My Shangri-La* experience actually already started at the Taoyuan International Airport of Taipei. After I finally made it through immigration and an intensive security check … yes, I was chosen for a random check, they scanned and opened all my bags… a representative of the hotel welcomed me and drove me in a brand new BMW 730LI limousine to the hotel. Hell yeah, arrival like a boss!
Hotel Review Shangri-La Taipei – Location
Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel is the tallest hotel in Taipei. It opened in 1994 and was completely renovated in May 2015. It is located in the business district of Taipei, around 40 minutes away from the Airport. The by far easiest and most convenient way to get there is by booking the hotel’s limousine service. When you are travelling with a bigger group you may also take the minivan which can fit up to seven person.
Next to the hotel is “The Mall” situated with numerous shops & boutiques, restaurants and entertainment facilities. The well-known LinJiang Night Market with local foods and products is in walking distance to the hotel. A bus stop right next to the hotel is really convenient when you would like to explore the city. By bus it takes around 20 minutes to get to the famous Taipei 101. Just be aware that you need to purchase the “easy card” in order to pay for the bus/ metro. You can get it for example at 7-Eleven or at a MRT station.
Shangri-La Taipei* has 420 rooms, including 37 suites with view on the Taipei 101. In total there are seven different room categories offered; Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Horizon Premier Room, Plaza Suite, Speciality Suite and an amazing Presidential Suite.
I stayed at the Horizon Premier Room which has a size of 58 square-meter. For me the highlight of the room is without doubt the huge window which offers a breathtaking view on Taipei 101 and the city. I could see the skyscraper even from my bed! I guess best view in town.
The rotatable chairs next to the window are a great place to drink a glas of wine together and chat about the experiences of the day. In case you have to get some work done the desk just in front of the big window is an ideal place to do so. For me it was only hard not to look out of the window all the time 😉
Restaurants and Bars
There are five restaurants and three bars at the hotel. On my first day at Shangri-La I had lunch at Shang Palace Cantonese Restaurant. The chef prepared the best duck that I have ever eaten. Seriously! He brought the whole duck to our table and cut the best part in front of us. The way to eat it in Taiwan is by wrapping it and adding uncooked pieces of cucumber & onions and a tasty sauce. The skin, which is the best part in my opinion, you eat with sugar. Duck is really a speciality of the restaurant.
For breakfast I preferred eating at the Horizon Club. The buffet is smaller than at the big breakfast restaurant however the atmosphere is more quiet and personal. The buffet offers amongst others fresh fruits, different juices, tasty salmon and bread as well as a different soup every day. Besides the buffet guest can also choose one dish á la cart and I actually did not miss anything. Check out my instagram photo below and I am pretty sure you will understand why the Horizon Club was my favorite place at the hotel.
The Horizon Club
Guests who are staying in the Horizon Premier Rooms and Suites have exclusive access to the Horizon Lounge. Besides breakfast small snacks and refreshments are served throughout the day. Every day from 5:30pm to 7:30pm there is a Happy Hour with cocktails, wine and other drinks free of charge. Small snacks as well as a speciality of the day are offered as well.
The Rooftop Pool
Another highlight of the hotel is the spectacular rooftop pool on the 40th! floor. It is all year round heated and offers spectacular views of Taipei. During summer there is another pool on the 7th floor. If you want to do sports you should visit Shangri-La’s gym with modern equipment and personal trainers. Afterwards you can relax at the dry sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi or enjoy a spa treatment at the Health Club.
What to do in Taipei?
Although Taipei is a relatively small city, there is so much to do. For great views on the city I recommend going to the observatory deck of Taipei 101 or climbing up the Elephant Mountain. For ultimate relaxation you can visit the Beitou Hot Springs or enjoy a Foot Massage. Find here the best things to do in Taipei.
What I loved about Shangri-La Taipei
- The staff is throughout friendly, attentive and makes you really feel welcomed.
- If you ask me, the absolute highlight and unique selling point of Shangri-La is the view! Make sure to get a room with view on Taipei 101.
- I spend most of the time at the Horizon Club! The whole team creates a nice atmosphere and the food & drinks are excellent. I highly recommend booking a room with exclusive access to the Club.
- Once you start eating at Shangri-La you cannot stop anymore. The five restaurants offer such a huge variety that you actually do not have to leave the hotel during your whole stay.
- A heated rooftop pool on the 40th floor with view on Taipei 101 and the city. Do I have to say more?
Disclaimer: I was a guest at Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei. My opinions, as always, are solely my own. There are affiliate links (*=Affiliate Link) within this article, which help me to travel more often! If you purchase items through these links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
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