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Best Hotels in Taipei: Shangri La Taipei Hotel Recommendation

Looking for a Taipei hotel recommendation?  Do you want to stay in one of the best hotels in Taipei?

Then consider staying at the Shangri La Taipei City Hotel, considered one of the best Taipei luxury hotels.

From the tallest hotel in the city, you will enjoy breathtaking views across the city, including fantastic views of the reopened Taipei 101.

From the minute you arrive, the staff at the Shangri La Taipei will treat you like absolute royalty.

Keep reading below for my Shangri-La Taipei review, my choice of where to stay in Taipei.

How to get to from the Airport to the Shangri La Hotel

Travel like a Boss

Why not let your Taipei Shangri-La Hotel experience start from the moment you land at the Taoyuan International Airport of Taipei and be welcomed by a representative of the hotel in a brand new BMW 730LI limousine and driven to the hotel.

Hell yeah, arrival like a boss!

Let the Shangri-La Far Eastern Hotel Taipei staff know your flight details at least one day before your arrival to arrange to pick up.

Charges for the BMW pick up is NTD 2,900, or you can be picked up in a 7 seater minivan for NTD 3,500.  The travel time is 45 minutes from the Taoyuan International Airport.

Transfers from Taipei Sungshan Airport to the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei are cheaper at NTD 1,800 for the BMW pick up or the minivan (same price for both).

The travel time is 20 minutes from the Taipei Sungshan Airport.

Taxi

Taxies are available from the airport and take approximately 50 minutes and cost around NTD 1,250.

Airport Shuttle

The CitiAir Bus 1960 departs from the airport every 20 minutes and takes approximately just over 1 hour, with the shuttle dropping you off right by the hotel at the corner of Tun Hwa South Road.

The fare is NTD 145.  The journey by shuttle to Shangri La Hotel Taipei takes around 80 minutes.

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Location

Shangri-La Taipei - Luxury With Breathtaking Views
Look at that view from the rooftop at Shangri-La Taipei.

At 43 stories, the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel is the tallest in Taipei. It opened in 1994 and was completely renovated in May 2015.

This hotel is located in the business district of Taipei. It is part of the Taipei Metro Complex on Tun Hwa South Road, which features numerous shops & boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment facilities.

The hotel is perfect; you want one of the hotels in Taipei city center or a Taipei hotel near MRT.

A bus stop right next to the hotel is really convenient when you would like to explore the city.  Just be aware that you need to purchase the “easy card” to pay for the bus/ metro. You can get it, for example, at 7-Eleven or at an MRT station.

Following are distances from the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei to the main tourist attractions:

  • Taipei World Trade Convention and Exhibition Centre – 15 minutes by bus
  • Taipei 101 – 20 minutes by bus
  • LinJiang Night Market – 10 minute walk
  • The Mall – next to the hotel – 2 minute walk

Accommodation Options

Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Taipei has 420 guest rooms, including generous-sized guest rooms, Horizon Club member rooms, and 37 luxury suites.

All rooms have breathtakingly beautiful views of the Taipei skyline, including views of Taipei 101.  This is a great choice if you want a hotel near Taipei 101.

This Taipei 101 hotel has seven different room categories offered; Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Horizon Premier Room, Plaza Suite, Specialty Suite, and an amazing Presidential Suite.

Being one of the best luxury hotels in Taipei, regardless of room choice, all rooms feature the following:

  • Free WiFi;
  • Telephone;
  • Satellite TV, including a TV in the bathroom;
  • Mable bathroom with separate shower;
  • Safety box;
  • Tea and coffee making facilities; and
  • 24 hour room service.

For more photos, information and prices, check Agoda, Expedia or Booking.com

Horizon Club Premier Room Experience

Shangri-La Taipei - Luxury With Breathtaking Views
My comfortable bed at Shangri-La Taipei.

During my stay at the Shangri-La Far Eastern Taipei, I stayed in a Horizon Premier Room.

Being perhaps the best 5-star hotel Taipei offers, guests staying in the Horizon rooms are invited to check into the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge, which is located on level 36.

The Horizon Premier Rooms have recently been renovated and offer a very generous space at 58 square meters.  The room is so big, in fact, that you may think you have been mistakenly upgraded to a suite!

For me, the highlight of the room is, without doubt, the huge window which offers a breathtaking view of Taipei 101 and the city.

You can even see the massive skyscraper from your bed!  Fantastic views in the evenings too of the city lights.

The rotatable chairs next to the window are a great place to drink a glass of wine and chat about the experiences of the day.

If 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 at the Taipei view.

Shangri-La Taipei - Luxury With Breathtaking Views
My Horizon Premier Room even had a rotatable sofa chair next to the window. A great place to enjoy the view.
Shangri-La Taipei - Luxury With Breathtaking Views
With that breathtaking view, it’s even fun to work!

Other fantastic inclusions of the Horizon Club rooms are the Nespresso Coffee Machine and the adjustable 40-inch flat-screen TV, which you can maneuver to watch from pretty much anywhere in the room.

The bathrooms are luxurious, too, with double sinks, automated toilets, deep soaking tubs, and showers with a huge rain shower.  You are also provided with quality toiletries and luxurious towels.

There are more benefits to staying in the hotel as a Horizon Club guest, which I will mention below.

Restaurants and Bars

Being one of the top hotels in Taipei, there are five restaurants and three bars here.

Shang Palace Cantonese Restaurant

The Shang Palace Cantonese Restaurant is located on level 6 and serves Cantonese food, a dim sum for lunch, and an extensive tea collection.

I visited the restaurant on my first day in Shangri-La for lunch. 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 specialty of the restaurant.

The Shang Palace Cantonese Restaurant is opened daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm for lunch and 6 pm to 9.30 pm for dinner.

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Delicious food at one of the restaurants of Shangri-La Taipei.
Shangri-La Taipei - Luxury With Breathtaking Views
The chef prepared the duck right in front of us at the table.

Eating in the Horizon Club Lounge

A great perk of staying at one of the best Taipei five-star hotels is that guests staying in the Horizon Premier Rooms and Suites have exclusive access to the Horizon Lounge.

Small snacks and refreshments are served throughout the day.

Every day from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, there is a Happy Hour with cocktails, wine, and other drinks free of charge. Small snacks, as well as a specialty of the day, are offered as well.

For breakfast, Horizon Club guests can choose between eating in the Cafe at Far Eastern or the Horizon Club Lounge.  I preferred to have my breakfast at the Horizon Club Lounge.

The buffet is smaller than at the big breakfast restaurant; however, the atmosphere is quieter 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, guests can also choose one dish á la cart, and I actually did not miss anything.

 Shangri-La Taipei - Luxury With Breathtaking Views
The Horizon Club

Other Restaurants and Bars at Shangri-La Taipei

Other places to dine at the Shangri-La Taipei include:

  • Lobby Court: located on level 1 and serving snacks, drinks and afternoon tea.
  • The Cake Room: located on level 1 and serving bread, cakes and pastries.
  • Cafe at Far Eastern: located on level 6 and serving a buffet breakfast as well as an Asian and Western buffet for other meals.
  • Li Bai Lounge: located on level 6 and serving snacks and drinks.
  • ibuki by Takagi Kazuo: located on level 7 and serving Kyoto Kaiseki, Teppanyaki, Nigiri and Tempura.  This is a fantastic restaurant and operated in accordance with Michelin standards.
  • Marco Polo Restaurant: located on level 38 and serving Italian cuisine.
  • Marco Polo Lounge: located on level 38 and serving cocktails, snacks and afternoon tea with fantastic views of Taipei 101.
  • Shanghai Pavilion: located on level 39 and serving Shanghainese.

For more photos, information and prices, check Agoda, Expedia or Booking.com

Recreation and Other Facilities

Guest of the Shangri-La has access to a range of first-class recreation facilities.

The Health Club

Guest as welcome to use the fully-equipped Health Club, which includes modern equipment and on-site personal trainers.

If you enjoy working out, there is a range of modern equipment to use, on-site personal trainers, and various aerobic classes held each day of the week.

Afterward, you can relax at the dry sauna, steam room, or Jacuzzi.

The Rooftop Pool

There are two outdoor swimming pools on-site include my favorite – the year-round heated rooftop pool!

For me, this was a highlight of the hotel as the rooftop pool is spectacular 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.  Perfect for those looking for a luxury Taipei hotel with a swimming pool.

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The rooftop pool at Shangri-La Taipei.

Qi Shiseido Salon and Spa

If you are in the mood for some relaxation or pampering, visit the Qi Shiseido Salon and Spa located on level 40.

At the spa, you can enjoy massages and various body, facial, hair, and nail treatments.

For the ultimate in luxury, visit one of the six private spa suites, each with a marble bathtub, personal sauna, steam room, and shower.

The Qi Shisedio Salon and Spa is open daily between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm.

What I loved about Shangri-La Taipei

Breathtaking view from Shangri-La Taipei
Breathtaking view from Shangri-La Taipei
  • If you are after one of the hotels in Taipei with the friendliest staff, stay here!  The staff throughout the hotel are friendly, attentive and make you really feel welcomed.
  • If you ask me, the absolute highlight and what makes the Shangri-La the best hotel to stay in Taipei, is the view! Not all rooms have a view of the Taipei 101, so if you want a hotel with Taipei 101 view, be sure the room you book has a view.
  • I spent 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! The five restaurants offer such a huge variety that you will not want to leave the hotel and eat anywhere else 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?  Clearly the best place to stay in Taipei.
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei
The sitting area in one of the suites.

According to the TripAdvisor Taipei hotels reviews, the Shangri La is one of the best hotels in Taipei city Taiwan, with 94% of people rating it as above average.

For more photos, information and prices, check Agoda, Expedia or Booking.com

What to do in Taipei?

Although Taipei is a relatively small city, there is so much to do.

For great views of 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. Oh, and don’t forget to try the street foods in Taipei!

Check out my post about the best things to do in Taipei for more ideas.

Disclaimer: I was a guest at Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei. My opinions, as always, are solely my own.