Serendipitous discovery

by MAVIS WONG on Apr 1, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors , Lifestyle
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A revolutionary artistic adventure awaits as you step through the doors of the Le Méridien Taipei

Some hotels promise more than a merely functional space, offering visitors an inspirational experience and providing food for thought. Ever since the brand was acquired by Starwood in 2005, Le Méridien has been endeavouring to establish itself as a ‘creative hub’ for creative minds from around the globe. This latest addition to the brand, Le Méridien Taipei, opened its doors in the cosmopolitan Xinyi district, and is testament to this boundary-breaking concept.

The cultural journey begins the moment you step inside the hotel – instead of conventional hotel doors, visitors walk through a transitional portal featuring the contemporary artwork ‘Inner Waves 01’ by artist Hisham Bharoocha, and leave the outside world behind. As the first 10 minutes after arrival is said to be key to establishing guests’ mindset for everything to come, Le Méridien Taipei aims to evoke a more ‘special’ sense of the arrival experience through sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch, according to general manager Daven Tai.

In the hotel lobby, distinctive scent and sound create a unique ambience. An exclusive custom scent, LM01, was designed by LM100’s Fabrice and Eddie Roschi, while the sounds have been created in partnership with Sony BMG.

Every guest receives one of the four key cards designed by Taiwanese artist Michael Lin. This key card is part of Le Méridien’s signature Unlock Art programme – not only does it unlock your guestroom door, but it also grants access to My Humble House Art Gallery in the hotel and the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei.