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Oct 22, 2012


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Design-conscious travelers have a new destination in Taipei
as Wallpaper* magazine recognizes Ambassador Hotel Group’s
new amba TAIPEI XIMENDING – the only hotel in Taiwan -
as one of the best new hotel openings around the world

TAIPEI (October 22, 2012) - The distinctive, new amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, created by Taiwan’s Ambassador Hotel Group, makes a dramatic entrance with a prestigious nomination for the world’s BEST BUSINESS HOTELS 2012 list from design magazine Wallpaper*. The hotel, which only opened in February 2012, earned its position on the shortlist through its unconventional approach, providing a more creative, more productive, and fun environment.


Highly respected and influential UK based design and lifestyle publication, Wallpaper* Magazine has just named amba TAIPEI XIMENDING one of the 29 best new openings around the world on its BEST BUSINESS HOTELS 2012 shortlist. This year, the magazine selects a new breed of designer hotels based on the ‘Combining Business and Fun’ concept. amba was the only Taiwan hotel and only one of seven in Asia Pacific which made the grade based on design style, quality of service, and quality of food. This puts Ambassador Hotel Group’s newest creation on the same level as the world’s most coveted designer hotels such as the Armani Hotel Milano, Bulgari Hotel in London, and W Paris - Opéra.


Wallpaper* describes the hotels on the list having “je ne sais quoi” – the indescribable quality that makes something very appealing. At amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, this quality is the result of a decision by the Ambassador Hotel Group to develop a totally new creative hotel concept. amba’s unique aesthetic feel is a collaboration between Taiwan’s top architects, interior designers, artists, culinary experts, mixologists, and music stylists.

“We’re honored to be nominated by Wallpaper*. The award is not only a celebration of the exciting new experience the amba brand delivers, but also a recognition of Taiwan’s creativity on the world stage,” said Hubert Lee, president, Ambassador Hotel Group. “Ambassador hotels have always strived for excellence through service and innovation, and now on our 50th anniversary, with the new amba designer hotel concept, we aim to transform the traditional business hotel model and bring a fresh momentum to the industry. We believe the early adopters, creatives, and urban travelers that stay at amba will feel not just refreshed, but inspired.”


In addition to securing a place on the Wallpaper* shortlist, amba TAIPEI XIMENDING is already winning the hearts of customers. Open less than a year, amba has welcomed more than 60,000 guests and received numerous excellent ratings on travel websites. The key to this success is the hotel’s focus on three elements - creativity, connectivity and conservation - in what the hotel describes as its DNA. This combination gives guests inspiration as they relax in minimalist surroundings made from reused wood and recycled barrels, whilst enjoying free high-speed Wi-Fi and original works of art throughout the hotel.

The sense of creativity extends into the fun laboratory beakers and test tubes used for cocktails in the retro chic tingba lounge; the action figures, comics and bookshelves decorating the hotel's chiba all-day international café; and the fun amenities in each of the 160 modern guestrooms. Room guests are even supplied with a pair of amba’s trendy flip-flops that they can wear in the hotel and take home.

The hotel’s creative atmosphere also provides a unique venue for productive meetings and product launches. Choices of event space range from the relaxing tingba to the intimate creative space to street salon’s flexible outdoor area for hosting everything from concerts to fashion shows.

“We hope that the Wallpaper* nomination brings more people from all over the world to experience amba TAIPEI XIMENDING. We’re always inspired by our amazing guests. In return, we aim to provide a uniquely creative, fun hotel experience that inspires them,” said Teresa Huang, general manager of amba TAIPEI XIMENDING.  

address:  77 wuchang street, section 2, taipei 10843, taiwan   
phone: +886 2 2511 1111
reservations: +886 2 2311 9977 | 0800 716 716 taiwan toll-free
website: www.amba-hotels.com

About The Ambassador Group

Ambassador Hotel Group, headquartered in Taipei, celebrates 50 years of luxury hospitality in 2012 with the launch of its next-generation design hotel concept - amba Hotels and Resorts and the opening of amba TAIPEI XIMENDING in February 2012 and continual improvement programs at the three Ambassador hotels in Taipei, Hsinchu, and Kaohsiung. Renowned for its culinary excellence, Ambassador continues to innovate by bringing the authentic New York diner experience to Taiwan with the opening of the first 1Bite2Go Café & Deli in August 2012, following the success of other recently introduced dining concepts including A-CUT and Market Café. The group is deeply committed to its local community, contributing to a variety of environmental, cultural, and social programs throughout the island.

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