Taipei is one of my favourite cities in the world and during my last visit, I stayed at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Taipei and the opulent Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. If you have plans to visit Taipei, it may be a good idea to check out the Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel and her newly refurbished rooms.
From now until 30 November 2015, stay at the Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel and enjoy the following privileges:
• NTD200 daily hotel credit
• Guaranteed view of Taipei 101
• Early check-in at noon or late check-out until 3 pm
• 20% discount on laundry service
• 20% discount on dining
• 20% discount on oil massage or shiatsus at The Health Club
• Fresh Taiwanese fruits
• In-room broadband Internet and Wi-Fi access
• Complimentary access to the Health Club and rooftop swimming pool
• Complimentary parking
• Shuttle bus service to famous tourist spots around Taipei
A brand new Hilton property has just opened in Taipei and it marks the brand’s return to the Taiwan market after 15 years. Located in New Taipei City, the 31-story Hilton Taipei Sinban offers 400 upscale rooms and it positions itself as an optimal choice for business travel and gatherings with extensive meeting facilities and convenient connections to traffic hubs.
Air New Zealand will begin operating non-stop flights between Auckland (AKL) and Taipei (TPE) from November 2018 on their Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner planes. The flag carrier of New Zealand will fly up to five times a week between AKL and TPE under flight number NZ77 and NZ78.
Taipei is slightly over four hours away from Singapore by plane and it offers some of the most delicious food and nicest people that I have ever met in my life. When I visited Taipei in April 2017, I caught flight BR226 from Singapore and I was seriously impressed by the Royal Laurel product on EVA Air - the seats on the 777-300ER were extremely spacious and personalisation of service is truly something to remember. I was also excited to check out the tallest hotel in Taipei city - the Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei which is famous for having the best view of Taipei 101 and the surrounding city.
The Grand Hyatt Taipei is one of my favourite hotels and in my opinion, it is one of the best luxury hotels in Taipei. When I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Taipei in 2015, I stayed in a Grand Deluxe Room with an impressive view of the iconic Taipei 101. The presence of international hotel chains in Taipei is rather limited - you will not find anything from Hilton, Accor or IHG in the city and because of that (and other reasons), room rates at internationally-branded hotel chains can be rather costly. Check out my stay in a Grand Suite of the Grand Hyatt Taipei!
When I visited Taipei earlier this month, I checked out EVA Air's famous Royal Laurel class from Singapore to Taipei and absolutely loved it - I am glad I chose it over the Singapore Airlines' Regional Business class! During my week-long stay in Taipei, I stayed at the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei for three nights and took the opportunity to check out the highly-acclaimed Japanese restaurant within the hotel - ibuki by Takagi Kazuo.
After a few impressive first experiences with the Plaza Premium Group (in terms of the beautiful Aerotel Singapore in Changi Airport as well as the Plaza Premium Lounge in Singapore), I was very curious to check out the Plaza Premium Lounge in Taipei Taoyuan International Airport - it is worth noting that at the time of writing, there are four different lounges that travellers may gain access to. Since I had an OCBC VOYAGE Card with me, I could bring a guest to enjoy unlimited access to all participating Plaza Premium Lounges around the world.
I fell in love with the Grand Hyatt Taipei when I visited it back in 2015 (read my review of the hotel here!) and therefore, I decided to return to this beautiful property (especially after the refurbishments and renovations) this year in April 2017. During my stay, I checked out one of the restaurants that I have missed out on during my last visit - the Yun Jin Chinese Restaurant (located inside the Grand Hyatt Taipei) which serves up authentic Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine. Check out my review of Yun Jin in Taipei below!
Emirates is now the first and only airline that operates an A380 into Taipei and Prague. The expansion of the network of destinations by Emirates will connect Eastern and Western destinations with the signature Emirates A380 experience.
During my last trip to Taipei, I stayed at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Taipei (which is rumoured to be Taipei's most haunted hotel) and the amazingly opulent Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. On my way back to Singapore, I checked out the China Airlines Dynasty Business Class Lounge Taipei and was immediately blown away by how beautiful it is. As part of the benefits for holding an ANZ Travel Visa Signature Card, I have unlimited access to Veloce Lounges around the world and this lounge used to be part of that list - it is sadly now being removed.
During my last trip to Taipei, I stayed at the allegedly haunted Grand Hyatt Taipei and the ultra-luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. Travellers who have been to Taipei will know that the city only has a handful of international luxury hotel brands and as a result of that, the prices are often very high (the average rate is approximately twice of what you will expect to pay in Singapore at a similar property). Between my two luxurious accommodations, I stayed in a budget friendly boutique hotel that is expanding all over Taiwan (even outside of Taipei!) - Just Sleep Linsen.