My wife and I came to Taipei to visit her family and friends. I had previously lived in Taipei for a year--but that was thirty years ago, and I really did not know what to expect. We chose Ambience based largely on TripAdvisor ratings--and I have to say it was one of the best travel decisions ever made. This hotel is clean, elegant, very comfortable, totally high tech. Rooms are well designed with fancy bathroom fittings, great shower and bath tub, plenty of bath accessories. Very comfortable bed. We stayed on the top floor and had a magnificent view of Taipei to the south and east. The breakfast that was included with our $91 per day rate--after discounts for staying ten days and a special internet rate--was absolutely first class, with both western and Chinese specialties--you'd pay at least $20 for that at other hotels. There is free laundry service on site and a swimming pool. While some have said there is a problem with the location of this hotel, I beg to differ. Three buses that will take you everywhere in the city stop within a few steps of the front door and hotel staff can direct you if you feel nervous taking a bus but can't speak or read Chinese. The new MRT metro system is a 15 minute walk if you prefer that. My wife and I felt like walking one night and we made it from the Taipei Rail Station to the hotel in about 20 minutes. There are several excellent and inexpensive Chinese restaurants one to two blocks away that are packed every night and offer a wide range of seafood and other dishes. This is a can't-miss choice in Taipei, unless you want rock bottom room rates in a very basic place or can't stand to stay in anything but an American-owned hotel.
- 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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