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Review of the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Checking out Taipei 101

I recently wrote a post about how to manage a citybreak with young kids.  Tip number 14 was:

“Where possible book a hotel with a swimming pool. It’s always useful to have this up your sleeve as bribery for visiting museums!”

I had stayed at the Shangri-La in Taipei about 9 years ago, pre-kids and spent many an hour languishing in their rooftop hot tub.  I knew the hotel was tip top and was keen to revisit with Madames Jetlag & Mayhem.  For us, Taipei was going to be a busy whirlwind of 48 hours and so having a luxurious base to return to was a must.

Where is the hotel?

The hotel is located on Tun Hwa South Road, an easy ten minutes walk from the MRT with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. It even connects into a neighbouring shopping mall which is very handy if you want a few minutes of escape from the kids!

From Taoyuan International Airport, it took us about 40 minutes to get to the hotel.  We picked up a regular taxi from the airport.

Tell me about the hotel

With 43 stories, it towers over the CBD and from the rooftop pool, there are amazing views over the city and to Taipei 101.

There are 420 rooms, including 32 suites and thankfully all the rooms and public areas are non-smoking.

On arrival we were warmly welcomed to the hotel and they even gave my kids fancy marshmallows on sticks which I thought was a lovely touch.

Marshmallows At Reception

How was the room?

King Bed

We were booked into a Premier room, which was enormous and easily fit our family of four.  The room was itself was beautiful but what really made it luxurious were the tall ceilings and large windows giving an amazing view over to the city.  One of the windows even had a window seat attached to it, the perfect place to cozy up with a book.

Windowseat

The room has a large comfortable bed and they had converted the sofa into a bed for the girls. There’s also two chairs and a coffee table.  If you are booked into a Premier room you get beautiful flowers and a seasonal fruit plate.

Sofabed

I also finally worked out what a hotel desk is for… entertaining kids!  I’ve never seen such a well stocked desk, although contrary to my usual habit, I didn’t pocket any of the stationery.

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The bathroom is typical grandiose Shangri-la marble style with a separate bath, shower and two sinks.  There is also an enormous walk-in closet which is very handy if you’re traveling with strollers etc.

Wardrobe

How were the facilities?

There is a decent sized gym but the highlight for us was the rooftop pool.  The views over to the city are unbeatable, meaning we didn’t even bother with a trip up Taipei 101!  I didn’t make it to the spa but there is a sauna, steamroom and jacuzzi adjacent to the changing rooms.

Shangri la rooftop pool

How was the food?

Having experienced the wonder of the Shangri-la breakfast buffet at other properties, the Cafe at Far Eastern didn’t disappoint.  There’s huge amounts of delicious food on offer from Indian to local Taiwanese dishes. My kids were wowed by the kids corner which consisted of a pretend kids kitchen filled with sweets and treats!

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There are various other dining options including Chinese at the Shang Palace and afternoon tea at The Cake Room. However were too busy stuffing our faces at the local night markets to sample anything else.

Overall

If you’re looking for family friendly luxury in Taipei, the Shangri-La can’t be beaten.  The hotel is in a great location, the rooms have the ‘wow’ factor and the staff go out of their way to assist.  We had a brilliant time in Taipei and thought it was an excellent location for a citybreak. For more tips on what to do in Taipei, click here!

Shangri La Hotel Lobby

 

A huge thanks to the Shangri-La Far Eastern Taipei for hosting us.  We stayed at a reduced media rate but that does not impact my review of this hotel.

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