The Taipei 101 is the name currently given to a building that used to be known as the Taipei World Financial Center. This skyscraper is an iconic building that was at one time the tallest building in the world. In fact, it held this title from its opening in 2004, all the way until 2010, when the Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world, was opened in the United Arab Emirates.
Not only is the Taipei 101 one of the tallest buildings in the world, but it is also one of the greenest (in the ecological sense of the world) which is unusual for such a huge skyscraper. A rating by the LEED actually declared the Taipei 101 to be the tallest green building in the world, a title that will take some beating. This stylish building plays an important role in Taiwan in many ways: it is an iconic building and something that the Taiwanese are very proud of, it is a tourist attraction and it is also a financial center.
If you are planning a trip to this city then you’ll want to make sure that you pay a visit to the Taipei 101. There are also plenty of other great attractions in this district, known as the Xinyi District, so many travelers choose to book into a hotel in the area. Below we have listed the best hotels in this district, making your decision decidedly easier.
The W Taipei is a beautifully designed 5-star hotel that offers exceptional service and beautiful rooms. Guests at the W Taipei can make use of their limousine service and valet parking, along with express check-in/check-out, iPod docks in all of the rooms, complementary bathrobes and slippers and much more. For the best VIP service available, book into one of the sizable W Taipei suites.
The W Taipei hotel includes an outdoor pool that is heated, which means it remains at the perfect temperature whatever the weather. There is also a trendy coffee bar in the hotel, and if you want to relax and unwind then you can lose yourself in the Jacuzzi. As for the dining options, the W Taipei plays host to the YEN restaurant, which serves freshly prepared Japanese and Chinese cuisine around the clock. If this is not your thing, then there are plenty of other restaurants serving an array of cuisines, all of which are located within a stone’s throw from the hotel’s entrance.
If you plan on heading out for a day of sightseeing, then be sure to ask the front desk to prepare you a packed lunch, a service that they offer to all of their guests. They can also provide directions and assistance where needed, so feel free to ask them any questions about the city that you might have.
AT Boutique Hotel
The AT Boutique Hotel is a 4-star hotel, with small but cozy rooms that are very reasonably priced. This is the perfect destination if you prefer to spend your holiday budget on fine restaurants and fun activities, but still want a hotel that does the basics right and allows you to stay comfortable at night and eat well in the morning. The AT Boutique Hotel has 88 rooms in total, and at the time of writing these rooms have recently been remodeled and redecorated, ensuring they look as fresh for their thousandth guest as they did for their first.
All of the rooms at the AT Boutique Hotel come with a flat-screen television that has satellite access, coffee and tea making facilities and a fridge. Guests can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast every morning in the hotel dining room, and they can also request that the breakfast is delivered to their rooms. Check-in is available relatively earlier at the AT Boutique Hotel, beginning at just 2:00pm, as opposed to the city-wide standard of 3:00pm, but they also ask that guests check-out at 11:00am, which is an hour earlier than many other hotels in Taipei.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the AT Boutique Hotel and they also have a laundry service, a luggage service, dry cleaning service and more. As with all of the hotels listed here, another benefit of the AT Boutique Hotel is that if you ever feel claustrophobic or bored within the hotel, then you have a vibrant, buzzing and beautiful district to explore on your doorstep.
The Home Hotel promises to deliver you a piece of home in the city of Taipei. This is a deluxe and luxury hotel that has been given a 4-star rating, but aspires to something better. As soon as you land in Taipei you can arrange to get to your room at the Home Hotel via their airport shuttle service, which regularly ferries guests to and from the International airport.
The Home Hotel has a fitness center so you can keep trim, working off all of the excess weight gained from enjoying the vast array of restaurants, bakeries and cafes, not to mention the many bars found in the local area. The Home Hotel does its best to ensure guests rarely have to leave the hotel, because as well as an onsite restaurant (where you will be served breakfast every morning) and a bar, there is also a nightclub located within the hotel. This is unusual, but it means you can enjoy yourself until the early hours and then simply head on upstairs to your room, which is located away from the nightclub so that the noise doesn’t affect your sleep.
All of the guests at the Home Hotel can make use of a limousine service, a wake-up service, a laundry service and more, whilst the rooms all come equipped with a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, a flat-screen television and Wi-Fi access. If you want to see the Taipei 101, which really is an unmissable part of this beautiful city, then you can reach this iconic building with a ten minute walk. If that is too much for you, then you can also ask the front desk to book a taxi for you, but fresh air and a brisk walk never hurt anyone, and it will also allow you to drink in some more of the beautiful sights that this great city has to offer.