W Taipei’s Little sister – Aloft Taipei ZhongShan 台北中山雅樂軒

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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

886 2 7743 9999

http://www.alofttaipeizhongshan.com/

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.
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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.

 

Our room had a balcony but we weren’t able to open the door, but we forgotten to ask about it upon check out.
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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.

 

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Hi, Sheraton Taipei, it has been a while ! – 台北喜來登

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^photo from Sheraton official site

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12 ZhongXiao East Road Sec. 1, Taipei  忠孝東路一段12號

02 2321 5511

I used to stay at Sheraton Taipei all the time back in the days when it was the best Starwood hotel in Taipei.  After so many years, I set my foot into this hotel again.  This hotel is pretty popular among locals for it’s buffet restaurant, and I was greeted with a large crowd at the lobby upon check-in on the day.   I love the location of the hotel, it’s just outside the Shandao Temple station and next to the best breakfast place in taipei (阜杭豆漿). Sheraton is just one station away from Taipei Main station, so it’s pretty convenient.

Since I had a work function in their ballroom early in the morning, I was expecting a message from their Event team and there was nothing.  The check in agent was pretty helpful and helped me retrieved the information needed.   I was upgraded to the Executive floor, and as a SPG member I received a hand written message from their Director of Rooms.   I have a thing for all these personalized welcome cards, even though it is  a computerized message, still love seeing them upon check-in. However, Sheraton thinks that Patricia is a Mr.?? and I was referred as Mr.xxx on the card, on the phone, basically throughout my stay.  I found that it’s a common mistake in Taiwan, even it was clearly stated on my SPG profile.

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My room was around 35 sqm which is the same size as the normal deluxe room, but being up on the executive floors you get Sweet sleeper beds, Nesspersso and Heyland& Whittle amenities.  I would say the hotel is still in good shape, with some water stains here and there overall nothing too major.  I talked to Helen Huang, director of My Humble House Florist, she said that the hotel will undergo its renovation in 2017.  Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登 Sheraton Taipei 台北喜來登

Like the other My humble house properties, Sheraton Taipei provides those comfy cushioned slippers and I think it runs in the company which they tend to provide them in 2 different sizes in your room.  Whereas, in other hotels you get them in one size and of course you can always ask for the kiddo slippers.

I love the Sweet Sleepers in Sheraton hotels, but I wasn’t too sure about the ones in  Sheraton Taipei.  I toss and turn while I sleep and from time to time my back hurt because I slept right on the frame.  The next morning I decide to dig into this and found that my bed was actually two singles pushed together, that’s why I was sleeping on the metal frame through out the night.  My friend and I agreed that next time we gotta request a full king size bed.

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It was funny how Sheraton Taipei issues a lending note for every single items you borrow from them, I guess the hotel must had a bad experience of guests not returning the items.

Overall, I had a pleasant stay and I found their HOTEL staff are pretty helpful.  The not-so-pleasant matter appear after I checked out, we were doing a rehearsal at their ballroom and after that we found out that the event team has been gossiping about us and making it a big deal with the PR company.  My supervisor wasn’t too happy about this and Helen Huang reassured us that it won’t happen again. Can’t wait till my next stay in two weeks time and hopefully the event team will be as helpful as the hotel staff.

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Sheraton Macao – earth tower deluxe suite

^photo from Sheraton macao’s official site

Sheraton Macao

Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai
+853 2880 2000
This is my third blog post on the property, first one was on the deluxe suite on sky tower (click here) and I also have one on executive lounge’s buffet breakfast (click here).
I was here for business and they were kind enough to upgrade me to another room type this time.  Even though, it was still Executive suite but it had a different layout and this was the first time for me to stay on the earth tower.
The room itself is 125 square meters and it has a dinning area, media room and a lounge. Sheraton Macao 澳門喜來登 Sheraton Macao 澳門喜來登
once you stepped inside the suite you were greeted by the work desk, it had pretty much what you needed for your business trip.  Their housekeeping staff were very friendly and helpful if you needed some extra stationeries.
The guest bathroom was further down on the right, whereas dining area and media room on the left.
This was something different from the earth tower, earth tower’s suite were rectangular and the dinning and media room weren’t separated from the lounge and bedroom.
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We had a chill night in the media room while working on our business plan, and sipping away our bottle of white.
However, we experienced a hard time trying to connect to the in room wifi, other than this it was a productive night.
Back out to to dinning area then onto the lounge, it was spacious and we place all our luggages out here.  The mini bar located here as well, we got 3 not so fresh apples and Nespersso machine, most of the posh hotels come with them nowadays.  Sheraton refilled the capsules when they did the turn down service and of cause you can request which flavor you want (red, black or brown in most hotels).
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This time we had two Sheraton Sweet sleeper beds, along with minimalistic design was extremely spacious.  The full length windows on looking to the harbor, city center and construction sites.
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The service was impeccable and staff were attentive, I love staying here and admiring how they manage 6000 odd rooms.
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La Farfalla – Humble House 寒舍艾麗

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Humble House – 寒舍艾麗酒店

18 SongGao Rd, XinYi Dist. Taipei  台北市信義區松高路18號

+886 2 6631 8000

http://humblehousehotels.com/en_index

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2014 was started off with a bright sunny morning, after a long night partying I still managed to wake up early for my breakkie. Blog post for hotel room (click here)   La Farfalla was brightly lit with contemporary design along with Humble House’s art collection.  Humble House only has one restaurant and one lounge bar, if you find it’s too limited you can always go to their sister hotel Le Meridien which is across the street.  Alternatively, Humble House is in the heart of XinYi district where you are surrounded with international restaurants and shopping malls.

When you walked into La Farfalla, you were greeted by Paola Pivi’s chair lamp. Prompt services and attentive staffs, no sign of hangover/ late parties from New Year’s Eve.  I was surprise to see a lot of guests in the restaurants as I was expecting everyone was still in bed.

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Just like other buffet breakfast, it had the chinese hot dishes, egg station, cereals and bread.  There was something you don’t normally see for buffet breakfast, they had the Häagen-Dazs ice cream cabinet.  Food was fairly fresh, the only dislike was the egg station.  They had the ingredients at the back which was quite inconvenient for the guest to pick what they want.

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Humble House Taipei – 寒舍艾麗酒店

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Humble House – 寒舍艾麗酒店

18 SongGao Rd, XinYi Dist. Taipei  台北市信義區松高路18號

+886 2 6631 8000

http://humblehousehotels.com/en_index

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Back in the years when Grand Hyatt was the one and only choice in XinYi Dist., then came Le Meridien and W Taipei.  After Starwood dominates the battlefield a more affordable option joined the gang – Home Hotel.  Now, we welcome Le Meridien and Sheraton Taipei’s sister hotel Humble House, who had it’s grand opening on 27th December just a few days before I checked in.  Assuming both Le Meridien and Sheraton belong to the Starwood chain which Humble House will happily join the big family, oops I was wrong.  I still remembered the face of Benny Tsai (Chairman of  My Humble House Group) when I asked him “does Humble House belong to Starwood?” he was like had you ever heard of any properties call Humble House outside of Taiwan?

Being the first local hotelier who has two top notch hotels in the same district, to be exact they are adjacent to each other. Humble House continues the modern vibes and classiness of Le Meridien, later on, XinYi Breeze will operate on the same property just like Hankyu and W Taipei.Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店 Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店 Humble House - 寒舍艾麗酒店

Just like Le Meridien, it’s artsie from the lobby to guest rooms.  You can find yourself surrounded by art pieces wherever you go, and most of them are LED artworks.  I had to admitted that it is the first time I came face to face with these modernized art pieces and I found them very eye opening.  They do offer an art tour on daily basis just like an art museum and they have not less than 60 pieces of art work in the hotel, be sure to check with guest service if you want a tour while you stay with them.  Check in is located on the 6th floor and ground floor is pretty low key, you can’t even tell it’s a hotel lobby with 2 elevators and one guest service counter.

I was told by their reservation staff that I should check in earlier that day since there will be traffic control, when my friend checked in around 3:30 she was told that the room wasn’t ready.  When we went back for our room key later that day, I mentioned I requested late check out while I made the reservation.  The reply was “Normally we can do late check out at 12:00, but since we gave you your room key at 7:30 we can extend it to 1:00.” I was like “Errrr!”

Humble House do have alot of greeting staff, they show you your way and direct you what to do.  I do find them quite attentive and willing to help.

Humble House has an Italian restaurant – La Farfalla , a Bar – The Terrace, a spa, a gym and an outdoor swimming pool (still under construction).  The gym is fairly tiny and I do mean it, which only fits 5 pieces of gym equipment.

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You need to beep your room card in order to get to your floor which I prefer over the ones you have to swipe your card.  My friend did comment on the card sleeve being too tight which made it really hard to get the room card out.  The rooms were not as spacious as W Taipei but similar to Le Meridien, we stayed at the Premier King Room (36 sq meter ) Upon entering into the room on the right hand side was a long corridor of mirrors with wardrobe hidden in there and a dressing table at the end.  On your left hand side, there were mini bar, fridge and your Nespresso machine, not to mention that they use Ritzenoff’s My little Darling coffee set here.

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There were mirror walls everywhere in the room, to give you a more spacious perception.  The full length mirror sliding doors were kinda hard to lock.  The bathroom was relatively big in terms of the room size.  I wished that I had time to soak myself in one of the Lush sweet smelling bubble bath before we went to the count down party.  They used their own branded amenities, we don’t mind them just that the hair conditioner wasn’t doing what it supposes to do.  You can tell that Humble House think in their guest’s shoes they even put an English translation signage for their Japanese Toto smart toilet remote control. Their bath robe is quite cuddly I would want to take it home if it’s in white.

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Our room ain’t facing 101 but the Shin Kong building as well as a sneak peek of Neo 19.  It had a bright red sofa in contrast with the mirror and white interior.  It had what a hotel room should equip from stationaries to DVD player.  I don’t know had you ever encountered that when you needed tissue and the one and only place with it was the bathroom which was occupied,  how you wished that you have a box  in the room.  Humble House thinks the way I think they have one box right next to the Sealy posturepedic mattress Woah !! Love it !!

Watch out for my first meal of 2014 @ La Farfalla and

HAPPY NEW YEAR PEEPZ!!!!

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What can I say ?? I LOVE YOU.. Muahhh – W Hong Kong

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1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong

(+852) 3717 2222

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotel

Stayed at W Hong Kong for my birthday weekend, and I was spoiled !!!

Upon my arrival at the hotel, I was greeted with a warm welcome and birthday wishes.  You guys made my day.

Long story short, clumsy me dropped my beloved iPhone down to the rail of the Airport express train and didn’t realize it until I was on the train.  I contacted MTR staff they said they can only get it when it’s home time for the trains. NOOOOO was my answer, I landed on the soil like 1 hr ago and u tell me I am gonna be phoneless for the rest of the day? I was whining to my friend, who works at W Hong Kong, and their SPG specialist and whatever whenever staff heard me and helped.  They managed to get my phone back within 1 hr.  Hands down Whatever Whenever!!

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Highlight of the whole trip was my Wowvelous  surprise birthday party, from my dearest friends to all the staff @ W Hong Kong seems like everyone knew abut my party, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!! I had a fabulous time and I love you all.Preparing a surprise party wasn’t an easy task all these emails going back and forth, even the general manager wanna meet me I think she was gonna meet upon check-in but I got carry away with my phone.

I was upgraded to the Fantastic Suite just like last time, a room that was spacious enough for me as I wasn’t expecting myself to spend much time in it LOL I ended up in the room for my entire trip.

After checked-in I quickly freshen up and prepared for day number 1 of my busy schedule. While I was in my room, I had different welcome staff called and asked me random questions for the entire time and I was like humph.. I am very busy.  Later on, I found out that it was my friends wanting to decorate my room so they gotta make sure that I am not in.

When I returned to W after dinner my room was filled with my beloved friends, helium balloons, Hello Kitties, my latest love Moët Rosé Impérial, presents and cake.

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Party rock is in the house tonight
Everybody just have a good time

Party till late and I was up at 9:30 for the all-you-can-eat dimsum at SingYin for breakie, went up to Wet for a walk.  It would be perfect if the sky was blue 🙂

Later on, I had another family party and this time W Hong Kong prepared a slice of cake and some pressie for my little cousin who shares the same b’day with me. Thanks W insider and Welcome team.

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On my actual birthday, whenever and wherever I went everyone wished me “Happy birthday!”.  I had breakfast with my best friend, and followed by a lovely lunch with the W Insider.  She told me all about my surprise party and how frustrated she was when I cancelled my Bliss spa appointment, keep changing the name of my guest, being bitchy towards the party organizer since she was safeguarding my privacy and her little trick on sending me a personal email asking about my stay.  Wahahaha I am sorry Bliss spa and SPG service center if the W Insider was giving you a hard time.

Girl, you always makes me laugh, and LOL I will send you some 無老鍋 next time.  Time flies when you were having a nice long girls talk, and that concluded my stay @ W Hong Kong.

I am so gonna make it to Bliss Spa for my next stay and keep rocking, W Hong Kong

Love y’all xxx

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Wow!!! What a speechless stay – Marvelous suite @ W Taipei Part II

Marvelous suite Part I (click here)

My love for the “W” brand started here and it ends here. I was sick and tired to notify the management team everyday what surprises my room had given me.

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Day 2

I was greeted by the W insider and their Director of Rooms at Woo Bar while i had my breakfast, we had a long talk.  When I returned to my room that day the sinks were sparkling clean, a tea set from Yen was waiting in the lounge and a huge Gummy Bear arrangement on my bed. I do prefer the salami and cheese plate more than this tea set, anyhow thanks for the compensation for our missing welcome plate.

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Day 3

Typhoon hit Taipei so everyone stayed in the hotel.  We headed down to Kitchen Table for our breakfast, and there were queues everywhere.  Queue waited to be seated, queue for  food, queue for egg station and queue for people complaining why they needed to sit over at Woo Bar.  It was obvious that they don’t have enough staff to handle the guests they have in the restaurant.  Jams and spread area was empty when I was hoping to have a Nutella toast.  I stood in front of the french toast tray for 10 mins just to get someone to refill the maple syrup, and I ended up telling one of the waiter that I want some syrup but couldn’t manage to get the chef’s attention.  In addition, a big mixed up for my aunt’s mushroom and chives omelette, it came in as a mushroom eggroll.  They offered to make her another, and she ended up with a mushroom, chives and ham omelette.  I don’t really understand this at all, they had a waitress stood there for order taking and all she had to do was to tick off the ingredients and put the table number on.

Food wise, I still love their ice-cream and their large selection of veggie.  Since I had only had the Sunday brunch at W Hong Kong, it wasn’t fair to do a direct comparison.  My uncle and auntie highly recommended their noodles bar while my little cousin loved their steam egg. I was surprise by the way they make their hot chocolate, basically it is Toblerone and hot milk nom nom 🙂

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Since it was typhoon day, my uncle headed back to Le Meridien while we went back to our room.  We were surprise to see a stylist was styling our room, I told him in Chinese that could he come back later to finish it off , since we will head over to LM in the afternoon.  “I only have to do the towels then it’s done, don’t need to come back in the afternoon.”  I let him put in fresh towels and later on I found out he didn’t refill my coffee capsules, no new towels for the guest bathroom, didn’t refill the cotton balls and makeup remover and he put a set of small travel size Bliss amenities but not the big bottles for suites, on top of that I want a new set of bed linens too. He claimed that he finished with it, the new part-time talents W employs all have an attitude.

I was running a temperature that afternoon and instead of staying at LM, I decided to head back to W and ask them to style my room again while I had a nap on the sofa, this time they had a team of 4-5 stylists to style my room and the finish product was what I call a clean.  When I woke up, I found a leak by the window and though it might not be serious so I gave it a wipe.  30 mins later, it was a big puddle again so I gave W insider a call and have her to come look at it and immediately she offered to block another suite for me incase they couldn’t fix it.  I said no to the move as I had all my stuff out and it would be hard to move everything.

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Day 4

I was out the entire day, and once I went back to the hotel their Welcome AM said he had been waiting for me for the entire day , coz he was the one I contacted a month earlier telling him what I want for my room and everything.  He helped me alot during my pervious stays and he knows me well, basically he explained everything to me.  Once he learned that I was late for the dinner reservation and my two little cousins were still napping in the room, he offered us dinner @ Yen.  He got us a table, ordered the food and made sure everything were smooth, in the mean time, he popped up to Yen from time to time.  This was the only time that my uncle wan’t complaining but complimented on the Peaking Roast Duck.  The entire dinner was nice and pleasant with a team of proactive staff, even though we were asked “Is everything OK? ” for more than 10 times throughout the dinner, this was why I used to like W Taipei as everyone was so helpful and friendly.

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After dinner at Yen everyone was in a good mood.  Unfortunately, when we went back to our room we found that the new duvet cover was torn.  A five stars hotel suite and they gave us an old and ragged duvet cover??? Are they that short of money???

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Day 5

Our last day at the hotel, I was hoping for a good day since the sun was out.  The Kitchen Table was way quieter than the typhoon day, food trays were all full and the table side snacks were back.  Everything were impressive before the incident with my omelette, I ordered it when I arrived.  I waited and waited until my aunt and uncle’s eggs arrived and they ordered after me (around 15mins) , but still no sign of mine.  When I asked the waitress she said they were making mine.  10mins later, she came back and said “I just want to confirm what filling did you order?” Comeon, if you were making mine then why you come and confirm my order 10 mins later, and why couldn’t you just admit that you sent it to the wrong person or you didn’t make mine.  Just when my egg arrived, the air con above me started to drip, what a good way to start my day.

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We had a swim while Mister Sun was out.  Just a few hours before checkout, we had thunderstorm in Taipei and our room was leaking again!!!!

I called the Welcome AM and he came up personally to have a look.  He said he was very sorry and speechless with my room’s condition.  He wasn’t as bubbly as the day before and I could feel that he didn’t know what to do to, and he did want me to walk out the door happily.  When I told W insider about the leak and my duvet cover, she said “I am speechless.”

What an unbelievable stay!!! My all time favorite becomes the least favorable on the list, even though they were still mentioning that I should have my birthday at W Taipei they will make it as memorable as last time.  Sorry, W Taipei I will make a pass this year, and it will be a surprise me W Hong Kong .

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W Taipei Overview ( click here )

My wonderful stay at W Taipei Wonderful room ( click here )

My not so marvelous stay Part I (click here)

Want to know about other W’s

W Hong Kong’s surprised birthday party (click here)

Fantastic suite – W Hong Kong (click here)

W Walkerhill Seoul (click here )

Marvelous Suite is not too marvelous after all – W Taipei Marvelous suite Part I

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W Taipei

10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District  信義區忠孝東路5段10號

02 7703 8888

I stayed at W Taipei for twice in the same week.  Haven’t been to W Taipei for a long time, and it was good to be back once in a while.

This suite is around 90 sqm and it was nice and spacious, should be enough for a party around 10 people.  The Marvelous suite is similar to the fantastic suite @ W Hong Kong (click here) .   The first stay was pleasant and enjoyable while the second stay started with a terrible check-in, three more nights to go hopefully it will get better.  It might be the fact that I was checked in by one of the more experienced Welcome staff for the first stay, she even gave us a call when the room was ready.  On the other hand, I was staying with my little cousin so I asked for a suite upgrade once I made the reservation (I don’t usually ask for a suite upgrade, but I want my little cousin to have more space to run around, so I asked for one this time and FAILED).  Worst case scenario, we weren’t even upgraded to Marvelous but only the Fabulous ROOM that we paid for,  fine I was gonna said ok to the Fabulous!! Almost all of the experienced welcome talents know that I am very particular with my hotel room, I like my room up on 30th floor facing the DaZhi and Neihu, but this time the put me on 27th floor. At the end, they managed to come up with a Marvelous suite on 15th floor, not impressed but better than nothing.  Why in the first place we were told that all the suites were sold out??

The room itself was great but it was just the services from their  staff , and with my recent stay @ W Hong Kong where it had great recognition for Platinum members with their SPG specialist.  W Taipei is miles behind on this.  The welcome agent for my first stay asked what do I want for my welcome gift, on the other hand, for my second stay he didn’t even mention about welcome gift. When I made a call down to Whatever/Whenever stating that I want breakfast for the welcome gift, they questioned didn’t I choose it upon check-in. 

The welcome agent for my second check-in even asked me a very stupid question, “So you prefer speaking English rather than Chinese? ” when I spoke to him in English at all time.  Can’t you just provide the 5 Stars services and stop worrying what language I speak. He had passed his probation since he was wearing a silver W pin not a purple one.  

Let’s talk about the room, greeted by the W Dragon at the door along with a guest bathroom, they use the Panasonic toilet here where in W Hong Kong they use ToTo

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followed by the spacious lounge with a LG TV not even one piece of B&O is spotted in this room. For my second stay I didn’t even get my welcome plate of salami and cheese, not even a sight of the tiny bag of Tiny Gummy Bears.  Compare to W Hong Kong, Singapore, Guangzhou, Paris and Sheraton Macao‘s welcome plates came with a warmest greeting card.

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credited to the the W Signature bed, I had  very good sleeps thru out my first stay, hopefully it will be the same for my current one.

One and only one thing that W Taipei beats the others is it’s view from the bath tub. But the sinks on my second stay not even cleaned probably and they were stained. 

I took all the pictures during my first stay except for the closeups on the stained sinks

Bad things come in threes, Part II of my horrible stay (click here)

 

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W Taipei Overview ( click here )

My wonderful stay at W Taipei Wonderful room ( click here )

My not so marvelous stay Part II (click here)

Want to know about other W’s

W Hong Kong’s surprised birthday party (click here)

Fantastic suite – W Hong Kong (click here)

W Walkerhill Seoul (click here )

 

The Glamorous Fantastic Suite – W Hong Kong

W Hong Kong W香港1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong

(+852) 3717 2222

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotel

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W is one of the fastest developed hotel chain in Asia two years ago with only W Walkerhill, W Hong Kong, W Taipei, W Bali, W Koh Samui and W Maldives, now the big family have a few new comers W Singapore, W Bangkok and W Guangzhou. << GZ  n Singapore delayed their openings so I missed out on my trip there, ended up staying at Westin Guangzhou. I wish I can stay there very soon.

W Hong Kong created lots of talking points and everyone raved about this hotel when it first opened.  The hotel is in  Elements (shopping mall) and on the same site with their new competitor Ritz Carlton which is the tallest hotel in Hong Kong.  W is easily assess to by Airport Express and if you have lots of luggages don’t forget to ask for the greeting service at the station.  W located in Jordan area with is the neighbor of the shopping hub – Tsim Sha Tsui and W provides shuttle bus services to the major shopping malls in TST.

W provides refreshment drinks and fruits, I still find it funny to have “W” stickers on my Granny Smith “An apple a day for your W stay”

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The common area in W Hong Kong was designed By Fabio Ongarato Design Team from Australia using a lot of modern technology and abstract artworks.  I realized that some of the status or art displays are actually different from my last stay. The Welcome desk was located in the middle of Kitchen and Woo bar (ex Living Room) and the SPG desk was in front of Woo Bar.  W Hong Kong had an special service called SPG specialist which is an unique service to the SPG guests.

Upon my arrival on the 6th floor I met the W insider from Taipei she is now working for W Hong Kong had a long talk with her then she introduced me to the new service SPG specialist.  For my stay that night I was upgraded to Fantastic Suite  2601.

The evaluator area in W was decorated as a library, it was kinda irony to how Hong Kong people only read magazine and travel guides.  The room number here was displayed on a book, I want one for my home too.

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The Design team in G+A used black and yellow for the wall in the glamorous fantastic suite. The suite was about 65 square meters wasn’t really that big compare to other suites in the hotel chain but since it’s Hong Kong every minimeter worth a bucket of gold. The lounge had a 6 seater with a stunning harbor view of the Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter side of Victoria harbor.  I enjoyed my welcome fruits there, a nice view of the polluted Hong Kong.  W Hong Kong W香港 W Hong Kong W香港 W Hong Kong W香港 W Hong Kong W香港 W Hong Kong W香港 W Hong Kong W香港They used B&O, Bose and a 52″ LCD TV  in the room alongside with a DVD player and ipod dock to play your favorite music. Just like the others they have Nespresso in room for you to use came with 4 different capsules.  It had this cute little bamboo dim sum container from Sing Yin.

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The tiny work tabel had all the stationeries you need, this was the first hotel that I came across with provided highlighers, rubber bands, cellotape and stabler.  Thanks W Hong Kong for paying attentions to the details.  Needless to say that, I was happy to see the WISH kaleidoscope in my room, I love it so much but my sister said no when I wanted to buy it in W Walkerhill.

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The bedroom used the B&O system.  The King size W singnature bed with the pillow top mattress did the trick. I was snoring away didn’t even noticed that my friend woke up and went for work.  It had a tiny wardrobe which was abit too small for a suite, in there were the bathrobe, extra pillows, iron, slippers, safe.

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The bathroom was big and with all the things you needed.  The bathtub and the shower were in the same cubicle, you could indulge yourself with a nice bubble while you watched you favorite drama on the 20″ tv. W provided you the bath salt and a Scrub-A-W-Dub; the Bliss products in suite are in 120 ml bottles.

I was pleased with the room overall and was good to see some old friends.

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The handle of the bathroom door was abit loose, as a top notch hotel W should had paid attentions to the hardware too.

I wanted to extend my stay when I checked out,  but it was well passed the 24hrs room guarantee for SPG platinum member and the hotel was fully booked, so no luck in extending.  AND AND AND

I didn’t get to go for my favorite Bliss Spa since it was fully booked for the four days I was in town, Oh it had been 2 years since I last set my foot in a Bliss Spa.

I can’t wait till my W Taipei stay 🙂

 

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Time to leave Hong Kong – W Hong Kong Sunday Brunch


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http://www.w-hongkong.com/

(+852) 37172222

Adult : $588 / $698 for free flow champagne

3 hrs complimentary parking

Still remembered when W first came to Hong Kong, there were so much rave about their free flow champagne Sunday Brunch.  Well, after 5 years .. YEA it’s W’s fifth b’day this year.

I got to Brunch it up!!

The Kitchen was located at the 6th floor and once you get ouf of the elevator  turned right your will be greeted by this creature – A white peacock ( if I have it right)

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The Kitchen was nicely decorated and with the panoramic view of the South China Sea made your Sunday morning most relaxing and layback. A thumbs up escaped if you can’t afford a trip abroad.

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The brunch started from noon to 3:00, we ended up staying there till 4:00.  The waiters were acutally very nice and they didn’t rush you out once it was over.  In addition, they were very quick and promted in terms of refilling your glass, collecting your plates and extra detail minded when it came to children.  They offered high chairs and childen cutleries for toddlers and the number of children in the restaurant were overwhelming.

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Like Kitchen Table – W Taipei they had a great selection on freshly squeezed juices: orange, apple, grapefruit, pineapple, mango… you name it, most surprisingly that they had Guava juice – A taste of taiwan when I was on holiday.

I loved their yoghurt it went well with the fresh raspberry and the berries sauce, reminded me of NZ diary products.

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Kitchen @ W hong Kong was known for its fine selection on hams and cheeses, for their brunch there were Serrano and Prosciutto alongside with other cold cuts.  The foie gras & berries garden tasted interesting, that was my first time having foie gras with berry gelo and berries sauce.

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Wagyu mini burger – beef patty was hard and well done unlike the usually juicy and tender patty that you get fromt the burger shop.

Egg Benedict – like most of the egg benedict in Hong Kong this was a hard boiled egg with cheesey sauce.

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They had a big selection on dessert too, from ice cream and cakes to popcorn!!! YES popcorn, they had a popcorn n hot dog section, may b it’s for movie after brunch ???

The chocolate display was quite impressive and you saw people dig in the display trying to find the chocolate that they like. I wished that they have the jumping candy chocolate here, I had it for my birthday two years back and I could never forget it.

They had Haagen-dazs ice cream here and I did prefer having the W made gelato.

The tiramisu in the pot was an other highlight, I had this a few years back in Season – Taipei and that was an ice cream with chocolate crumbs.  This one here was a tiramisu mainly with the mascarpone cheese and could hardly taste the coffee.

Now I want to try out the Sunday Bubblisimo @ W taipei 

Until next time Hong Kong, I will miss you!

 

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