As the title indicates, if your interest is an airport transit hotel for an early-departure or late-arrival, then this is an outstanding place. Taipei airport is 45mins from downtown if that helps build the context for the location's value.
Location: almost at the airport following the 'Airport Hotel' exit on the airport access road, and a pleasant location within a nice green garden area.
Easy airport access via the hotel shuttle that takes 5 min tops. Trml 1, Bus Stop #1 and Trml 2. Stop #9 where the Novotel sign is there.
A cool location highlight is a 2 min walk through the garden to the free airport museum that has about 10 planes parked for viewing.
Lobby: outstandingly nice and open - actually better than most city hotels and with cool IMac terminals for use.
Service: very friendly lobby/room/bellman/restaurant etc staff!
Wifi: strong and free
Rooms: I had a king that was normal US sized. As others have also pointed out, the mattresses are a bit over firm. Nice table, couch etc and a cool bathroom (no bathtubs) with a dimmer window to the room/shower.
Definitely ask for a room with the airport view - the hotel is right between the 2 runways and you hear zero plane noise for the great views!
- Room service had plenty of choices with good sized & tasty dishes. The average cost was $8-12 so pretty decent even with the 10% surcharge.
BUT be careful on the drinks as the prices (while not excessive) are exactly twice the charges from the mini-bar. A domestic beer in the room svc menu was 200 NT$ and the same sized can in the room's minibar was 90 NT$. Not nice to rip off folks ordering from the menu :(
If the mgmt is reading this, I do hope they lower the costs in the menu than jacking up the mini bar prices :)
- Breakfast: I don't see what the other visitors are raving about. It's ok but nothing special. No egg station and a limited cold cuts, yoghurt or dessert selection. A fair amount of noodle choices and basic western grub and kind of skimpy fruit and juice choices.
Good coffee choices though.
By 9.30am some of the choices (bacon, eggs etc) were almost gone and were not replaced :(
Overall ok breakfast but definitely not great. If you get a decent room + included breakfast choice, go for it as the 'pay on eating' prices are high.
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