Marriott International are a leading hotel chain with locations around the world. They are an American company that were founded in 1927 in Maryland by J. Willard Marriott, and although they came from relatively humble beginnings, these days they have revenue of over USD 12 billion. The Marriott brand is still a family-owned one, run by Bill Marriott, who is the grandfather of the founder.
Although world famous for providing some of the best hospitality around, Marriott actually began life as a root beer stand in Washington D.C. It wasn’t until the 1950s that they ventured into the hotel game, keeping the same name that they had used to sell their beverages. Their very first hotel was opened in Arlington, Virginia, with their second opening in the same city not long after that. This was a chain that grew very quickly and one that recently celebrated its 4,000th hotel opening, which was opened in Washington D.C., the city that had given them their first break many decades earlier.
There are Marriott hotels in most major cities, all of which tend to be at the higher end of the market, with many 5 and 4 star locations. In fact, with hotels in more than 80 countries, Marriott boast over 4,000 locations, making them one of the biggest hotel chains in the world.
Some of the most famous Marriott hotels have included the Marriott World Trade Center, which was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on this iconic structure, along with their many London hotels. Marriott also own the Ritz-Carlton brand, home to one of the most famous hotels in the world. They are one of the fastest expanding chains and at the time of writing, with close to 700,000 Marriott rooms worldwide, there are also close to another 200,000 rooms in development.
Some of the rooms currently under development are located in Taipai, where the Marriott name is looking to establish itself in 2015. There are currently no Marriott hotels in this city, which is a surprise considering how popular it is with tourists and considering that there are over 300 hotels here, but although they were a little slow to enter the city, they are certainly announcing their arrival in style.
Taipei Marriott Hotel
Arguably the more luxurious of the two Marriott hotels to be launched in the city in 2015, the Taipei Marriott will be located in the Dazhi district — perfectly suited for those seeking an ideal base for their Taipei holiday. Not only is it right next to the Neihu Technology Park and the Nankang Software Park, but it is also a short distance away from several other attractions, including the National Palace Museum, the Nangang Exhibition Hall and the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, all of which attract their fair share of tourists every year. It is also not too far away from the Taipei World Trade Center.
This hotel will open in July 2015, with 320 rooms and suites in total. There is a sliding scale in terms of luxury and budget, but as with all Marriott hotels, the service and the standard is exceptional across the board, and although the price is towards the upper end, you really do get what you pay for. This hotel was designed to be a city getaway, giving travelers everything they could need for a perfect city break, with an ideal location and all of the essential amenities, along with a fitness centre, a business center and a swimming pool.
The Taipei Marriott Hotel is a pet friendly hotel, so you are welcome to bring your furry friend along, although some arrangements may need to be made so it is best to discuss this with the front desk in advance, preferably at the time of your booking. There is a restaurant onsite and as well as serving dinner and lunch menus, it also deals with room service and breakfast, which is available for all guests.
The Courtyard Taipei was designed to suit both leisure travelers and business travelers. The rooms at the Courtyard Taipei are designed to be spacious, airy and suitable for all tastes. As always, Marriott also focus on exceptional service, with a hot breakfast buffet served every morning, allowing guests to choose their own breakfast, with a huge selection on offer. At least that’s the idea, as the Courtyard Taipei has yet to open and will not do so until December 2015, several months after the opening of the Taipei Marriott Hotel mentioned above.
Food will be served out of the Bistro restaurant, where guests can also enjoy a relaxing drink on an evening. There are also plenty of spaces in which to play, relax and work, with free Wi-Fi available throughout the building and with plenty of business orientated rooms to meet, study and work.
The Courtyard Taipei will also have a fitness center so guests can keep fit during their stay. There will also be an indoor pool and some spa facilities, helping them to unwind at all hours of the day. The Courtyard Taipei also boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including air conditioning and the GoBoard, which details everything from up-to-date weather conditions, to airport conditions, flight delays, and more. All of this is available in the hotel lobby, which Marriott promise will be one of the most technologically advanced hotel lobbies in the world.
The hotel does not provide a shuttle service, but it has good transpiration links to the airport, and to many of the attractions that Taipei offers its visitors. The Courtyard Taipei is located in the Nangang District, one of the most sought-after districts in the city, at least as far as tourists are concerned. Some of the most visited attractions in this district include the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. This huge building is a must-see for any visitor to this modern and exciting city, with many exhibitions on show across two huge floors.
The Nangang Trade and Economic Park is also nearby. This park is a huge 87 hectares in size and is home to the Nankang Software Park, which is where many of the leading technologies are developed in Taiwan.