The brand new Le Meridien Taipei is definitely the new gold (or platinum) standard for hotels in Taipei. Since the Meridien is the first western luxury hotel that's opened in Taipei in quite a while, I was really looking forward to trying it out--and I was not disappointed.
Everything about the hotel was great, from the efficient check-in, to the very large and tastefully designed room, to thoughtful amenities, to even the room service. And free wifi!
As a Starwood Platinum member, I was upgraded to a suite, which included a spacious living room, a cavernous bathroom, and a nicely appointed bedroom (and a large closet). All the rooms had advanced lighting controls, which included modes for task lighting as well as indirect night lighting, giving it the feel of an upscale apartment. The bathroom was wall to wall marble, with an enormous shower, double sinks, and a tub with TV--and connected to the bedroom a living rooms with sliding mirrored doors. And the bed and linens were superbly comfortable.
There were many nice touches, such as a Nespresso machine, toiletries from L'Occitane, Blu-Ray players for each of the 2 flat screen TVs.
I ordered room service--nothing gourmet, but the food was delicious, well presented, and delivered promptly.
The gym was equipped with the latest machines, and though I didn't use the indoor pool, I can imagine that after a long day of meetings it would be great to unwind with a swim.
On my way in from the airport, I was reminiscing about staying at the Grand Hyatt some 20 years ago after it had just opened and being impressed at the time, but also how that hotel and some of the others were really showing their age. With Le Meridien, Taipei once again has a hotel which can compare with the top business hotels across Asia.
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