A Weekend in Taipei, Taiwan Part 2 - Grand Hyatt Taipei

We love Hyatt, it's one of our favorite hotel chains out there! We've previously reviewed the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Park Hyatt Washington DC, and our favorite hotel - Park Hyatt Seoul. So when we were planning the weekend travel guide for Taipei, we didn't want to miss out the opportunity to cover the iconic hotel - Grand Hyatt Taipei. The hotel recently completed phase 1 of its major renovation upgrade, so we thought we'll stay there over a weekend and share with you of what will be the future of the hotel when the entire project is complete. 

The hotel's outdoor pool
The 852 rooms iconic hotel opened back in 1990, in the heart of Taipei’s vibrant Xinyi business district, which back then was nothing like what it is today. Just across the street from Taipei's tallest building - Taipei 101, and 5 minute walk to all the department stores, dining options, and the best nightlife in town, The hotel attracted travelers of all sorts for more than 2 decades. After a long period of wear and tear, it needed some major upgrade to maintain up-to-date with its status in the tourist competitive XinYi District. New hotels in the surrounding neighborhood are going for $350 upwards for a standard room, and this is probably one of the reasons for a major upgrade. For more than 2 decades, Grand Hyatt Taipei has been the sought after hotel in Taipei for fine dining and luxury leisure relaxation among the country's top elites. Top fashion houses would often host events and fashion shows at the hotel. During the summer months, renovation work marked conclusion on 1 of its 2 wings, with brand new guest rooms and suite, Grand Club lounge, as well as event venues. The entire renovation project is scheduled to complete by Spring 2014. 

Upon walking into the hotel, you will be amazed by its ultra grand and spacious lobby, with a large water fountain in the middle displaying the season's freshest flowers. We were put into the Grand Executive Suite to get a taste of the new concept. At the moment, it's actually quite interesting when you step outside the elevator, left and right of the corridors ensemble 2 completely different designs, the left is filled with hotel's rich history, and to the right marks the brand new concept that will lead the hotel into the next step. 

The newly renovated wing and our suite #1117
Walking into the suite you'll first notice a spacious foyer area, providing a warm feel of home away from home. Walk pass that is the living room area, with a large and clean work desk that can also be used as dining table for 2. To the left of that is a guest bathroom entirely in marble stone. The living room is very spacious for a downtown hotel, maybe even too spacious to a point I feel like they could have added a few more touches to the living room area. The design concept merged the east with west, creating a stylish urban metropolitan feel. 

The couch seatings are upholstered in luxe velvet-like fabric, facing the 47-inch full-HD TV, and a media hub that will allow you to plug in all sorts all kinds of cool gadgets. Behind the TV is the bedroom, featuring heavenly king size bed, and yet another TV screen. We were welcomed with a fresh fruit plate, and a box of chocolate from the kind and welcoming PR team.

There a large walk-in closet, separate from the bathroom. The bathroom itself is bright and spacious, featuring his and her sinks, with separate bath, shower, and toilet stall. Oh and did I forgot to mention all the blinds are at the control of your fingertip? Our bathroom looks down at the outdoor swimming pool, which a summer pool party was happening, as well as a greenery park space and Taipei City Hall. In the evening, you can soak into the bathtub while watching television shows, or unwind the day in orchestra music through the mini TV. Shower amenities are provided by June Jacobs Spa Collection, in green tea and cucumber scent.

The mini bar have 4 sets of cups for you to use, with 2 different kinds of espresso cups and tablets for your early morning coffee, made by your very own Nesspresso machine. Complimentary bottled water are replenished in the morning and also at turn-down service. There are also teas and instant coffee if that's your preference. Housekeeping responded promptly to all our requests, including the complimentary shoeshine service, it literally only took them 5 minute to clean and shine my shoes.

The highlight of the hotel, at least to me, would be Club Oasis on the 5th floor. The entire floor is almost dedicated to health and beauty, from the outdoor swimming pool to two 24 hours gym, beauty salon, and separate men and women wet spas. I spent quite sometime at the club during my stay, for the reason of quickly burn off calories from delicious Taiwanese cuisines, and also, the club is the best I've seen out of all Hyatt hotels I've stayed before! I say it's the best because there are no extra charges and fees to use the facilities if you are a hotel guest; Park Hyatt Tokyo and Grand Hyatt Tokyo also have excellent spa/ club facilities, but there are charges to use them. After you check in to the 5th floor, there's are 2 fitness gyms equip with the latest lifts and machines, a studio for yoga or fitness classes. What stand out the most is the change room and wet area, decorated in a high end-lounge atmosphere with couch seatings and refreshments. The whole area is spacious and quiet, decorated with natural materials to help boost health and a feeling of relaxationThe spa facilities include, sauna and steam room, two whirlpools, a relaxation room and two lounges. A unique high-oxygen, micro-bubble machine is featured in one of the whirlpools and a traditional massaging jet bath in the other whirlpool is designed especially for those seeking a respite from an exhausting day. The men’s relaxation room is decorated with charcoal walls, which is good for health, can also absorb odours and toxins in the air, and is used for a variety of health-related applications aiming at purification and filtration. There's no doubt why some of the country's top elites pay big bucks for it's membership to use the club facilities. 

The hotel also house some of the city's finest dining options, but due to my scheduled appointments, I didn't have time to try out on this trip. I promise to return next time and give you my thoughts on the food here.
But here's a list of dining options for you:

Pearl Liang – Contemporary Taiwanese seafood restaurant 
Shanghai Court – Authentic Shanghainese Cuisine 
Irodori – Pure Japanese cuisine with show kitchen 
Bel Air – Specialty grill and seafood restaurant
Café – Western and Asian cuisine with show kitchen 
Cheers – Western and Asian all day dining 
Cha Lounge – Tea lounge 
Lobby Lounge – Traditional afternoon tea
The Pool Bar – Drinks and snacks

No 2, SongShou Road, Taipei, Taiwan, 11051 
P. +886 2 2720 1234 

Text and images by Leon Yuan, also courtesy of Grand Hyatt Taipei

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