I stayed at the Hotel Regalees in Nov/Dec 2012 on business. The lobby was impressive, high quality. The hotel was clean and comfortable. The rooms are not large but adequate and I think at least average size for this area. The bed was a little bit firm, the bathroom clean, the plumbing worked great and plenty of hot water. The internet was intermittent in my room the first day but worked well thereafter, and worked well in the lobby/breakfast area; the speed was adequate. The thermostat controlled the room temperature to my desired setting.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and there was always someone who spoke adequate English if you needed help. If you need an iron/ironing board the staff will bring one up to your room pronto. Each day you had a couple new bottles of water put in the room.
The breakfast buffet was better than average, with a large selection of local fare and a small selection of western fare (corn flakes). I typically ate ham, pork dumplings, seafood, vegetables, toast, and juice. The hotel has two other restaurants on different floors but I did not visit them.
The fitness center is quite dated, I don't recommend using the equipment for safety reasons, but I gave it a two-start ranking because it had a pool table and tv. There is a spa with his/her hot tubs and saunas, but this was only open on Friday. I did not partake but peeked in and the facility looked clean and up-to date.
This hotel location would probably not be considered "prime" for most visitors to the Taipei area. It is located at the end of the local MRT line, and it was around 45-50 minutes via MRT to downtown Taipei (with a transfer) or to see the most popular attractions. Luckily the MRT station is just a five minute walk from the hotel. There is a convenience store and a bakery a couple blocks away to pick up a Taiwan beer an put it in your hotel fridge. Also, right across the street is a restaurant with good ambiance, local fare (did not sample it), and inexpensive 22oz Taiwan beers (did sample). Down the block is a nightclub sort of establishment with a few pool tables, plenty of lounge seating, a bar, higher beer prices, and few patrons.
Other dining options are at the MRT station, where you'll find a Mr Brown's and a Domino's Pizza and McDonald's and Subway across the street if you are looking for a known food alternative to the local fare. There is also an outdoor market along the river/bay right behind the MRT station, with a great variety of food options and a park where folks come to relax and watch the sunset. From here you can take a small ferry across the river to another bustling market area with food, shops, and a bike path along the river for biking/skating/jogging.
So in a way, although the location is not perfectly convenient, it does force you to do some exploring. And the five minute walk and five minute MRT trip to Tamsui is similar to the time it would take to walk 10-15 minutes from a more central hotel to a restaurant. And visiting attractions always takes some form of transportation time. The MRT is clean and comfortable and inexpensive, but if you want to take a cab, they are also very inexpensive.
If you are visiting ASUS HQ, this hotel is a decent option as it is ~25-30 minutes via cab or a few MRT stops away.
Another upside to the location: there is a running/biking path that runs along the river, easily accessible behind the MRT station.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Regalees Taiwan/Xinbei
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by Tatun Mountain, Guanyin Mountain and Danshui River, Hotel RegaLees is situated a 10-minute walk from Danshui Old Street and Fort San Domingo. Offering free Wi-Fi access, it also features 3 dining options, a fitness centre and a sauna.The air-conditioned rooms offer a wardrobe, cable TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a hairdryer.Guests can go for a massage, play a game of billiards, or use the business centre. Travel arrangements can be made at the tour desk.Dining options include the outdoor garden café, light meals at the RegaLees Café or Chinese delights at the Cantonese Seafood Restaurant.The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Danshui MRT Station and a 10-minute walk from Danshui Ferry Pier, which is a 5-minute ferry ride from Fisherman’s Wharf. Songshan Airport is a 40-minute drive away, while Taipei Main Station and Taoyuan International Airport are an hour’s drive away. ... more less