Taiwan is one of the most technologically developed countries in the world. With an incredible transport system and plenty of attractions, there is many reasons to come and visit Taiwan and its capital city. During our journey in Taipei, we stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, the most luxurious hotel in town. It is an extravagantly designed hotel with a grand lobby and a headlining chandelier worthy of royalty. Opened in 2014, the Mandarin Oriental Taipei is in a French Renaissance-style building featuring lavish, contemporary Asian interiors with French and European accents.
Where is Mandarin Oriental Taipei Located
The Mandarin Oriental is located right in the heart of the city, within Taipei’s most established business district (Dunhua North Road), close to main attractions such as Taipei 101, CSK Memorial, Din Tai Fung, Taipei Arena and a host of local food outlets. It is only a 7 minutes walk to the nearest subway line and 8-minute walk to Ximending, a luxury shopping district. In regards to the main airport (Taoyuan) is 35 minutes away by taxi and is the preferred method of entry into the country.
Rooms at Mandarin Oriental Taipei
There are 265 rooms and 47 suites. The Mandarin and Presidential Suites are the most expensive ones and by far the most luxurious options. The colour palette of the Mandarin Oriental Taipei is a tasteful beige, tan, and brown, some rooms feature olive green or light blue walls and colours of subtle gold in the decorative throws.
We stayed in the Club Mandarin Room with a large and inviting king bed. The beds come with a pillow menu and thick mattresses dressed in down duvets and 480-thread-count cotton linens.
There was a working table, TV with many local and international channels and plenty of wardrobe space. One of the highlights of the room is the bathtub which looked back out to the room and was very spacious. Rooms at this property are quite spacious, ranging from 592 (55 square meters) to 4046 square feet (376 square meters) in size. Some rooms also feature views of the Taipei 101 tower.
Facilities at Mandarin Oriental Taipei
Level 6 is one of the hub areas in the hotel. The Oriental Club is one of the relaxing areas and is a great place to get some work done. With food and coffees coming out all day, and a happy hour, it is certainly worth paying extra for the lounge access. The afternoon tea, from 2:30 pm, is full of sweet and savoury snacks. This is a service available for all club guests only, but certainly, something to pay a little extra to enjoy the good things. In the evenings, don’t miss cocktails and canapés, so do add that to your schedule to enjoy the free-flowing cocktails.
Also on the 6th floor are the spa and fitness area. The fitness area is one of the largest ones we have ever seen in the hotel. With 3 separate rooms, there is room to run and lift weights for everyone. There are not too many heavy weight dumbells there but there is certainly enough to get a sweat on. We unfortunately did not try the experience at the Spa so wouldn’t be in the position to recommend it to you.
One of the most relaxing areas is the pool, located on the outdoor deck on the same floor. With plenty of seating, you can choose to chill and relax in any of the cabanas or chaos to swim laps for as long as you want. The 20-meter outdoor pool is open all year long, and guests are invited to relax in a oasis “tucked away from the busy city” setting.
They have plenty of spa options to people to relax and enjoy with 12 treatment suites, including 4 couples treatment areas. There are even 2 VIP double suites as well. They offer signature treatments and a range of Heat and Water experiences that had us in there for hours.
Dining at Mandarin Oriental Taipei
There are 6 food/dining outlets within the Mandarin Oriental itself. We ate at Ya Ge, the Michelin star with local Taiwanese cuisine. Here we are treated to a 6-course meal of epic proportions, with food fit for a king.
Here is the order of what we ate: Black Pork, Birds nest, Egg White Tofu Soup, Crab Meat, Ya Ge Crispy chicken, Sautéed Asparagus bulbs, Ya Ge signature fried rice, Ai Yu crystal jelly with aloe vera and Lemongrass
There are several other eating options, authentic Italian at Bencotto, all day dining with international dishes at Cafe Un Deux Trois, afternoon tea of the highest quality at the Jade Lounge and a fine selection of yummy goodies at the Mandarin Cake Lounge. And for those looking for drinks, the MO Bar offers signature cocktails in an Art-deco setting.
Our experience at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei
If you looking for first-class comfort during your stay, then consider staying here. The staff are exceptional, their English is fluent, the bed is super comfortable and really the hotel suits any type of traveller. They focus on the business traveller so everything is convenient, easy and close to many conference areas. If you are looking to explore Taipei, the Mandarin is a great central starting point.
As you walk through the front doors in a high-ceilinged entrance, your attention is directed to the gigantic chandelier (1,400 kilograms) that hangs above you. The monumental piece is a combination of 50,000 crystal beads pieces took over nine months to design and assemble.
One point to note, the best street food recommendation is a little further away but don’t let that influence your overall choice to stay here.
- Located a five-minute drive from Taipei Songshan Airport
- Big and sumptuous rooms with comfy fluffy beds and marble bathrooms
- Oriental Club Rooms come with lounge access and breakfast included
- Great fitness centre and 20-meter outdoor pool
- Far from the MRT and Taipei attractions
- The valet parking is not free, which is usually expected for luxury hotels, but I guess we are Dubai spoilt
- Paid extra breakfast, and Wi-Fi (most bookings)
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