The Grand Hotel
AddressNo. 1, Section 4 Zhongshan North Road TaipeiSee nearby area
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Lonely Planet review
This landmark Taipei hotel is a pleasant if kitchsy place to stay, with excellent English service, a range of top-notch restaurants, and dreamy views over the Keelung River (the hotel rests on the side of Jiantan Mountain). Just don't take the claims of traditional architectural grandeur too seriously. This is Old China about as much as General Tso's Chicken.
The hotel was first established in 1952 as Chiang Kai-shek felt Taipei had no proper hotels for hosting foreign dignitaries. The main building was completed in 1973 on the grounds of the former Taipei Grand Shrine, though it underwent major renovations after a fire in 1995. Today there are three main sections, including the Golden Dragon (the newest and where most foreign guests are put) and the Chi Lin (older and smoky but offering the best views over the river). Interior rooms in the main building are small, ageing and have no windows.
Our independent authors have visited The Grand Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Shilin.
Description provided by property
Featuring a palace-inspired exterior of golden roof tiling and red columns, The Grand Hotel provides a free shuttle bus service from Yuanshan MRT Station, an 8-minute drive away. It houses a grand ballroom, conference facilities, 3 dining options and a tennis court.
The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Shilin Night Market and a 15-minute drive from Taipei Station and Songshan Airport. National Palace Museum is a 20-minute drive away, while Taoyuan International Airport is 40 minutes away by road.
Fitted with a sofa, the spacious rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an electric kettle and a minibar. They include a personal safe, a wardrobe and the daily newspapers. The attached bathroom comes with bath or shower facilities and a hairdryer.
Buffet spreads are served at Songhe Room, while à la carte Cantonese cuisine is offered at Golden Dragon Restaurant. Alternatively, Eastern China specialities can be found at Yuan Yuan.
Free Wi-Fi access is provided in the hotel’s public areas. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool, work out in the fitness centre or head to the games room. The hotel also has shops, a business centre, and a 24-hour front desk.
Services & facilities
- Barber/beauty shop
- Concierge service
- Designated smoking area
- Non-smoking rooms
- Non-smoking throughout
- Facilities for disabled guests
- Room service
- VIP room facilities
- 24-hour front desk
- Tour desk
- Restaurant (à la carte)
- Restaurant (buffet)
- Car hire
- Airport shuttle (surcharge)
- Shuttle service (free)
Bureau de Change/ATM
- Currency exchange
- ATM/cash machine on site
- Free WiFi
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