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

Website

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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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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