I have never had a bad hotel experience in Taipei. I think all the better brand hotels (and even some local brands) provide good service, clean rooms, etc. Each Taipei hotel has strengths you can consider when making a selection. The Sheraton Taipei hotel continues to provide great rooms, great service and, now more than ever, a great location. It offers a connection to Taiwan/Taipei history and a window into modern Chinese urban culture. I also think it is price competitive for foreign business travelers and weekend tourists. I have been staying there , often several times per year, for over 20 years.
Before the development of the newer "business" side of Taipei (think Taipei 101), this hotel was "the place to stay," being close to many government offices and smaller department stores. It's restaurants were well recognized as among the best in Taipei. Before the boom of mainland tourists, the completion of high speed rail or even the MRT, the facility well survived the transfer of business travelers towards the hotels on the Dun Hua North Road side of Taipei by focusing on more local Taiwan business. With the high speed rail now available just 10 minutes away at the main train stations and the awesome MRT system, the Taipei Sheraton has regained its position as a key business hotel. I can stay in my favorite part of Taipei but make all-day meetings in Hsinchu, Tainan or even Kaohsiung without having to change hotels. I can cross the city at rush hour on the (easy to navigate and safe) MRT is less than 30 minutes. It has been great to see the hotel's business really explode while they continue to maintain great service.
The reviewers here with negative comments have valid points. Yes - The exercise facility is a little too small and probably is oversold as a "club" for locals. Yes - The swimming pool is smaller than those at other Taipei hotels and not made for laps. But there are really grand public facilities just a few blocks away with huge swimming pools for just a few (US) dollars to enter. Most East Asia hotels sell "club" memberships. And yes - I rather wish the very annoying, loud (local) afternoon tea crowd would just disappear. But I promise this a great window into urban Chinese culture (You can ask, for example, what are all these people doing with so much time in the middle of the day? Welcome to Taipei!) Likewise, the opportunity to see so many mainland visitors enjoy a great hotel experience is heart warming.
I highly recommend this consistent, reliable hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 688 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites offer guests a wide selection of room types. The Executive Floors offer executive travelers all the services and facilities they require. In addition, they have to their own Executive Lounge. For our Starwood Preferred Guests, we offer three exclusive floors. All rooms feature high-speed internet access and in-room safe. Butler service is provided for Director Rooms and above as well as all Executive Floor rooms.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Taipei
- Taipei Sheraton