Food, culture and so much more!
Taiwan’s second largest city is a treasure trove of attractions for those who wish to go south of Taipei. By Marlene Tan
5. Check into the cool H2O Hotel
Just 10 mins away by foot from Ruifeng is the coolest hotel opening in Kaohsiung in recent years. Just a year old, H2O Hotel is the place to be for both foreigners and locals. The latter have come to hang and sip cocktails at Night Bar, the city’s, strategically located by the swimming pool.
The hotel’s other F & B outlets are also a huge draw. Capstone is a Kaohsiung outpost of Danny’s Steakhouse, which has earned a Michelin star in the inaugural Michelin Taipei guide. Dim-sum, the in-house Chinese restaurant at H2O is also very popular with the locals. Here, the kitchen helmed by executive chef River Liu turns out beautifully done roasts, Cantonese style. As the restaurant’s name suggests, this is also where you’ll find the most authentic Cantonese har-gaos and Siu-mais if a craving for dim sum strikes you.
The in-room facilities surpass expectations. Every room boasts great views of either the city or the garden. Even the most basic of rooms has a spacious bathtub and an automated toilet. Suites come equipped with a generous living area. Amenities are top-notch. Those who need their caffeine fix will be delighted with the Nespresso machine in the well-appointed rooms. In line with the hotel’s theme, the sumptuous in-house toiletries evoke feelings of being out in the sea with their marine blue packaging and fresh scent.
Lastly, the hotel’s complimentary return transfer service from the high-speed railway station of Zuoying makes it the obvious accommodation choice.