This hotel is not new, and its age shows, so if you are looking for the kind of boutique hotel type, this is not the hotel.
But other than that, the hotel is great. You cannot beat the location of Cosmos; it is right next to Taipei Main Station, which houses both the MTR, HSR and other local trains that get you to anywhere in Taiwan. In fact it is so convenient I never had to change trains when using the MTR from the hotel to get to any other MTR stations I needed to go to. From Taipei Main Station, just take exit M3, walk like 50 steps and you are there at Cosmos.
The room itself though is admittedly small, but that is to be expected I guess with big cities. But it has all sorts of amenities you need in the room and it is very clean, so really not much to complain about. The breakfast buffet had a decent spread and the free wireless internet was amazingly fast. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. Only drawback: The lifts were extremely slow and always packed when it finally arrives.
Finding food to eat is no problem at all, as there are eating outlets everywhere you turn. There's a Tim Ho Wan dimsum place just opposite the street which had snaking queues everytime I looked over. The Taipei Main Station itself is also full of restaurants (though more Japanese than anything) and it also has the ubiquitous Starbucks. Be prepared to queue for quite long at the restaurants though, if you are there around meal times.
Overall, I'd definitely stay at Cosmos again if I'm in Taipei.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1979, Taipei Cosmos Hotel is located right next to the M3 Exit of Taipei Main Station and has a great geological advantage as it is a transport hub where MRT (Mass Rapid Transportation), THSR (Taiwan High Speed Rail), Taiwan Railway, bus, and public transportation meet. Dedicated in offering friendly, thoughtful and professional services for many years, Cosmos Hotel Taipei is preferred by international tourists and businessmen and a designated gathering place for many organizations and agencies with its stable and committed food and beverage quality. Tourists or businessmen will feel right at home while staying at the Cosmos Hotel Taipei. ... more less
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