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May 12

Night markers are very popular in Taiwan and in the East in general. In fact, a visit to this part of the world is not complete without a visit to a night market. Simply put, these are markets that run during the night, but they are a little different to the markets that you visit during the day.

A night market is often open-air, with the skies lit by the shops below, the air thick with incense, the smell of freshly cooked food and the chatter of shoppers. These are not really for shopping, but for taking a casual stroll and absorbing the sights, sounds and tastes of the city. There is often a lot of fresh and local food to sample, food that can be eaten on the go. All visitors are advised to sample at least some of this fare.

In this article we’ll look at the best hotels that are located next to the best night markets, which means that after a night-time stroll you are always just a short walk away from returning to your nice warm hotel room.

Les Suites Grandee

The Les Suites Grandee is a four-star hotel that is located opposite the world famous Shilin Night Market, which finds its way onto the itineraries of many tourists and attracts visitors from all over. The Shilin Night Market is also one of the oldest night markets in Taiwan and further afield, having been founded way back in 1899. Many visitors flock to the Shilin Night Market for its food, of which there is a wide variety to choose from. From handheld snacks that you can take around the market with you, to drinks that will warm you up during the chilly night, it really does have it all and the air is awash with the scent of it throughout the night.

The Shilin Night Market opens in the late afternoon and remains open for some time. As well as eating and drinking, there is also a lot of shopping to be done, with many great bargains available. Don’t feel bad if you don’t buy anything though, the majority of tourists come here to browse — to window shop if you like — and the stall owners accept and understand this. It’s an experience, not necessarily an opportunity to spend, but if you do pick up a few items then you’ll have some unique mementoes to take back home with you.

  • Airport Shuttle? No
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Pool? No
  • Fitness Center? No
  • Restaurants? Yes
  • Near Public Transport? Yes

There are only 50 rooms at the Les Suites Grandee, but all of them offer plenty of space. They all also have their own private bathroom, with guests able to enjoy both a shower and a bath. All of the rooms come with a mini bar, a television and a DVD player, and guests will also receive free bottles of water when they arrive.

All guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast, served in the onsite restaurant every morning. There is a wide choice on offer here, including some local delicacies and something with more of an International flavor for those guests seeking a taste of home. If you want to enjoy your morning tea or coffee outside in the sunshine, then you can do so in the alfresco dining area, where freshly brewed coffee is served to guests at the Les Suites Grandee everyday.

Ideally located, the Les Suites Grandee is not only a short walk from the world famous market, but other top attractions are also a short walk or a short drive away. These include the Taipei Art Museum and the Yangmingshan National Park. Les Suites Grandee is also easily accessed via both of the airports in Taipei, being just a 30 minute and 40 minute drive from Songshan Airport and Taoyuan International Airport respectively.

Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei

If the Shilin Night Market is the biggest and most famous night market in the country, then the Raohe Street Night Market, which is in the Songshan District, is the second biggest and second most famous. It doesn’t offer quite as much as the Shilin Night Market, but all of the mainstays are there and this is a great attraction in itself.

The Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei is the place to be if you’re planning a visit to this night market. This is a four-star hotel that offers a lot for leisure travelers and business travelers, with spacious rooms, business rooms, banqueting rooms and much more.

  • Airport Shuttle? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Pool? Yes
  • Fitness Center? Yes
  • Restaurants? Yes
  • Near Public Transport? Yes

There are a huge 730 rooms in this hotel, with plenty of choice for everyone. these rooms range from standard double and twin rooms, which offer the basics but still provide a high level of comfort and luxury, all of the way to the Deluxe Suite, which provides more space and more luxury. You pay a little extra for these suites, but if you have the money to spare then you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. All guests at the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei can make use of the outdoor pool and the sauna, whilst room service is also provided, along with a 24-hour front desk that speaks a number of languages.

written by Grameister777