3.5 stars, actually. I stayed at the Park Taipei Hotel for two weeks in January 2012. I was drawn to the hotel by its attractive appearance and proximity to the DaAn MRT station. In view of the length of my stay, I contacted the hotel directly to request and discounted rate and received an immediate response offering an acceptable rate.
The hotel lobby is very attractive. The rooms are decent-sized and very pleasant in appearance. The bathroom facilities are also quite nice. My superior room (811) was located at the front of the hotel and was quiet and received a good of natural light which I appreciated for a stay of my duration. Some rooms on upper level floors (such as my room) have a balcony which can not be accessed from the room (presumably because it is shared by two rooms). As a consequence, the window of the room is set back from the front of the building and is not as well-lit and has less of a view than it otherwise might without the balcony. The inclusion of these balconies seems to be a mistake in the design to make the building more appealing from the exterior but less enjoyable for its occupants. However, lower level rooms in the front would look out at the Wenhu MRT line tracks which run in front of the hotel, so the upper levels are preferable.
Service at the front desk was delightful and enthusiastic on the two occasions I needed to ask for something. Housekeeping was acceptable, though perfunctory. (Scuff marks on the wall should have been cleaned.) The gentleman working in the pleasant Executive Lounge on the second floor (free internet, coffee, newspapers, and snacks for guests) needs to be friendlier. He seemed reluctant to greet or even acknowledge me, always preoccupied with his computer or some other task at his desk.
However, it was at the buffet breakfast (included with my room rate) where service really failed. Breakfast foods were fine, but the service was quite erratic. The first several days of my stay the plates were changes and my coffee cup refilled without my asking. During the last week or more of my stay, service was nearly non-existent (dirty plates left on the table when I went for more food; coffee refilled only if I asked) even though the restaurant was nearly empty and fully-staffed. And mind you, I left $100 NT tips sometimes, but to no effect. I ate plain yogurt at every breakfast, but one day containers of only strawberry were placed out. Reception at the restaurant was not gracious, but awkward and needs improvement. The restaurant service stands out as a negative when I evaluate the service of this hotel as I spent about an hour at breakfast nearly every day during my stay. I would not choose to go to a restaurant with service like this.
The "gym" at consists of a treadmill, stationary bicycle, a set of small dumb bells without any benches, and a massage chair. However, if you are a serious workout enthusiast, I recommend that you go to the huge World Gym less than a block away above the DaAn MRT station which offers day (somewhat pricey) and monthly (more affordable) rates for unlimited access.
As others have noted, the immediate area around the hotel may not be of particular interest to tourists. However, the hotel is only one MRT station or a 10-minute walk away from Zhongxiao Fuxing central shopping area and MRT station where transfers may be made to the Bannan line, thereby avoiding transiting at the insanely busy Taipei Main Station MRT.
Although there is a thermostat control in the room, I could not get the heat any higher than 21 degrees Celsius which was a too cold for January. I later learned that heating is often centrally controlled in Taipei hotels. In retrospect, I should have asked the hotel to increase it or provide a portable theater. Seems that the low room temperature may be a misguided attempt to economize on their energy bill. If so, they need to provide warmer comforters on their beds as I often awoke feeling chilled at night.
The hotel is attractive, the rooms comfortable, location good, and the negotiated rate offered good value to me for the room I received. The front desk crew are also doing a good job. However, the other service and heating issues (which could easily be fixed by management) preclude this hotel from getting more than 3.5 stars (rounded down to 3).
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