Although we stayed during a relatively busy time (end of the year/new years), we were able to get a room for US$90, which I know is good value for Taipei (I live here).
Although it's about 10 minutes from the subway station, the hotel is nice, the staff are friendly (most speak English and/or Japanese quite well), and I think it's overall a good hotel.
I have heard many say that the Cantonese restaurant in the hotel is very famous - and it seemed to be always packed - we weren't able to try it.
Never written a review before but felt compelled to do so because the other reviews I see here a Very misleading! I travel to Taipei often for business, stayed at numerous hotels here and know the area fairly well. To say the least, my experience was horrific and will never ever stay here again. Upon entering the room, a thick layer of cigarette smoke will give you nausea. Since I requested a Non-Smoking room, I went back down to the lobby and requested a room change. (Well, not actually a lobby, they don't have one! More like a "sitting area". nor do they have a pool.) They then said they were fully booked for the night, and went to the room to spray some sort of air freshener and told me to just open the windows! I think it was Lysol they sprayed (gasp!) and I went back down to complain. half an hour later they finally budged and decided to give me another room. My 2nd room Still had a heavy cigarette odor (the carpet maybe). The halls were dark, noisy, and had a strange odor to it as well. It was a Non-smoking floor but still had traces of cigarette smoke (I'm an ex-smoker so I'd know). It was too much trouble to request another room change therefore I stayed put. The room itself, both my first and second, were small and very very old in every fashion. Bathroom was filled mold/mildew in the corners, tub was small, dirty with long and short hairs all over the place, and oh.... the nasty shower curtains. They carry an indescribable smell that will make you puke. The furniture must have been from the 80's (or earlier) in style, chipped, banged up, basically not something you would want to use in your own home. My kettle had stains in it, desk and fake leather chair had oily residue, channel selection was very limited, all fuzzy as well. My first room had a tiny 20" TV, my 2nd had a larger 30". No WiFi whatsoever. I can go on forever. The staff were quite polite but none could speak English, but could speak Japanese, since this hotel seems to cater to retired Japanese tourists. The location isn't that great either unless you have any business doing in the specific area. It's about 15 min walk to the subway station, but it's not in the heart of Taipei so you'd have to take a total of 3 trains just to get to anywhere significant. If you've been in Taipei before, you'd know that transferring to each train takes quite a long while. The area is also well known for it's "red-light" district with cheap and old call girls that flood the streets by 10pm. All in all, I've had Way better experiences in Taipei. For US$150 per night, do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere!
The hotel is part of the Prince hotel network globally although it is managed independently by a Taiwanese businessman. This is akin to many of the Best Western hotels worldwide.
Gloria Prince is located in downtown Taipei on Linsen North Road, within 10 minutes walking distance to Shuanglien MRT station. From the airport, there is an express coach service which stops at the Ambassador Hotel (Chungshan North Road Sector II). From the Ambassador Hotel, it is only a short 3-min walk to Gloria Prince.
Rooms are spacious and clean, with a fusion of modern chic-look and grand old victorian design. There is ample supply of bathroom amenities as well as mini-bar items in the room. There is also a wide selection of TV programmes, including satellite channels such as BBC, Channel News Asia, CNN, and the likes.
The restaurant serves excellent buffet breakfast with a wide spread of western, Japanese and Chinese dishes. The fitness centre is also well-equipped with the latest equipment. Business travellers can make full use of the facilities inside the business centre.
Taxis are abundant and the conceirge will be more than willing to assist you in getting to your destination. Basically, this is a perfect hotel for everyone and it truly deserves the 5-star rating accorded by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.