Chose Ambience after reading the good reviews here. Check-in was smooth but not excellent. The 2 staff were not as smiley, friendly and helpful as many have claimed. We were generously smiling, trying to be friendly. Did we agitate them or were we just plainly unlucky turning up at some 'wrong' moment?
We stayed at Room 801- a nice corner room on the 8th floor. Except the slight odour, which we suspect came from the carpet, it was a clean, nice room with everything we needed. Bathroom's great! Love the bathtub and the option of a standing shower. Oh, and yes, the handmade soap and the toilet seat! We got carried away momentarily and sort of forgot about the not so pleasant check in experience. Subsequent encounters with the staff turned around our feeling; they were actually very friendly and truly served from their hearts, especially Jio, who went the extra mile to advise us/ helped arrange our trip to Keelung. Thank you Jio!
Breakfast was great for a hotel this size; best of all, different varieties everyday. Really enjoyed the beautiful live pieces played by the charismatic Violist. Location is not as convenient, but walking around the area was a pleasant one esp. in the cold weather. Lots of foods and shops to look-see, before we knew it, we reached the MRT station. Walked to ZhongShan Station and Taipei Station, both took us about 15 minutes from the Hotel as we were strolling relaxingly. Guanghua Digital Plaza and the Electronic street were just a few blocks away. We found a MOS Burger nearby that area that was 24hrs.
This is a very good hotel with highly motivated staff! I would recommend it to travellers who enjoy quieter surroundings with good service and great rooms, yet, would not burn a hole in their pockets. Not being near to MRT stations is really not a big deal! Think about it, with the $ saved, you can go almost anywhere/ further in cabs- plenty of it at the Hotel's doorstep! :o)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As the most anticipated project combining the visionary talents of famous Taiwanese architect Wei Ming Lee and designer Ted Su, led by an ambitious and dynamic team of hospitality professionals, Ambience Hotel is the first offbeat and contemporary boutique hotel designed to breathe style and excitement into Taiwan's capital city. Ambience Hotel's 60 avant-garde guestrooms and suites feature a unique decor blend of polished steel, glass, white granite and calf-skin leather upholstery. Completed with free high speed wireless internet access, Video-on-Demand movie system, and luxurious Botanicus bath and body products, Ambience Hotel provides the service and amenities of a luxury hotel within a strikingly modern yet intimate environment. Combining comfort, functionality, and cutting edge design, Ambience Hotel is the ideal place to stay for business and pleasure in Taipei. ... more less
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