When I think of the Mandarin Oriental hotel what first comes to mind is high-quality. I was introduced to the brand about a year ago in their first location which is in Bangkok, Thailand along the Chao Phraya River. The Bangkok property has so much history and is in such a beautiful place that it’s just a magical experience and dates back to 1876. When I learned that they had a new location in Taipei I got super excited! I was planning to visit Taipei soon so I arranged a stay so I could see how it stacked up!
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Walking into a Mandarin Oriental room is like opening a Christmas gift as a five year old. Pierre gets all giddy and extra-excited every time he’s at a Mandarin Oriental. Only the highest quality of interior decoration is present in the room and includes lots of handmade pieces. My room had a beautiful bathroom with lots of marble accompanied with a large bathtub which separated the shower area and sink from the rest of the room.
Our view from the 17th floor happened to look down on the rooftop pool. The Mandarin Oriental in Taipei is the best hotel in the city which says a lot for a city that is filled with luxury hotels. Pro tip: check the weather before you travel to Taiwan! Some parts of the year it rains practically everyday!
Pierre likes to eat so much he has to balance what he eats with a lot of fitness so he doesn’t become a fat porker. I was very pleasantly surprised to see a very nice gym which allowed me to burn off some of the many calories I had gobbled up. There is an epic handmade steam room in the locker room and I stayed in there until I was a human prune several times. I tried to take a picture but the steam ate my camera lens. You’ll have to visit to see for yourself. Wink.
When it comes time for breakfast I would recommend that you go to the Oriental Lounge on the sixth floor. They offer an absolutely amazing selection of very tasty food and I was not disappointed with any of the bites I took. There is also a breakfast in their French café. However, I don’t think it measured up to the lounge’s breakfast.
Once you finish your gigantic breakfast now you can take off and explore the city to do some sightseeing or sighteating. If you catch yourself in the hotel during the afternoon you have to go for the afternoon tea in the lounge. If you’re a real pro and spend the whole day there then you can continue straight through to the cocktail hour without taking a breathe. Life is good.
At the end of the day, I have never been disappointed with anything that is part of the Mandarin Oriental brand. I’m not even being paid to say that! I will continue to reviewing all of their locations to see if I can find any flaws to report! Until then, make sure you visit the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Taipei as soon as possible!
No. 158, Dunhua North Road, Taipei, Taiwan 10548
Phone: +886 2 2715 6888