Humble House Taipei 寒舍艾麗

The Humble House Taipei 寒舍艾麗 ( is the latest hotel opened in the busy shopping Xinyi district (Dec 2013).  Location is superb, within 10 mins walking distance from the City Hall MRT.  If you are planning to go to Taipei for New Year Eve’s celebration, this hotel has a perfect location for viewing fireworks !

Exterior 2

The exterior looks very metallic !

Exterior Humble House

Let me describe a little about the Humble House building !  Humble house is very dedicated in reducing environmental pollution.  In fact, the building has been certified as LEED-Diamond Green Building.   Besides using environmental friendly construction material, the rooms are equipped with energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving and air-conditioning energy saving system.  Thumbs up for  that !

This hotel also has a large collection of modern art pieces.  Indeed, quite an eye opening for me !

This is their first floor lobby.


Talking about hotel facilities, it has an Italian restaurant – La Farfalla, a Bar – the Terrace, a spa centre, a gym, a grand ballroom and an outdoor swimming pool (under construction). Our main intention of coming here is to try out their buffet lunch at La Farfalla.  La Farfalla is an Italian word, meaning butterfly. Butterfly logo

The restaurant is located on 6th floor, same as the reception/check-in area.  You can see a few multimedia presentations on this floor.  It’s quite interesting – from far, it looks like a chinese mountain painting.


A closer look, you can see it’s a city with highway.


This is another multimedia art piece.


Below is the spacious and modern  reception area.  The reception area is bright and welcoming as it uses full-length panaroma windows to draw in the natural lights. Peony outside reception area

Notice the peony art piece outside ? Peony

There is another bigger multimedia art piece that displays mountain drawing and embedded with city streets. Do look out patiently for the UFO flying ! Haha ! UFO MultiM - Day of Perpetual Nite

Once you step into the La Farfalla, you can see two art pieces –  Paola Pivi’s Crazy Ball – chair lamp and a bronze fish display. Restaurant - La Farfalla 2

Crazy ball – miniature chairs – very interesting ! Restaurant - La Farfalla


This is amusing too !  Look what’s inside ? Bronze fish with doll

The La Farfalla serves  slightly different buffet style – semi-buffet.  Here’s the menu and the buffet price will be based on the main course selected.  The main course comes with bread, soup and coffee/tea.  What surprise me, is that they serve sparkling water free-flow too !  Also there is no price difference whether it’s a weekday or weekend.


It has an open concept kitchen where the main course are freshly cooked. Open concept kitchen

So what’s on the buffet table ? My feast started off with cold dishes – smoked salmon, marinated salmon, caprese salad, beef carpaccio, sauteed mushroom, vegetable frittat and etc. Cold dish

There is also a salad bar. Salad

Here’s the seafood section – Scallop, prawn, and squid.  This catches my attention – King crab legs !! Unlimited serving ! Haha ! King Crab Leg

Of course, we must leave some space for desserts.  They are really delicious – black forest cake and the cheese cake ! Dessert Soup and Bread starter   buffet dish

Our Main Courses –  Duck breast meat, Grilled assorted seafood platter (lobster, prawn, squid and fish) Main-course2

Pork Loin, Crispy Chicken Thigh, Salmon Fillet,  Lamb fillet Main course Main-course3

Wow Häagen-Dazs ice cream ! Didn’t expect to see that ! icecream



I think this is a great place to have family feast gathering !  Overall, our dining experience at La Farfarlla was satisfactory and the food was sumptuous !  The environment was quite cosy and the waitresses were quite attentive.  Expect more ‘quality food’ than ‘quantity’.   Although the buffet does not have a wide selection but the dishes serve are fresh and delicious.

Oh yes, where the best place to view the Taipei 101 fireworks ?

– Outside the La Farfalla’s garden.

– Hotel room – some of rooms have the luxury of Taipei 101 view.

– Swimming pool Just outside the La Farfalla’s garden.

There is another art piece called ‘Nature Tower’ (just outside the restaurant).  What is so special about the the ‘Nature Tower’ is that it has an ‘alive’ quality as the steel material changes color over time and exposure to nature.

Art piece outside rest - Nature tower TP 101 view

This outdoor space is also great for viewing Taipei 101 ! outdoor garden

Here’s a few shots of the room pictures !  Although the room size is not big, but it is well-designed and doesn’t look cramped. What I liked is the side bench besides the big window where you can enjoy city view. Wow even have Ritzenhoff espresso cup to accompany the Nespresso coffee machine ! Room3 ROOM

Lastly, look at this picture below !  Where did I take this picture ?  I think I shall leave you to find ‘The Hole’  …

( A tip – you can tell the reception that you saw ‘the hole’ on my blog and ask where to find it.) The hole

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