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“Spacious Rooms but a little far out” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Taipei
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.1 Section 4, Chung Shan North Road, Taipei 104, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #99 of 446 Hotels in Taipei
4.0 of 5 stars 435 Reviews
Bangkok
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“Spacious Rooms but a little far out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Clean, big and spacious rooms compared to the usual rooms in the inner city area. We liked the view and the feeling of being back in the olden days. However, the rooms could so with a bit of rennovation.

Nice views through out the hotel but quite far from the MRT.

If your looking for a nice place to relax, this is the place.

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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I'm not sure on what planet this would be a 5 star hotel. It's a 5 star lobby, and a 5 star entrance with 5 star historical significance. Staying at the Grand Hotel is a miserable experience. The rooms are dingy and old, the restaurants are horrid, the service is fairly nonchalant (a union controls the hotel and as such the employees don't really have to care, so they don't). I spent some time in the Soviet Union and China back in the day, and the Grand Hotel experience is comparable.

But the worst part (if that's even possible) is how isolated the Grand Hotel is. You are way far away from much of anything in Taipei, and walking anywhere is impossible because of the roads. Taipei is one of the great walking and eating cities in Asia, and it is a process to get anywhere. There are much better great hotels in Taipei. There are even much better bad hotels in Taipei, with better service (fixable), better rooms (fixable) in better locations (not fixable). The Grand is a faded flower. I found the experience pressing

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Pros: Efficient, warm and friendly hotel staff. Despite its size, everyone is treated with warmth.
Well appointed with period furniture (most are now antiques).
Grand Lobby
Dated Elegance maintained with great care
Efficient taxi stand, so no issues with travel
Great Tours both inside and outside the hotel
Good solid free wifi in lobby and breakfast area
one of the best breakfast buffet in the world
Secret Escape Tunnel Tour
Real Chinese Architecture
Duty Staff dressed in white jacket and black bow tie assigned to every floor
Concierge
Great restaurants inside.
Cons: Not a 21st century hotel, but that is the whole point. Stay here for a sense of history.
Basic room is rather small and no windows to the outside.
Only few irons in the hotel, had to go to a specific ironing room.

The Grand Hotel is a place full of history and nostalgia when the Republican Government of China moved its seat of government to Taipei. Of course politics today in Taiwan and the world are rather different now. However, the Grand Hotel represents one historically important vision for a modern China, one that did not do away with everything that was old and ancient. One must remember that when and after this hotel was built, Mainland China was going through poltical and cultural turmoil that destroyed significant amount of history. One must be aware of this when staying here. If you want the most modern, most luxurious etc. this is not the hotel today in Taipei for you. But this recalls a time when doing the most with the least was the epitome of taste. Having gong to this hotel from 21st century Beijing and China, I felt a great sense of relief and humility to see how little luxury there really was less than fifty years ago. The real joy was to see how well every single part of the hotel was taken care of and the sense of pride that all the staff showed in being apart of the hotel and its history. I left with a sense that I should also do more with less and be happy with what I already have, versus replacing the old with the new. So come and stay to experience living history.

Room Tip: I highly recommend upgrading to the rooms with a porch. The basic rooms are very small and does not...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Indeed the hotel's history, location and size was truly GRAND. Upon entering,the lobby was opulent I went around to view the function rooms and hallways. So impressed to see the VIP's who once stayed in the hotel. Inside the guests' room, I just love the old furniture design and even the old sink in the bathroom. But the worn-out wallpaper in the bath shower area made it not so grand.Just make sure to set your alarm clock if you happen to stay in the room with a window by the corridor, or you'll end up oversleeping.Breakfast buffet was just average.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We went there to have lunch at Golden Dragon Restaurant. Food was great - chinese style. Service was excellent and fast. Do make a booking to secure your table nearby the window. You can enjoy the city view and see Taipei 101 from afar. The hotel's architecture and interior are indeed grand and beautiful.

Stop at Yuan Shan MRT Station. Take exit 1 and walk straight. You will see a bus stop about 15meters away. Take the hotel's free shuttle (departs every 30mins) to the hotel from there. You can go back to the same MRT station also with the same transportation.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I recently attended a wedding banquet in the Grand Hotel Taipei. On a spur of the moment I decided to book a room for the night. Having browsed their website in the past, I knew that the basic rooms offered had no outside window (there was a window looking at the corridor) and knew to avoid them. Instead I booked one of their rooms with a window and a balcony facing the river and the city. Although somewhat expensive, the experience was amazing. The bed was huge and super-comfortable. In addition to being one of the most spacious non-suite rooms I've occupied, the room was furnished with antique Chinese furnitures making the whole ambience all that more unique. The amenities offered were quite adequate (with bonus points for the fine Chinese-style bathrobes).

The breakfast offered in the hotel lobby is definitely worth its money, with a large spread of both wester and eastern-style foods on offer. The ambience of the restaurant was luxurious but at the same time not too heavy, with pleasant jazz music playing in the background. The staff was extremely polite and spoke excellent English.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Stayed for four nights at this renowned hotel. Room was rather dated looking and there was lingering, musky smell. The hotel is located up on a hill and to get to and fro the city I had to wait for shuttle and it was a pain. Hotel staff was friendly and warm but on a whole it's too expensive for hotel accommodation whereby one can get a more reasonable rate in a more centralised location in the city.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.1 Section 4, Chung Shan North Road, Taipei 104, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Taipei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#41 Family Hotel in Taipei
#42 Luxury Hotel in Taipei
#57 Business Hotel in Taipei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Grand Hotel Taipei 4.5*
Number of rooms: 487
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