Feng shui is a system of establishing harmony with your surroundings. This can be done in many ways and typically involves placing furniture in certain positions. People can create feng shui in their own homes, but many choose to hire feng shui specialists who will arrange their homes for them. It is also popular with offices and other businesses, and for some it is vital that the hotel they visit on their holidays has been organized according to feng shui. If you are one of these, or if you simply would prefer a hotel that has been organized to create peace, harmony and balance, then this list should help. All of these hotels have been organized according to feng shui, and all of them also score highly in other areas as well, as we shall soon discover.
The Grand Hotel
This magnificent hotel holds a place close to the hearts of all residents in Taipei. Designed in a classical Chinese style, the majority of it was built in the 1950s, with the final pieces put together a couple of decades later. This is where many diplomats and delegates go, which means it is often one of their first introductions to Taipei. The hotel therefore ensures that its surroundings are immaculate, well laid-out and completely feng shui. As its staff can also be the first Taipei residents that many foreign delegates see and talk to, they are all trained to a high standard and are required to be polite and professional at all times. For a long time this was the tallest building in the country, and although that title has since gone to Taipei 101, it remains as one of the tallest Chinese classical building in the world.
Many of the rooms at The Grand Hotel adopt feng shui and al of them are spacious. In fact, in a city that is typically on the compact side when it comes to accommodation, The Grand Hotel don’t skimp on room size. All rooms have a sofa and a flat-screen television, and many of them also have balconies with some of the most beautiful views in the city. What you get depends entirely on which room you choose, and there are plenty of options in that department. They range from Standard Double and Twin Rooms, all the way up to their Prestige Standard and Double, perfect for single travelers and couples alike, to their Junior Suites, which are the epitome of luxury. It doesn’t end there either, as The Grand Hotel is more than just a hotel and has plenty to offer its guests in the way of entertainment and recreation, not to mention great food and drink. There is an outdoor pool on the hotel grounds that is heated, which means it is accessible all of the year. There is also a tennis court and a playground, and if you want to keep the kids busy when you’re at the sauna or getting a massage in the spa, then there is also a Kids’ Club. As it is popular with diplomats, there is no shortage of business facilities at The Grand Hotel, including meeting rooms, conference rooms and banqueting rooms.
The Grand Hotel is also ideally located, sitting in the heart of the Zhongshan District, which is one of the most, if not the most popular district for travelers in the city of Taipei. There are plenty of restaurants and street food vendors nearby, and the Shilin Night Market and National Palace Museum are also just a stone’s throw away. If you want to head further afield then the train station is also within walking distance.
The City Suites hotel is a beautifully designed 4-star hotel that offers all of the basic amenities and much more besides. There are 111 rooms in total in this hotel, and all of them are fitted with a television, a bath and a comfortable seating area. There are many rooms to choose from, depending on your needs and your budget. These include Premium Suites and City Deluxe Rooms, which offer the best service to those prepared to pay for it, along with Standard Double Rooms, Standard Twin Rooms and more. This is a popular hotel in the the popular Songshan District (ideal for those seeking the best local cuisine and the best ways to absorb local culture) so we recommend that you book-in early to ensure you can get the room you want on the date that you want.
The design of the City Suites hotel is elegant but simplistic, whilst also adhering to the principles of feng shui. Outside of your room, in the main areas of the hotel, you will find a 24-hour front desk that offers a number of services and is on hand to help where needed, a tour desk that can guide you to the best attractions and can even suggest day trips, a shared lounge and meeting rooms. There is also an airport shuttle, which can pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel on your day of arrival, before taking you back on your day of departure; a car rental service; a currency exchange; and more.
If you want something a little cheaper then head for the RF Hotel, which is a 3-star rated establishment in the heart of the Da’an District, which is ideal for food lovers, shoppers and for those seeking some culture. All of the rooms are spacious and simple, following the standards of feng shui, and although they are not as big as the ones in The Grand Hotel, they are a great deal cheaper and they do have everything you need to make your trip to Taipei a comfortable and memorable one. This includes elegant furnishings, a flat-screen television and a comfortable seating area. There isn’t great deal in the hotel itself, certainly not as much as the ones listed above, but there are a wealth of restaurants, bars and more outside of it.