Located in the vibrant Xinyi District, the W Hotel in Taipei — also known as the W Taipei — is an artsy, stylish and all-inclusive hotel that offers a home away from home in the heart of this bustling city. When you arrive you will be greeted by the neon “W”, stamped boldly and proudly onto the front of a building that also boasts a stanchion in the guise of a linked chain, giving you a hint of the artistic decor you will find inside the hotel. Style is of upmost importance to W Taipei, but this is far from being style over substance, and there is plenty on offer for business and leisure travelers alike.
As for the amenities:
- Airport Shuttle? Yes (a surcharge applies)
- Free WiFi? Yes/No
- Pool? Yes (hot tubs, saunas and more also available)
- Fitness Center? Yes
- Restaurants? Yes (the onsite YEN restaurant serves fine dining Chinese food)
- Near Public Transport? Yes (5 minute walk from subway station)
The rooms at the W Taipei really do go all out — from the floor to ceiling windows in all of their rooms and suites, allowing guests to take in beautiful views of cityscapes and of the mountains in the distance — to the outdoor pools, fitness centre and massage areas.
What you get depends on which room you book. There are plenty to choose from here, from their Wonderful Twin Room, to their Fantastic Suite King. The former may be a basic room, but it is still a fair size, coming in at over 450 square feet. The room has twin beds, perfect for friends and colleagues, and it comes with a flat-screen television, air conditioning and a bathtub in the en suite bathroom. The Fantastic Suite King also has a flat-screen television, air conditioning and bathtub, but it also has a spa tub and it is a good 50% bigger than the smaller twin room. This room is ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway where all of their needs will be met, but for those traveling alone and seeking a similar amount of care and class, the Marvelous One-Bedroom Suite is the perfect choice. At over 1,000 square feet, this is the biggest room in the W Taipei, with everything that the other rooms have, including some of the best views in the building. This room is also the most expensive, as you would imagine, but compared to other 5 star hotels in the city, the W Taipei is competitively priced considering the amenities on offer. All of the rooms also have BOSE audio systems, a leading name when it comes to audio equipment, along with signature W beds, which are very big and very comfortable. All guests at the W Taipei can also enjoy breakfast buffets, cocktails and poolside dining at any time of the day.
This hotel also goes a step beyond when it comes to entertainment and activities for its guests to enjoy. As well as a celebrity restaurant known simply as YEN — which is popular across the city and has received a great deal of acclaim — they also have one of the biggest fitness centers that you will find in any modern hotel. The simply named FIT centre is over 4,500 square feet, with everything that you could need to stay in shape on your holidays. As well as the latest cardio and strength equipment, all regularly cleaned and maintained, they also have yoga rooms and personal trainers, so you don’t need to workout alone. There are even dozens of iPod docks spread throughout the centre, so you can listen to your favorite tunes whilst you work up a sweat. There is also a business center on site, perfect for those who can’t relinquish their professional responsibilities even when on holiday, and this centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you want to get away from the hotel, then the Taipei 101 and the Taipei World Trade Center are definitely worth a visit. You can walk to this iconic building, or you can ask the front desk to book you a taxi that will take you there. As we mentioned, there is also a subway station even closer that the Taipei 101 that will take you anywhere you want to go, but there is also plenty for you to do within Xinyi District itself. This is a popular choice with many travelers, with plenty of friendly locals, some fantastic restaurants and bars, and a great deal of entertainment choices. This district buzzes with life and activity throughout the day, but it also comes alive at night, with plenty of late night entertainment and even night markets to take part in. Xinyi is often referred to as the most Cosmopolitan district in the city, which means that many International visitors will feel at home. Westerners seeking some home comforts can also find plenty of fast food franchises in the area, including many big American brands such as McDonalds, and there is also plenty of luxury shopping to be done, with boutiques like Chanel and Gucci having a presence in the district.
The W Taipei is a five star hotel, and you only need to take one look at the aesthetics and the long list of amenities to understand why. By their very nature 5 star hotels have everything you could need, with exceptional service, style and cleanliness. The only downside to these hotels is their location, with some of them being really out of the way. The W Taipei is ideally located though. Not only is it just a stone’s throw from a subway station, connecting you to anywhere you want to go within the city, but it is also a 10 minute walk away from the iconic Taipei 101 Building, and a 20 minute drive from Songshan International Airport. This makes for a fairly short and cheap taxi ride to the hotel from the airport, but there is also an airport shuttle. To arrange this, just call the hotel ahead of time and they’ll let you know the details. There is a charge involved, but it will be cheaper than booking a taxi.