The hotel was chosen and booked for me by a third party, for a work trip, and I understand that it is a good value for Taipei, but cannot comment on that, as I don't know really.
To start with, there are plenty of good sides to this place. The rooms are spacious, and rather clean (daily cleaning will definitely rectify whatever you messed, but some things like low hanging lamps collect dust for a while). The room has a separate shower and bath tub areas, has a separate working desk area, and plenty of other small stuff you might need, like bathrobes, slippers, all amenities, bottled water, local tea etc. Generally the building has gym facilities as well, and free laundry room, as well as rooftop garden.
For me, unfortunately, many things simply didn't work. The internet in the room was working only through the cable. My laptop doesn't have a cable connection at all, so I had to sit in the lobby to get wifi.
As many people point out, the hotel is nowhere near any MTR, so taxis are your best bet. Also, taxis in Taipei don't speak English mostly, so you need to write down in Mandarin the destination before you board.
Also, I eat Asian food a lot, but cannot have it for breakfast. Breakfast is the only time when I need European selection to start my day. That was also a problem, as the hotel has a traditional breakfast. I did try the foods on my first morning, but really that was not what I needed in the morning, too spicy for that time of day.
When I asked the staff for some restaurant recommendations, the girl just pointed outside, and said there was plenty of choice in town... Not to say all staff was like that, but many.
Moving on, there was a letter sent for me to the hotel address, and that I did not receive, because of miscommunication between the hotel staff, so the letter was sent back home eventually.
Finally, upon the checkout, the full bill was presented for me to pay. My attempts to explain the room was prepaid led me nowhere, as the reception that morning didn't speak English much, so I had to wait for the driver to explain it. Granted, once the Mandarin-speaking person told them the info, the problem was resolved in seconds.
To sum it up, it really could be a nice place to stay, if you don't need any work done, and speak Mandarin, and like Asian breakfast. But for international travellers might be just a tad inconvenient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lea Lea Garden Hotels-TAIPEI is graceful style near the business and tourist attractions, such as Taipei Arena, Taipei World Trade Center, and Taipei 101; it is very convenient to go to Neihu Technology Park, and Nangang Exhibition Hall. As the tourists enter the lobby, they can see Ming Zhu's, Xiong Quan Ting's, Yi Lang Cheng's art works. The tourists can see the postmodern design in perspective and feel the art vitality of original works in the carefree environment.There are banquet room, karaoke in the hotel; it also has functional meeting room, business center, gym, laundry. We provide the perfect service. Artist cafe in the hotel is a cultural coffee shop being isolated from the world in a lane, the lighting design of transparent skylight. It can let customers enjoy the romance in the sun light spilling, and it is a good place for business and recreation! ... more less
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