One of the ways that we save money while traveling is by staying at cheaper hotels and Airbnbs. On this trip, however, we found a new tradition that we want to continue for future travels. We hope to stay one night at a luxury/famous hotel in each new city we visit. After doing some research, we discovered the Taipei Grand Hotel, and knew this was the perfect place to start.
Straight Out of a Movie:
Walking into the Taipei Grand Hotel was like walking onto a movie set. The huge front doors opened to reveal a gorgeous front hall, decked in bright red fixtures, and dazzling Christmas decorations. There was a tall Christmas tree with beautiful lights and ornaments, and two women played live music with a koto and a flute.
We checked into the hotel, and then headed up to our room. The Grand Hotel has a total of 500 rooms, and we were fortunate enough to book a room that had a private balcony, and an incredible view of the Taipei skyline.
As we walked through the hallway to our room, I felt giddy because this was definitely a huge step up from the hotels we usually find ourselves in – saying that I was excited to stay here is the understatement of the century.
A Grand Room in a Grand Hotel:
Our room was huge with two comfortable Queen-Sized beds, a bathroom (obviously) with big mirrors and marble floors, but the balcony was what made it special. Just a few steps, and we found ourselves outside looking out at the entire city of Taipei, including a perfect shot of Taipei 101. The T.V. even welcomed us, and when we turned it on it had a personalized message to us from the owner of the hotel.
Even though our room wasn’t the most expensive room option available (with fees we paid $195), I still felt like they took great care to make it feel luxurious and comfortable. From the soft robes in the closet to the stocked mini fridge with fancy drinks, every detail had been thought through and executed well.
Extras at the Grand Hotel:
Along with gorgeous rooms and incredible city views, the Grand Hotel also has four restaurants (Grand Garden Restaurant, Golden Dragon Restaurant, Yuan-Yuan Restaurant, and the Grand Steak Restaurant), four banquet halls/ballrooms, a shuttle service to the MRT Yuanshan Station, and a museum.
We didn’t get a chance to eat at the hotel, but we did visit the museum. The museum is free for guests, and although it was a bit small, we thought it did a good job of highlighting the history of the hotel. There were a lot of pictures on display of famous guests, and a few pieces of memorabilia salvaged from the early years. It didn’t take us long to get through the entire museum (it was only one room), but we thought it was worth checking out.
Want to Stay at the Taipei Grand Hotel?
How Much? Depending on when you book a room, rates (on Agoda) start at about $100/night for a standard room, and the deluxe suites run between $250 – $400/night.
There are standard rooms with no view/window that are cheaper, but we chose the Deluxe City View option – it was definitely worth the extra cost!