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Reviewed October 7, 2008

Overall a pretty good hotel though I disagree with some who rated it as 5 stars. The hotel is limited in the areas of limited restaurant outlets (only 1 restaurant, 1 cafe and 1 bar) and lack of 24 hrs room services.

That aside, staff service is first rate and the room is spacious and nicely decorated. Personally I would prefer the shower to be separated from the tub (there is a standing shower right next to the tub), quite cramped and a bit weird when you consider the size of their room to be quite big.

Location is good, it is less than 200 TWD by taxi to various major shopping district though as some point out, there are limited dinning options located around the hotel so you nearly always have to take a taxi for food (no 24hrs convenient store either so it is a bit inconvenience at 4 am when you want to eat something).

Date of stay: October 2008
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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3  Thank markhongkong
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Reviewed October 5, 2008

Another well reviewed hotel on Trip advisor that turned out to be spot on. Thanks everyone. Stayed here for nearly a week and what a nice place to stay. As with all places, there is always a down side and I will get this out the way first. A lack of local cuisine in the restaurant! On the first night, I ate in the hotel restaurant and was looking forward to some local specialities, but to find a predominantly western appetite catered for. So following evenings were spent at a few locals restaurants. The evening meal was fine by the way, so if you like your steak and chips, then rock on and eat in the hotel. Breakfast was included and very nice. Usual meats, bread and omelettes cooked to order. A reasonable choice for both oriental food lovers and more western food followers.

As far as local restaurants, you can hunt out the local stalls and eat more “local” or I ate in one of the more modern oriental restaurants called “chop sticks”. Not a particularly original name but popular with the local set and prices not bad, food very edible and menus in English as well, which saved ordering the pig trotters by mistake. The restaurant was about a ten minute walk from the hotel with direction from the concierge. By the way, it appeared very safe to walk the main streets around the hotel. As with all places, check with the concierge if you plan on going to far though. The surrounding area to the hotel is a mix of the old and new. The hotel being the most modern looking building locally though.

The staff were very helpful and eager to please. There is also no shortage of staff. The hotel has a nice outside pool and men’s sauna and steam room with hot and cold plunge pools accessed through the men’s changing rooms. By the way, you need to take a swimming cap for the pool. The gym is also adjacent to the pool, which was well equipped and modern. The whole hotel has a modern feel to it, with well decorated rooms and marble bathrooms.

For first time visitors, the taxi ride from the International Airport to the Mirmar is about 1,200 Taiwan Dollars (~£23). Getting around Taipei is itself cheap by Taxi as well. ~200 Taiwan Dollars to get to the Grand Hotel across town. The roads are manic and driving erratic. Unless you are mad, I suggest you keep away from hiring a car.

Shopping wise, the electronic district is about a ten min walk from the hotel. Be careful at the pedestrian crossings though as the cars can cross when you have a green light as well. Loads of scooters as well so you need to keep your wits about you. Out the front of the hotel and turn left and walk for about 10 mins you come to a very posh shopping mall. All Gucci and other designer wares. Price wise it seemed about the same as London though. Building 101 is also worth a visit. Up until a few months ago the worlds tallest building. About a 200 dollar ride from the Miramar. Costs about 400 dollars (~£8) to go up the observation areas. Make sure you go on a clear day though as its ~1,500 ft tall and so the observation level can easily be above the cloud base. Also, the first 5 floors of 101 are a shopping mall, with some very posh shopping.

Also hired a private tour of the north east of the island. Half day trips are about 2,000 Taiwan Dollars, going up to ~£100 for a 8 hour trip to the South of the island, although this does include a flight as well. We had a tour guide and driver and it was well worth the £160 for the day (plus food). With a one on one trip we managed to cover a lot of areas and skip past the usual tourist tout stuff. The hotel concierge organised the one on one trip for us and well worth looking at compared to tagging along with a large group.

Would definitely stay at the Miramar if I have to return.

P.S the hotel room has a British three pin socket.

Date of stay: September 2008
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5  Thank I1047GNmarkf
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Reviewed July 30, 2008

We had a layover in Taipei and thought we might as well see Taroko Gorge and some of the city for a few days. We booked this place based on previous recommendations of other Trip Advisors and the place exceeded our expectations. The breakfast buffet for two is included in the price quoted at the hotel website with a very fresh Chinese, Japanese and American spread in a lovely spacious style cafe. They do charge extra for kids to eat (approx. 330-450 NT) but our kids stayed free in our huge king-bed room, so it evens out. The outdoor pool was a great way to end our hot muggy summer touring, the gym is state of the art, and the Asian style spa had private lockers and Japanese/Korean style stool/hand held shower stalls. We really like the no tipping style of Taiwan in general, although we lapsed into it a few times out of habit and the good service. This hotel operates in the Taiwan mode so the 10% service charge is included in your final bill, but the staff is not standing around with their hands out for everything they do for you. So much more civilized. Makes for less stress. We will definitely be back. The location was just fine for us since we took the inexpensive taxis everywhere and the 15 minute walk to the subway was a nice way to see ordinary Taipei street life.

Date of stay: July 2008
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank sandalwoodmountains
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Reviewed June 6, 2008

I just stayed, for my second time, at the Miramar Garden Taipei during Computex Taipei 2008. I knew since my first visit that this was a very special place. This is the best hotel—hands down—in Taipei! The rooms are spacious and spotless, and the shower has two separate shower heads in which to choose from—both with powerful pressure. There’s an enormous desk and internet connectivity: wireless and an ADSL hook-up—there’s no charge for internet access. There is a safe in each room. Downstairs there is a cozy bar and restaurant. All of the food is served fresh. I personally witnessed the bartender slicing up three cases of oranges and then making hand squeezed orange juice. The restaurant would make Chef Gordon Ramsay proud! Breakfast is included in the price, and it’s varied, plentiful and excellent. Taipei would be the last place in the world where I would think about getting a good hamburger; however, I was definitely floored when I had their egg burger (it is listed on the bar menu.) It is the best hamburger that I’ve ever ate—and I’m an American! I was also impressed with the fitness room. They have treadmills, weight machines, dip/pull-up bar, and a good selection of free weights. The hotel’s motto is “The comforts of home; the feeling of family.” This is actually true, for when you first arrive, you quickly realize you are at a special hotel. This is because of the friendliness of the staff and their genuine concern to make your stay a great experience. Obviously, when you see moral like this you know the leadership is top-notch. Kudos to Linda Chu, General Manager, and Tom Liu, Executive Assistant Manager.

Date of stay: June 2008
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2  Thank Steve_Japan
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Reviewed April 20, 2008

Totally impressed. Five star quality rooms for only $150 US per night. Your own computer, free internet, your own fax machine, widescreen television, and yes.... heated toilet seats!

Getting here is another plus. Apparently in Taipei you're either staying by the airport, or you're going downtown with everyone else, which is just under an hour away. That's the way it is here. Given the potential headache, getting to this hotel was a breeze. Here is how you do it:

Exit baggage claim and head left towards the Bus counters. Find "AirBus" and tell them you want to go to "Miramar". Buy your ticket for $148TWD ($7US), ride for 45 minutes, and the first stop is yours. Grab a taxi sitting there, ride for 3 minutes $70TWD ($2US) and you're there for less than $10US. Taxis cost $1300TWD ($43US).

The room in my pictures is the "Deluxe" room. They told me there is "Deluxe and Business" rooms. Business being more expensive. The room pictured was $148 USD per night at full price, walk-in booking. Im sure you can get better by booking ahead.

The room is beautiful, as you can see. You get your own full desk with computer. It has free internet service and Wifi for your laptop if you bring one. Call front desk and they give you a password. They even give you a fax machine of your own, full wetbar, beautiful comfortable bed, "up" lighting everywhere, and the toilet is heated. Both the seat, and the water, to a heat level that you can pick.

Highly recommended hotel. End of story. :)

Date of stay: April 2008
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4  Thank HotelGuru9
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