Rising from the heart of Taipei‚Äôs glitzy Xinyi Shopping District, W Taipei exudes the city‚Äôs upbeat and friendly spirit. It sits above the Taipei City Hall Station and is a 10-minute walk to Taipei 101.
Rooms The 405-key hotel is brimming with playful design, from the audio and visual spectacle within its lifts to fun furnishings within its guestrooms.
I stayed in the 43m2-large Wonderful Room, which features floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows that afforded me sweeping views of the city and its mountainous horizon.
‚ÄúSurprise Me‚ÄĚ, quips the text on a cupboard door that opens into a mini-bar ‚Äď which comes with a ‚Äúmixologist laboratory‚ÄĚ for adventurous alcoholic creations ‚Äď and a tri-fold full-length mirror greets you as you‚Äôre done preening in the bathroom.
A magazine rack comes fully stocked with glossies covering travel, fashion and automobile news. For its prime city location, the room is extremely spacious.
Meeting facilities Poised to receive meeting, incentive and familiarisation groups alike, the hotel has 10 meeting spaces spread across levels eight, nine and 11.
The largest venue is the Mega Room on level eight. Measuring 1,039m2, it can seat 950 people in a theatre-setting or 804 guests for banquets.¬†There is also a VIP room on the same floor for a 10-pax reception.
For meeting planners, W Taipei offers two packages: Meetings Couture and the Go Green¬†‚Äď Sustainable Meeting Package.
Meetings Couture allows organisers to customise their meeting plans, down to F&B courses and AV equipment.
The Go Green ‚Äď Sustainable Meeting Package lets environmentally conscious planners design an event with offerings such as energy-efficient digital signage, tailor-made menus using locally sourced produce and exclusive MRT cards for delegates to explore the city with.
Event planners may want to sign their delegates up for the 2017 Wired Plus promotion, which includes complimentary Wi-Fi within the hotel, buffet breakfast, discounted spa services and an in-room white noise machine for restful sleep.
Other facilities Complimentary Internet access is provided throughout the hotel, and complimentary high-speed Internet is extended to Starwood Preferred Guests.
Corporates will appreciate the WIRED Business Centre. Open from 07.00 to 22.00 daily, the centre provides computer stations, high-speed Internet access, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, translation services and complimentary printing of boarding passes.
Event planners can take advantage of the hotel‚Äôs convenient Whatever/Whenever concierge service, to fulfill almost any demand ‚Äď be it booking cooking lessons or seats to a concert ‚Äď at a moment‚Äôs notice.
For workout junkies, W Taipei has a 24-hour Fit Gym with steam and sauna, as well as a 25m-long outdoor heated pool.
The staff live up to the brand‚Äôs amicable and approachable spirit, and always receive queries and requests with a smile. The SPG Pro counter staff let me circumvent the check-in queue, and I was granted late check-out at a moment‚Äôs notice.