Aloft Taipei Zhongshan 台北中山雅樂軒酒店
No 1 Shuangcheng Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei 台北市中山區雙城街1號
Starwood has been working very hard to claim their territory in Taiwan, flagging two new places before we said good bye to 2015.
The hipster W claiming the CBD and now brought in the younger sister Aloft which situated on the other side of Taipei city. Aloft located in one of the shopping and cafe hopping area, which is an ideal location for some younger travelers, and an alternative to the Four Points by Sheraton which is located far from city center.
Aloft doesn’t have a glamorous lobby likes others, a tiny weeny lobby with just a check-in area and nothing else, and using LEDs displays as decorations. Upon arriving at the hotel I was greeted by name, an agent from Four Points who still recognize me from 2 years ago. The checkin process took longer than usual, but very informative and immediate recognizing my SPG status. Platinum member gets a free drink from W XYZ while their opening special offers free buffet breakfast from Re:fuel. How chic kiddo roll, we “grab and go” from Re:fuel and partying with the latest music and DJ at W XYZ.
The modern styled room ain’t huge but it had everything needed. When we mentioned that the paint smell was a bit strong in the room, they bought in an air purifier as soon as possible. As a vision of W, Aloft offers Bliss amenities but a different line of product – Tired+Blue. We did find that the bathtub was a little bit too shallow to our comfort and the air circulation of the the bathroom wasn’t that good.
The light switches panel was a memory game and trial and error. No labeling or what so ever, it will take you a good 5 minutes to turn on your headlight or switch off the lights at night.
Aloft is very convenient with MRT station and bus stops just 5 mins away, not to mention the famous Qingguang Market down the block. I personally recommend this market to all my friends over the infamous Shilin Night Market, in QingGuang you can find alot of traditional local eats like the tofu dessert, taiwanese style sandwiches, sesame chicken soup, LuWei, doughnut, wheelcake. I am sure you will have a lots of fun exploring the area.