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The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

Taipei I would say Grand Hyatt Taipei. Bangkok-Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Your views?

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User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

I am in Taipei right now. Grand Hyatt is pretty run down now. Certainly not a great hotel but there are no "great" hotels in Taipei. There is a new Hotel Okura that I would rate ahead of Grand Hyatt.

The Oriental Bangkok is almost certainly the best in Bangkok. But also consider the St Regis. I have not stayed at the Peninsula but have heard that it's pretty good

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User currently offlineJoePatroni707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
Bangkok-Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Cant go wrong here! Wonderful hotel!


User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

Depends on what you expect from an Hotel but if you like to stay in the city center ( shopping area of Bangkok) than I personally advice the Novotel Siam Square and if you prefer it more adventurious/authentic than better opt for the Nana Hotel  


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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7561 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

I have heard many times that the Mandarin Oriental is considered the best hotel in Bangkok. I have been to Bangkok only once and stayed at The Peninsula and it was fantastic! Would love to go back!  


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39684 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
Taipei I would say Grand Hyatt Taipei. Bangkok-Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Your views?

Greetings from Bangkok!

If you can afford to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, then there is nothing else worth considering. That is the top hotel here in town.
There are a few others that come close such as the Shangri-la, Peninsula and Anantara Riverside. Those are like mini-resorts within the city. The Anantara Riverside feels like you're out in the jungle and hard to believe you're in the middle of a mega-city of over 17million people.
These places are good if you're traveling with family or wife/girlfriend and you have lots of money to blow.

If you're in to shopping then anyplace in Siam will do. My favorite in this area is the Kemensky, Centara or Novotel Siam.

Quoting Luxair (Reply 3):
if you prefer it more adventurious/authentic than better opt for the Nana Hotel

Certainly not the worst place but for the Nana area I'd recommend the Ibis if you're on a budget or go for the Landmark, The Westin, Sheraton Sukhumvit, Four Points (by Sheraton), JW Marriott or Millennium Grand Sukhumvit.



If you're in town for business a good recommendation is The W, Hotel Sofitel So 1 (they have an awesome rooftop and swimming pool) or the Ascott which is in the Sathorn area.
My vote goes to Hotel Sofitel So for this area.



If you're in to the gay nightlife area, Le Meridian is a nice hotel in the Sala Daeng area.

For wholesale retailers in the Prathumwan area, the Baiyoke II Sky Hotel is still a decent hotel and is the tallest building in Bangkok.

If you're a backpacker on a budget, the best hotel I can recommend in he Khaosan backpacker ghetto is the Erawan House. They have windows that close all the way and a cold air conditioner. Ideal to keep the mosquitoes out.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
If you're a backpacker on a budget, the best hotel I can recommend in he Khaosan backpacker ghetto is the Erawan House. They have windows that close all the way and a cold air conditioner. Ideal to keep the mosquitoes out.

I stayed at the Villa Cha Cha (just off Khaosan Rd) a few times and have always been very pleased!

I won't bother looking for any place else to stay.



Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 1):
I am in Taipei right now. Grand Hyatt is pretty run down now. Certainly not a great hotel but there are no "great" hotels in Taipei. There is a new Hotel Okura that I would rate ahead of Grand Hyatt.

Really? No great hotel in such a big major rich city?

Grand Hyatt Taipei went through some renovations lately. Guess it's still superb? Stayed there before and it was very grand and classy. Everything was perfect. Better than W?


User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

Le Merideien in Taipei was quite nice in my experience.

We spent 4 nights at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok in July and really enjoyed it.


User currently offlineSIA747Megatop From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

The GH Taipei is not very good. I far prefer the W and this is coming from a Hyatt GP Diamond member. I would say thats's the "hip" place to be right now in TPE, what W isn't?  

As for BKK there are many great hotels. Recently opened, The Siam, is fantastic, spent a couple of nights there. The 2 obvious ones are the Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula which are both great in their own ways but my personal favourites are the St.Regis and Four Seasons. I prefer being at Sukhumvit as I find the river a bit quiet and the St. Regis is modern and fresh.

[Edited 2013-09-09 13:23:35]


Would you like fries with that? I didn't think so.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39684 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

On my trip to Taiwan last year, I stayed at a love hotel.
I like to taste the local flavor where ever I visit. . .

Here is one of the better ones.

http://www.slovehotel.com.tw/about_en.php


I stayed at the Daylight Hotel in the Jingan district in Taipei.

Typhoon Saola On China Airlines 747 Bangkok-Taiwan (by Superfly Aug 3 2012 in Trip Reports)



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Quoting SIA747Megatop (Reply 9):

The GH Taipei is not very good. I far prefer the W and this is coming from a Hyatt GP Diamond member. I would say thats's the "hip" place to be right now in TPE, what W isn't?

As for BKK there are many great hotels. Recently opened, The Siam, is fantastic, spent a couple of nights there. The 2 obvious ones are the Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula which are both great in their own ways but my personal favourites are the St.Regis and Four Seasons. I prefer being at Sukhumvit as I find the river a bit quiet and the St. Regis is modern and fresh.

Personally I prefer the Grand Hyatt Taipei. I am not a big fan of hip style. Stayed at both and was a Hyatt GP diamond before.

Four Seaons Bangkok is superb. Also the Peninsula. I like the MO the most. Very classy.


User currently offlineSIA747Megatop From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 11):
Personally I prefer the Grand Hyatt Taipei. I am not a big fan of hip style. Stayed at both and was a Hyatt GP diamond before.

Four Seaons Bangkok is superb. Also the Peninsula. I like the MO the most. Very classy.

The GH Taipei whilst comfortable is extremely generic, the hotel lobby and restaurants are nothing special either. The guest rooms at The Pen are nicer than that of the MO IMHO, I do feel the latter has much nicer suites though.



Would you like fries with that? I didn't think so.
User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 7):
Really? No great hotel in such a big major rich city?

It's an odd thing. We did a study on Taipei a while back as we were considering an expansion into that market. (I am in the hotel business....sort of). The city is driven largely off the corporate market which has been in decline, therefore limiting the investment over the last 15 years. The bulk of the leisure market is 3 star.

The large supply of guest houses, a favourite with domestic travellers, also doesnt help

We ourselves chose not to proceed with our own investment there, as it seemed patchy to us.

So no, in terms o "great" hotels, there are none. Some decent enough ones though, such as what has already been mentioned


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Quoting SIA747Megatop (Reply 12):
The guest rooms at The Pen are nicer than that of the MO IMHO, I do feel the latter has much nicer suites though.

I like the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok more. More traditional/grand. Peninsula Bangkok is great too.

Quoting SIA747Megatop (Reply 12):
The GH Taipei whilst comfortable is extremely generic, the hotel lobby and restaurants are nothing special either.

I find the lobby grand. Also I like the steakhouse and the Japanese restaurant. Also the Cheers Bar.

They are upgrading Ziga Zaga. What are they doing there?

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 13):
It's an odd thing. We did a study on Taipei a while back as we were considering an expansion into that market. (I am in the hotel business....sort of). The city is driven largely off the corporate market which has been in decline, therefore limiting the investment over the last 15 years. The bulk of the leisure market is 3 star.

The large supply of guest houses, a favourite with domestic travellers, also doesnt help

We ourselves chose not to proceed with our own investment there, as it seemed patchy to us.

So no, in terms o "great" hotels, there are none. Some decent enough ones though, such as what has already been mentioned

Taiwan is one of the top 4 dragons of Asia. It is a very rich/advanced economy with lots of business activities. What has gone so wrong? A lot of brand names like Shangri-la, Peninsula etc are not there.


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