Just got back from Taipei and stayed 3 nights at Le Meridien. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and wanted to make a couple of comments:
1. Price: yes, the rate at this hotel is on the expensive side (compared to other hotels in the area). However, I do believe that you get what you pay for - especially if you're a traveler like me who appreciates good customer service and attention to details (see elaboration below).
2. SPG preferred recognition: I reserved a regular room with two single beds, and because of my Platinum status, was upgraded to a junior suite. Although the junior suite came with a king bed, the hotel room services was able to quickly move a rollaway bed into the living room of the suite (and the rollaway bed was essentially a twin sized bed with high-quality sheets and comforter that you would find in a regular room). I was pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel did not charge me for the rollaway bed.
3. Room: our room was always stocked with at least 4 bottles of complimentary water. Platinum status also got me complimentary access to the Executive Lounge (with fresh fruit and espresso bar, as well as happy hour with hot foods every evening) and beer and soda in the room's mini-fridge. The room also had a Nespresso machine, fresh fruit (which was replenished everyday), high-quality robes and disposable room slippers. The bathroom had an automatic toilet, L'Occitane products, a scale, and other toiletries (like cotton pads, Qtips, etc.).
4. Hotel: my reservation included complimentary breakfast for 2 at the breakfast buffet downstairs at the hotel restaurant. The breakfast buffet was fantastic, with a mix of both western and eastern cuisine. The food was fresh and hot. The hotel gym had a selection of cardio and strength training machines. The staff constantly wiped down machines after each guest finished using the machine. The water bottles and towels were always stocked. I believe there was a suana and heated pool available, although I did not visit either one. The Executive Lounge, as mentioned above, is accessible by preferred guests (unsure whether Gold level members have complimentary access, but Platinum members do). The hotel also had a cute Chocoart shop that sold French pastries and chocolates. The only noticeable drawback was the fact that the elevators constantly smelled musty (as if the air wasn't properly circulating in the elevators). It was raining the few days we stayed at the hotel, and the hotel provided big umbrellas for guest use.
5. Location: this hotel is located in the business district, 2-3 blocks from Eslite bookstore and Taipei 101 shopping center. The City Hall MRT is about 2 blocks away (underneath the W Hotel).
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