First up, location is perfect. Situated directly above a subway station, this hotel allows you to reach many places in Taipei fairly easily. The location is also walkable (20 mins) to the tall Taipei 101, and there are many malls around for you to shop, if you are into that.
As for food choices, there is a night market that is nearby, and the hotel will be able to tell you the exact name. Cab there and it's pretty affordable. Also, as the property is in a financial area, it gets very quiet (= not many restaurants nearby) once it gets dark. If you want food, head to the mall's diff generic restaurants and foodcourts.
As for the property itself, it is a typical W, not as Wow as the HK property, and rooms size is pretty standard. Friends love the W bed, but I personally, think Starwood's other properties such as Westin and Sheraton have better ones. Housekeeping can be abit tardy as you will be able to spot dust very c;early, especially on the mirror surfaces of the cabinet near the window. The beds came with bamboo rattan display pillow, and even during turn down service, they totally did not do any physical turning down. Unless turn down means merely just placing a sugar coated item and envelope on the table. HK and Mexico, I remember, had proper turn down services that made me so ready to jump in bed. Also, depending on one's preference, it is either good/bad that the bathroom is very separated from the shower/wash basin, with a separate door.
Staff are extremely courteous if you speak English. I am bilingual in both Chinese and English and the level of service I get are polar opposites depending on the language that roll of my tongue. I had previously came to the bar as a non-hotel guest few months back, and the lady at reception was so rude to me when I inquire if I can place my stuffs at the cloak room (It's only for guests, she said), but then I guess, they have every right to refuse service to non-hotel guests. This time round, it's amazing how a simple flash of your room number can get you service at the bar so ridiculously good, you think you are the most VIP person on earth.
The outdoor pool gets pretty popular with families and can get pretty rowdy at times. Bar is pretty ok, but I recommend you to skip the "I am so cool cos I am at the Bar" crowd on Fridays and head to Taipei's other BETTER clubs and bars.
I wouldn't come back here unless I get a good rate, and personally, Taipei has many other better hotels in equally good, if not better locations. The only great thing about W Taipei is that it is a foreign branded property so SPG guests get to have alot more perks. Though personally, it seems that both Westin and W have equally curt staff (Westin will be curt even if you are a guest).
- 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