I have stayed at the Howard Plaza many times and most recently September 23-28, 2013. After a total time of 27 hours of traveling, when the taxi pulled into the welcoming Howard courtyard entrance I could not hold back a broad smile and thinking, "This is like coming home". I was travel weary and the excellent staff took care of everything. I found myself seated comfortably in the lobby and welcomed to the hotel by a staff that seemed genuinely pleased that I chose the Howard. As I left the comfort of the reception area I decided to stop in the Seven Scholars lounge to have a much awaited Taiwan Beer before going to my room, knowing full well my luggage would be carefully placed at a comfortable height in my room when I got there. To my delight I was placed on the top floor where the rooms have recently undergone an "Amazing Makeover". I had a large comfortable King Size Bed and a seating area with a couch, coffee table (which had a complimentary welcoming plater of assorted fruit), two comfortable chairs and an ottoman. I also found a desk with phone and Internet cable (although not needed as WiFi is available throughout the hotel), and good lighting for working. Now I not only felt like I was home, but I also had everything I need for an office including stationery with my name prominently placed beneath the letterhead and on the envelopes that were included showing my status as a Howard guest. The remodeled bathroom was superb! A huge tub a corner shower with plenty of racks to easily hold all the complimentary bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. All other amenities you could ever want were carefully placed on a sliding rack drawer beneath the sink. Beautiful ceramic tile covered all the walls and floor. The roomy sink top was an attractive color and had plenty of room to store the things I like to keep on the sink. this was the first time I stayed in one of the Howard's newly remolded rooms and was pleasantly surprised. After a quick shower, I hit the bed for some much anticipated sleep. Wow! The most comfortable pillows in memory!! Just like being in my own bed at home. Breakfast at the Howard comes in many shapes and sizes. Buffet with every flavor and taste you may desire. Again the staff were very attentive and anticipated refills of my coffee with exacting timing. although I could have sat there and read through one of the many complimentary newspapers available, I did come to Taipei to work. However, I knew that after work I could go back to the Howard and slip into the comfort of the Scholars Lounge and relax and meet other guests. The Scholars Lounge has been described as "comfortable as being in your living room." I worked out on the 4th floor at the health Spa complete with Sauna, Steam and a wonderful "Quiet Room" where you can power nap after your workout. Did I mention the many floors of shopping available at te Howard? Make sure you check out the basement shops...wonderful. MRT station very close and a concierge that assisted with the many requests I had for writing out instructions for the taxi driver when I didn't use the MRT. There may be many hotels in Taipei to choose from, but when I come to town the Howard Plaza is the only place for me, because it is like home with a different family.
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- Taipei Howard Plaza Hotel