It is situated at an elevated area which is more north of Taipei downtown area. There is a straight bus from Airport that stops outside the hotel.
Room & amenities:
I have booked their Deluxe Room and was surprise to be given a free upgrade to their Executive Suite! The room is huge! It is 93 sqm and I am not sure if it is inclusive of the L-shape balcony. The room is facing towards the Shilin night market direction. Hence I could not get the view of Taipei 101. But I am able to get other nice views of Taipei. The room has a working desk area, a living room, a bed room and a huge L-shape balcony. You also get a walk-in wardrobe. There is also a negative ion air purifier. The room interior is very oriental. All the furniture used are wooden craved. The bed quite huge! There are two queen size bed! It is also rather comfortable. There two LCD TV. One in the bedroom and one in the living room. Complimentary mineral water and English newspaper are provided. But there is no complimentary internet in the room.
Bathroom & amenities:
The bathroom is quite spacious and amenities are quite standard. But it is very dated design. There is no rain forest shower and no shower cub. Just a bathtub with shower curtain. There are two basins which you and your partner can brush teeth together. However, the toilet bowl is more of higher tech. There is a toilet seat warmer option which comes in handy for cold days and also the washing options.
When I arrived at the hotel entrance, a bell gal (yes, it is rather special that they employ female porters) attended to me and help me with my luggage. But later it is a bell boy who sent my luggage straight to my room. The check in and check out is fast and staffs speak good English. I arrive at 12pm and my room is already ready and they even let me have a late check out. The staffs on the whole are friendly and helpful. This hotel did not provide turn down service which is a bit disappointing. Taking a cab at the hotel is fast and easy.
They have swimming pool which the design looks like a public swimming pool which I did not get a chance to use it.
This hotel is extremely busy with people! I am not sure if they are guests or just public who come and take photos. The hotel is way out of any places of interest. You just cannot walk to anywhere as it is situated sort of at the up hill area. There is a free shuttle bus that brings you to Yuan Shan MRT station. But if not, catching a cab will be the best option. If you do not take breakfast in hotel, your best alternative is Yuan Shan MRT station area or Shilin area which is only a 5 mins drive away. The nearest MRT station would be either Yuan Shan or Jian Tan which is both 5 mins drive away.
This hotel is catered more to those who have no problem in transport. The guests around me are mostly from tour groups. Overall, the location is extremely off central. But if you think cab is ok, it is easy to get to National Palace Museum, Shilin Night Market and Martyrs' Shrine. All is within 5-10 mins taxi ride. If you decide to go to the Flower Expo, this hotel is good cos it is very near! But if you are into shopping mall and eateries, this hotel is strictly not for you. I will not recommend to "normal tourist" but would strongly recommend if you wish to experience a piece of history.
- 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