It's been a long time since I've been back to Taipei and I was thinking of staying at the one of many boutique type hotels in the city. Thinking that you really can not go wrong staying at a Shangri-La, I finally decided Shangri-La it is. This property definitely does not disappoint. From the ever gracious English speaking doormen who by the way gives great directions and advice to the very pleasant greeters who meet and assist you. You know your in a Shangri-La just by taking a whiff of the aroma when you enter the front lobby and here in the Far Eastern you get that same scent. The rooms are spacious (try to get a view of 101), the walk-in closets are just right,and the walk-in shower with separate tub bathrooms are just huge. Head up to the rooftop where you get a warm pool and Jacuzzi even though it's winter time. I have been to hotel pool jacuzzis where the jets are way too weak, but not in this hotel. It's a perfect way to relax before you go to bed because it closes at 10pm. The 38th floor also has a pretty good Italian restaurant and the Marco Polo bar/lounge next door has a pretty good view that can't be beat anywhere in town.
The Lingchiang St night market is about a 10-15min walk and along the road going there I saw a shabu-shabu, a Thai restaurant, a pizzeria and some busy bars. Right outside the coffee shop door is the CitiAir bus stop that takes you to and from the airport for NT$145 and that in itself is a big convenience. On my next trip to Taipei, you will definitely see me here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located 15 minutes from Taipei Songshan Airport, Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei soars 43 stories above Taipei's premier business and entertainment district with sweeping views of Taipei 101 and the city skyline. Guests may find 4 fine-dining restaurants, a buffet restaurant and 3 lounges in the hotel. The Health Club features a gym, oil massage services and 2 outdoor rooftop swimming pools, while The Horizon Spa provides guests with numerous aromatherapy and beauty services in a serene space. A total of 11 function rooms ranging in sizes suit different customers' needs. In addition, complimentary access to in-house wired Internet and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. ... more less
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