The Grand Hyatt Taipei is known as an iconic hotel in Taipei. Opened in 1990, it’s the oldest luxury hotel in Taipei, but as its 853 guestrooms have just been newly renovated, you could also say it’s the newest. The Grand Hyatt Taipei provides luxurious accommodation, meeting spaces, a business center, a fitness spa, and a club lounge.
Situated in the heart of the city within walking distance of Taipei 101 mall and also connected to Taipei International Convention Center and the Exhibition Hall, there is no doubt this is a hotel for both leisure and business.
As far as grandeur is concerned, this hotel perfectly fits the description of what it means to be a grand hotel. A spacious hallway with a fountain welcomes guests the moment you step inside, with big heavy doors, a marble floor and great lighting – that’s just Grand!
Although it has been recently renovated, the hotel decided to retain the previous elevator decoration and walls, which are still in very good condition. What that says to me is that the management is happy to spend good money on high quality materials and pays close attention to maintenance.
My room is spacious with plenty of storage space for someone like myself who travels with an extensive shoe collection. The bathroom is also spacious with a decent sized bathtub and shower. June Jacobs Spa Products are offered as a Grand Hyatt standard.
The hotel is only 40 minutes away from the airport and located right in the center of the city in Xinyi District, just 3 minutes’ walk from Xinyi MRT station. Surrounded by Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei International Convention Center and Exhibition Hall and Taipei 101 mall, you have easy access to pretty much anywhere you want to go.
The Grand Club is the business center, which is an exclusive ‘hotel within a hotel’ where guests can enjoy personalized service.
The Grand Hyatt Ballroom alone can accommodate up to 1,200 people, while another 10 meeting rooms and a drawing room with the latest technological support make this the place to hold your events.
You may be here primarily for business, but don’t forget to try Club Oasis, a spacious fitness center well-equipped with good quality machines and weights and a large outdoor swimming pool. There’s also a spa where you can enjoy a steam room, sauna, and hot and cold dip. You can easily spend half a day or longer in here. Club Oasis also provides comfortable couches, with TV and healthy drinks.
Grand Hyatt Taipei boasts 9 restaurants, offering authentic Cantonese food, a Japanese Buffet, and Italian and Chinese cuisine among the options.
Pearl Liang is the hotel’s signature venue, so be sure to make a reservation because it can be packed. Great service and great food – no doubt about this one.
Yun Jin is said to provide the genuine taste of Chinese food, offering authentic Chinese flavors from different regions. However, I wasn’t quite convinced. I’m a Sichuan food lover and I didn’t find the Sichuan dishes here as authentic as they’re claimed to be. Surprisingly though, the restaurant is always busy!
Another busy place that requires a booking is Cha Lounge. It’s famous for its high tea with dessert buffet. The doors open at 2 pm, but don’t be early because the staff won’t let you in. I came a few minutes before opening and wasn’t allowed to sit and wait. Once inside however, this is the best value for money high tea I have ever visited. Dessert is average but it has a great piano tune playing for you so that’s sweet.
Hotel stays wouldn’t be complete without a night at a hotel bar, so I picked Ziga Zaga as it’s described as a Jazz club. I walked in to a band of four playing Roxette, George Benson, and a whole lot of 80s music. Cocktails are decent, but service can be slow because once again, it was full house.
Smiley and friendly staff who are well-spoken in English can be found behind the desk, but not so much for service staff. Concierge service is great and they will help you effectively. Staff at the Oasis Club are outstanding and very caring – they make sure you know what you’re doing.
I love the location and how convenient it is to get around. There is room for improvement in some F&B outlets, especially Ziga Zaga where it needs more Jazz music as it’s said to be..