GLORIA RESIDENCE - A Welcoming Sense of Homeliness

Well situated in a vibrant district where the new blends in with the old, Gloria Residence is nestled within Taipei’s Zhongshan - Linsen business district where great location meets culture and art in a vibrant neighbourhood, which is what you need when you are in search of a modern comfort contemporary serviced apartel stay in Taipei. mylifestylenews writes.

Just a stones throw away from the action, Gloria Residence is easily accessed by local metro between the two main lines of Zhongshan station and Shuanglian station. The apartel is no stranger to the locals and expats living for its idealistic locale and is a convenient way in to so many amenities, whether it be for business and commercial activities, leisure shopping around Qingguang shopping district or sightseeing. Immerse yourself in the cultural and creative Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the nostalgic and historical Dadaocheng old town, not forgetting those salivating eateries and local street food from the nearby Ningxia Night Market which are all within easy reach.

While there are many hotels for short stays with the foreseeable amenities, the options get shorter if you are looking for a long stay serviced apartment hotel with all the right amenities and the Gloria Residence ticks all the boxes while nestled in a great location and a buzzing and vibrant neighbourhood. 
Despite our perspective from the outside it is very nondescript based on our first impression as we arrived on a cloudy day and it doesn’t always show the building off to its best advantage, but the building is the work of a master architect Jun Aoki based on the concept of “paradise”. The façade decorated with over two million mosaic tiles with the intention of creating a rippling effect from the reflecting sunlight especially during a bright sunny day, when the effect is more vivid.

The lobby is small and with a low ceiling, so there is not much of a real arrival experience that many other hotels offer, other than an arty wooden structure front desk that is made out of pieces of logs of wood, contrasting the dark marble tone wall and pillars with oak furniture for a bold atmosphere. The full glass windows don’t draw much natural light from the main street despite being on the ground level, while the cozy foyer is brightened by a few standing lamps placed at each corner. We would have to assume that potential long stay guests aren’t looking for enormous lobbies and that wow factor on arrival, but rather intimate apartments that provide ample amounts of space and allow you to not have to use outside conveniences.

The narrow lift took us to the guest floor that is more like an residential apartment block fit out with white floor and wall tiles, but the moment you open the door to your home away from home, it is as if you are in another place. As long stay apartments go, our 64sqm Royal B Room one bedroom apartment fit out is rather harmonious, combining an oriental design motif with oak furniture and a warm colour scheme, creating an inviting and pleasant atmosphere.
The natural color wooden floorboards, black dining table and chairs and kitchen cabinets create that oriental and minimalist zen feeling, juxtaposed against the white bedroom linen and beige walls. The sizable bathroom has a light coloured rustic stone tiled floor, a bathtub and generous walk-in high pressure shower as well as a washlets toilet which was a bonus delight.

The large walk-in closet is well designed and placed behind the wall of the King size bed. Also, there are two walls of windows, one overlooking the main street of Linsen road that draws some good natural light to flood the apartment. There are drawers everywhere, so you will not be short of storage especially for those who check-in for a longer stay.

 fully kitted out kitchenette, an all-in-one washer dryer on the outside balcony and space on the balcony to hang your laundry is extended for this cozy apartel suite home-style living. The overall impression of the room is of a high standard, as the choice of materials are of a high quality and the layout gives enough space and is not too cluttered. It is well balanced with intrigue and ease, contemporary simplicity and a welcoming sense of homeliness.

Although Gloria Residence does not provide any food & beverage or a full service restaurant, there is the 24/7 guest lounge in the basement where you can avail yourself of snacks, tea and coffee and soft drinks any time of the day - all complimentary for in-house guests and it is a capacious space where you can find a corner away from other guests to enjoy some peace and quiet outside of your apartment. Not to mention there are dozens of restaurants within a short walk radius, so location is everything.

There is also an indoor pool perfect for swimming laps and has an aspect overlooking the outside garden which is most enjoyable and gives you that residential feel. Our overnight stay was too short yet sweet with the basic needed amenities and friendly and helpful front desk service rendered to discover this vibrant and colorful neighbourhood in Taipei. Gloria Residence has just the basic and right amenities to make your stay restful and pleasant for you to fit in right here.

Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Room Amenities: 3.5/5
Housekeeping: 4/5
Food & Beverages: N/A
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4/5
359, Linsen N. Road,
Zhongshan District,
Taipei City, Taiwan
Tel: +886 2 2531 0699

Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated.

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