I have read all the reviews before booking. I am sitting here now in the hotel writing this review. Since most of the stuff have been said, I am not going to reinvent the wheel but just give you some low down pointers
1. A majority of boutique hotels are located in "lanes". So don't expect a fancy big entrance. Nonetheless they are very good, including Mai Hotel. If you want a grand big bang entrance, then you should go for the high end hotel chains and pay 2 - 3 times the price.
2.I have done an extensive research and Mai hotel has one of the biggest room for the same price around this vicinity and in the middle of the city. The room I am staying is about 24sqm ( 250 sqft). Most rooms in the vicinity are around 18 sqm (193 sqft). Makes a big difference if you have 2 persons in a room. Please do not compare to the big rooms in the US such as 350 sqft and say this is small. You need to compare apples with apples.
3. Room layout is the same on all floors as per the attached picture. Avoid rooms with numbers 203 and 205 ( or on each floor ?03 or ?05). Although there are windows, you are facing a wall right in front of you. It's just as good as not having a window. 208, 207 and 206 faces the front lane. I am on the 2nd floor. Can be a bit noisy with the restaurants below but it doesn't bother me. Just close the windows, and you can't hear a thing. Overall layout is very good, high quality furniture and modern. Good sleep is something I treasure.
4. Some commented that the breakfast is so so. I don't agree. You have scrambles eggs, bacon and ham, fruits and other basic stuff. That is good enough. Again, remember, this is a boutique hotel and FREE breakfast is provided and your sizable room only cost USD$100 a night. If you take off say USD$15 bucks for 2 pax breakfast, your room only cost USD$85. Now that is a steal. If you want a big bang breakfast with music and birds chipping, then Hilton is your place.
5. Staff is extremely helpful and at least one will speak English. Lots of Japanese guests too. They do speak Japanese too.
6. There is a 24/7 Seven 11 just a minute walk. You can buy literary all your basic stuff there. Still hungry? you can get a good quality heated meal ( I mean it ) there for just USD$2. That is really good. A bottle of 2 litre coke only cost you USD$1.50. Now, that's cheap.
7. Walking distance to the nearest MRT is 7 minutes. I think this is decent. If you want the MRT at your doorstep, then you must be prepared to pay a higher room price or smaller room size.
Overall, a very good place to stay. I would come back here anytime and recommend you guys to consider. Remember, you are paying USD$100 per night with a decent breakfast for 2 thrown in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mai Hotel, with its unique blend of contemporary Asian design and Western luxury, offers state-of-the-art facilities and world-class services at an unbeatable price, making it the perfect choice for business travelers and tourist alike. The elegance of the individually styled rooms creates a welcoming atmosphere in the middle of downtown Taipei. Rooms are equipped with electronic Japanese toilets, showers and/or full baths, flat screen TV with digital cable and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included. ... more less
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