One of the essential parts of any holidays is getting from the airport to the hotel. As far as city breaks are concerned, this is a journey that typically takes less than an hour by car or bus, as most major city airports are located on the outskirts of the city. However, it is one that can cost a premium, with taxi drivers and taxi firms exploiting the fact that there are hordes of tourist with little local knowledge and a lot of expendable income in their wallets leaving the airport everyday.
One of the ways around this is to find a free airport bus or an airport shuttle service. These are run by the hotel, and you will need to have a booking at that hotel in order to hop on the airport shuttle. A “shuttle” in this case is effectively a bus, albeit one that has been created to accommodate large amounts of luggage. You will need to acquire details of this service from the hotel itself, including the pick-up point, but from there you just stick your luggage in the back, hop-on the bus and then let it take you to your hotel. Airport shuttles are common with most city hotels, but many of them charge a fee. In this article we will focus on the ones that do not charge anything and are able to take you from Taoyuan International Airport to your chosen hotel in the beautiful city of Taipei.
Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
This is an airport hotel and one that has a regular shuttle service taking guests to and from the airport. The airport is only five minutes away by car, but it takes a lot longer when you’re walking, and if you’ve just landed then the last thing you want to do is trek yourself and your bags across a major city. The airport shuttle service offered by this Novotel is quick and easy, and there are always shuttles on hand so you won’t need to wait long, if at all.
The Novotel brand is one that can be found in major cities all over the world. They tend to focus more on business travelers, ensuring that they get the location right and that they can cater for all of the needs of professional men and women. It is a brand that can be found in 60 countries around the world, although unlike many other major brands they tend to focus on having just one location per city, which means that they only have 400 locations around the world. The very first one of these opened in 1967 in France, and since then they have been providing mid-range hospitality for business travelers ever since.
There is little in the immediate vicinity, but the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport is just 25 miles away from the city center, so if you want to head into the heart of the city then it won’t take you long and won’t cost you the earth either. If you are booking a taxi, there should not be a premium charge to get to the city center like there is to get to the airport, so this could save you some money in the long run.
The conferencing facilities at the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport can cater for up to 500 delegates, ideal for those seeking to arrange a meeting in the city. There are also plenty of amenities and services available to all of these delegates, with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a premier lounge in which to relax, a luxury spa to pamper yourself and a pool. As with all Novotels, the rooms can cater for every need and every budget, with flat-screen televisions, great views and more. The hotel also has a fully-equipped fitness center, a playroom for children, a restaurant to enjoy a buffet breakfast and an evening meal, and a very relaxing bar.
Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel
It may be a mouthful for non-Chinese speakers, but the Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel is great destination for your trip to the city of Taipei. It is a 4-star venue that is ideally located, with many great amenities that can make your holiday or your business trip a comfortable and an enjoyable one.
Most importantly perhaps, at least for the context of this article, the Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel has a free shuttle service that can ferry guests to and from the International airport. The airport itself is a little further away from Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel than it is from the Novotel listed above, but it is closer to the center of Taipei and to the many attractions that this great city boasts.
The Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel has a fitness center and there are two dining options available. One of these is the Joie Cafe, which serves fusion dishes and is open all day, and the other is the Paradise Cantonese Restaurant, which serves fresh Chinese cuisine. There is also a luxury sauna inside the hotel, along with a self-service launderette for those needing to quickly wash or iron their clothes, and for those planning on a long stay.
The Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel has 145 rooms in total, a big hotel that cuts an imposing figure against the Taipei skyline. There are a few room choices available, including Double, Twin and Deluxe, and as well as banqueting facilities, there is also a business center, baggage storage, a 24-hour front desk, a fax and photocopying service and a great deal more. All of the air-conditioned rooms in the Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel have en-suite bathrooms, and in each of these bathrooms there is a bathtub and a number of free toiletries. The rooms themselves also have a minibar and complementary teas, coffees and more.
As far as travel goes, the Xinzhuang Chateau de Chine Hotel is opposite the Zhong Shan Highway Wugu Interchange and the Xinpu MRT Train Station, which pretty much gives you access to the whole of Taipei. If you rent a car then you can drive to downtown Taipei in just twenty minutes.