Take a look at the most romantic hotels in Taipei.
This sleek and modern mid-range hotel offers stylish, contemporary interiors near the airport in an area well serviced by public transportation. Guest rooms, though a bit small, feature tasteful minimalist decor, plush beds, and a variety of conveniences like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, electric kettles, and free Wi-Fi. There's not much in terms of on-site features, as the hotel lacks a restaurant, bar, and fitness facilities, but there is a bright and spacious common room that's decked out with plenty of seating, a large flat-screen TV, computers, and a kitchenette with free hot beverage machines, a microwave, and a mini-oven. Free self-service laundry facilities are another perk. As an alternative, the Ambience Hotel offers a free daily breakfast buffet as well as afternoon tea, but it's far from public transportation.
The Dandy Hotel - Tianmu Branch is a fashionable 54-room boutique property in the quiet, affluent neighborhood of Tianmu. For travelers looking to avoid the hectic streets in the city center, this three-pearl option makes for a pleasant base from which to explore a few nearby attractions like the National Palace Museum, but it's removed from most tourist spots. The chic, minimalist rooms have unusually small windows, but the rich natural materials and designer furnishings are a plus. A lovely breakfast buffet is included in room rates -- there's even live violin music during certain mornings. Travelers looking for something in a busier area may prefer the Just Sleep - Xi Men Ding instead -- rates will be similar.
The budget CityInn Hotel is one of a chain of six affordable properties in Taipei. It’s conveniently located for downtown sights and transportation, and there’s a fun, youthful vibe to match the modern, playful lobby decor. Sixty-six simple rooms come with bonus amenities like minibars and free Wi-Fi -- but the cheapest options are tiny and lack windows. Not everyone will like some bathrooms’ glass doors, and couples’ day rentals may put some off (though the place isn’t sleazy). No meals are served, but there’s a 24-hour pantry, Apple Macs to use, and free laundry room. For more features, the similarly priced boutique Dandy Hotel - Tianmu Branch has stylish rooms, free breakfast, and a cafe -- but the location isn't central.
The Ambience Hotel raises the bar on mid-range properties, with its sleek white interiors and designer furniture. The 60 stylish rooms have rainfall showers and come with free minibars. Breakfast and afternoon tea are also included in the small restaurant and bar. On the downside, the location is removed from popular attractions, and it's a long walk to public transportation. But there are a number of dining options nearby. By comparison, the Caesar Park Taipei provides a more well-connected location, next to major transportation hubs, but it lacks the Ambience's chic and modern look.
The W Taipei is a five-pearl high-rise hotel in an upscale part of town, with a rooftop pool that stays open all night. Its 405 glossy-white rooms come with booze-filled minibars and white noise machines, making it a good choice for both the party set and the business crowd. There are a full spa, a fitness center, and a pair of restaurants, along with a cocktail lounge that turns into a nightclub. The nearby Grand Hyatt Taipei is closer to the exhibition centers around the Taipei 101 skyscraper, and the more conservative Okura Prestige Taipei across town has better dining at considerably cheaper rates.
Hotel 73 is a clean and modern two-pearl hotel with limited, but free, features and a fun and trendy pop culture design throughout. The hotel is situated right next to a subway stop, making it easy to get to most attractions via the rail line in 30 minutes or so. The 49 rooms are hip, albeit small, and come with mini-fridges and free snacks. Rooms sometimes lack windows or are subjected to bothersome noise due to thin walls. The breakfast is free and includes local and international choices. A laundry room and Wi-Fi are other free perks. Via Hotel is a good alternative with similar amenities in the Ximending area, plus it has a free cafe for guests and an industrial chic design.
Its business district location near Taipei Songshan Airport puts Mandarin Oriental, Taipei a bit outside of the city’s major shopping, sightseeing, and nightlife, but sumptuous interiors, an excellent array of facilities, huge and lavish rooms, and superb service make this five-pearl hotel one of the city's finest. A 20-meter, year-round outdoor pool, full-service luxury spa, and several well-reviewed dining and drinking venues (including innovative Italian and Chinese restaurants and a Champagne bar) are on-site. The 303 huge guest rooms all come with plush beds, 46-inch flat-screen TVs, stereos with iPod docks, and marble bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs, but a fee is assessed for Wi-Fi for most bookings. The Regent Taipei is a bit less luxurious than the Mandarin, but it's in a better location for sightseeing and shopping -- and rates are much lower.
The Palais de Chine Hotel is a luxurious 286-room property next to Taipei's main transportation hub. The refined rooms are covered in wood paneling and all have large bathrooms with soaking tubs. In an odd quirk, the balconies are locked, depriving guests in those rooms of both views and square footage. The moody interiors may not be for everyone, but a glamorous sense of style makes everything from the restaurants to the meeting rooms more intriguing. Note that while there is a fitness room, there's no pool or spa. It's worth comparing rates and amenities with the esteemed Okura Prestige Taipei, which has an outdoor pool.
The Grand View Resort Beitou is an 80-room luxury hot spring property on the outskirts of Taipei, with a serene hillside location overlooking Danfeng Mountain. There’s a stylish, airy feel and popular amenities include public hot spring pools (these can get busy), a spa, and small gym. Spacious rooms have hot spring fed tubs, Nespresso coffeemakers, free minibars, and thoughtful touches like pajamas. The set breakfast is free and two restaurants serve excellent French and Chinese set lunch and dinner menus. There’s free parking, free Wi-Fi, and free transfers from the subway. Those looking for something with a downtown location might consider the W Taipei, which has a full spa plus a 24-hour gym and rooftop pool. Rates are cheaper, but there are no hot springs.
The Westgate is a three-pearl hotel close to the Ximen MRT subway stop in Ximending shopping district. Decor is sleek and contemporary, though a little on the dark side, while minimalist, intelligently designed rooms maximize space. All 121 rooms have free minibars, and some have Nespresso coffeemakers and pleasant views, but other rooms lack windows and many have odd bathroom setups. The breakfast buffet is excellent (costs extra), and lunch, afternoon tea and drinks are available, but dinner isn’t. There are limited gym facilities, a laundry room, and free Wi-Fi. The comparatively priced Taipei Garden Hotel has a larger gym, a spa, and a rooftop garden with hot tubs.
The long-standing Landis Taipei is an upper-middle-range property that's close to the subway in the prestigious Zhongzheng District. It has a grand Art Deco appearance, but feels past its prime. The 209 rooms are tastefully bland, and there are housekeeping and maintenance issues, though suites have lovely bathrooms. The breakfast buffet (costs extra) is merely decent. Features fare far better. There are three excellent restaurants plus 24-hour room service. Highlights include the luxurious Jurlique Spa, large gym, 24-hour business center, free access to Proust Lounge, and free Wi-Fi. The Ximending shopping district’s Westgate Hotel has more stylish rooms and slightly cheaper rates.
Beitou Hot Spring Resort is a relaxed, three-and-a-half-pearl property located on the northern fringes of Taipei. As the hotel’s name implies, hot springs are the focus of the experience here with its 27 rooms featuring private tubs fed by spring water. There’s also a massive public hot spring area with a sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. The hotel is a trek from the action of downtown Taipei, but that’s part of the appeal for most guests who come here seeking a tranquil escape from the city's bustle. Travelers with the budget for a splurge might also want to consider Grand View Resort Beitou, a neighboring hot spring resort that offers additional amenities, including a fitness center and luxe in-room extras.
Hotel Puri is a value property that's conveniently located for the subway, restaurants, and shopping. There are 57 rooms; many are tiny. Some lack windows and most have small bathrooms separated from the sleeping areas by a curtain and frosted glass wall. Reviews suggest some housekeeping issues, and walls are well soundproofed to the outside, but poorly between rooms. Guests get free data SIM cards (deposit payable), free refreshments, basic cooking equipment and a computer in the lobby, and self-service laundry facilities, plus free Wi-Fi -- but no breakfast or other meals. Three-and-a-half-pearl CityInn - Taipei Station Branch III has more modern rooms, a bright lobby, and only slightly higher rates.
Colorful contemporary interiors -- including color-coded hallways -- greet guests at this otherwise simple mid-range hotel. The location is one of its main draws, situated right in the Ximending District, which is full of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, plus it's a three-minute walk from a subway station. Features include a free daily breakfast buffet (but there's no full restaurant), a tiny fitness room, laundry facilities, and a business center. The 160 guest rooms are small and don't offer much storage, but they're bright and inviting, with flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and mini-fridges. Note that some rooms don't have windows. It's worth comparing rates with the Just Sleep hotel that's situated in the same building, which is not as stylish, but offers similar amenities and better showers.
The Regent Taipei is probably the city's most famous luxury hotel, and not just because it was a favorite of Michael Jackson. Its service and facilities have been top-of-the-line for decades, and it houses its very own shopping mall filled with high-end retailers like Chanel. There's a rooftop pool, a fitness center with personal trainers and a full spa, and rooms on the top two floors get 24-hour butler service, along with a free breakfast buffet in a dedicated lounge. All 538 rooms here are large, stylish, and luxurious, with perks like Nespresso machines, down comforters, and marble tubs. Travelers may also want to compare rates and amenities at the luxurious Okura Prestige Taipei, arguably the Regent's biggest competitor.