10 luxurious stays in Taipei
28 September 2016
As the capital city of Taiwan, Taipei is a sophisticated stop that is just as beloved for its cosmopolitan feel as it is for its deep cultural history. Whether you like to immerse yourself in the rich culture by visiting the many monuments and temples in the city, or you’re more of a foodie just waiting to sample the rich cuisine Taiwan has to offer, choosing the right accommodation should be the first step in your travel planning.
Here are ten options for luxurious places to stay in Taipei, from cozy boutique hotels to five-star properties.
Unsurprisingly, this Japanese hotel chain features intrinsic influence that is reflective of its origins — going beyond the aesthetics of the hotel and through to its gracious service. Pair this with Western functionality, and the Okura Prestige in Taipei is a recipe for success.
If you enjoy surroundings that are as classy as they are comfortable, then Okura may just be right up your alley. Don’t forget to try out one of their three restaurants (one is Japanese, of course!) or book a massage session at their in-house spa.
Nearby attractions include Taipei Film House, where you can take in a movie or check out film-related exhibitions, and the National Taiwan Museum.
With the W Taipei’s creatively designed aesthetics, you won’t be faulted if you mistake it for a prestigious art gallery. This hotel, located at the Xinyi District, is decked stylishly — almost as if the hotel is prepped for the ultimate party. And party you shall, because location-wise, it’s right smack in the Taipei’s Central Business District, where shopping and entertainment options are aplenty.
In fact, you don’t even have to leave the hotel to unwind or indulge. W has two restaurants and three bars for you to choose from. We highly recommend a dip in their heated WET™ pool, to take in the breath-taking views of the city.
Mandarin Oriental, Taipei
For classic opulence, you can’t go wrong with a night or two at the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. The five-star hotel is classified as an “urban retreat” and promises serenity and elegance, with their Oriental-styled suites.
Be spoiled for choice with their various dining options that range from Chinese to Italian cuisine. The Jade Lounge is where you should head for a bubbly glass of champagne paired with oysters. Mandarin Oriental is also strategically located about 15 minutes away from Taipei’s major attractions and shopping havens.
The Grand Hotel in Taipei is more than just a place to stay, it is a landmark. If only the walls could talk, we can only imagine that they would tell the most fascinating stories.
The Grand Hotel is a must-visit for culture-seekers, and fans of monuments simply because of its association with Taiwan’s history. Built in 1953, the hotel still retains traditional Chinese architecture to this day throughout the building.
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Former US Presidents: Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton have stayed at the hotel. The Grand Hotel Taipei has even been featured as a backdrop in films and television shows. Its hilly location gives a stunning view of surrounding mountains, but you won’t be too far removed from the city, which is easily accessible too.
10 minutes is all it takes to get from Songshan Airport to The Landis, so if that’s your landing point you could consider it simply for the convenience. Tourist attractions are also within a safe distance to the hotel, like the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Three restaurants are located within the hotel, serving French and Chinese dishes. The Art Deco motifs give The Landis a distinct 1920s vibe that makes it stand out in stark contrast to traditional Taiwanese culture. However, local influences are still apparent throughout the building, reflected mostly in paintings.
For those who prefer the stylish simplicity of boutique hotels, Éclat Hotel, Taipei is worth looking into with its contemporary art museum-like feel. Avid luxury shoppers will be happy to know that they can go on couture-worthy pilgrimages to Louis Vuitton (located right next door!), Gucci and Prada here. Famed Taiwanese fashion house, Shiatzy Chen, is also located nearby.
If you prefer healthy nature walks to shopping trips, the nearby Da-An Forest Park is a must-see. In the meantime, if your feet are tired from all that shopping, you can always retreat back to the hotel to dine in style at Éclat’s lounge, or Bellini Café, which is originally from Japan.
Spring City Resort
Sometimes one just needs to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of the city. In tense times, places like Spring City Resort can function as the perfect balm. One of the main highlights of staying here would be the Hot Spring Spa, where they even have 13 hot spring villas available for your pleasure.
Their Lulu Spa is another option with relaxation and rejuvenation as the utmost priority, where you can get massages and soothing body wraps to lull yourself into a tranquil state. Two restaurants are available at the resort, one of which is Japanese. The Resort is also near enough to the Beitou Museum to immerse yourself further in Taiwanese history and culture.
The Gaia Hotel
Another perfect spot for a getaway is The Gaia Hotel, where seclusion is lauded. In fact, the name of the hotel itself is taken from Gaia, the Greek Goddess of Earth, giving you a sense of what this hotel extols.
The hotel is close to many forms of flora and fauna, as it is situated on Mount Dan-Feng, and surrounded by the woods. Gaia’s interior structures are made from wood too, which will is quite reminiscent of staying in cabin somewhere in the wilderness, but with a touch of contemporary comforts in the form of modern amenities.
In addition to private hot springs within the rooms, Gaia also has public hot springs available, for men and women respectively. Three restaurants are available to choose from here. Don’t forget to check out their stunning library too, with four-story high walls featuring classic tomes from authors past and present.
The Grand Hyatt doesn’t just stand tall in Taipei merely for its name, they’ve got the accolades to prove it. Located in the commercial area of Xinyi, Grand Hyatt is right next to the monumental Taipei101 skyscraper, and countless shopping and entertainment outlets.
There are nine restaurants in the hotel that will take you for a culinary journey around the world from the comfort of your seat. Their Oasis Spa is considered to be one of the best, with several offerings for tired or jet-lagged guests to choose from. It is a stellar choice, whether your visit is for business or pleasure.
Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel
With 420 guest rooms, including 37 suites, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel is well equipped for your needs, be it in a quest to find the perfect accommodation or a fine meal.
Make sure to check out the hotel’s Lobby Court, which houses Taiwan’s only gin bar. If relaxation is what you’re after, the Qi Shisheido Spa has six private spa rooms for you to enjoy, with a fantastic view of the city.
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Written by Thash Nathan