The staff at reception, concierge, dining room are young but very professional and efficient. I had conversations with the hostesses at the dining room. They were genuinely nice and friendly.
The lobby, elevators,hallways, dining room etc... are all finished in very dark brown, almost black, rough -sawed wood, which make the place look and feel very dark, dirty, gloomy and depressing. It's like going down into a coal mine. I would much prefer lighter and happier shades of wood finish, like light oak or golden ash etc... The management probably tries to use dark colors to hide the dirt. they should fire the interior decorator and hire new ones.
The bar is outdoor on the balcony on 5th floor, which is very hot and humid. Even outdoor, smoking is prohibited by law, WTH? Meanwhile it's OK to light up the traditional Chinese incense inside or out and inhale that putrid smoke. It's just one of many evidences of the heavy-handed ways of government on the island.
The room is nice, clean, comfortable and large enough. There is a balcony, with 2 chairs and an ashtray, that looks across to a few residential high rise buildings.
The room has a remote control box added onto the 40 in LCD TV, that was suppose to control the TV and all lighting in the room. It works intermittently and is very annoying when you cannot turn off the TV or the lights to go to sleep. Wired internet worked OK.
The hotel is conveniently next to the Q shopping center which is connected to the MTR and the train station via air-conditioned malls. It's horrible to walk outside and sweat in the summer's high heat and humidity. Having access to mass transportation by walking in the air-conditioned malls is a big plus.
Breakfast and lunch are above average with typical Western fares and traditional Chinese food. We had buffet lunch with a fairly good mix of seafood, sushi and sashimi. But I had better in other hotels in ShenZhen and HongKong. Large bottles of beer ( about 750 mL) costed about US$12 which drew a lot of complaints from guests. I had a few glasses of wines which costed about $8 each.
The room rate and everything else are pretty high for this hotel. Besides convenient access to the cool air-conditioned malls to get on mass transit, there is not much that attracted me to this dark and gloomy hotel. This hotel just feels unhappy to me. I would much rather stay at hotels that look, feel, smell, sound ... happier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palais de Chine, operated by L'Hotel de Chine Group, is an internationally recognized five-star hotel. We serve local and international business tourists by offering an oasis of artistic beauty and culture, along with a personal touch. Palais de Chine is located west Taipei center and sits at the hub of five transport avenues. Elegant and functional guest rooms decorated in European and neo-classical design are equipped with electronic virtual butler, communication facilities and AV equipments. Whether for leisure or business, Palais de Chine offers our guests with a comfortable and efficient environment. The hotel's theme dining includes exquisite Chinese and western restaurants, elegant French-style teahouse, and a bar. The hotel's staff is professionally trained and provides customers services of the highest standard. All members provide guests with one-stop service, and respond to all guests' requests within 24 hours. "Guests first, no matter when or where" is the service motto of. ... more less
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