Last Updated on February 28, 2020 by queenie mak
If you appreciate modern interior design and the luxury of a boutique hotel, then you have to book SOF Hotel (植光花園酒店) the next time you are travelling to Taichung, Taiwan.
SOF, short for Space, Order and Form, was a creation by a New Zealand architectural firm, Fearon Hay Architects. The firm took the original 1950’s concrete building and repurposed it to embrace the characteristics of the building.
Exposed concrete and raw industrial style are apparent throughout the public spaces where there is a large void is in the center of the building, acting as a light well. Meanwhile, modern materials like black steel and natural timber were used to create different elements in each guest room.
Even though Taichung has many excellent affordable hotel accommodations, SOF Hotel is the best hotel to stay in Taichung!
Before you visit Taichung
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Address: No. 52, Guangfu Rd, Central District, Taichung, Taiwan 40045
Rate: NT$1700 for a standard double room (check Agoda for current rate)
Location of SOF Taichung
Located in the Central District of Taichung, SOF Taichung is easily accessible from anywhere in the city.
And if you have to travel to other places in Taichung, there are several bus stops close to SOF where you can easily take a public bus to anywhere in the city.
Guest room – standard double room
No matter which type of room you select on Agoda, each guest room has a bed, desk and chair, flat-screen TV, fridge, a closet and a private bathroom.
I selected a standard double room, which is one of the basic and cheapest rooms at the SOF Hotel (pictured above). The room has plenty of space for one to two people. And even though the standard double room doesn’t come with a balcony, I was happy with the ample amount of space inside the room.
SOF Taichung also has other rooms like economy double room, standard twin room, deluxe double balcony room, deluxe balcony with bathtub, family quadruple room, and an executive suite room.
And all the guest rooms are on floors 2 to 7, where each room is designed with a similar minimalist, industrial aesthetics.
Private ensuite bathroom
Each guest room has a private ensuite. The bathroom is spacious and designed well. And most of all, the bathroom is super clean and functional.
The standard bathroom comes with a shower, sink, and toilet. And if you selected one of the rooms with a bathtub, then you will get both a shower and a tub.
Public spaces at SOF Hotel
The public areas in hotels in Taichung are not very elaborate like the ones you see in hotels located in other parts of the world like Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong and North America. Typically, public spaces are small and functional.
At SOF, there are several public areas, including a small lounge area, coffee shop, light well, aka the garden and the terrace at the back of the hotel. All of the public spaces are on the ground floor.
A small lounge is located directly across from the reception area. It is fully decorated with modern furniture and fixtures.
The coffee shop has a small kitchen, a long dining table and a few smaller tables. The area is used as a breakfast area and also for guests to use at any time.
Since my booking didn’t include breakfast, I cannot comment on the quality of the breakfast.
The center of the hotel features a light well where light infuses from the top and highlight all the exposed concrete on each floor. Plants are included on each floor to bring in a bit of nature next to the raw, exposed concrete.
And there is a terrace at the back of the hotel where you can sit and enjoy the exterior space. It has bench seating, and that’s pretty much it.
The staff at SOF Hotel
I arrived early at the SOF Hotel, and the front desk wasn’t able to give me the room right away, which was okay because I was super early. She was very courteous and friendly. And she spoke perfect English, so I didn’t have to speak in my broken Mandarin and sign language. Ha!
Other than checking-in, I had a few questions about my room, and the same person helped me with my request. It is a small-ish hotel, so there aren’t a lot of staff around. But in any case, my queries were all answered, and I was delighted with the prompt response.
Other than that, I didn’t have any other particular questions or request as everything was pretty straight forward and I have been in Taichung before, so I didn’t have any questions about the city.
Overall, I feel the staff at SOF Hotel is attentive and helpful.
My overall impression of SOF Hotel
I am always on a look-out for quality boutique hotels at an affordable price. And SOF Hotel has everything I was looking for!
Yes, you will pay more than a hostel option, but you are getting a quality guest room with the best design elements. But it is still very affordable, even for a solo traveller’s budget.
I highly recommend any solo travellers to stay at SOF Hotel in Taichung. You pay a little more, but you get the luxury of a boutique hotel. Check Agoda for the current rate and other reviews.
Want to learn more about other accommodations in Taichung?
Throughout my time in Taichung, I stayed at many places to see what accommodation options there are in Taichung. I wrote an entire post about where to stay in Taichung. If you want other suggestions, take a look at that post.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the SOF Hotel! It is truly a real gem in the city.
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