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Laile B&B

Relive Tainan’s Former Days with a Paris-like Charm

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  • The wonderful rebirth of a traditional row house
  • Room themes inspired by local professionals in a variety of fields
  • The green courtyard exudes a Parisian-apartment-like charm
  • Creative breakfast with Taiwanese and Western fusion style
  • Near Ximen Roundabout

Our Stay

Discover the wonder of the lodging.

Relive Tainan’s Former Days with a Paris-like Charm

Three o’clock in the afternoon is probably the most beautiful moment in Tainan. You stroll around Ximen Roundabout, then turn into one of the lanes. Street scenes of modern Tainan dotted with the charms of the former capital city, now are immersed in the warm, golden sunlight. The roads radiating out along the roundabout are reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe Roundabout in Paris. Walking in the sun-drenched streets, you come to this old row house with a wooden front door and green leaves. Shaped with stylized artistic Chinese characters, the lodging’s name “Laile” (meaning “here I am” in Mandarin) presents a genuinely welcoming demeanor, inviting you to spend a night here.

 

 

Let Time Tell Its Story

Turning the ivory-colored handle to open the front door, you enter the placid tea room space with tables lit up by pendant lights. Walking through the room scented with Taiwan fir and into the bright courtyard resembling one from some old Parisian apartment. Surrounded by four walls, a cinnamon tree takes the center stage in the courtyard with abundant greenery. The blue-and-white floral floor tiles lend a sense of coolness like jets of fountain water. Sunlight gleams on the guests’ hair, drinks on the tables, and foliage, dappling the blue wall like a painting of rippling waves on water.

 

“Here I am.” Stepping into the reception room, you exchange smiles with the butler, while the sweet aroma from someone making pineapple jam in the back kitchen welcomes your arrival. Laile B&B, designed by the renowned interior designer Jimmy, has eight rooms inspired by the lifestyles of eight characters of different professions and ages. Spending a night in one of the rooms would be like walking into the character’s distinctive life. The intimate space also rekindles Tainan’s past when people had close relationships with their neighbors, bringing you the vibe of old days.

 
 

Encounter with Eight Lifestyles

Just imagine this: The time is nearly noon, a photographer carrying a single-lens reflex camera just steps out his apartment and bumps into the interior designer who’s heading downstairs for a brunch. They smile and nod to each other, exchanging a quick conversation about what they’ve been up to lately. Downstairs, on the other end of the corridor, the florist who lives on the ground floor just returns from the flower market, while a diving coach with wet hair is holding some diving devices and going upstairs. Eight people form different fields once lived here. Now, you are invited to step inside the rooms and relive the unique moments of their lives.

 

In the “Florist’s Room,” you draw open the white linen floor-to-ceiling curtain. Surprisingly, the golden sunlight pours in through the glazed extension space. By the windows, there is a single armchair surrounded by plants and a desk facing the green maple in the small yard. Both would make you want to take a book and enjoy a splendid reading time in the daylight.

 

If desiring the view from a higher floor, in the “Musician’s Attic,” you would enjoy a room with abundant wood elements and a spacious balcony. Sit back on the rocking chair on the balcony and sway as you take in the pleasant sky view. Some melody might just pop into your mind. Sits on the third floor, the “Diving Coach’s Room” also offers another restful hideout. With a wall of French windows to the balcony overlooking the courtyard, you may bathe in streams of sunshine or take a relaxing bath in the bathtub.

 

The elegant “Dancer’s Room” has a hint of old Shanghai style as the vintage European-style light fixtures shed warm yellow lights on the canopy bed. Walking on the wooden floor with a gorgeous rug, you can’t help but want to make a spin or jump a little barefoot. Both sophisticated “Photographer’s Room” and “Interior Designer’s Room” demonstrate the charming blend of old and new, especially with the leather armchairs that are both classic and chic.

 
 

Experiencing a Wonderful Life with Parisian Atmosphere in Tainan

Sunlight pierces into windows and wakes up the day. Stepping downstairs, you may sit in the courtyard as the light plays hide-and-seek with the shadows. Reading some newspaper over savoring hearty breakfast prepared by the butler would put a smile on your face. With a wonderful experience, you continue your journey to the next stop.

 

From day to night, light and shadow move as time passes by, composing all kinds of scenery on the walls, by the plants, and between tables and chairs. The elegant and peaceful scene is evocative of a snapshot taken from a street café in Paris, only the wine glass and Western cuisine are replaced with the teacup and Chinese dish. You eat with relish, walk with joy, just enjoy the pace of life here.

 

Many say that Tainan takes after Kyoto, but for Jimmy, its lifestyle and culinary interests are a lot like Paris. Tainan, also known as the “Southern Capital,” has its long history that breeds its people with confidence and unique character. Coming to Laile B&B, you would experience the local daily life and appreciate the city’s character at a placid pace.

 

 

Story of the Host

Meet the moving story of the host.

Jimmy.Transforming an Old House into a Home Where Passion Resides

A man with dark skin, wearing his salt-and-pepper hair short and some slightly curly beard on his pointed chin, this was Jimmy, a renowned interior designer for accommodations in southern Taiwan. As we first met, he wore simple clothes and with an indomitable yet gentle expression on his face. Speaking in high spirits, he smiled and said: ”Originally I was going to open a B&B in Kenting.” It turned out that he didn’t get his suntan in Tainan, but was an imprint from surfing a lot. So it made us wonder, what would be the twist of fate that brought him to create “Laile” in Tainan.

 

 

A Future Built upon Love

“I’ve been interested in spatial design since I was a kid, but I’d never thought that it would be my lifelong career.” Born in Tainan, after graduating from the Department of Landscape Architecture at Tunghai University, Jimmy came to work on landscape projects for a company. It was when he found that he had been drawn to the spatial design plans made by colleagues, that awakened his passion.

 

Something of a surfing buff himself, Jimmy once spent a whole year staying in Jinshan, a surfing hot spot in northern Taiwan. Back then, he was either surfing or on the way to the sea. It was also during that period that he met with Ling, his future wife, who was studying dance at the National Taiwan University of Sport. Ling was nine years younger than Jimmy and was attracted to him by his dashing look when surfing, while Jimmy fell for Ling’s kindness that made her even more beautiful. As the two were getting closer and closer, the bond between them grew stronger as time went by.

 

Upon Ling’s graduation, they had dated for three years and been planning for the future together. As two avid surfers, they dreamed about a life of working on weekdays, going surfing whenever they could, and a house with the sea right in the back would have been even better. Therefore they decided to do job hunting and trying to open a B&B in Kenting, another surfing hot spot in southern Taiwan. But for the first two months, they didn’t get any responses. It was until that Ling finally got a job offer in Tainan, that Jimmy also resigned from the job in Taipei, and both moved to Tainan.

 
 

Incorporating the Ideal Life into Spatial Design

The first opportunity for Jimmy to bring his talent into play was to design “Green Atman,” a restaurant converted from an old house in Tainan. At first, the restaurant only hired Jimmy for landscape architecture, but as Jimmy expressed his keen interest in spatial design, they agreed to give him a try. As the result turned out to be successful, it also paved the way for many other projects and built up the reputation of Jimmy’s “PCY studio.” While he has designed spaces for many famous lodgings and restaurants, Jimmy still bore the dream of running a b&b, just waiting for the knock of chance.

 

“It was the house that came to find us,” Jimmy said. Laile B&B was originally a shabby row house that had been empty for a whole year with no tenants until the landlord came to ask Jimmy to do the renovation. Looking at the dilapidated house, Jimmy’s imagination conjured up a vision for its future. “It was the only preserved row house in this neighborhood of Tainan.” Although he wasn’t sure about how he wanted to do with the house, he decided to rent it and mulled over some ideas. In the 18-month process of refurbishment, through engaging in dialogue with the building, he managed to breathe a new life into the row house and realize the ideal lifestyle here.

 
 

The Heartwarming Family Life

“I’m glad that we didn’t end up relocating in Kenting.” Jimmy said with an intriguing smile: “As we stayed in Tainan, we learned more about the local culture and what life means.” Jimmy also confessed that, if Ling hadn’t brought up marriage, he would never have thought of building a family of his own when his career had just begun to take off. Nevertheless, Jimmy has always been dedicated to this relationship. From presenting their plan of moving to Tainan to Ling’s family in Taoyuan, to singing “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” to propose to Ling at “Green Atman,” they have now made a happy family. As we spoke, Jimmy was holding his daughter in one hand and playing with her younger brother in Ling’s arms with another, his eyes not only sparkled with passion for spatial design but also the love for his family.

 

As Jimmy said, old houses in Tainan represented everyday life in the past. And the scenery composed of corrugated metal structures added on the rooftops, washed clothes getting hot under the sunlight, and food aroma from the neighbor’s kitchen was the “true face” of Tainan, which could only be experienced by really residing here. Upon completion of Laile B&B, Jimmy promised to spend more time with his family and live out the life he pictured through spatial design projects. While he was talking, his tender yet firm expression revealed that the motivation stemmed from the trust and support of his family. Each moment with his family was so brilliant, and that, was the longing of his life.

 

Room Type and Price

Room Type

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Room A
2 guests

NTD 3,500 ~ 5,800/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, On the 1st floor, Indoor 33 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, Extra person is not allowed (more)

Price List
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Room B
2 guests

NTD 3,500 ~ 5,800/room

doubleBedbathtubbalcony

Breakfast included, Indoor 36 m2, In-room bathroom, Open-style bathroom, 1 double bed, Single-person bathtub, Extra person is not allowed (more)

Price List
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Room C
2 guests

NTD 3,150 ~ 5,200/room

doubleBedbathtub

Breakfast included, Indoor 33 m2, In-room bathroom, 1 double bed, Single-person bathtub, Up to 1 extra person (with extra bed) (more)

Price List
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Room D
2 guests

NTD 2,660 ~ 4,500/room

doubleBedshower

Breakfast included, Indoor 24 m2, In-room bathroom, 1 double bed, Up to 1 extra person (with extra bed) (more)

Price List
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Room E
2 guests

NTD 1,960 ~ 3,300/room

doubleBedbalcony

Breakfast included, Indoor 17 m2, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, Extra person is not allowed (more)

Price List

Price List

Booking Info

  • Breakfast included: Chinese-Western fusion, Creative & homemade (adjusted with seasonal ingredients), Beverages
  • Regular days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Holidays: Friday, Saturday, National holiday and the day before and The day before consecutive holidays
  • Extra person with extra bed: single mattress, pillow, cover, personal toiletries and breakfast included, Extra person rate: NTD1,000 per person
  • Travelers with large luggage or disabilities please note that the lodging is not equipped with an elevator.
  • Accessible room(s) on the ground floor suitable for travelers with large luggage or disabilities.
  • Open for bookings up to 3 months in advance.
  • Single person discount: All rooms enjoy NTD300 off per night.(Please note that no discount for the following occasions: Chinese New Year.)
  • Please check with the lodging for details on continuous stay discount.
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Cancellation and Postponement Policy

  • Refund for canceling your reservation due to personal reasons will be transferred according to the following rules (with a handling fee of NTD30 charged):
    • 100% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 14 days prior to reservation date.
    • 50% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 4 ~ 13 days prior to reservation date.
    • 20% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 2 ~ 3 days prior to reservation date.
    • No refund will be made for canceling 1 day before or on reservation date, or no show.
  • In case of natural disasters (such as earthquake, typhoon, etc.) and other circumstances of force majeure, when the local government announcing office and school closures,the full refund will be transferred(with a handling fee of NTD30 charged) or a postponement in 6 months (the check-in day included) can be reserved for one instance.
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Lodging Info

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Public transportation

  • Distance between lodging and nearby transportation spots:
      • Tainan Train Station: 1.5 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 台灣鐵路管理局.
      • Fort Provintia Station Bus Stop: 0.2 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 府城客運.
      • It is recommended to transfer from Tainan train station by taxi: about 5 minutes, NTD90 (time and fare are for reference only).

After booking is confirmed, please contact the host for transportation details.

No. 149, Xinmei St., West Central Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan

Facilities and Services

Shared facilities

  • Indoor Space: Dining room, Toilet
  • Other Amenities: WiFi, Books, Magazines
  • Outdoors: Yard

Services

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House Rules

  • Check-in time: 15:00 ~ 18:00. As you are required to schedule your check-in time in advance, please arrange with the lodging 1 day(s) beforehand. please inform the lodging for late check-in time upon booking
  • Check-out time: before 11:00. Please follow the check-out time stated in the house rules
  • Breakfast time: 08:30 ~ 10:00
  • For ensuring the quality of stay for all guests, pets are not allowed in the lodging.
  • For the energy saving and eco-friendly purpose, please bring your own Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • If guests book for an extended stay (more than one night), fresh bedding, covers, pillow and daily cleaning will not be provided.
  • Due to the age of the lodging, sound insulation is poor, please walk quietly and lower your voice.
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please step lightly and lower your voice.
  • Please inform the lodging of the correct number of guests in advance, and no extra person is allowed on the check-in day. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accommodations without refund in the event of a violation.
  • We only accommodate guests with reservation and not open for visiting to ensure the privacy of our guests.
  • Guests are not permitted to use the kitchen facilities
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please do not let children run around or make loud noises unattened.
  • The lodging will not take credit card or Taiwan Traveler Card.
  • Please keep your valuables safe as the lodging is not responsible for the loss of or damage to valuable items.
  • Please turn off the lights and appliancess when not in use.
  • Please do not move, destroy, or remove the equipment in the room. In the event of damaged or lost property, the lodging may take the following action(s): Ask for full monetary compensation for any damaged or lost property
  • Smoking is not allowed both indoor and outdoor.
  • The following behaviors are not allowed: Drug using, excessive drinking, gambling, making loud noises, causing disturbances, setting off firecrackers, and any illegal acts. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accommodations, charge for anything damaged or lost, and report to the police in the event of a violation.

Contact Info

Address
No. 149, Xinmei St., West Central Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan

Phone
+886-6-222-9293
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Contact Hours
08:00 - 18:00

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Email
shinmeei149@gmail.com