Luxury hotels aren’t what they used to be. They are better and way more luxurious these days. From stunning properties with magnificent views to world-class amenities, luxury hotels everywhere are courting tourists with the promise of the ultimate experience.
Likewise, the leading hoteliers in Taipei aren’t pulling punches when it comes to surpassing standards and pushing the hospitality boundaries. The Grand Hyatt Taipei is a case in point. Twenty-six years after it first opened its doors in Taipei’s Xinyi District, the five-star hotel has introduced a slew of new offerings to make it feel like a home away from home. It underwent a top-to-toe renovation last year, getting a major facelift and adding a host of new amenities to its property. The newly overhauled, 853-room property, is now robed with lavish interior furnishings and art installations, and equipped with new restaurants helmed by renowned chefs.
More than two and a half decades ago, the Grand Hyatt Taipei was the first major luxury international hotel to open its doors in Taiwan, and ranked among the most prestigious hotels in the country. With its refreshed look, swanky rooms and extensive range of amenities, the property looks set to continue its reign as one of the most recognisable and sought-after hotels around the city.
Situated at the heart of the buzzy Xinyi District, Grand Hyatt Taipei is within walking distance to the nearby Xinyi MRT line and a wide variety of shopping malls and landmarks such as the National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.
It’s also adjacent to Taipei 101, which houses shops, eateries and offices and is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Hotel guests can easily make their way there via a direct connecting bridge.
The hotel’s guest rooms range in size from 33 and 40 square metres at the grand
deluxe level, to more than 83 square metres in an executive suite. During its refurbishment, every single room was remodelled to resemble a high-end residential apartment with a cosy ambience — making it perfect for guests seeking a homey yet luxurious stay. The rooms are also equipped with features such as triple-line telephones and complimentary Wi-Fi, so business travellers are well taken care of.
For an indulgent vacation, spend a couple nights in the new presidential suite, a spacious and elegant room spanning over 221 square metres and boasting unbeatable views of the iconic Taipei 101 Tower. It is equipped with a walk-in closet, a lavish marble bathtub, and iMac (so you can leave your laptop at home), and plush goose down duvets — so you can be assured of a good night’s rest. There’s even a private butler to attend to your needs. Clearly, every aspect of the room echoes comfort and luxury.
Selected rooms at the hotel come with access to the Club Lounge, which has undergone a revamp and sports a new layout with high counters and window-side alcoves for a contemporary feel and greater privacy. The lounge is located on the 22nd floor, so guests can take in a panoramic view of the city skyline while enjoying cocktails and canapés.
Among the many new additions to Grand Hyatt Taipei is Yun Jin, a Chinese fine dining restaurant serving up cuisines from cities such as Sichuan, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and — of course — Taiwan. Visitors can expect to feast on mouthwatering dishes such as braised beef shank, dumplings and baked fish with dried chilli.
Another place worth checking out is Baguette, a new bakery sitting in the space previously occupied by the lobby’s old souvenir shop. There, chef Julien Perrinet whips up a freshly baked spread of pastries, cakes, breads, sandwiches and handmade chocolate. It operates from 8am to 8pm daily, so you can always stop by for breakfast or a quick afternoon snack.
If you’re hankering for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday, the newly opened Oasis Spa is where you need to be. Spanning over 39,000 square feet, the expansive venue combines ancient Eastern wellness rituals with European-inspired skincare treatments, so you can get that much needed massage or facial.
Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor heated swimming pool, and an exercise studio, where guests can participate in fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and aerobics. These sessions are led by professional instructors, so you’ll be trained by the very best.
With its revamped facilities, swish new look, and plush rooms, Grand Hyatt Taipei promises a luxuriant vacation to remember. It may not be the newest, trendiest player in town, but its impressive features and highly accessible location in the city sure make it a place that will never go out of style.