The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan – 桃園大溪笠復威斯汀度假酒店

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The Westin Tashee Resort, Taoyuan

桃園大溪笠復威斯汀度假酒店

No. 166 Rixin Road, Daxi District, Taoyuan Taipei 桃園市大溪區日新路166號

(886)(3) 272 5777

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The long overdue Westin Tashee Resort environment is here, be sure to check out on the suite that we stayed.  I’m sure that you will be interested in knowing what it looks like since I have more photos than the SPG site (here).

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The hotel was still working on it’s hardware when I stayed.  I still managed to take some of the photos of the indoor facilities which includes the gym, the business center and the playroom. However, for the outdoor ones, most of them are still under constructions so I wasn’t able to snap them when I was there.  For what I know there is a gigantic chess board like the one in W Walkerhill, a poolside bar, swimming pool and a outdoor play area.

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I strongly recommend this resort to anyone who is up for some relaxation away from the buzzing cities in Taiwan, passionate with golf or families with children.  Just bear in mind that this resort is quite out of the place, definitely not your airport hotel, I have been there done that.  Westin Tashee is an hour away from Taoyaun International Airport (TPE) and another hour away from Taipei city center, in addition, you don’t get any public transport to the city center nor the airport.  Westin was saying that they will have their hotel shuttle soon, but I couldn’t find anything on their site.

The staff from checkin was fairly experienced, he kinda avoided our questions in a nice way and handled most of the problem flawlessly, including delivering our late night snack from the bar when there weren’t any in room dining services.  Whereas, the check-out agent he needed an intensive SPG training, when he told me that there are no dining discount for SPG members because I’m getting 500 starpoints for my status and it’s way better that the 250 points for the next level down. And welcome drinks are only for GOLD members since they only gets 250 points.  I never know that 500 points are everything in the SPG world.

Talk about the environment, it can surely let you forget that you were in the buzzing city of Taiwan and feel like a getaway at a beach resort.  Yes! A beach is what it’s lacking, but it has a golf course next door to make up for it.

The business center has a wide range of book selection, and I can spend a day here.  Originally, they don’t let you bring the books to your room, our check-in agent was nice enough to let us took them up.

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What makes this resort child friendly is the playroom.  It also offer a wide range of classes for the little ones, while parents spend their time at the gym or have a dip. They would need more staff to run the classes when business picks up.

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I recommend this hotel if you want a weekend getaway in Taiwan, but if you are coming to Taiwan for holiday there are better hotels out there.

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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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Sheraton Macau The Club – Executive lounge breakfast

As I had mentioned on the previous blog that having breakfast at the Club –  Executive Lounge  is way better than the over crowded Feast restaurant.

This is the largest Lounge that I had ever been to looked just like a normal restaurant.

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At the table they offer honey and mini jam.

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cereal, milk, yoghurt, Vitamilk, Yakult & fresh fruits.

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cold cuts, salad, dressings & cheeseboard

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they do provide some hot plates too

congee, rice, noodles, dim sum

As well as, freshly made omelette and eggs.

Lastly, the one that I like the most

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This pancake machine

with just one press your pancake will come rolling down

Overall, there weren’t any queues but with quite a lot of families.  Therefore, it’s not a quiet environment like the other lounges.  Food wise, they are just average not extraordinary and some of the selection has been sitting there for a while.

I went past Feast after breakfast (the buffet restaurant), choosing the Club was a wise choice

 

Take a glimpse of the room I stayed – Sheraton Macao

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Had a short weekend escape to Macau or Macao, oh well this place is only about casino in my opinion since that I didn’t have a lot of time to explore as it was a less than 48 hrs trip.   As a Starwood lover I choose the newly opened Sheraton and this is the largest Sheraton in the world.

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located in the Cotai Strip area where Vegas Sands is trying to rebuild a mini Vegas.

This Sheraton has two towers: Sky and Earth.  offering 570 guestrooms with a casino and 7 restaurants and cafes.

As for SPG Platinum member got upgraded to the Deluxe suite and check-in at the executive lounge.  For this stay I checked in around 11:45am and had my late check out till 5:00pm which made the longest extension that I ever get from Starwood.  I choose starpoints for my welcome gift since that I read on other people’s blog that the buffet breakfast are usually filled with queues and food quality wasn’t that good.

For this stay we stayed at room 3420

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The entrance

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The guest bathroom

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The lounge

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The mini bar – they provide Nespresso & Twinings tea

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The dining table

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The media room

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Bedroom – with the Signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed.  Seriously, I do want to get this bed for my home.

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Bathroom – they provide amenity from their spa Shine not a big fan of it definitely prefer W hotel’s Bliss amenities.

As you can see once again the housekeeping staff let the hotel down, there were this seal sticker from the soap on the shower wall which sticked down by the previous guest.  It was actually quite obvious I noticed it once I walked into the shower.

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View from the room

Overall, I think the hotel is way too big and they need more signage around, stupid me had a hard time finding the elevator up to my room.

 

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