I had stayed at the Dandy Hotel Da An before and was disappointed not to be able to stay there again on leaving Taiwan. So I checked out the Waikoloa, apparently now known as the Rido (Japanese ownership-- in Taiwan that is usually a good sign), and reserved a room there instead-- it's less than a block from the Dandy. I was able to reserve a room on a high floor with a view of the park. As it turned out, it was a very nice choice and just as comfortable and well-managed as the Dandy. The personnel could not have been more considerate, capable and helpful, the room was spacious, spotlessly clean, the bathroom luxurious and the bed very comfortable. All the amenities were there. The view was also lovely. I did not have breakfast there so I can't say how that was.
The location is great-- two long blocks from Yongkang Street, with all its restaurants and boutiques, and the metro is there. There is also a brand-new metro about to open up across the street, and buses east and west run in the center of the street. The Da An forest park is large, safe and beautiful across the street, the 101 skyscraper and its mall are down the road and the Flower, Antiques and Jade markets are one block away on the weekends. It is walking distance (about 20 minutes) from the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial Shi Da, the teachers' university, and a short bus ride from Tai Da, National Taiwan University.
The only things I didn't think were A+ were the decoration, which is a bit over-the-top, and the fact that the staff I encountered didn't really speak English very well. It was fine for me and I had no problems, but a complicated situation or any kind of problem would have been harder to handle. As for the decoration, it suffers from gaudiness, trying too hard to imitate elegance of the Hyatt Regency style: the large "European" murals on the atrium wall, which you see as you go up in the elevator, remind me a bit of the Haunted House at Disneyland, and there is a huge flower arrangement as you walk in from the street that overpowers the very small lobby. The rooms (I was able to see four of them) are all different. Some are in Chinese style with lots of red and dark wood; mine was complete with a Napoleon-and-Josephine type of chaise longue. I'm not complaining because it was all very fun and comfortable! But it was a bit of a Las Vegas version of Europe.
I would certainly recommend the Rido to anyone looking for a comfortable, conveniently located, not too expensive hotel in Taipei. I was very happy with my choice and congratulate the manager!
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