Squeaks into "very good" only because of decent breakfast and interesting decor.
NO WAY does this place deserve a high rating for service. There is no bell staff to help with bags, for one thing. Front desk staff unsmiling except for one (we stayed four nights), and very little English comprehension.
Location is not bad, with a 6 minute walk to the underground station and very nice view of the Da'an Park opposite. Awesome Shabu-Shabu lunch and dinner joint can be found about 4 doors west of hotel. Easy to catch taxis from the busy street out front.
Atrium design to the hotel means that nonsmoking floors are inundated with the cigarette smoke of the guests who puff away on smoking floors. We had to stuff a towel on the crack under the front door, just to sleep at night. And every time the maid cleaned the room (door wide open, obviously), the place reeked of cigarette smoke. This was a real detraction from the place.
Room decor is semi mind-blowing, with 3 "looks" available... Southeast Asian (we got an amazing Chinese type room with hand painted mural and carved wood everywhere), Victorian type (called "London") and modern (called "New York" I think). Great jacuzzi bath tubs, mini fridge, and if you pay extra for the park view, it's worth it!
But service-wise, this is still basically a three star hotel. I prefer the Brother Hotel which has good service and an equally good breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rido Hotel is located at the center of Taipei Da-An district and facing towards Daan Park which is of 25.894 ha, Taipei Rido Hotel makes you experience a brilliant view as if staying in a mansion. Rido hotel is near the MRT Orange Line to Dongmen MRT station，go out from Exit 6 or 7，go straight about 350m. Also nearby are the Taipei 101, CKS Memorial Hall, Taipei Botanical Garden and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.Taipei Rido Hotel provides you a comfy and warm space and makes you feel like at home. Upon entering the lobby, the vintage and priceless hanging lamp immediately gives out a European sentiments and romantic atmosphere of medieval center, adding a sense of elegant to the hotel. A series of unique and creative suites allows every guest enjoys exquisite service quality and the artistically crafted hotel architecture features while in the busy town center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rido Hotel Taipei