Monday, December 5, 2016

Grand Hyatt Taipei – Taiwan


My first and last impression of Taiwan was that of Grand Hyatt Taipei. The moment we stepped out of Taoyuan International Airport, we were warmly greeted by our chauffer and were brought to our home for four days in Taipei on board a swanky limousine. And as we entered our lovely suite overlooking the majestic Taipei 101, it felt like going back home after a day’s work, or maybe better.

Taipei has always been on my travel list for quite some time. And just in time for the new Taiwan visa exemption for the Philippines, me and some of my travel buddies immediately booked airline promo tickets (there are many direct flights from Manila to Taipei) to explore one of the closest nations from our country.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Taiwan
Our gorgeous limo airport service from Grand Hyatt Taipei
Arriving on an uber late flight from Manila (one in the morning), me and my buddy were greeted at the airport’s arrival hall by a huge sign with my name from Grand Hyatt Taipei. We were then herded to our gorgeous limousine, fully equipped with WiFi, entertainment system, drinking water and a refreshing towel. The 30-minute ride to the hotel was smooth and provided a nice overview of Taipei.


Grand Hyatt Taipei Taiwan

Grand Hyatt Taipei Taiwan
Grand lobby of Grand Hyatt Taipei
A guy named Robert welcomed us as we stepped out from the car and were escorted directly to our suite for the processing of our reservation, yes, at the comforts of our room. I love how personalized everything was as if we’re some kind of dignitaries and such.


Our Grand Executive View Suite (check for discounted rates) was so lovely that as we proceeded with the standard check-in procedures, I couldn’t help but gaze on our 83 sq.m. abode. Everything went smoothly and we were assured that if we needed anything, we could personally rely on him.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
Grand Executive View Suite
Our contemporary chic suite was nothing short of impressive. Neutral tones with splashes of nude colors made the whole space very relaxing. From the main door, I walked onto a corridor that led me to a vase with fresh flowers, highlighted with a spotlight. Opposite it was a door leading to a powder room. I walked further, taking notice of a huge circular marble-top table that can function both as a dining and work table. Magazines and books were scattered around as well as fresh flowers in vases.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
We have powder room, living room, dining room and a lot of space to move around
A fully stocked mini-bar and fridge were hidden among wooden cabinets. Nespresso coffee machine and some utensils were also housed there. On the living room, we have a comfy sofa bed,lounge chairs and a huge 55-inch full HD TV.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
We have two 55-inch full HD TV, yes, two!
I went into our perfectly dimmed bedroom and utilized the bedside controls and realized that everything is fully automatic, from the lights to the curtains. Plus, yes, there’s another 55-inch full HD TV in the room.

I noticed a walk-in closet and immediately wanted to unpack, but was too tired to do so. I then went to the en suite toilet and bath which cheered me up pretty well.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
Simplicity is beauty
The bathroom was gleaming in white. The his and hers vanities with premium Salvatore Ferragamo amenities sat on one end while separate stalls for toilet and shower were at the opposite end. The shower is equipped with a rain shower head with hot and cold water and the toilet is fully automatic (Japanese toilet is love), amazing!

What stood out from the bathroom was the freestanding bathtub that was just calling out for a comfortable pampering time, I promised myself to soak in it in the next few days.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
That very inviting freestanding bathtub
I went back to the bedroom and jumped into our comfy king-sized bed. The feathery pillows and duvet were just too perfect. I was just trying to feel the warmth and comfort of it when I realized I couldn’t get out of the bed. That was at three in the morning, the moment when I was too tired to get up and fix my stuff and myself.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
A panoramic view of Taipei City Hall greeted me as I switched the drapes aside
The next day, rather, the morning after, my body clock woke me up at exactly six in the morning; there’s no time difference between Manila and Taipei. My buddy was perfectly molded on his side as I switched the blinds and curtains up to reveal a charming Taipei at dawn. I cocooned some more and realized that our day was packed, I hurriedly jumped out of the bed.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
The view from the bedroom
That same morning, as light peeked through the sheer drapes, I was surprised on how huge our suite was, with glass windows covering almost half the space. The problem I have with some hotels in the past was that there were so many spaces that weren’t utilized much or some furniture that really wasn’t well-suited. In Grand Hyatt Taipei, the layout and overall design of our suite was very well-thought of and every inch of the room is actually maximized well.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
You couldn't get any closer than this to Taipei 101 
And oh, have I told you that we have the best view of Taipei 101 (the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010) right from our living room? The building is literally right across Grand Hyatt Taipei that we needed no effort to experience its grandness.

We had a choice on whether to have our breakfast on the exclusive Grand Club Lounge for an intimate meal or on one of the in-house restaurants of the hotel, the Café, for a wide variety of Taiwanese and Asian dishes; you’d probably know where we chose to dine.

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For three straight days, Café was our haven for comfort breakfast food. Buffet stations were spread out and we enjoyed scouring on Taiwanese, Asian and other Western breakfast favorites. What I love the most was the pastry section, which have all the baked goodness you could ever imagine (normally, I am not a pastry-kind-of-person).

Grand Hyatt Taipei Cafe
Our favorite spot in Cafe
Grand Hyatt Taipei Cafe
My breakie plate!
Their pastry is really good! :)
We also had the privilege to have an all-day access to the Grand Club Lounge which we utilized at night right after our night market affairs.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Club Lounge
Grand Club Lounge
Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Club Lounge
Complimentary all-day snacks and drinks plus afternoon cocktails!

On our last day, our plans got cancelled as the weather wasn't cooperating. We maximized our time by checking out the facilities of Grand Hyatt Taipei; the heated outdoor pool looked very inviting, the fitness center made me wanna burn those calories I had during breakfast, and the spa made me want to relax.

Grand Hyatt Taipei Heated Pool
Heated outdoor pool that we didn't get to try. Next time we'll surely do
Grand Hyatt Taipei Taiwan

We went back to our suite, filled the bath tub with water and bath salts and then enjoyed an hour or so of peaceful me time at the comforts of our suite. That was really relaxing.

Aside from our gorgeous suite being modern, chic and practical, what stood amongst our four-day stay at Grand Hyatt Taipei was the impeccable personalized service we got from almost everyone. From the guest services, airport transfer and down to the housekeeping, we never encountered any problems at all. We received the warmest welcome and were treated as if we’re the only guests at that time. Up until we left the hotel’s premises and all the way to the airport, we were well taken cared of, making us yearn for an extended stay.


Grand Hyatt Taipei Grand Executive View Suite
Selfie, for once
Grand Hyatt Taipei
It's Christmas time!
And that kind of service and hospitality is somewhat uncommon in hotels nowadays, sadly. We had few options on our Taiwan accommodation and we were so happy to have chosen Grand Hyatt Taipei to be our home in Taipei. And this will not be the last time, we will surely come back.


Grand Hyatt Taipei (check for discounted rates)
No.2 SongShou Road, Xinyi District,
Taipei, Taiwan
Contact Number: (+88) 6.2.2720.1234
Email Address: taipei.grand@hyatt.com

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