Location - you need to walk 10mins from Zhongshan station to the hotel. Unless you exit from (Zhongshan station) entrance 4, maybe you can cut down the distance to 5 mins walk. Those travelling with elderly, you have to go up from entrance 2. Caused only entrance 2 has escalator. Its a longer way but if your folks have difficulty climbing stairs, then you dont have a choice, just like me. Once exit from entrance 2, turn left and walk straight till you see the police station. Cross the road and turn left (pass Mos burger), and you will see the hotel. There isn't may shops around the hotel area. You need to walk back to Zhongshan station, where you will see Xin Kuang San Yue shopping malls and other cafes. There's a small wet market 10 - 15 mins walked from the hotel (turn right once step out from the hotel).
Hotel and service - The hotel was classic and clean. Hotel has its own bakery shop at level 1, a small one.Basically its quite an old hotel. I felt that they should renovate the room. The staff was smartly dress and friendly . Most customers were Japanese, it not surprise that the staff could speak pretty well in Japanese. If you have intention to add beds, be prepared to pay around NT$1900 per night. The counter staff was kind enough to offer me a family room with an additional charge of NT$1500 per night.
There was 3 beds in the room. Air con can be adjusted. But it was the layout that I find it uncomfortable. I was expecting a bigger room with 3 beds. But it turned out to be a room thats more like a suite. Once enter the room, you could see a a room with a queen size bed (left side), and another room with two single beds (right side). There's two toilets besides each room. The centre part was an empty space, more like a mini lobby where you can put your shoes. If you are traveling with two families, this would be an ideal room. Caused there will be privacy. But if you are traveling with kids, then you won't get to sleep together with them. And the bedroom was much smaller, smaller than a superior room. Like for me, I thought I could invite my siblings from another room over for a small gathering, ended up we found it more comfortable staying in their room (superior room). I was really puzzled why am I paying so much?
For house keeping, you could find a green board at the bed light table. If you want the staff to change the bed sheet, you need to turn over the board written to change the bed sheet. I did that, but my bed sheet was not change. There was a stain some where at the bed sheet, so since I am still seeing that stain..I knew it wasn't changed. There was no turned down service. Laundry service yes you have but you need to pay.
Experience - A middle age woman came knocking at my hotel room, asking if I wanted to buy sake. Its around 9.30am. Its a 5 star hotel I thought, how could this happened? Anyway, you do not need to tap your room card to access the hotel lift. Whats their security measure? For me, I won't consider going back to this hotel. The room rate was much too expensive without breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Royal-Nikko Taipei is managed by JAL Hotels Company Limited, an international hotel chain operating under Nikko Hotel International.The hotel is located on Chung Shan North Road, in the heart of Taipei’s commercial district, which is suitable for both business and leisure travelers. It is 45 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport by car, 15 minutes from SongShan International Airport by car, and 3 minutes from MRT Chung Shan Station on foot.The hotel is a 12-storied structure with 3 basements. There are 202 exquisite guest rooms and suites, all furnished with internet access and auto wash toilet. The hotel was remodeled by Kumei Sekkei, a leading Japanese design company. The fusion of modernistic European architecture and unique oriental ambience has earned high international reputation. In additional, there are three dining establishment, namely all-day dining restaurant “Le Café”, Japanese restaurant “Nakayama”, and Cantonese restaurant “Ming Court”, as well as a bakery, lounge, meeting room, and other facilities. With its top-notch facilities and services, Hotel Royal-Nikko Taipei has received five-star certification by Taiwan Tourism Bureau in 2011. ... more less
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