Everything about this apartment hotel exceeded my expectation, and this delightful encounter came after a stream of stays at 5 starts resorts from S.E. Asia. Go for the Deluxe Suites which was totally worth the NT 300 upgrade charge. The kitchenette is set up for minimal use so don't expect to cook up a meal in here, and why would you, when you are merely a few blocks from the famous Yung-Kang street where all the award winning Taiwanese restaurants awaits? In the other direction is the famous Flower/Jade markets which happens every Saturday and Sunday. This is a must visit- a quintessential Taiwan experience-as you can observe the local people on their favorite weekend outings with their elderly parents, kids of all ages, dogs in all kinds of funky outfits. Have a chat with the local artisans who devote their whole life in specialized pottery (wood burning), and rare orchids nursery. If you don't speak any Mandarin, hire an interpreter and have a field day listening to their tran-sformative stories-a true Taiwanese treasure. 2 blocks to the award winning (in design and aesthetic) Daan Park Subway Station, if you are a New Yorker, you'll wonder where have you been to think subway should be just a gaping smelly hole in the ground. And right in the middle of Daan Park (5 minutes walk from the hotel), there is a wonderful and clean pond where over 30 species of Taiwanese water birds migrated and stayed, Taiwan red squarrels, and families of turtles lined up on a tree trunk to sun-bathe. I saw a lot of nature photographers taking their expensive camera there to shoot photos. What is also interesting about this park is the beautiful rehabilitation outdoor center for people with mobility issues, mostly the elderly, whom came with their nurse maid to this park to practice walking while breathing the fresh air. All of these are completely free. Wow! What an eye opener! What an utopian concept!
The hotel itself is being looked after by a team of diligent staff from the front desk to cleaning personnel and always greets their residents with smiles and courtesy. I stayed for a whole week, and never once saw them in idleness and taking leisure time for themselves.
Laundry room is clean but only one washer and dryer, so be prepared to wait for your turn.
Breakfast is heavenly if you want the authentic Taiwanese food experience. I had 2 servings of perfectly tendered sea cucumber, beef tendon and cucumber this morning, this is the kind of delicacies you'll find in serious Chinese restaurants only back in the states. There are great varieties of local greens fresh from the market (I saw the delivery man every morning). In addition, there's standard buffet breakfast offerings of pastries, toast, eggs, sausages, etc, congee and its condiments, yogurts, cereals and local fruits. If you are not a food adventurous you will find the breakfast offering limited. But if you come to Taipei and don't try the local food, you missed about 50% of your Taiwan experience.
The room is simple, spacious, comfortable, very well designed and pleasing to the eyes. Lots of natural light and different textures that harmonize the atmosphere. It is the first hotel I stayed where the shower door opens freely without catching the floor towel. Great rain shower, deep soaking tub, auto toilet. Self-lit closet with iron/ironing board. Hot water heater ready to go. Everything are well placed and practical for ease of use. There are some street noise, and occasional neighbor noise because it is a popular family hotel especially with younger kids, but it is far better than hotel right on the main road (like Dandy).
The location is in a somewhat quiet residential neighborhood, but one of the best neighborhood (if not THE best) in the city. No where else has designated pedestrian side-walk in an already narrow lane, my Taiwanese friends were surprised that it even exist. This and the park, and the beautiful subway makes it an ideal place for families with younger kids.
And there is a organic food store/restaurant across the street for the health conscious.
If you will be arriving by plane, book the airport transfer from the hotel directly, which only cost NT 200.00 more than if you book the taxi yourself. And the meet and greet at the airport was more than worth the up-charge, and of course the driver will know very well how to get there.
This will be my second home on this planet.
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