Taipei has always been a place that I want to visit since forever but I only managed to do it recently. Don't ask me why but it just happened this way. The city gives me a very strange sense of familiarity and it's not because of the language nor the Taiwan idols dramas that I used to watch as a teenager... but it somehow just felt familiar. is it the food? Is it the people? I still can't put my finger to it really.
I was putting up at the Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei and I have to say that the place made me feel even better than home. It was so luxurious I almost didn't even want to leave the hotel to explore the city. LOL. Before I reached Taipei, I was actually doing research on where to go and what is a "must-shoot" for me. Travel trips to me these days are basically photoshoot trips since I caught the shutterbug earlier last year. The obvious answer to my search was Taipei 101 but the horror is that most online sites told me that in order to get a good view of Taipei 101, I need to climb up some Elephant Mountain which I know I probably can't do it now given the situation of my ankle. But guess what? We have a perfect view of it right from the hotel.
|It was a very very cold morning.|
First it was the Lobby court that serves very good afternoon tea. Not just that, they are also the only Gin bar in Taipei.
Marco Polo is their very own cocktail bar. We were very lucky that when we were there, they had actually flown in Daniele Dalla Pola, an award-winning bartender from Italy.
Also, what is Taipei without some Chinese food right? We found ourselves in a royal situation of sorts at the hotel's Shang Palace.
And the good news? That's not all they offer. They still have a few other places such as the Cake Room, Pavilion, Ibuki etc that we didn't manage to visit - maybe next time?
Not too sure if it's a Chinese thing or the Shangri-La hospitality but they made sure nobody ever gets hungry during their stay in the hotel. On top of the above, we were putting up at the Horizon Floor which translated to exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which meant FREE FLOW OF FOOD AND ALCOHOL ALL DAY!
Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei is the tallest hotel in the city hotel that soars 43 stories
above Taipei’s flourishing business district.
If you too want a piece of Taipei and a view you can't forget, this is definitely the place to be at.
Address: 201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei, 10675, Taiwan
Stay tuned to the Part II of my Taipei adventure where I will share with you more of what to eat and do in the city!
|Ya, and their room service too. Now please fly me back to Taipei.|