The 9 Best Taiwan Hotels of 2020

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Best Overall: W Taipei – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "This understated hotel radiates a chill vibe, exemplified by the disco-lit elevator that whisks guests to the 10th-floor lobby."

Best for Couples: Villa 32 – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "The design is in the details with Hermès cutlery, Bang & Olufsen stereos, and Boffi bathrooms garnished by Salvatore Ferragamo."

Best for Design Lovers: Play Design Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "More than just a quirky boutique hotel, it’s meant to be a living gallery to educate guests about contemporary Taiwanese design."

Best for Shopping: Hotel Proverbs – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "This hotel is smack dab in an area known for small fashion boutiques, department stores, hip cafés, and diverse restaurants."

Best for Singles: Kimpton Da An – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "There are cool boutiques and great restaurants all within easy reach and guests can grab one of the hotel’s free bikes to explore."

Best for Location: Palais de Chine – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "Strategically connected to the Taipei Main Station, one of the city’s primary metro stops, Palais de Chine is a great base for exploring."

Best for Business: Grand Hyatt – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "When you're done working, there is a spa, fitness center, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, and a big heated outdoor swimming pool."

Best Luxury: Mandarin Oriental – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "All rooms have marble bathrooms stocked with Diptyque products, walk-in wardrobes, and every expected technological amenity."

Best for Families: Green World New World – See Rates at TripAdvisor

  • "An affordable option for families, this hotel is right next to the shopping, entertainment, and recreation district of Ximending."
01 of 09

Best Overall: W Taipei

W Taipei

W Taipei

The W Taipei has one of the best locations in town, right in the middle of the glitzy Xinyi business district. The hotel is usually filled with business travelers during the week and tourists or local in-crowds on the weekends. Still, guests will appreciate the bustling location including three malls within a five-block radius and the Taipei City Hall MRT station right around the corner.

While more restrained in decor than some of the other hip W hotels of the region, the hotel still radiates a chill vibe by way of a disco-lit lift that whisks guests to the lobby on the 10th floor. Staff is trendy and there’s always a playful soundtrack filling the common spaces, but in general, there's a focus on understated luxury. A collection of conceptual art by Hirotoshi Sawada adorns the hotel, showing just how subtle and on-trend the decor is.

The 'Whatever/Whenever' concierge service is a hallmark of W Hotels, helping guests score last-minute dinner reservations, private tours, or virtually anything else they fancy. Other on-site amenities include the signature AWAY spa, a FIT gym, and the WET pool that is fringed by sun loungers and hosts some of the city's best summer pool parties. The hotel's YEN Bar on the 31st floor is the perfect place for a nightcap while enjoying the unbeatable views of Taipei.

There are 405 rooms ranging from "Wonderful" guest rooms to the "Extreme Wow" presidential suite, all with generous amenities like body butter and Bliss face wash. Rooms have high-tech touches like iPod docking stations, TOTO toilets, and bedside white noise machines, so guests can be sure they'll have the ultimate comfort.

02 of 09

Best for Couples: Villa 32

Villa 32

Villa 32 

Built by tycoon financier Ming-Houng Chiu in 2004 as his vision of an ideal hotel, this small romantic villa retreat is wonderfully bucolic, which is surprising given that it's in a city of nearly 3 million people. Set on the fringe of Yangmingshan National Park at the northern edge of the city, getting to the airport by train takes about an hour. Guests come here to hole up and unwind, not get crazy on an adventure out and about in the city.

Villa 32 is one of Taiwan’s most distinctive hotels with a mere five suites, its own hot springs, and extensive well-manicured grounds. No expense is spared in the details, with Hermès cutlery, Bang & Olufsen stereos, and Boffi-adorned bathrooms garnished by designer Salvatore Ferragamo.

The hotel is ultimately meant for relaxation and rooms even contain their own private onsen hot spring, and the in-room black granite tubs have plenty of room for two. Every therapist at the spa’s six treatment rooms can expertly handle Chinese and European treatments, as well as a range of facials, so any style of recovery and relaxation is available to guests.

On top of the luxurious spa, there is also a butler team that works around the clock to keep on top of all guests' needs or desires. Breakfast is served right in the guest room, making every morning a breakfast-in-bed day. Executive Chef Jimmy Chen focuses on gourmet cuisine for dinner and likes to use Kobe beef, Bresse chicken, or truffles from Alba. The wine list is filled with treasures such as a 1986 Chateau Mouton Rothschild that will keep even the most discerning wine lover happy.

03 of 09

Best for Design Lovers: Play Design Hotel

Play Design Hotel

 Play Design Hotel

Part boutique hotel and part design showroom, this five-room hotel occupies the fifth floor of a nondescript commercial building in the Dadaocheng district, an up-and-coming neighborhood set along the river known for its creative scene.

The hotel is furnished entirely with work by local designers and artisans. The surrounding area is dotted with tons of design studios, concept stores, and small museums. The nearest MRT stop (Shuanglian Station) is a ten-minute walk away, while Taipei Main Station is within 15 minutes on foot. 

More than just a quirky boutique hotel, it’s meant to be a living gallery that serves to educate guests about contemporary Taiwanese design. From the bedside lights to the bathroom amenities, everything is proudly made in Taiwan and guests can purchase items to take home through the hotel’s website or the small store in the common area, all of which helps support local artists. Staff have a wealth of knowledge about the local arts and culture scene and can point guests to interesting galleries or events.

There is no pool, gym, or even an on-site restaurant. For dining, Ri Xin Xian Zuo—a popular local breakfast joint—is just a few feet away, and the Ningxia night market around the corner offers interesting and affordable dining options in the evening, like beef noodle soup and red bean cakes. 

Rooms are large, bright, and have Bluetooth speakers, while the bathrooms are equipped with luxurious Cha Tzu Tang toiletries to further support local producers.

04 of 09

Best for Shopping: Hotel Proverbs

Hotel Proverbs

Hotel Proverbs 

This hotel designed by globally renowned architect Ray Chen sits right in the middle of Taipei’s Eastern District, a region of the city known for small fashion boutiques, department stores, quirky cafés and diverse restaurants. Thanks to this prime location, it’s one of the best parts of town for shopping. The nearest MRT station, Zhongxiao Fuxing, is a five-minute walk away, so guests can easily get anywhere in the city.

The hotel is decorated with whimsy, as it is at times industrial, at times glamorous, at times polished, and at times raw or edgy, with design influences from French boutique hotels and German Bauhaus apparent throughout. 

Complimentary perks include a well-stocked minibar, free laptop usage with portable Wi-Fi dongle, and shoe shining service. Each of the 42 rooms has a unique layout, but all of them have marble bathrooms, bathtubs, and amenities like Nespresso machines and complimentary toiletry bags. Three of the rooms are also adapted for accessibility.

For dining, T&K Seafood and Steak has an open kitchen with a Josper charcoal oven used to prepare house-aged steak, grilled fish, and vegetables from the hotel’s farm outside the city. 

There is a small swimming pool on the roof of the hotel and drinks can be ordered from the bar, which makes the roof space perfect for relaxing during the summer. Where the hotel really shines is at its award-winning steampunk-inspired East End bar, one of the very few bars working directly with legendary and flamboyant Japanese mixologist Hidetsugu Ueno. Lucky guests might get the chance to cross paths with him, as he often frequents the bar to personally train staff. Try famous craft cocktails like the Dong Gua Mojito, a delicious oolong-infused rum with winter melon. You'll want to try every drink on the menu, just don't do it all in one night.

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05 of 09

Best for Singles: Kimpton Da An

Kimpton Da An

Kimpton Da An

This sleek boutique hotel designed by Shanghai-based architecture bureau Neri & Hu is right in Taipei’s buzzy Da’an district. While it lacks certain facilities (there is no spa or pool), it makes up for it with its excellent location and a restaurant that's a destination in its own right. 

There are cool boutiques and great restaurants all within easy reach, and for things further away, guests can just grab one of the hotel’s free bicycles. Zhongxiao Fuxing, the nearest metro station, is just a three-minute walk away. 

Spread over 12 floors, the 129 rooms and suites are—strangely enough—entered through the bathrooms, that are all equipped with TOTO toilets, built-in bathtubs the size of a mini-plunge pool, and amenities by Atelier Bloem.

Guests with furry friends (or allergies) should note that the hotel has an 'all pets welcome' policy. All guests are invited to the daily social event in the Living Room, which serves up free-flowing wine and snacks. All rooms come with a yoga mat and yoga classes streaming on the television, so you can find your flow before sightseeing. The food situation at the on-site restaurant The Tavernist is casual gourmet: think fried chicken served with roasted seaweed mayonnaise for a bit of added flair.

06 of 09

Best for Location: Palais de Chine

Palais de Chine

Palais de Chine

Literally built on top of a shopping mall and strategically connected to the Taipei Main Station, one of the city’s primary metro stops and the main hub for Taiwan’s High-Speed Rail network, Palais de Chine is a great base for exploring the city or destinations beyond Taipei. It’s definitely not minimally designed, showcasing everything from old-world European opulence and medieval castles to the intimacy of a Shanghai drinking den, the hotel is decorated with flair and splendor.

For those who want to stay active, there’s a small gym on the top floor with fantastic views over downtown Taipei. Guests also have access to an outdoor lap pool at a gym just next door, should they want to cool down or take a dip.

Rooms are not overly big but are filled with amenities like a Nespresso coffee machine, a complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, and your very own smartphone. Bathrooms in the entry-level rooms are only shielded from the sleeping area by a curtain, so it may be worth the upgrade to a higher-category room.

The hotel is famous, however, for the moody Le Palais restaurant, the only restaurant in Taipei to acquire three Michelin stars in 2019, that serves Cantonese dim sum and Chinese banquet cuisines, with famed dishes like steamed dumplings with chicken and a whole course of crispy roast duck.

07 of 09

Best for Business: Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt

 Grand Hyatt

Located right by the Taipei 101 tower, formerly the world's tallest building, the Grand Hyatt is ideally located in the Central Business District. A few high-end malls are within minutes from the lobby and the nearest subway station is a mere three-minute walk away. With the Taipei World Trade Center and multiple conference halls just next door, it's easily the best spot in town for business travelers.

With 850 rooms, it's the biggest hotel in Taipei, and the grand scale is matched by equally grand opulence in decoration thanks to the huge balconies, ornate chandeliers, and a massive flower-adorned fountain in marble and gold.

The hotel attracts high-profile business leaders and even heads of state, and the level of service reflects the exclusive clientele. It can be a bit stuffy and the staff may not always display the warmest of personalities, but the hotel offers unparalleled standards of service. 

There is a spa, fitness center, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, and a big heated outdoor swimming pool on the roof.

There are so many dining options that guests will rarely want to leave the hotel to eat. The Café is a breakfast restaurant that turns into an all-day buffet spot after 11:30 a.m. One floor up, Pearl Liang cooks up traditional dim-sum lunches, while next door chic Yun Jin serves authentic Chinese delicacies from Shanghai to Sichuan. Bel Air Bar + Grill even has a Michelin recommendation, recognizing the quality of its French and European cuisine with dishes like crab dill tartare and seared foie gras with fig compote. If these aren’t enough options, there’s always the Japanese buffet at Irodori or Italian classics at the rowdier ZIGA ZIGA. 

08 of 09

Best Luxury: Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental Taipei, one of the most beautiful properties in the entire Mandarin Oriental portfolio, has done a ton to attract high-end travelers in the city. Crowned with a dazzling 13-foot-high chandelier made of 50,000 crystal beads and fragments of amber, guests will be wowed from the second they enter the lobby. 

While closer to the airport and the business district than some other hotels, nightlife and major shopping are just a short taxi ride away and the nearest metro is a seven-minute walk from the hotel. All rooms have marble bathrooms stocked with Diptyque products, walk-in wardrobes, Illy coffee machines, and every technological amenity one can expect. Four of the hotel's rooms are designed especially for guests for disabilities.

Suite guests are provided access to a discreet club lounge where unlimited glasses of Ruinart are offered at breakfast. There's also a two-story spa and a 65-foot outdoor pool. 

Those traveling with kids can request a complimentary in-room cot for children, kids' menus at the international buffet Café Un Deux Trois and the authentic Italian outpost Bencotto, and a babysitting service.

Fine-dining restaurant Ya Ge is known for its authentic gourmet Cantonese dishes, such as jellyfish with black fungus. For a more relaxed vibe, the M.O. Bar and Jade Lounge has an afternoon tea service and champagne, with an oyster service come evening.

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09 of 09

Best for Families: Green World New World

Green World New World

Green World New World

From the Taipei Zoo, a super child-friendly and clean destination, to the highly photogenic Shilin Night Market, Taipei offers a bunch of attractions perfect for keeping families entertained. While many of the hotels are geared more for business travelers or a more upscale market, the Green World New World Hotel is an affordable option for families.

Right next to the shopping, entertainment, and recreation district of Ximending, the hotel is a 10-minute walk to the Ximen MRT station, five minutes to Taipei’s main railway station, 20 minutes to the World Trade Center by MRT, and 50 minutes to C.K.S. International Airport.

Laundry service is offered and kids up to the age of six stay free when using existing bedding. There’s no on-site restaurant and facilities are fairly limited, but it is a solid budget option in a good part of town with eateries like brunch spot Al Revés and authentic Taiwanese soup restaurant Niou Dien Beef Noodles right around the corner.

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