I recently stayed at the Ambience Hotel for six nights. This small hotel is located in a mixed residential / commercial area and is adjacent to an overhead expressway, but the area is completely safe and the double paned windows keep out the noise. My request for a room on a high floor was honored and check-in was handled promptly and efficiently by a pleasant front desk clerk. The hotel offers a secure environment. To get into the hotel you must enter through the lobby entrance and walk past the front desk to get to the elevators. I noticed there are security cameras throughout the hotel. The guest room doors have electronic card key locks and secondary locks inside the room. Unfortunately the doors don't have the "fish eye" hole to look through when someone is at your door.
My room was spacious compared to rooms at other hotels I have stayed at throughout Asia. Furnishings included a small desk, lounge chair, flat screen TV with satellite programing (including several English language channels) and FREE on-demand movies (including adult selections), and also a small stereo system. The bathroom was fairly spacious with a large shower area adjacent to a full size tub (see photo). The shower had a nice rainfall shower head. My only criticism of the bathroom was the lack of counter space around the sink (see photo). The shower area extends the entire length of the tub and it seems is wasted space that could have been designed better to offer more space around the sink. In any case, everything in the bathroom as well as the hotel room was extremely clean. I did notice, however, evidence of mildew starting to appear on the tiles around the shower area.
The breakfast buffet included Asian and Western style hot and cold dishes in addition to tea, coffee, and juices. The hot dishes were different each day of my stay. Overall, the breakfast offerings were more than adequate to meet my needs.
As others of mentioned, the staff at the Ambience Hotel are top notch. Everyone I had contact with, from the front office personnel, to the housekeeping staff, to the breakfast staff were all very warm and welcoming and always available to assist with questions, directions, or recommendations. Special recognition to Clare who went above and beyond in assisting with directions and providing recommendations on places to see and eat and writing things in Chinese when I needed translation.
The hotel has an Apple computer in the lobby, with Internet access, that is free for guest use.
Based upon the hard product, top notch staff and service, and value, I highly recommend this hotel for a stay in Taipei!
If you arrive via Taoyuan Airport, you can take the Evergreen (EVA) Airport Bus to the Evergreen Hotel which is about a five minute walk from the Ambience. In TERMINAL TWO, as you exit customs, turn right, walk to the large hallway and turn right again. At the very end of the hallway on your left is the airport bus counters. Find the Evergreen counter and tell the clerk you want to go to the Evergreen Hotel (stop #10). The fare is NT$150. Follow the signs to the bus counters if you arrive in TERMINAL ONE. When you arrive at the Evergreen Hotel, turn right after exiting the bus and walk a few hundred feet to the intersection. Turn right and cross the street. Keep walking, past the 7-11, a laundromat, and the police station. You'll see the overhead expressway. The hotel is just across the intersection. If you want to take a taxi, the cost is about NT$1400 from the airport.
There are two MRT (metro) stations within walking distance of the hotel; Zhongxiao Xinsheng and Shandao Temple. The former is a bit closer. To get to the Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT Station, exit the hotel lobby and turn right. Follow the street (that parallels the expressway) for one block and turn right again. At the intersection with the large street level expressway, continue walking across the expressway towards the basketball courts under the overhead expressway. It's faster and easier to walk on the left side of the basketball courts. The Guanghua Computer Market building is on your left. Walk about two blocks to the next intersection with a traffic light. There is a Starbucks directly across the street to your left. Turn left and walk a few hundred feet. To your right is a short lane. Cross the street and walk down this short lane past the Barista Coffee Cafe. The lane intersects with Zhongxiao Road. Turn left. MRT Entrance #1 is just a few hundred feet further. At a brisk pace, you can walk to this MRT station in about seven minutes or at a leisurely pace in about 12-15 minutes.
If you are going to the area of Taipei 101 and you don't want to walk to the MRT station, Bus 202 travels past the hotel and terminates at Taipei City Hall with a stop at Taipei 101. The bus stop is half a block from the hotel. Turn left as you exit the lobby. The bus stop is on the same side of the street as the hotel.
Taipei Main Railway Station is just two stops from the Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station. Taipei City Hall Station is just four stops away. The Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station is also the terminus for the Luzhou Line which connects with the Red Danshui Line at Minquan East Road. If you are going to the Shilin Night Market, Danshui, or anywhere north of Minquan East Road, this is a preferable transit point vs. the mass of humanity you must traverse through at Taipei Main Station to transfer from the Blue Yongning-Nangan Line to the Red Danshui Line.
The hotel has one washer and dryer on the 10th floor for guest use at NO CHARGE. However, the machines are small and frequently in use by other guests. There are two 24 hour self serve laundromats within two minutes walk from the hotel. #1: exit the hotel and walk to the intersection. Turn left and cross the street. Turn right and cross the street again, twice. Keep walking for two minutes past the police station. The laundromat is on your left. #2: exit the hotel and walk to the intersection. Turn left and cross the street. Keep walking parallel to the expressway along the sidewalk with the railing. After about another minute, look to your left. You will see a large sign that displays "24H". This is the laundromat.
There is a 7-11 and Family Mart within two blocks of the hotel. After you exit the lobby, turn left and keep walking. Both stores are on your right across the street.
For reasonably priced, good quality, food I recommend the food halls on the second floor of Taipei Main Railway Station (both self serve and full serve restaurants) and also the food hall in the basement level of the Hankyu Department Store at the City Hall MRT Station. If you're craving American food, there's a Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant along the pedestrian walkway adjacent to to the Japanese Shin Kong Department Store (City Hall MRT) and a TGI Fridays in the Ximen District (Ximen MRT).
Hope all of this information is helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As the most anticipated project combining the visionary talents of famous Taiwanese architect Wei Ming Lee and designer Ted Su, led by an ambitious and dynamic team of hospitality professionals, Ambience Hotel is the first offbeat and contemporary boutique hotel designed to breathe style and excitement into Taiwan's capital city. Ambience Hotel's 60 avant-garde guestrooms and suites feature a unique decor blend of polished steel, glass, white granite and calf-skin leather upholstery. Completed with free high speed wireless internet access, Video-on-Demand movie system, and luxurious Botanicus bath and body products, Ambience Hotel provides the service and amenities of a luxury hotel within a strikingly modern yet intimate environment. Combining comfort, functionality, and cutting edge design, Ambience Hotel is the ideal place to stay for business and pleasure in Taipei. ... more less
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