I stay here as it's a leading Taipei Hotel, a known commodity and part of a large international chain.
The location could not be better if you want the Xinyi District in central Taipei.
Over the past year the rooms have undergone extensive renovations. The new look is much improved as otherwise as a hotel it was showing it's age. The rooms however aren't especially big; the ceilings aren't lofty.
There are now many mood lighting options. Blinds - electronic and roman, control incoming light. This is all the more important if your room has a south--easterly aspect, with a view of the 101 Tower across the road.
The new look is co-ordinated, slick and polished. Sliding doors, purpose built cabinets and bathroom consoles. I think it all works very well.
The bright red cabinets - inside and outside - might also not be an accident, or an attempt in funkiness to keep up with the W Hotel, rather it's probably more to do with Feng Shui, and keeping the ghosts at bay - red the colour for happiness in Chinese cultural thinking is the one colour that wards off evil - see spirit tales below.
It has to be one of the best gyms and Japanese style spas that I have been to, with multiple fitness areas. The gym has been redone in blonde oak feel and has multiple rooms - weights, cardio and yoga.
As you may be aware, Cheers is a great bar for after-work drinks and spirits.
You might also be aware from local folk-lore about the Grand Hyatt. It's built on the former Taipei Municipal Cemetery and what were "killing fields" during wartime occupation.
The graves were moved like in the "Poltergeist" movie in the 1980s. The former cemetery grounds now includes the Grand Hyatt, the municipal buildings, 101, the Convention Center and shopping centers. Note the "mantras" written in red on yellow rice paper and plastered on either side of the service lift in the Lobby. These are protective and deflect dark forces entering the hotel from its basement.
As a corollary, one of my friends, a non-drinker and also a lawyer, recalls several years ago staying at the Grand Hyatt where in the middle of the night, he heard a knock at the door and looked out the door viewer to see a middle aged man dressed in white with a bell boys uniform and cap. Opening the door he looked up and down the long corridors, left and right, with no one to be seen. In the split second that he opened the door it would have been impossible for any mortal to disappear. He spent the rest of the night locked down and with the lights on.
On my side I have been staying every few months inTaipei since the mid 90s, normally at the Grand Hyatt and the only old spirits that I've have seen have been poured out of a bottle.
The buffet breakfast at the Grand Hyatt is an institution and has to be the biggest and best with the broadest selection in Taipei
Very stingy with upgrades, even though I am a regular guest and tend to also pay for extras like room service and limos. Have mentioned in their reviews that they are falling short of their competition in this area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hyatt Taipei is a luxury Taipei Hotel which anchors the city’s most vibrant commercial centre in the Xinyi district. Adjacent to Taipei 101 Mall and Financial Tower, this Taipei 5 star hotel is conveniently linked to the Taipei World Trade Centre, the Taipei International Convention Centre and the Exhibition Halls.The grandeur of the atrium lobby, entrance and driveways projects the luxurious image of Grand Hyatt Taipei, where the design concept is centered on embracing the local culture. while also offering grand, luxurious and innovative style.The hotel’s guestrooms and suites have a residential ambience offering scenic views of Taipei 101, the mountains and Taipei city, while our Grand Club rooms provide added luxury and personalised services. The residential, apartment-style suites on the top floor of the hotel provide distinct and exclusive accommodation, as well as stunning views over the city. Grand Hyatt Taipei is a city hotel that offers a variety of culinary choices in its multi-cuisine restaurants and bars. Food and beverage options include Chinese seafood and grilled US prime steaks. Visitors can also unwind in relaxing and luxurious bars. Grand Hyatt Taipei is home to extensive meeting and event facilities, including a magnificent pillar-free Grand Ballroom and the grand residence, Taipei’s unique residential-style multi-event venue. All venues are professionally equipped and the hotel can host any event, from a private seminar for eight to a large convention for 1,200. Grand Hyatt Taipei also offers the best in luxury hotel recreation, including two 24-hour gymnasiums and an outdoor heated swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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