Leisurely Townhouse Capturing Tainan's Quotidian Life
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Leisurely Townhouse Capturing Tainan's Quotidian Life
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Discover the wonder of the lodging.
At dusk, time seems to slow down as the golden sun sets over downtown Tainan. Ready to call it a day, you bypass the Ximeng roundabout and head down a winding alleyway and arrive at a wooden door. The short townhouse wears a pinch of green, and an elegant fuchsia bougainvillea proudly greets you. Dancing in front of the Bagua window, sunlight and shadow delineate the outline of a phoenix spreading its wings. This is The Phoenix Catcher guesthouse, hidden down a nostalgic alleyway where you remember playing hide and seek as a child, capturing the quotidian life of Tainan.
Encounter the legendary king of birds
You turn the doorknob and gently push open the door. In contrast to the nostalgic ambiance of the alleyway, the interior of the guesthouse conveys a refreshing mood with a combination of white and wooden accents and a touch of Japanese style. High ceilings and a skylight in the living area allow ample natural light to flow into the space. Your shoulders naturally relax as you sit down on a row of cushions with your friends. The butler approaches with a kind smile, and leads you into this converted century-old house, providing an introduction as you go.
“Did you notice that you drove upwards and downwards over undulating terrain on your way here? There are quite a lot of hills in Tainan.” The butler points out the various ridge lines on a topographical map of Tainan. To your surprise, you notice that the ridge lines connect with each other to compose the shape of a phoenix spreading its wings! The butler further explains that, according to local folklore, a phoenix once stopped here bringing good fortune to the residents of Tainan. In order to maintain the properosity bestowed by the phoenix, residents began to build the town into the shape of a Bagua, an octagon plan resembling a net to enclose the phoenix inside. This legend reveals the origin of the name of The Phoenix Catcher, which also demonstrates the sincere aspirations of Max, the guesthouse host, who hopes that such interesting folktales can help all travelers get to know more about Tainan.
Meet the quotidian life of Tainan
Replicating the old canal of Tainan, the long, narrow corridor leads you to the rooms with dim light under your feet. The Hai’an and Shennong rooms maintain the same simple color tone of the living area, yet present more unique impressions of Tainan. The split-level attic design reminds you of an exclusive secret site that accommodates all your laughter and records every fragment of your wonderful memories.
Stepping into the room, the scent of wood permeates the air, and rays from the skylight softly fall into the room. You and your besties enjoy your favorite movies, playing with each other as if transported back to carefree times. Or maybe you prefer to spend some time alone, bathing in the sun on the small balcony of the Shennong Room, or appreciating the dance of branches and leaves outside the window of Hai’an Room. You notice a piece of decorative tile on the wall, and realize that the simple color scheme is not only a treasured craft from olden times, but also captures the quotidian ambiance you expected to encounter on this trip.
Witness a new chapter of old Tainan
Wearing casual polo shirt and shorts, Max, who was born and raised in Tainan, bears an honest smile in keeping with the hospitality of southern Taiwan. With enormous enthusiasm toward Tainan’s history and culture, he has renovated several old houses into guesthouses and established Trip Hospital, a travel and culture website centered on Tainan which aims to bring the lovable side of Tainan to all travelers through the sharing of information and the publication of magazines.
The great bougainvillea reflects the sunset at dusk while the daytime heat is whisked away by an evening breeze. You linger in the neighbourhood, moving at a leisurely pace. While other tourists hustle and bustle, you encounter the placidity of Tainan in these alleyways. You take a bite of a mango popsicle handmade by the butler. Tasting the simple, fresh sweetness awakens happy summertime memories, capturing the simple, carefree beauty of life.
The Phoenix Catcher—Whole Building
2 ~ 4 guests
NTD 2,800 ~ 5,400/building
Breakfast not included, 2-story building, 2 2-person room with ensuite bath, 2 double beds, 2 bathroom(s), Single-person bathing pool, Booking of entire building includes beds for 4 people while 6 extra person(s) can be added with maximum occupancy of 10 people. (more)
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Facilities and Services
No. 11, Ln. 296, Sec. 2, Hai’an Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan
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09:00 - 22:00