Roaming around Fengjia Night Market can be exhausting. When visiting this night market that goes on open until past midnight, it is ideal to stay in the city than to travel back far out. For our night stay in Taichung, we stayed at In Sky Hotel. Opened in 2014 at the heart of Fengjia’s central business district, the hotel facade is an eye-catching display at night. Inspired by the cascading colors of aurora borealis, In Sky Hotel changes hues depending on the time of the evening. Adding vibrancy to what is already a lively city.
In Sky Hotel is located at Fuxing North Road, Xitun District in Taichung City. If the Fengjia Night Market is your aim, location is the hotel’s key strength. The night market is only five minutes walk. Business-related stay would also find the location quite convenient. The hotel is 15-minutes drive away from the Taichung High Speed Railway and 30-minutes drive away from the Taichung Railway Station and Taichung Airport.
Inspired by the aurora borealis, In Sky Hotel takes a lot of elements from its wavy pattern as seen used at the lobby ceiling. Most of the hotel’s feel is warm and somewhat dim. Design is modern and contemporary and sometimes unconventional which I like.
The rooms are named after planets. I had the Jupiter Room at the 8th floor. A large 33sqm long room with two queen sized beds. Upon entering there’s a closet, a divider separating the beds and a corner table with a couple of corner chairs. Nice touch so it’s easy to remove shoes or slip on the room slippers.
There’s the large flat screen tv, long desk as work space, a fridge and a mini bar. I especially liked their complimentary coffee and tea here. That Brazilian Drip coffee is really good and tasty. The bed cushion and pillows are quite comfortable too.
The bath area is quite unconventional. The bath tub can clearly be seen in the room, the wash sink is also open. The toilet and shower have their own cubes. All of them are separated by a curtain. A sliding door leads to a balcony with a street view. I do like their toiletries and the quality of their shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
The 8th floor also gives access to a nice pocket garden with foot paths leading to opposite hallways. On one end is a Foot Spa area and on the other end is beautiful Garden Study where there are recipe and travel books. A computer for internet access. Both are open from 7:00am to 10:30pm.
The Fitness Area at the 5th floor was disappointing though. It’s small and only have cardio machines. No free weights or machines here. Not even a mat. It’s like it’s there just for the sake of having a fitness area.
The pool and the lounge area at the 9th floor roof top looks really nice though. Looks like the place is a popular venue for weddings or pre-nuptial shoots judging by the displays (like a large diamond ring). Unfortunately, the pool is closed during winter (November to May) unless there are exceptions announced.
Since In Sky Hotel is near Fengjia Night Market, the hotel partnered with some of the establishments there. Make sure to grab a handy map and they also give out coupons for guest where they can get treats and discounts too.
There are dining options on the ground floor and breakfast is served at the nearby cafe. I wasn’t able to try any of them though but my companions said they were okay.
In Sky Hotel Experience
I’m always fond of themed hotels and In Sky Hotel has a lot working for them in terms of character. Staff here are quite pleasant too and facilities looks good (except for the gym). And the real strength of the hotel is the location, just near the night market and at the center of the business district. A very good option for stay when in Taichung.
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