The Taipei Marriott Hotel is located in the ZhongShan District – which is north of the Keelung River from central Taipei. The quickest way to get to the hotel from the airport is to take a taxi. On a Sunday afternoon, it should’ve taken about half an hour to get to the hotel from the airport. However, our taxi driver seemed to have taken the wrong exit and took a long time getting back to the right direction, and even seemed to circle our hotel a few times before finally finding it.
There is also a high speed train from Taoyun International Airport to the Taipei Main station, which takes about 25 minutes. However, to get to the Marriott from Taipei Main station, a person would then have to take 2 different metro lines – which would take another 20 minutes or so.
The Taipei Marriott was the first Marriott to open in Taiwan (in 2015), so the building still feels quite new. Just 2 blocks away is a Carrefour store, and the Miramar shopping/entertainment center (which even has a Ferris Wheel). So, there is a good selection of shops and restaurants nearby.
When the taxi driver finally figured out where the hotel was, we drove up to a modern, black glass building.
Taipei Marriott Hotel building
We were greeted as soon as our taxi arrived, and escorted to the reception desk.
Taipei Marriott reception area
The check in went quickly, and we were informed that we had been upgraded to a suite. The elevators were just around the corner, in behind the reception desk. We were on the 11th floor, and given a corner suite.
Living area of suite
Living area and entrance to suite
From the living area, there was a hallway to the bedroom, with the bathroom on the right and closets on the left.
As my husband is a Platinum Premier Elite member, there was a welcome plate of sweets waiting for us in the room.
The bathroom had sliding doors at the entrance, with 2 sinks to the left and a tub to the right. The toilet and shower were separated from the rest of the bathroom with glass doors.
The toilet was a Japanese style toilet with the built-in bidet. The lid automatically lifted when you approached it, and the toilet automatically flushed and lowered the lid when you walked away. Very handy – I want one like this at home!
Separate toilet area
Controls for toilet
In the bathroom were Thann shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel. In the shower, there was a wall-mounted dispenser of shower gel as well. A bar of soap was provided for washing your hands, but only liquid soap was available for the shower. Fortunately, we had brought an extra bar of soap from our night at the Edmonton Airport Renaissance hotel.
There was also a drawer in the bathroom with other amenities.
The bedroom was quite large and had one of the largest king-sized beds I’ve ever slept in. It doesn’t look that large in this picture – but that’s because the pillows on the bed are very wide.
There was a long counter with the TV and a desk area in the bedroom.
TV and desk in bedroom
The room also came with a smart phone that you could use while staying at the hotel. As we had already purchased SIM cards for our phones to use in Taiwan, we didn’t need to use this smartphone. But it would definitely be handy for other travellers.
In the living area was a closet with a fridge, bottled water and a kettle for making coffee or tea.
Closet with fridge and coffee/tea
The hotel has a number of dining options available. On the main floor is a lobby lounge and the Garden Kitchen – which is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. The main floor also has a large open marketplace area, with shops, a deli, a bistro, chocolate counter, and Hutong restaurant. There is also an ATM machine just outside the Marketplace area.
Marriott Lobby Lounge
Marketplace at Marriott
Marketplace at Marriott
Marketplace bistro at Marriott
Marketplace chocolate shop
There is also Mark’s Teppanyaki, the Dining Place (serving Cantonese food), and Inge’s restaurant on the 20th floor that had gorgeous views.
We actually didn’t eat at any of the hotel restaurants during our stay, as we had access to the executive lounge – which was quite amazing.
The executive lounge is open 7:00am to 10:00pm. Breakfast is served from 7:00am to 10:30am. Beverages such as soft drinks and beer are available throughout the day, along with small snacks such as granola bars. Happy Hour runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. At this time, alcohol and wine are available, along with a fair selection of hot hors d’oeuvres, fruit and dessert.
Marriott Executive Lounge
Wine selection during Happy Hour
Examples of Happy Hour appetizers
Happy Hour desserts
The Marriott has a fitness center that is open 6:00am to 10:00pm, and a heated rooftop pool that is open 6:30am to 10:00pm. Both are on the 19th floor – which is the same floor as the executive lounge. To use either the fitness centre or the pool, you must check in with your room number at the spa entrance.
Marriott Fitness Centre
Amenities at fitness centre
The pool area isn’t overly large, but it is fairly protected by glass walls, and has a great view of the nearby Ferris Wheel. There is also a shaded area with tables. Towels, bottled water and flotation noodles are available.
Lounge chairs at Marriott pool
Sitting area at Marriott pool
The staff at the Marriott were really amazing. Any time you went to go into or out of the hotel, someone would open the door for you. When we came back to the hotel, several staff would say “Welcome back” to us. Housekeeping did an amazing job keeping our room clean, and they provided a nightly turndown service. Any staff member we encountered were helpful and friendly.
The staff in the executive lounge were also incredible. By our second morning, they already knew who we were and our room number (you have to provide your room number and name to enter the lounge). The breakfast in the lounge was the best Marriott lounge breakfast spread I’ve ever seen.
There were common items that were there every day – such as bacon, sausages, smoked salmon, breads, pastries and fresh fruit. However, there was a chef’s station where you could order made-to-order eggs or omelettes, and there were about 5 different main hot dishes each morning. We stayed there for a week, and every morning had completely different main dishes.
When you entered the lounge for breakfast, one of the staff would ask you if you wanted a tea or coffee – and they would then make it and bring it to your table. And as you finished a plate or a beverage, they would be over almost immediately to whisk it away.
Here are some photos of the breakfast spread:
Bacon and sausages
Example of main dishes available for breakfast
Chef’s station with made-to-order eggs/omelettes
Breakfast bread and pastries
With the deluxe breakfast and the Happy Hour appetizers and drinks, this lounge was definitely a great perk for anyone with Marriott status.
The hotel in general was clean and beautiful. There are a number of restaurants and shops within a 2-3 block radius of the hotel that are reasonably priced. The river is just a couple blocks away, and there is a lovely riverside park with a number of running/biking trails. The area itself is a fairly new area, and is actually quite nice just to wander around in. The only downside of the hotel is that it is away from most of the attractions. There is a metro station just a short walk away, and so you can take the metro to most of the major attractions within 20-30 minutes.
But overall, I loved the hotel and the staff and highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Taipei. If I came back to Taipei, this is definitely where I would want to stay.