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Mandarin Oriental Will Open Inside This In Taipei This Year

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  Site Where: No. 166 Dun Hua North Road, Taipei, Taiwan, 105
January 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you asked us what a new Mandarin Oriental hotel would look like in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan and home to things like Taipei 101, we would have probably gone with something like this. It wouldn’t have been even remotely along the lines of this exterior rendering, showing a, let’s say, ‘classically-inspired’ pile that, if nothing else, kind of reminds us of a red-brick version of the top floors of Paris Las Vegas. Anyone else see the resemblance?

Opening doors during the second quarter of the year, the hotel will have 256 rooms and 47 suites, with two Presidential Suites that clock in at over 4,000 square feet each. There will be a number of restaurants (French Brasserie COCO, restaurant Ya Ge for Cantonese, Bencotto for Italian), an MO Bar, a Cake Shop, and the Jade Lounge for afternoon tea. An outdoor swimming pool, a spa, roof gardens, and meeting rooms round out the facilities.

Other big openings for Mandarin Oriental in Asia include the rising from the ashes of MO Beijing, and in Europe our eyes are of course on Milan.

[Rendering: Mandarin Oriental]

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Anthony Bourdain's Hotel Is Way Cool In "The Layover" Taipei

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  Site Where: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Taipei, Xinyi District, Taiwan, 110
January 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.

So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In this episode, our guy gets 48 hours in Taipei. But once again, Bourdain has taken us by surprise. He's gone for what we’d consider a pretty hip hotel for his Taiwanese takeover. And we're loving him for that.

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Espresso and Taipei 101 From the Le Meridien Taipei

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  Site Where: 38 SongRen Road, Taipei, Taiwan, 110
April 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

The window might be a touch dirty but we're loving this arty shot of the Taipei 101 Skyscraper from the Le Meridien Taipei. HotelChatter Flickr member Ken Lee dropped in this shot back in December and while not as shiny and new as the W Taipei which opened in February, the Le Meridien did just open last year. So it's got all the important shiny and new amenities we like such as flat-screen TVs, rain showers, separate bathtubs, white leather ergonomic desk chairs and Nespresso machines--hence the espresso cup.

Rooms are predictably modern and muted but totally affordable at around 6,900 TWD a night, or $237.

[Photo: Ken Lee]

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W Hotels Has Got Its Mojo Back with the W Taipei's Rooftop Pool

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  Site Where: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Taipei, Xinyi District , Taiwan, 110
March 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM | by | Comment (1)

When the W Taipei opened last month, we were relieved to see the guestrooms looked far better than the W London. And now we're heaving another sigh of relief over the hotel's pool scene.

HotelChatter Flickr member Ken Lee dropped in this shot of the rooftop pool and it looks just like what we'd expect from a W hotel. Lately, W Hotels has seem to lost some of their design libido, perhaps a side effect of over-expansion into some questionable markets. But the W Taipei pool has us ready to strip down, particularly those lounge chairs siting in a few inches of water.

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First Look at W Taipei, Rooms Nicer Than London

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  Site Where: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan, 110
February 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here’s a Friday treat: the first pictures of the W Taipei, which opened on Monday. We’ve been itching to see the place since it opened without, shock horror, updating its Facebook page, and we’re not disappointed.

From what they posted on their Facebook page in their album of opening night shots, the interior looks pretty nice, too. The Lounge looks a little bare (although we love the lofty ceilings) and could maybe be jazzed up a little, but we like the entrance, the DJ corner complete with bookshelves, and the rooftop pool looks both spacious and lush.

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W Taipei Opens, is 'Nature Electrified'

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  Site Where: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan, 110
February 15, 2011 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nature electrified. In progress.

Ok, so all the attention in hotel opening world yesterday may have gone on the W London Leicester Square, thanks to its stellar guestlist for its pre-opening party, but hey, technically the W Taipei stole London’s thunder by opening on a time zone eight hours ahead.

The hotel is in the Xinyi district, by the massive Taipei 101. In fact, according to Incentive Travel, it’s the only hotel in the city with a “panoramic vista” of the tower. There are two restaurants – The Kitchen Table, serving international food, and Yen, a Cantonese restaurant and bar.

The decor sounds pretty groovy – according to the hotel,

Upon arriving at W Taipei, guests will marvel at “The Chain” - made of the strongest stainless steel with a mirror finish – that symbolically anchors the energy of the W Taipei into the ground and is juxtaposed with a gigantic green wall filled with plants organically grown throughout Taiwan. W Taipei showcases a cutting-edge collection of design installations that bring to life the hotel’s design concept of “nature electrified.” For instance, an interactive light installation interacts with guests as they enter the building, by changing shape, look and feel in sync with its surroundings.

Sounds gorgeous, right? Sadly the hotel’s Facebook page has yet to be updated with any new pictures, and the website only shows renderings. Sad face! We’re imagining something awesome, though. And we’ll keep checking in on them until they get something up.

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W Taipei Says It's Opening 14 February, Mysteriously Sold Out For the First 12 Days

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  Site Where: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District , Taipei, Taiwan, 110
February 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM | by | Comment (1)

There’s a Whole lot of W news going on at the moment, what with free nights at the W Vieques Resort, Istanbul’s makeover and the imminent arrival of W London, and obviously the forthcoming W Taipei is feeling left out, because it’s announced an opening date of Valentine’s Day (stealing London’s thunder, seeing as Taiwan’s slightly ahead than the UK, when it comes to timezones).

Or rather, that's the official plan, and that's what the website says. Having said that, the website isn’t taking reservations for 14 February. Or the day after. In fact, the first date you can book is 26 February, nearly two weeks after scheduled opening date (we say “scheduled” but don’t forget it was originally down for a December 2010 opening).

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The W Taipei Has a Date: Opening December 28

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  Site Where: No. 10, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan, 110
August 12, 2010 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

The theme this week seems to be the expansion in Asia, and Starwood continues the charge with the first W Hotel in Taiwan, opening in Taipei on December 28, 2010.

If you don't already recognize the skyscraper looming in the background of the rendering above, that's Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building and still the most recognizable in the country. The W won't be next door exactly, but they're hoping the sleek glass facade will make it an attraction all its own in the energetic Xinyi district. It also helps that the W Taipei will boast two scenester restaurants, a W retail store and a rooftop WET pool and bar.

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