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The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:19 am

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

Your views?
 
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:27 am

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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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:27 am

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

Cant go wrong here! Wonderful hotel!
 
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:18 pm

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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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:14 pm

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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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:17 pm

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.
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:45 pm

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.
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:35 pm

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?
 
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:07 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:19 pm

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.

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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:21 pm

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.

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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:21 am

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.
 
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:50 am

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.
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:56 pm

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
 
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RE: The Best Hotel In Taipei/Bangkok?

Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:10 pm

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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