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“Situated in the center of Taipei center” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Forward Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.189 Section1, Sianmin Blvd., Banciao City, Xinbei 220, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #7 of 134 Hotels in Xinbei
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Situated in the center of Taipei center”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

The hotel is very well situated, near the MRT subway station, with convenient access from the High Speed Rail trains (THSR). You get off the THSR and need to go just one stop away on the MRT, in order to get 100 m away from the hotel entrance.
The rooms are comfortable, even though some brighter colors could give them a better atmosphere.
The staff is great, helpful and very patient. Willing to assist in everything.
Breakfast is also good and varied.
The price per night is fair enough for its location.
Definitely a recommended hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Unlike many other Taipei hotels, Forward fits the bill.
We paid around 110e for a night, which is a very high price for European standards, and we got a huge top class room with amazing views on the 11th floor with separated jacuzzi and shower cabin.
Breakfast was quite ok.
On the negative side: They offered us a rate on the phone and when we arrive they gave us a much superior price.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

The rooms are decent sized, spacious and are well maintained with all amenities needed for a business traveller. Breakfast spread is not great but good.

Wifi was slow but they had the option of Wired Internet also whcih was good.

The gym, jacuzzi and the sauna are really good and a must try for anyone staying here - as on all the occosaions I went in, I was the only user, despite the excellent condition they were in :-)

The location of the Hotel is also good - in Banqiao district whcih is about 9 KMs from the Central Taipei Train station and has quite a few eateries and super markets round the corner.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We've been in Taiei for 3 times and this is the first time we live outside Taipei city. Stay there for 3 nights. We didn't eat at the hotel, so no comment of the restaurant. But the staffs are very nice and helpful. Room is much larger than we expect. Even though its a bit far away from major shopping/sightseeing spot. I will say its totally worth it. You will never get a hotel room this size with this price in Taipei city. Honestly, its only 20 mins subway ride to Taipei station. How far could that be. :P

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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32 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This four stars business hotel is about half an hour drive from City centre so its not tht near. The room is clean and really big espacially toilet. Theres variety of food offered at the breakfast. Theres nearby Mrt station as well. Overall it worth tht you pay. This area is actually called Banqiao. The actual xinbei city is not here.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I am impressed of the service, convenience, amenities, accessibility to many places in Taipei of the Grand Forward Hotel. The Double Deluxe Room is superb. It is immaculately clean including the bathroom. The bathroom is huge with standing shower with modern shower heads, with separate tub and marble vanity sink. Internet is super fast both cable in wi-fi in the room and complimentary. Wifi is available in the entire hotel. Buffet breakfast has many choices of Taiwanese foods, of course, but American breakfast is also a choice. The snacks in the mini-bar are complimentary in the Deluxe Room. The hotel has airport transfer service and on time. Taxis are readily available outside the hotel and very reliable. The MRT station is about 2 minutes walk from the hotel. The location of the hotel is conveniently located in the Banciao District in Taipel, which just seven stations away from the Main Taipei Station which cost NT$30.00 one way (NT$29.00 = US$1.00). I highly recommend this hotel any kind of traveler, but not much to a backpacker.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Grand Forward was a good find! Besides it's proxomity to the Fuyong MRT. It is near the well-known Nanya Night Market as well as some F & B outlets around the hotel.
The room was spacious with a walk-in wardrobe!! the bathroom was also spacious and the shower (choice of hand-held or rain shower) was nice & strong. The king-sized bed was comfortable and the longer we stayed there the harder was it for us to get up!! The room was also reasonably sound-proof so our sleep was quite undisturbed.
The breakfast was sufficent though quite standard - serving both Chinese, Western as well as Japanese food.
However my one complaint is that the free wifi was very weak and the only way to get a good reception was in the lobby lounge.
All in, I will strongly recommend this hotel to anyone desiring a safe, comfortable and convenient place to stay...
BTW, all the staff spoke good English so communications was a breeze..

Room Tip: treat yourself to an upgrade and get the corner room. Also ask for a higher floor for a better view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grand Forward Hotel

Address: No.189 Section1, Sianmin Blvd., Banciao City, Xinbei 220, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Xinbei
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 134 Hotels in Xinbei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Forward Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 111
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