The most stressful part of any holiday is the flight. Nobody likes to go through the waiting and the checks at the airport, few people enjoy cramped air travel and after all that, when you eventually land, getting to your hotel from the airport is an exhausting finale. Airports are typically located on the outskirts of major cities, if not outside of them, and the majority of hotels are in city centers, so that means that you often need to pay a hefty taxi fee to get to where you need to go.
In this article we’ll look at hotels that are right next to the airport, which means that there is no extensive and expensive travel involved, and in many cases the airport will even provide a free shuttle service to bring you and your bags to the hotel, before taking you back to the airport on the final day of your holiday.
The Novotel Taipei is a business hotel. This 4-star rated hotel is the closest highly rated hotel to the Taoyuan International Airport, which makes it a popular choice with those heading into Taipei to do business, and also those leisure travelers who don’t want to travel far from the airport to get to their hotel. The Novotel Taipei tries to make every facet of your holiday easier, from the free airport shuttle service that makes the first and final days of your holiday much easier, to the 24-hour assistance provided by the attentive and knowledgeable staff at the front desk.
Novotel understand the business traveller more than any other hotel brand. They understand that they want some degree of luxury and that comfort is as important to them as it is to the leisure traveller. They also understand that business travelers work hard and play hard, which is why, alongside the business center and the banqueting facilities, you will also find a bar and a restaurant, perfect to unwind on an evening with a good drink and a good meal. There is also a fitness center and spa facilities, so that all of the guests at the Novotel Taipei can unwind after a hard day’s work or a day spent sightseeing.
Another area in which the Novotel Taipei excels, and one in which they provide something that very few other hotels in Taipei provide, is their check-in and check-out times. The standard in Taipei, and in other major cities as well, is for a check-in time of around 3:00pm and a check-out time of around 12:00. There are some that try and change this to accommodate the needs of their guests, but in doing so they usually only offer check-in an hour earlier or check-out an hour later. As far as the Novotel Taipei are concerned, if you book a room with them on a certain date, then you should be allowed to check-in anytime during that day. This means that regardless of the arrival of your flight, you can check-in as soon as you arrive at the hotel, before slipping away to your room to offload those heavy bags and to put your feet up. Check-outs are early, but if you fancy a lie-in then you can request one at the front desk and providing that they are not fully booked, they will accommodate you as best they can. It is this service, this desire to do whatever their guests ask and to cater for they every whim, that truly sets the Novotel brand, and the Novotel Taipei in particular, apart from the rest.
Hotel Orchard Park
The Hotel Orchard Park is geared more towards leisure travelers than business ones, but this is a hotel that everyone can enjoy, serving as a stylish and comfortable base for a visit to Taipei. Business travelers can make use of the executive floor and a number of other amenities, whilst those seeking VIP treatment can make use of the beauty center and the swimming pool, pampering themselves throughout their stay. There is also a fitness center so that guests needn’t neglect their workouts, and a peaceful garden to sit and enjoy the surroundings.
Check-in at the Hotel Orchard Park begins at 12:00pm, several hours before the standard check-in time. This may change if the hotel is full, due to the fact that check-out time is also 12:00 and they need time to clean the room between guests, but they may be able to accommodate early arrivals. The Hotel Orchard Park is a little further away from the airport than the Novotel mentioned above, but it can still be reached following a relatively short car or bus journey. Once you arrive you will be greeted by a front desk that works around the clock and is able to provide assistance where needed throughout the day.
There is both a bar and a restaurant available at the Hotel Orchard Park. The Onyx bar is quiet, spacious and stylish, not to mention well stocked, whilst in the Open House restaurant you can book yourself in for a freshly prepared lunch or dinner. The Hotel Orchard Park serves all guests a breakfast every morning, with a wide choice of food available.
City Suites Gateway
The City Suites Gateway hotel is a little closer to the airport than the hotel listed above, reachable following a ten minute drive. Check-in time here is not until 4:00pm, which is not one of this hotel’s finer points, but an earlier check-in might be possible if arranged in advance. The hotel has 174 rooms and a check-out time of 11:00am for all of them, so it is very possible that they can change the check-in time.
With high-speed internet available throughout the hotel, along with free parking, a business center, a conference room and much more, this hotel ticks many boxes for all kinds of travelers. The City Suites Gateway also has a beauty center and a fitness center, which means you can keep fit and pamper yourself. There is also a great restaurant located within the hotel, along with a well-stocked bar. As soon as you arrive you might never want to leave, but as the City Suites Gateway is close to many great attractions we suggest you take a step outside and see everything that the city of Taipei has to offer.