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 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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A trip down South – Westin Melbourne

Westin Melbourne

205 Collins St, Melbourne

+61 3 9635 2222

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1185

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Headed home for a my sister’s graduation and stopped by Melbourne for a few days.  Looked on Starwood website there are only one hotel to choose from  – Westin; the Four Points by Sheraton is located 1 hr away from the CBD.

Westin is just minutes away from the Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, the Arts Centre.  If you love shopping Chanel is at your doorstep while LV, Gucci, Max Mara, B&O are not far off. 

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Got upgraded to the deluxe room, with all the amenities that you need from a safe, slippers, to iron.  However, one downside to the room was that it’s Wifi signal was extremely weak and had to ask for a router in order to connect to the internet.

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How many time do I have to emphasize that I LOVE Starwood’s signature mattress from Westin, W to Sheraton, the bed was too comfy that I almost missed the check out time.  The Heavenly bed was absolutely heavenly and I do wish that I have one at home.   Up till this I was very satisfy with my room, here comes the insider news.

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The bathroom was HUGE!!! It came with two sinks and Westin Signature White Tea Aloe body washes and shampoo, noted that they don’t provide toothbrush you would need to ask house keeping for it.

The coasters for the glasses were extremely dirty I don’t know if you can see it in the picture but these two coasters had water stains all over it, I wonder how many times had they been used??? I was paying that much for a hotel room and Westin decided to recycle their coasters until they were unbearable?

Not only this, it was extremely hard to flush the toilet , as seen in the picture that the flush were only half visible when your toilet seat was raised.  To make it even harder, the flush was stiff you needed to press super duper hard, I do think that it needed some attention.

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I arrived into Melbourne very late at night so I ordered in room dining.  In such a freezing weather I wanted to have something steaming hot so I went for the pumpkin soup which sounded as it could warm me up and yet filling.

After a 20 mins wait which was reasonable for in room dining.  Here came my long waited pumpkin soup, I was overly excited to dig in.  Unfortunately, not to my liking the soup was cool and I meant it.  It was cool cool that the cream cheese didn’t melt at all, but I was way too famished to complaint about it.

The day after I wrote a review on the Westin Melbourne official site and I revisit the site  today and couldn’t find it anywhere.  What did the management do to my review? Westin screened their reviews because I bitched about their in room dining and dirty coaster they decided to remove my review?? That is the way to treat your Platinum members.

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.