Grand Hyatt Taipei

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01. Introduction: To Taipei with Star Alliance and SkyTeam business class awards
02. United Airlines 737-900/ER first class San Diego to Los Angeles
03. Asiana A380-800 business class Los Angeles to Seoul
04. Incheon Transit Hotel
05. Eva Air A321 regional business class Seoul to Taipei
06. Grand Hyatt Taipei
07. The quiet serenity of Taipei during Chinese New Year
08. China Airlines Dynasty Lounge, TPE, Terminal 1
09. China Airlines 777-300/ER business class Taipei to Seoul
10. KAL Prestige Class Lounge, ICN
11. Korean Air A380-800 Prestige Class (business class) Seoul to Los Angeles
12. Delta Connection CRJ-700 first class Los Angeles to San Diego

Oh geez. I’m really starting to feel a lot like “that guy” now. You know…the stereotypical traveler from the US who goes abroad and eats nothing but McDonalds. Or the person who travels to a different country and doesn’t even make an attempt to try and speak the language. Or how about the guy who travels the world and stays at the same sterile US-based hotel chain wherever he goes? Uh oh. That one hits a little bit too close to home…

All my stays at Hyatt hotels (Denver, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, etc) are really starting to add up and I know I’m risking backlash from other seasoned travelers about how I’m not being adventurous enough with my accommodation choices. I know. I’m trying to be a little more swanky when it comes to hotel stays, I promise, but these darn Hyatt’s keep popping up in the best locations smack dab in the middle of wherever it is that I want to stay. And that’s exactly what happened for this trip to Taipei. Let me explain:

I knew absolutely nothing about the city of Taipei before making this reservation, so I did what I normally do whenever I need to do some quick research about a place and figure out where the best place to stay is for my particular itinerary: I checked with the fine people of FlyerTalk. It was there that I learned that for a Taipei newbie like me who wanted to stay in the heart of the city in a busy location, the Grand Hyatt was hard to beat. As a matter of fact, everyone kept saying that it’s the perfect choice for a traveler’s first trip to Taipei due to its central location and easy access to public transportation.

Ok then. Is that a good enough excuse? It sounded pretty good to me.

Grand Hyatt Taipei exterior

Grand Hyatt Taipei exterior.

The Grand Hyatt is indeed in a good location, and right away I felt like I made a pretty good choice. It should be noted that Taipei don’t really have much of a central hub – it’s very spread out, and it doesn’t really have a “big city” feel like Hong Kong or New York. However, this Hyatt is located adjacent to the Taipei 101 Tower and observatory which, to me, is actually a very centralized location with a lot of shopping and dining options within walking distance in every direction.

Grand Hyatt Taipei lobby

Walking into the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Taipei.

Grand Hyatt Taipei lobby

This place didn’t look like much from the outside, but wow…the lobby sure does live up to the “Grand” name!

Grand Hyatt Taipei lobby

The atrium of the Grand Hyatt Taipei was really impressive in person – these pics don’t do it justice.

Grand Hyatt Taipei lobby

One more pic of the lobby just because it looks so cool. Note that the check in desk is to the left, and the main entry is to the right.

Interior hallway Grand Hyatt Taipei

Interior hallway of the Grand Hyatt Taipei.

grand hyatt taipei room 1539

Room 1539 was mine for this stay. I love being on the upper floors, as it usually means a pretty good view…

grand hyatt taipei room

Walking into the room for the first time. I see a splash of red, so that’s a good sign – I love red accents!

grand hyatt taipei room entryway

Just for reference, this is the same view of the entryway taken with my regular point-and-shoot camera. I know a lot of readers don’t care for the super wide angle pics sometimes, so I’m including this one to keep ya happy!

Room 1539 Grand Hyatt Taipei

Room 1539 Grand Hyatt Taipei.

Room 1539 Grand Hyatt Taipei

I’ll get to the window view in a moment, but as you can see here, this is a pretty stylish room.

grand hyatt taipei room

There were a lot of nice little design details in this room that I really liked. Every lamp was different!

grand hyatt taipei room

Another detail shot showing yet another kind of lamp…

room desk grand hyatt taipei

Simple and clean desk. I like it.

grand hyatt taipei room

Another view of the desk, looking across it towards the door.

grand hyatt taipei room

Walking towards the door, with the bathroom on the right.

grand hyatt taipei room furniture

Cubed furniture makes me happy for some reason. I love simplicity!

grand hyatt taipei room

This red inset in the entryway was a nice touch – it contained an array of very expensive snacks and a safe in the cabinet below.

grand hyatt taipei snacks

Close up pic of all the outrageously-priced snacks.

grand hyatt taipei room

One last wide angle overview pic of the entire room.

view from grand hyatt taipei

So what about the view? My room on the 15th floor was pretty good with big windows…

view from grand hyatt taipei

…which overlooked the Taipei 101 tower. Pretty nice, eh?

view from grand hyatt taipei

This picture is a bit more representative of what you can see from inside the room. The Taipei 101 tower is right across the street so you kind of have to crank your head around to see the top.

view from grand hyatt taipei

This is the view looking straight out from the windows. The Taipei 101 Tower is just out of the frame to the right.

grand hyatt taipei bathroom

The bathroom was just as stylish as the rest of the room.

grand hyatt taipei bathroom

Bright and clean – everything that’s important to me in a bathroom.

grand hyatt taipei bathroom

I was a bit concerned about how much water would leak out from the bottom of the shower, but thankfully I didn’t have to mop too much up every time.

grand hyatt taipei bathroom

There’s also a full size tub on the other side.

grand hyatt taipei bathroom

Here’s a wide angle pic of the entire bathroom.

grand hyatt taipei bathroom

And another wide angle pic looking the other way.

grand hyatt taipei room service

Finally, the in-room dining was pretty good here at the Grand Hyatt. This was dinner on the second night (fried rice with shrimp and pork), and I’d have to say that it gets two thumbs up from me. Very tasty!

grand hyatt taipei room service

The buffet restaurant downstairs was really good, but impossible to get into for breakfast due to how busy it was. So this is what I ordered for in-room dining on my second morning.

grand hyatt taipei complimentary water

Complimentary bottles of water were nice – it saved me from having to buy some.

As you can see from these pics, it’s a very nice and modern property. If you stay here, make sure you reserve an upper level room facing the Taipei 101 Tower. All of the other views from the other directions aren’t as interesting IMHO – just a lot of spread out “city” with not much else.

I enjoyed my stay at the Grand Hyatt quite a bit. And everyone on FlyerTalk was right – it is the perfect hotel for first time visitors, and I didn’t see any other hotels in the immediate area that made me think that I made a bad choice. The experience was typically Hyatt of course, meaning that it felt like a big corporate hotel with not much personality. This isn’t a bad thing of course, as some familiarity is comforting thing when you’re weary-eyed and far from home. But part of me does regret that I didn’t go for a more interesting boutique hotel over this very safe and predictable option.

But hey – at least I didn’t eat at McDonalds.

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