The hotel's owner is a friend, so when I needed a place to stay in Taipei I naturally thought of this hotel, since I had been given a tour on a previous visit.
The decor of the room is very nice - refreshingly warm and understated with the use of earth tones. The bathroom area is open to the rest of the room, with a large curtain partitioning it from the corridor. The toilet and shower stalls are enclosed. The toilet uses the Japanese-style washing/drying system, which perhaps explains the lack of a fixed rack for the toilet paper roll. Since I don't use the system myself, I found it a little odd to either hold the roll in my hand or place it on the floor. The shower stall is nice are large. Lots of amenities are available, and you can replenish supplies from the lounge.
The king-sized bed is very comfortable, with four oversized pillows. The controls for the lights - on both sides of the bed - are placed on the low side tables. An overhead light is on a track so that it can slide over different parts of the bed.
The large LCD TV is pretty nice, with a DVD player so you can watch movies. A Bose iPod speaker system adds to the entertainment system. The availability of free WiFi, along with free local calls (not a given in Taipei hotels), appeals to travelers like myself who is constantly online. My only problem was with the IP phone which seemed to have technical difficulties and kept reprogramming/resetting itself. Maybe I was just too dumb to use something that sophisticated?
A Nespresso machine is a nice touch, and like the coffee, everything in the minibar is free of charge.
The H.Q. Lounge on the 2nd floor serves as the general dining area for breakfast and snacks. Breakfast consists of a small spread of cold appetizers (with lox on the menu), fruit and cereal, and a choice of American, Taiwanese or vegetarian "main course". It's a nice touch to include the Taiwanese porridge. The lounge also provides snacks and "comfort junk food" all day, with bowls of Jelly Belly, M&Ms, Goldfish...etc. And instant noodles are available after 9:30pm, which made me very happy.
For the price I paid, this hotel easily beats every other hotel I have stayed in Taipei. My only complaint is that the stuffed reindeer on my bed wasn't free for me to take home, and they actually wanted to charge me! I guess they had to have something that wasn't free in this hotel... =)
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