Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District, Taipei, 110 Taiwan · 台北市信義區忠孝東路5段10號

Telephone: +886 2 7703 8888/ In Hong Kong, call: +65-6832 0784

Email: w.taipei@whotels.com

http://www.wtaipei.com/

When I decided to go to Taipei for a short getaway, there was no doubt that I would be staying at W Taipei, a sleek, trendy hotel which I have heard many great things about.

I booked my hotel stay through TheLuxeNomad.com, which is an exclusive travel website that offers flash sales and best available rates of luxury hotels and resorts of up to 70% off.

Located in the central business district of Xinyi, which is the Taipei equivalent to Manhattan in New York, W Taipei is a sanctuary amidst the energetic, buzzing neighbourhood. Many of the shopping malls, shops and restaurants that I visited during my trip were within walking distance from the hotel.

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Designed by renowned architects G.A. Design International Ltd., W Taipei offers a combination of contemporary design, modern comfort, and innovative style. The W Hotel franchise is operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., which also operates other hotel chains such as St. Regis, Westin, Le Méridien and Sheraton. A ground floor lobby, directly connected to a shopping mall, makes for a spacious, comfortable waiting area.

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The check-in reception is upstairs, which offers more privacy to the hotel guests, and the staff are friendly and helpful.  

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W Taipei is a hip place to see and be seen, therefore it is no surprise that its culinary outlets are immensely popular! On the check-in floor is WOOBAR, a relaxing, laid-back bar and lounge with natural Tunisian stone flooring and sleek circular white leather ottomans.

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WOOBAR in Hong Kong is one of my favourite bars in West Kowloon, and I was glad to find the WOOBAR in Taipei equally inviting and comfortable. I had an awesome time enjoying a passionfruit smoothie by the faux fireplace!

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The Kitchen Table is a buffet restaurant, inspired by a homely garden cottage. The refreshing white and yellow tones and an al fresco dining area facing the pool makes the restaurant a perfectly relaxing venue for a meal with friends or family. Even though I haven’t dined at The Kitchen Table before, I heard from the locals that this restaurant is very popular thanks to its reasonable prices. There is also a stylish Chinese restaurant called YEN (see my review here) located on the 31st floor of the hotel, which directly faces the Taipei 101 and has a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain range.

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W Hotels are renowned for their wild poolside parties in the summer, even though the hotel guests might find it a bit noisy at night. As I came during winter, the outdoor swimming pool has been turned into a CHILL Ice Skating Rink, which was freely available to the hotel guests and can be reserved for private parties and events. It was not, strictly speaking, an “ice” skating rink as the flooring was made of plastic tiles, but it was still fun for us as the plastic tiles were even more slippery than real ice! 

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I am very proud that I have visited the gym once during my three-day stay! The gym was a massive space, and the equipment was new and sparkly clean. IMG_3568_2

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There was a spa on the same floor as the gym, called Away.

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The rooms at Away are stylish and spacious, and there is also a nice city view of the Xinyi district.

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 We stayed at a Fabulous Room, which is in warm white and brown tones with lively floral carpeting. The room is complete with two signature W Beds (which I found too soft!) and a sleek work station with a leather ergonomic chair. The room is 495 square feet, but it doesn’t feel as spacious as it is supposed to be due to the two huge beds in the room.

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The bathroom is chic and spacious, and there is an oversized vacation-style islander tub in it.

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I absolutely adored the Bliss bath products, which smelled awesome!

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