Stayed here for 3 nights for a business trip. I was upgraded to one of the corner suites. It was amazingly spacious, more than I needed. The suite had a living room/workdesk/bar separate from the bedroom, bath, and walk-in closet. All the “bling” and opulence of the place seems impressive at first but the devil’s in the details and one will quickly realize that it’s not all what it seems. For instance, the bath towels are not plush, they’re old, been washed way too many times. The bed is too firm and the sheets seem to have a very low thread count, not soft. Although the room had a lot of windows, only the street facing windows can be opened to let natural light in. The side windows have shutters that block out the view and light, I guess they don’t want you to see the building next door which is only a few feet away. However, the room is quite soundproof and very quiet. I slept quite well. It was annoying, however, that there are only a few power outlets around the rooms especially around the beds. So, I had to recharge my laptop and phone in the bathroom!
The health club/gym is very small, located in the basement so, no windows, equipment is old, and they don't open until 6:30 am. Disappointing.
The breakfast buffet was average but offers a wide enough variety to cater to most tastes. Dinner was terrible. I recommend going to a restaurant outside of the hotel instead. Service in the restaurant and the front desk was passable. Everyone was just doing their job, just getting it done, nothing more; no pleasantries, no warm and fuzzy feeling about it.
Overall, I’m not sure if I’d stay in this hotel again. For one, the faux-elegance aesthetic is just not my style and secondly, the staff although very professional and competent just treated me more as a customer rather than a guest. The price was right, the location convenient to where I needed to do business but other than that, I have no compelling reason to recommend this hotel. Even with that said, however, if you were to stay here for a very good price (and ONLY if you get a good price, say less than $140 US, a night), I don’t think you’d regret it too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Evergreen Laurel Hotel (Taipei) is situated in the heart of Taipei’s business and financial district. The 100 spacious rooms and suites feature a soundproofing system that reduces ambient noise levels to below 40 dB. The fitness center offers modern health-club facilities including an assortment of Spa treatments. The elegant Evergarden serves a variety of Chinese cuisine for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Evergreen Laurel Taipei
- Hotel Evergreen Laurel