The island of Taiwan is situated 180-kilometres from the south-east coast of China. Formerly called Formosa – Portuguese for “beautiful island” – the main and indeed capital city is Taipei. Located at the norther tip of the island, the city is dominated by the bamboo-shaped Taipei Tower which stands at 509-metres tall.
Taipei is one of the most visited cities in the world – drawn by historic sites, contemporary architecture and superb cuisine and diverse shopping. The city also boasts a clutch of fabulous luxury hotels.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Taipei:
Mandarin Oriental, Taipei - 9/10
With exquisitely designed architecture reflecting European styles, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Taipei is a sophisticated and elegant haven for discerning international travellers. Set in the heart of the city’s business district, enjoying views of the iconic Taipei 101, the Songshan International Airport is just a 5 minutes’ drive away. Boasting 256 Guest Rooms and 47 Suites, the Mandarin Oriental has among the most spacious and state of the art hotel facilities in Taipei. Rooms are spacious, ranging from 55 square metres, whereas the magnificent Presidential Suite is nearly 400 square metres and includes a living and dining room, kitchen, butler service, private spa and gymnasium. Suite guests also have exclusive membership to private meeting rooms, breakfasts, afternoon teas and evening cocktails.
Café Un Deux Trois offers international a la carte and set menu cuisine in a relaxed, contemporary setting. Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Ya Ge spoils diners with Cantonese gourmet delights, while Bencotto, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, serves authentic, heart-warming cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. The stylish, Art Deco-inspired M.O Bar serves an extensive range of cocktails and champaigns. The Jade Lounge, adjacent to the ground floor lobby, provides a sophisticated spot to indulge in traditional afternoon tea and exquisite pastries. The hotel spa is one of the most luxurious in Taipei, offering tailor-made holistic treatments and therapies from 12 tranquil treatment rooms spread over two floors. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness centre, yoga studio and 20-metre temperature-controlled outdoor pool.
Okura Prestige Taipei - 9/10
The Okura Prestige is a luxurious Tokyo-based high-rise business hotel located in Taipei's prosperous and bustling business district. The high-end contemporary-classic design has bright, highly polished interiors throughout, and 207 state-of-the-art guest rooms and suites offer refined comfort and atmosphere. Room décor is formal, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide natural light and excellent city views. A sliding door design divides the open space layout. The grand and sumptuous Presidential Suite on the 15th floor offers top-end luxury with a spacious bedroom, living room, dining room and outside landscaped garden.
Japanese fine dining comes from Yamazato, where diners enjoy a quiet space to enjoy sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. For an exquisite dining experience, Toh-Ka-Lin specialises in Cantonese cuisine and serves classic Chinese cuisine in the most elegant of surroundings. For a taste of European and Oriental cuisine, Continental Room focuses on high-end French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese flavours to tempt the tastebuds. Relax in the British retro-style Pearl bar and lounge with a favourite spirit or sample a delicious pastry at The Nine Bakery. Take in the sunshine on the 21st floor or take a refreshing dip in the rooftop pool while enjoying unrivalled panoramic views across the Zhongshan district. A well-equipped fitness centre, steam room, sauna, and a small spa provide guests with the perfect environment to relax and unwind.
Regent Taipei - 9/10
Located in the heart of Taipei’s business district, the magnificent Regent hotel is just a 40-minute drive from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and right in the centre of the financial, commercial shopping, cultural and artistic centre. The hotel boasts 478 premium rooms and 60 luxurious suites. The modern but classic design creates a charming resting space accentuated by floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular panoramic views of the city. All rooms come equipped with Woshuli mattresses, and well-appointed bathrooms provide guests with oversized marble bathtubs, a separate shower and luxurious bathroom products. The largest and most lavish guest room is the 19th-floor Presidential Suite – complete with high-end custom-made furniture and two-story panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of those stunning cityscape views.
No less than eight exquisite restaurants provide guests with the best dining experience. From traditional Japanese dishes to Western and Asian fusion, buffet-style world cuisine, top quality char-grilled steaks, seafood, authentic Cantonese and Shanghai cuisine, dining is taken very seriously at the Regent Taipei. The Mulan Spa is hidden on the hotel's top floor and offers ten treatment rooms with a steam shower and private bath. There is a top-floor swimming pool, state-of-the-art gymnasium, and fitness studio with far-reaching views across the Wanping green space of parks.
The Shangri-La Far Eastern is an elegant hotel that blends Chinese and Western influences and is decorated in artistic masterpieces imitating the Song Dynasty. Occupying one of the soaring twin towers of the Taipei Metro Complex, this is the tallest hotel in Taipei and consists of 420 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows – some of which take in the awe-inspiring views of the Taipei 101, and luxurious marble bathrooms come complete with a flat-screen TV. Plaza and Speciality Suites offer greater luxury and living space. Still, the crowning glory belongs to the magnificent and spacious Presidential Suite on the hotel's highest floor – complete with a separate living room, dining room, kitchen, sauna and steam room, grand piano and butler service.
As well as banqueting and conference facilities, the Shangri-La Far Eastern offers five multi-national gourmet restaurants and three unique lounges. Enjoy high-rise city views, specialities like Wuxi pork ribs and Shuzi steamed Boston lobster at the Shanghai Pavilion. Delight in excellent Italian cuisine at the romantic Marco Polo Restaurant, or sample exquisite Japanese cuisine such as teppanyaki, kaiseki and nigiri sushi at ibiki. The sixth-floor Café at Far Eastern is a favoured buffet restaurant, while gin lovers should see the vast selection at the Lobby Tea Room. A fully equipped health club, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and Qi Shiseido Salon and Spa on the 40th-floor provides guests with all their relaxation needs, while two outdoor swimming pools – including a spectacular heated rooftop pool offer incredible views over the city.
Villa 32, Beitou, Taipei - 9/10
Located in Beitou, just north of Taipei and nestled between mountains and in a geothermal valley, Villa 32 is a unique boutique hotel for guests aged over 16. Regarding itself as a “private guest house”, surrounded by abundant hot springs, geothermal energy and peaceful natural landscape, this hotel provides guests with the ultimate experience in relaxation. With only five guest rooms, Villa 32 makes the most of its therapeutic location, with each room having at least one hot spring tub. Two top-class Japanese style rooms are designed mainly in the style of Zen gardens with indoor and outdoor hot springs made from Taiwan cypress, a beautifully tranquil courtyard, high-end designer furnishings and products. The three luxurious European style rooms enjoy the fusion of nature with marbles and woods throughout and the water of an independent indoor hot spring providing the ultimate soothing environment. With the best high-end entertainment systems and designer furnishings, all rooms also enjoy private butler service.
Designed in stone and wood, the Restaurant provides a warming environment as diners can watch the expert chef team create gourmet delicacies from the open kitchen. In addition, there are three exclusive private dining rooms. Mind, body, and spirit wellbeing is taken care of at The Spa, combining the principles of meridian acupoints with classic European aromatherapy. Villa 32 is 40 km from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and 12 km from Taipei Main Train Station.
Palais de Chine, Taipei - 9/10
Offering a combination of Chinese characteristics with old-world European opulence, Palais de Chine is a modern luxury hotel situated in the Datong District of Taipei, just minutes from the city's main transport hub. The hotel's 286 guest rooms and suites combine eastern sophistication with western elegance and are finished in opulent French-inspired furnishings to provide unrivalled opulence. Entry-level rooms start from 30 square metres with one or two beds and come with an open plan bathroom. For more space, the suites offer 67 square metres of elegant accommodation and come with marbled bathrooms and spectacular views of the city.
The dining experience is a particular pleasure at Palais de Chine with Michelin three-star-winning restaurant Yi Palace delivering exquisite Chinese cuisine on the 17th-floor. Diners can enjoy top French seafood and Char-grilled steaks at Yunxuan restaurant, along with a wide selection of wines from the cellar. While classic Italian cuisine is served by Michelin plate winning restaurant Artbrosia. The hotel has a fully equipped gym on the 17th-floor with stunning views across the city, and guests also have access to an outdoor lap pool at a neighbouring gym.
Kimpton Da An, Taipei - 8/10
Located in Taipei’s trendy Da-an District, the Kimpton is a contemporary boutique hotel offering guests a high-end service. Ideally located, a short stroll from art galleries, buzzing café culture and individual boutiques, Kimpton Da An provides 129 luxurious guest rooms and suites spread over 12 floors. Rooms have 32 square metres of living space and come with luxury bed linen, a 50-inch LED TV with an impressive theatre-style audio system, a mobile streaming function and a capsule coffee machine. Bathrooms come with Atelier Bloem bath products, TOTO toilets and some with extra-large built-in bathtubs. Select rooms also come with a private balcony.
Guests can experience breath-taking panoramic views of the city and towards the iconic Taipei 101 from the outdoor terrace of The Tavernist restaurant on the 12th-floor, as they enjoy an eclectic and ever-changing menu of exquisite worldwide gourmet cuisine. Or savour East-meets-West innovations at the cocktail bar for pre-or post-dinner drinks. Other hotel features include indoor parking, a 24-hour fitness centre and an airport shuttle service. Last and certainly not least, there is no need to leave your family pets behind, as the Kimpton Da An welcomes any number of animal companions to your room at no extra cost.
Hotel Eclat, Taipei – 8/10
Ideally situated in the fashionable Da-an District of Taipei, close to restaurants and transport connections, Hotel Eclat is a modern and elegant boutique hotel offering the highest standards. Featuring priceless sculptures and artworks from names such as Salvador Dali and Gao Xiao Wu, along with ultra-luxurious room amenities, the hotel will appeal to connoisseurs from around the world. With 60 lavishly appointed guest rooms comprising rich linens, state-of-the-art in-room entertainment options, a designer desk chair and Mont Blanc stationery, all rooms are sure to impress. Bathrooms come with walk-in rainforest showers, an LCD television, and the best possible bathroom amenities.
Accommodation size ranges from nearly 25 square metres for a beautiful entry-level room to 64 square metres for the Eclat Suite - boasting a separate bedroom with a luxurious oversized bed, a sitting room, and a dining room area for up to six guests. The bathroom features a walk-in-rainforest shower, jacuzzi bath and bathroom amenities from Jo Malone. Guests can enjoy all-day dining at the breath-taking Eclat Lounge. Surrounded by creative design and striking contemporary artworks, diners can select from the a la carte dinner menu of Asian gourmet or Western-inspired cuisine. Bellini Café also offers a delicious array of fresh Italian fare in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Overlooking the serene Danfeng mountain landscape of the Beitou District on the northern outskirts of Taipei, Grand View Resort is a contemporary luxury hotel from the designer of Taipei 101. Floor-to-ceiling windows feature heavily, while outdoor pools maximise the health benefits of the area’s natural hot springs. The hotel has 66 stylish and spacious guest rooms, all equipped with a private terrace to make the most of those stunning landscape views. Woods and marbles combine to create a warm, relaxing environment, while bedroom linens are pristine and luxurious. Bathrooms are a particular highlight with independent hot-spring and cold-water plunge pools. The exquisite Grand View Suites have 109 square metres of living space and provide low-key and calming interiors complete with a four-poster canopy bed, separate living room and large balconies.
There is a choice of three restaurants - the Yong Cui Ting serves the finest Taiwanese gourmet cuisine and has an incredible panoramic vista of mountain views on three sides. The Continental Restaurant combines fresh local ingredients with delicate French techniques to create refined French cuisine. The Waterfront Tea House offers afternoon tea, lunch, and light evening meals and drinks with views of green mountain scenery. Relax with a pampering treatment in the Li Yang Spa or indulge in the outdoor natural spring facilities, including a private spa house, gorgeous open-air baths, and a twenty-metre swimming pool.
W Taipei, Taipei – 8/10
Located above Taipei City Hall station and next to the iconic Taipei 101 in the glitzy Xinyi District, Marriott’s W Taipei is perfectly positioned to enjoy the fast pace of Taipei’s exciting retail culture and nightlife. This trendy hotel focuses on understated luxury, and each of the 405 guest rooms and suites has a contemporary and energetic design with cutting-edge technology and luxurious furnishings and amenities. Entry-level Wonderful Rooms are bright and spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the spectacular cityscape outside, while the Extreme WOW Suite is an elegant bi-level, two-bedroom suite with unparalleled 270-degree views directly out onto Taipei 101.
Head up 31 floors to the hotel’s destination restaurant Yen – an upscale dining experience of Cantonese nouvelle cuisine, delicate dim sum and staggering cityscape views, or take in a sophisticated atmosphere as you enjoy a drink right next door in the Yen Bar. The Kitchen Table on the 10th floor is for casual all-day world cuisine dining, while guests can enjoy carefully crafted cocktails at the hip and trendy Woobar. If a chilled poolside beer is more your style, the Wet Bar is the place to be. Escape the hustle and bustle with a luxury pampering treatment at The Away Spa or try an impressive array of modern fitness equipment and classes at the Fit gym as well as an outdoor pool on the 10th floor complete with comfortable sun loungers.
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