Using hyperbole to describe this brand new 6- star hotel is unnecessary. The Mandarin Oriental Taipei is the newest and only 6-star hotel in Taipei. It is in a league of its own. From the moment one steps off the car, the staffs stood on tip-toes, opening the heavy large iron doors welcoming us in and anticipating our every need. The art decor- ish lobby with tall ceiling and a proportionally small area with only 2 chairs appears not to encourage loiterers; the high staff to guest ratio ensures exclusivity for the prestigious premises.
We had a superior room for 2 nights. Attention to every details including a separate area for luggage, stationery, bathrobes (Frette), fresh orchids, paintings are aesthetically the finest. Surprisingly there is no television in the bathroom.
The public area including the restaurants, swimming pool area is ornate and opulent. There are 3 formal restaurants serving Chinese, Italian and French in grand style, the Jade Lounge serves light snacks, finger sandwiches and afternoon high tea in posh surrounding ( no shorts permitted) plus one informal pastry cake shop. There is no coffee shop as such for a hamburger or a bowl of wanton or congee.
The overall experience is surreal. This is an exceptional hotel with impeccable services that exudes Mandarin Oriental standard. A lingering question remains is why the front grand entrance facing Dunhua North Road is not opened to receive guests. A valet is there daily to divert taxi drivers who invariably assume the front of the building to be the drop off area to divert to the back of the building instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Setting new standards for luxury hospitality, Mandarin Oriental, Taipei enjoys a superb location in the heart of this vibrant city. With classically inspired interiors combined with contemporary design, a choice of exquisite restaurants and the largest hotel spa in Taiwan, we offer a truly memorable experience. ... more less
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