The appearance of this luxury high-end hotel from outside is just like an ancient Chinese building with its unique architectural designs, with its lovely decorations, colours and materials used. It presented a Chinese themed image and true enough it is. Located on a hilltop, the view and scenery is superb as you take a peek at the city and even Taipei 101far away.
Once inside the lobby, you will be amazed how spacious it is. I have been travelling to many places and its one of the very few hotels with such a massive lobby. Everything inside is red in colour, with its carpet, lights, lanterns etc. In the center of the lobby, there is a huge Orchid Flower display. It was awesome and beautiful. On the side are antique themed chairs and sofa for guest to rest.
Then there are 2 flights of stairs (of course there are lifts) leading to the 2nd storey with shops around and the famous "dragon in the fountain" display. According to the local geomancers, whoever who walk around this display 3 times will gain a fortune. Really? I don't know as I don't believe this but I saw many visitors really walking around the display as told (there is a explanatory stand here introducing the display).
On the other side, are wall pictures showing well known politicians and celebrities who have stayed at the hotel before. Awesome.
They have done a major uplift and renovation work in the hotel (since it has been around for a long time) to inject a fresh and new look. Nevertheless, once inside, you will feel nostalgic and many things you see or come across are so vintage and seemed dated back for a long time.
Staff were courteous and polite. The room we had was fine, quite spacious and had a good view overlooking the mountains and its quite serene and tranquil. No complaint for this aspect.
The location of the hotel is not within the shopping area though, and for window shoppers like us, we prefer to those hotels around Ximenting or Zhong Xiao Zhong road, the shopping districts, which are more accessible via MRT trains, buses and taxis. So we stayed here for one night before moving back to Ximenting.
But it was a good experience staying at this luxurious hotel with such a long and enriching history! (even if you are not staying at the hotel, you can also dropby for a visit too as its open to the public visitors. So why not?)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel has served multiple purposes from the past 63 years: developing tourism, supporting international diplomacy and promoting Chinese culture to the West. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taipei Grand Hotel