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

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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

I stayed at the first Starwood Resort in Taiwan, back in the first week of Jan, 2016.  The Westin Tashee Resort has opened it’s doors since Christmas 2015.  We booked the opening special which includes breakfast for two and double starpoints if you are a SPG member.

I have a detailed blog on the hotel environment here (click here)

As the Platinum member of SPG, we were upgraded to the Family suite.  Our check-in agent told us that only 40% of the rooms were ready, and they were doing some final touches .

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Our suite had a separate living area and a guest washroom, there was also a balcony looking out to the swimming pool and the gold course next door. The living area is well contained with a work station which has adequate stationaries.

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The minibar we had in our suite was overheated, we had it changed once, but when we got our soymilk from it the next morning  our drinks were warm.  The engineer said it was probably the design of the cabinet which cause the problem.  They use the Illy coffee capsules machine here, the staff was willing to give us one extra capsule the next day after we finished the ones provided.

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Moving onto the bedroom area, as usual we have the heavenly bed from Westin which was as good as always. There was another balcony in the bedroom with the same view.  In-room dining wasn’t available at the time we stayed, due to the fact that they were waiting on their cutleries.  
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The bathroom was spacious, with a bathtub on the left and shower and toilet on the left.  Unlike other Starwood hotels which provides a set of luxury brand amenities for suites, Westin Tashee they have the Westin White Tea bath and body, the ones you get in any of the Westin hotels. They provides a bath loafer but not bath salt for bubble bath.
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Upon check out, we found that the carpet wasn’t looking like it was the day before, vacuuming was needed.

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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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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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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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Not even a three stars hotel!

Le Méridien Hong Kong 數碼港艾美酒店

Le Méridien Hong Kong 數碼港艾美酒店

100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong 香港數碼港道100號

+852 2980 7788

The worst stay at a 5 stars hotel ever, even the cheaper brands in Starwood are way better than this so call 5 stars less than 10 years hotel.

I stayed there for a night and since that my best friend live at BelAir and Le Meridien is just 5 mins away I choose to stay here rather than my usual W Hong Kong.  Unlike Le Meridien which adopted a simplistic design HK Le Meridien has this colourful lighting on their check in counters.  I paid extremely expensive rate on this hotel at the very night I stayed $3100 + 15% HKD, for this price I can stay at W hong Kong or Sheraton Hong Kong why needed to stay at this isolated hotel.  Oh well, may be not so isolated, it is located about 20 mins taxi ride from central and the hotel does provide a shuttle bus.  The first oops by the hotel was that I noticed that the sofa had trash on it and the newspaper were not neatly stacked when I walked to the waiting area of the hotel before check-in. 2nd Oops. I was told that the hotel was fully booked and I got allocated a room on the 6th floor and it is a corner room even though I emailed the hotel beforehand that I do wish to have a quiet room near the elevator.  3rd Oops Am a SPG platinum guest and had always request for a higher floor and I was told that the two SPG floors are all occupied by their platinum guests, WOW  a lot of their platinum guests like this hotel and occupied TWO floors.  4th Oops, I carried a heavy bag with me and none of the day dreaming staff offered to help with the bag, they were standing there doing absolutely nothing.Le Méridien Hong Kong 數碼港艾美酒店 Le Méridien Hong Kong 數碼港艾美酒店 Le Méridien Hong Kong 數碼港艾美酒店 Le Méridien Hong Kong 數碼港艾美酒店 Le Méridien Hong Kong 數碼港艾美酒店

5th Oops, had never walked in one of the hotel corridor that was this stuffy before, I guess they were trying to save their electricity bill on air conditioner, then why charge me $3100HKD for a room.  Not even a four points by sheraton standard.

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the star indicated my NEAR the Elevator room which is the end of that particular corridor, I hated to stay at the corner room except for W hotel’s Cool corner room.

the room does have nice view overlooking the south china sea

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I don’t really understand this art piece why did it has to cover part of the mirror and it looks weird to hang it in this position.

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They don’t use the heavenly bed from Westin, sweet sleeper from Sheraton nor W signature mattress, my cousin had backache resulted from the night sleep at Le Meridien.

I vaguely remembered that the hotel wasn’t really that old but it has visible aged evidence, so I doubled checked with the front desk and they claimed that the hotel is around 8 years old and they had recently refurnished.  The room had a bump in the carpet near the door and a visible crack in the shower, and you tell me it has just been refurnished.

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after an hour I went back down to the lobby to wait for my best friend to join me for dinner at the hotel.  Looking at the sofa and table at the waiting area the newspaper and the trash  were still there, no one had attempted to clean it up during the hour.  We went to the japanese restaurant as the chinese restaurant was closed as it had a wedding banquet and we could go to the bar with my friend’s baby.  We were told that the restaurant was fully booked and there weren’t tables for in-house guests either then we were asked to sit at the bar area with my friend’s one year old son.  after we refused they suggested that we sat outdoor and they offered us insect repellent, LOL this was the first time a hotel offer their guest insect repellent instead of lighting up repellent candles.  At the end of the day, my friend’s one year old son got bitten all over him. downside of sitting outdoor is that it took you a long time to try to get a waiter to attention as they were not as attentive as expected.  Last Oops from the hotel was that they have smoking levels and I do seriously think that they did not clean their air circulation system regularly.  Whenever I get back into my room I started sneezing and my nose was all blocked up to solve this I actually have to have this noisy air purifier plugged in for the whole night.  I think this was the first and ever hotel which gave me nose allergy with my stay in the room.  I didn’t sleep the whole night as I just couldn’t stop sneezing even with the air purify, it just managed to ease it a little bit but not cure it.  I don’t really understand why on earth would i pay $400 USD to get myself suffered for the night and the staff didn’t really help.

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Do NOT go to this hotel, it doesn’t even worth $700 HKD / $90 USD, I am truly disappointed in the Le Meridien brand even some of the Starwood Category 1 hotels like Four points by sheraton or Aloft are better than this one.  Their staff didn’t provide up to value services, this was the worst service I get since I have been staying with starwood let alone that I am now a platinum member.

a fabulous stay at Westin GuangZhou

Westin GuangZhou 廣州 海航威斯汀酒店

 

Westin Guangzhou  廣州海航威斯汀酒店

广州市天河区林和中路6号 No.6 Linhe Middle Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou

+86 20 2886 6868

Stayed here for a night, experienced a little hiccup at check-in but overall it was a pleasant stay.  The lobby of the hotel is a typical chinese five stars hotel, with a great big lobby clean and bling.  The incident at check in was that I went straight to the SPG counter and were served by their brand new staff – Jane, she wasn’t quite confident about her role and  lack of knowledge about the hotel.  I had two parcels hold at the concierge I told her about three times that I wished to have them deliver to me room and she showed her nervousness by pointing to the computer screen as she read the email.  I asked her where is the executive lounge for SPG members and surprised surprised she indicated that she had no idea where the lounge is.  I am sure this is a common question among platinum members or suite guests.

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I stayed at 3808 the renewal suite.  this suite has a marvelous view overlooking the stadium, with this massage chair can definitely relief my tiredness from all the traveling

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When I walked into my room I saw this little chap plugged in, what a caring hotel they know that I need a charger for my phone and it was all prepared for me, don’t even need to give their room service a call.  Made my day 🙂

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They provided bath salt and a loather for bath I think this is the second hotel which provide bath salt. Westin GuangZhou 廣州 海航威斯汀酒店 Westin GuangZhou 廣州 海航威斯汀酒店 Westin GuangZhou 廣州 海航威斯汀酒店 Westin GuangZhou 廣州 海航威斯汀酒店 Westin GuangZhou 廣州 海航威斯汀酒店 Westin GuangZhou 廣州 海航威斯汀酒店

would definitely come back to this hotel, location is convenient only 5 mins away from the metro station.  If you need to travel from hong kong or else where in china the main train station is only 5 mins away too and hotel does provide a shuttle to the station, contact the concierge for arrangement.

 

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