Taiwan and Anya Hotel, Gurgaon in India are the new Design Hotels members.
Design Hotels introduces three new destinations in Asia that are enriching a curated portfolio of over 280 members in more than 50 countries. Each one born and built by an “Original”.
Take for example Ellie Lai in Taipei, who has not only shone as the lead flute in the National Symphony Orchestra, but whose masterful art curation has blurred the lines between hotel and gallery. Her passion for the modern Chinese aesthetic infuses the Humble House Taipei, a glass and aluminium ode to her philosophy of “art in life, life in art.”
GLAD Hotel Yeouido, Seoul, South Korea
In the glimmering skyscraper-filled district of Yeouido – aptly nicknamed Seoul’s Manhattan – GLAD Hotel Yeouido’s brick facade stands out from its neighbors’ modernist glass buildings. Taking exterior elements inside, design team JOH & Company sourced a local type of brick, its intricately patterned stacks softened by spot lighting, evoking the warmth of a traditional Korean home. Street signs guide guests to the 319 rooms, each one an exercise in streamlined practicality and void of any unnecessary frills. The inviting GREETS restaurant and cafe revels in natural materials and pure forms, and the Bar Mark T serves up the city’s most extensive and unique collection of Single Malt Whiskey.
Humble House Taipei, Taiwan
Located on the top floors of a Diamond-rated Green Building – in the vibrant heart of Xinyi – the 235-room Humble House Taipei merges design, green living, and art into one holistic concept. Crisp lines, warm tones and floor-to-ceiling windows maximize natural light while a deceptively simple design serves as a backdrop for over 600 works of art. Formerly the principal flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra, well-known Art Curator Ellie Lai has assembled an impressively large collection, showcasing contemporary works from Poland, Israel, Japan, Taiwan and beyond. Not only a gallery within a hotel, guests can also enjoy the allure of daily traditional tea ceremonies, relax with the healing power of scent and touch at the spa, or enjoy a rare inner city perk: a lush sixth-floor garden with sprawling views of the city.
Anya Hotel, Gurgaon, India
Thanks to father and son duo Misha and Marcel Vadera, worldly sophistication, Indian panache and contemporary cool meet at the 177-room Anya Hotel, in the commercial hub of Gurgaon. From the spacious suites to the Amaltas Spa by L’Occitane, the hotel’s mantra of luxury with an undercurrent of minimalism runs throughout. Culture prevails with Gurgaon’s only Spanish tapas bar and beer garden, and the hotel features multiple international music zones, from jazz and electronic to Indian classical concerts. Misha Vadera’s passion for art is evidenced throughout the hotel, with works by such contemporary Indian masters as Bose Krishnamachari and Chittrovanu Mazumdar, and commissioned work by Remen Chopra.