If you do not speak Mandarin, it might be a tad more difficult to tell the taxi driver where to take you. There is the newer Chinese name for the hotel, that is something like "Lea lea" but we found most cab drivers know it better under the older name of "Jei Yuan". During the 5 days we stayed there, we usually just tell the driver to take us to the Living Mall (Jing Hwa Chen - which is just down the road within view of the hotel). Many of the staff try to be helpful but their English abilities are limited. They were also not too familiar with what is available in their 24H city. For instance, one of our top priorities in visiting TPE was to catch at least one Peking Opera performance. Two of them told us that there were no performances being held. We found out otherwise and got to see "Madame White Snake" that night! On our last evening in TPE, we wanted to hear the TSO/Taipei Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall - they didn't know where that was!? Great performance - with Guest Conductor V. Verbitsky and German/Korean Violin Soloist S. Kim. Pity, most hotels these days do not have someone like Mr. Roger Lee, the very knowledgeable concierge of The Imperial Hotel in TPE. However, we were totally touched by the very thoughtful Ms. Christine Lin at Lealea, who on her own ordered 6 takeout breakfast bentos for our party's 6AM pickup/departure for the Taoyuan International Airport!
Some other thoughts: Avoid the tour groups and go for breakfast after 0830 - even if the staff fails to refill most of the choices, which tend heavily towards Chinese. Go up to the rooftop for a picture of Taipei 101 (if that's your thing) or just do your own laundry while having a workout. There is a coffee shop right across from the hotel that stays open till 0000.
- 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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