Yes, the W Taipei is a real 5 star hotel that lives up to its reputation. Five star hotels range from classic, old, and famous, to new, techo, and cool, and the W is at the extreme cool end. The reception area is on the 10th floor reached by an elevator with dance-throbbing music. The modern art begins the second you step out of the elevator. The reception desk is well staffed by a friendly and engaging crew who make you feel welcome; in fact all of the staff is friendly and adds greatly to the ambiance. After a quick check-in process, I was escorted to the elevator as the bars and restaurants (total of 5) were described.
I had a standard room on the 22nd floor described as something like “fabulous”, and you know the second you walk in you will like it. The first night there was an apple and marzipan “carrot” in a bucket of chocolate crumbs as welcoming gift. The new room had floor to ceiling windows (your rate will increase if you have a view of Taipei One), a large comfortable bed with lots of pillows, , high thread-count sheets, a futon lounge in front of the window, big flat screen TV with lots of channels, iPhone docking, and a big working area. Everything is controlled electrically and the window system offers your choice of black-out drapes or see-through shear treatment, a white noise machine, and variety of lighting treatments.
The bathroom was also uber-modern with a square bathtub, sink (but not much counter space), and big shower with two types of shower heads. The toilet sports the almost top of the line Japanese toilet…no music while you use it, but the lid lifts automatically when approached. It has the full range of bliss soaps and amenities. There are throw away slippers that you will not throw away. There were multiple bottles of free water.
Of course there are some things that could be better. The street noise was not completely masked even with the white noise machine, water escaped from the shower and soaked the mat, and there was no evening turn down service (maybe this is a feature of the old classic hotels).
This wonderfulness comes at a price and there is nothing inexpensive about this place. The split of very nice wine in the mini-bar had the full-bottle equivalent price of $120. There is free internet (uncomfortably) right in front of the reception desk, but in the room it is quite expensive.
The location is next to the Taipei bus terminal (about $5/one hour to the airport) and over the city hall subway station. Under the hotel is a subterranean restaurant row, and the best-high end shopping is adjacent. At least on the weekend, there is a complete circus act/musical entertainment “party” in the arcade between the department stores. It is a short 10 minute walk to the convention center. The hotel restaurant buffet is nothing short of excellent.
This hotel is exactly what you would expect from the best, even from a standard room, and, I highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Xinyi District, home to W Taipei, there pulses a neon current, creating a sanctuary where serenity meets energy. Here, an endless stream of people, ideas and technology fuses Taipei's rural surroundings with its urban core. From the vibrant markets, theatres and nightclubs to the iconic Taipei 101, everything-even the sky- is electrified. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w Taipei Hotel Taipei