Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei



Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei (香格里拉台北遠東國際大飯店) has always been the hotel of choice by many South East Asians with a discerning taste for luxury accommodation. Because of the strong presence of the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts Group In South East Asia, many ASEANs consider a Shangri-La property as their home away from home whenever they travel abroad.



If you have stayed in a Shangri-La hotel before, you will immediately recognize the familiar Essence of Shangri-La fragrance when you step into the lobby of Shangri-La Taipei. This scent gives a sense of arrival at home and brings back all the beautiful memories of staying in a Shangri-La.



If you are planning your first stay in a Shangri-La, allow me to welcome you to a world where unforgettable experiences are made. The Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts Group is known worldwide for its legendary Asian hospitality from the heart, and this is exactly the same level of hospitality you can expect at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei.



Shangri-La Taipei is currently the tallest hotel structure in the city towering at 43 floors. The property also recently underwent renovation including the lobby, restaurants as well as its guestrooms and suites. The lobby features oriental rugs, hand-painted silk scrolls, various antique jars and replicas of Sung dynasty sculptures.



Shangri-La Taipei offers 420 well-appointed guestrooms and suites divided in three main categories:

Guest Rooms
Superior Room
Deluxe Room
Premier Room
Horizon Club Room*
Horizon Club Premier Room
Suites*
Plaza Suite
Specialty Suite
Presidential Suite

Each of the Guest Rooms, Horizon Club Rooms and Suites was designed with the discerning business and leisure traveler in mind, with each room type catering to the specific needs of the guests, their motivation for travel, and their individual personality.

DELUXE ROOM

Deluxe Room | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

The Deluxe Room is perfect for individuals or couples who would be spending most of their time exploring the city. A comfortable bed with top of the line linens, duvet and pillows would be waiting for their return to the hotel. Adding to the luxurious accommodation is their own private marble bathroom. Deluxe Rooms also feature a spectacular view of Taipei 101.

Highlights:
  • 40 square meters
  • sweeping view of Taipei 101 and or the surrounding mountains
  • LCD TV with cable channels, bedside controls for lighting
  • marble-clad bathroom, separate walk-in shower and bathtub
  • minibar, coffee and tea making facility



FEATURED ROOM: HORIZON CLUB PREMIER ROOM

Horizon Club Premier Room | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

I stayed in a Horizon Club Premier Room during my recent visit to Taipei. Staying in a Horizon Club room comes with the promised of the best views of the city in addition to the exclusive in-room amenities and personalized level of service.

Highlights:
  • 58 square meters
  • French windows with panoramic view of Taipei 101 and the surrounding mountains
  • spacious sitting area, additional sofa and coffee table
  • LCD TV with cable channels, bedside controls for lighting
  • walk-in closet, marble-clad bathroom, automatic motion-sensor toilet
  • separate walk-in shower and bathtub, L'Occitane toiletries
  • minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, and tea-making facility
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HORIZON CLUB LOUNGE

Horizon Club Lounge | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Being a Horizon Club guest, I enjoyed access to the hotel's Horizon Club Lounge. Located on the 36th floor, Horizon Club guests and guests staying in suites receive attentive and personalized level of service, on top of the complimentary benefits, including:
  • private in-room check-in and check-out
  • option of a late check-out until 4:00pm on the day of departure
  • daily buffet breakfast from 6:30am to 10:00am
  • mixed beverages and canapés from 5:30pm to 7:30pm daily
  • coffee, tea, soft drinks and light snacks throughout the day
  • usage of the Horizon meeting room for two hours per day
  • complimentary use of portable Wi-Fi router
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HOTEL AMENITIES



Among the wide range of leisure and recreation activities that guests can enjoy during their stay at the hotel are the state-of-the-art fully-equipped Fitness Center and the hotel's rooftop heated swimming pool with an attached Jacuzzi.



One of the rewards of staying at Shangri-La Taipei is this unobstructed view of Taipei 101 from the viewing deck located next to the rooftop pool. No need to climb up Elephant Mountain just to enjoy this view. The best part is that everyone in the family can enjoy the view at the comfort of the hotel's premises.



FEATURED RESTAURANT: SHANG PALACE



Shang Palace is the premier Chinese restaurant of Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei featuring fine Cantonese cuisine prepared by its team of professional chefs from Hong Kong. It offers an elegant dining setting in a modern Chinese design inspired by celestial clouds and peony flowers, while keeping traditional Chinese design elements such as lattice panels in black and gold. Read more »



OTHER DINING OUTLETS

Lobby Court
- high ceiling and tranquil atmosphere
- afternoon tea with Asian-flavored desserts and tea selections
- Taiwan's only gin bar
- daily live entertainment
Shanghai Pavilion
- Acclaimed as 'Taipei's Best Shanghainese Restaurant'
- a la carte and set menus
- Chinese and Western liquors
- main dining and private dining rooms
ibuki by Takagi Kazuo
- Taiwan’s first Japanese restaurant following the Michelin standards
- Kyoto cuisine, teppanyaki, sushi and tempura
- a la carte menu, set menu, and Teppan menu
- Japanese and Western wines and spirits
- open sushi counter, Teppanyaki room, private dining room
Café at Far Eastern
- international cuisine
- open theater kitchens
- buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
- a la carte dining



LINJIANG STREET NIGHT MARKET



A visit to Taipei isn't complete without sampling the local streetfood. Linjiang Street Night Market is nearest night market to the hotel. The concierge will gladly get a taxi to take you to Linjiang Street Night Market. Must try are the Taiwanese Grilled Sausage, Stinky Tofu and Bubble Tea.



Taxi fare is about or a little over NT$70 per way. Before leaving the hotel, make sure to ask concierge for a Chinese business card of the hotel bearing the name of the hotel in Chinese -- 香格里拉台北遠東國際大飯店. After boarding your taxi back to the hotel, just show the Chinese business card to the taxi driver.



BUFFET BREAKFAST

Sunrise as seen from Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei

When staying at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei, welcome every morning with your complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons at Cafe at Far Eastern, the all-day buffet and a la carte dining restaurant of the hotel. The restaurant features international cuisine prepared fresh through its live cooking stations.

Cafe at Far Eastern | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

There's also an extensive selection of Taiwanese breakfast items, as well as Japanese, Indian and American dishes. Eggs are cooked a la minute at the egg station. There's also a noodle and soup station as well as a fruits station. Breakfast is from 6:30am to 10:00am (Monday - Friday) and 6:30am to 10:30am (Saturday and Sunday).



BREAKFAST AT THE HORIZON CLUB LOUNGE



Guests staying in a Horizon Club Premier Room or any of the hotel's suites may also opt to have their breakfast either at Cafe at Far Eastern or at the Horizon Club Lounge. If you prefer heavy breakfast, I recommend Café at Far Eastern which has more extensive food selection.



If you prefer a less busy and quieter setting for breakfast, then the Horizon Club Lounge is best for you. The lounge features premium breakfast items of pastries, viennoiseries, charcuterie and cheeses. Cereals, fruits, salads and yogurt are also available. Western and traditional Taiwanese breakfast items are also included in the buffet. Read more »



GOLDEN CIRCLE



Don't forget to provide your Golden Circle (GC) Membership Number when making your room reservation, upon check-in or upon payment in order to earn GC Award Points. You can then redeem these GC Award Points to pay, in full or in part, your future dining bills at any participating Shangri-La restaurants around the world. You can also convert your points to overnight stays. If you're not yet a Golden Circle member, you can join here for free.

Earn Points
Dine
Earn 1 GC Award Point for each USD 1 qualifying spend when dining at over 500 participating restaurants & bars worldwide. GC Award Points will be credited to a you account two weeks after the date of transaction.

Stay 
Earn 1 GC Award Point for each USD 1 qualifying spend when staying at Shangri-La, Kerry Hotel, Traders Hotel or Hotel Jen.

Experience 
Earn 1 GC Award Point for each USD 1 qualifying spend at CHI, The Spa.
Redeem Points
Dine
Redeem your points instantly at our restaurants & bars with 10 GC Award Points covering every USD 1 of your dining bill. You may also choose to redeem your points for dining vouchers online. 

Stay 
Redeem free room nights at any Shangri-La hotel, resort, Kerry hotel, Traders hotel or Hotel Jen worldwide. 

Experience 
Redeem spa vouchers at CHI, The Spa, exquisite fine wines, and signature "Shangri-La" fragrance.



Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei (Book Now)
201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei, Taiwan
Contact: +886 (2) 2378-8888
Email: reservations.tpe@shangri-la.com
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How to Get There and Back



Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is the main gateway to Taipei for most visitors coming from South East Asia. Various full-service and budget airlines have daily flights to Taipei. Air Asia for instance has daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Manila and Cebu to Taipei.

To get to Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei, the most convenient way is to book the hotel's Limousine Service (starting at NT$2,900). You can also take a Taxi at the airport's arrival area (from NT$1,250). Alternatively, you can also book an Uber car (from NT$1,000). Travel time is approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

A more affordable alternative are the Airport Shuttle Bus (NT$145) and the Mass Rapid Transit (NT$200). For more details, see below:

by Airport Shuttle Bus
This is the most convenient and economical way to get to the hotel from the airport. From the Arrival area, head to the Airport Shuttle Bus station and purchase your CitiAir Bus ticket (NT$145). Board Bus #1960. First trip departs 6:05am with 30 minutes interval. Last trip is at 1:05am. Bus #1960 will drop off passengers at designated stops including the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel stop right in front of Shangri-La Taipei. Trip will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

To get back to the airport, you can take the same Bus #1960 from the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel stop. CitiAir Bus ticket (NT$145) is available at the hotel's concierge. First trip departs at 4:30am with intervals of 30 minutes. Last trip is at 11:00pm.

by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
An alternative way to get to the hotel from the airport is by taking the mass rapid transit (MRT). From the airport, take the Taoyuan International Airport MRT and alight at the Taipei Main Station (NT$160). Transfer to the Taipei Metro and take the Red Line (R) and alight at the Daan Station (NT$20). At the Daan Station, transfer to the Brown Line (BR) and alight either at Technology Building Station or Liuzhangli Building (NT$20). From there, you can either walk toward the hotel, or take a taxi going to the hotel (NT$70). 

This will however involve several transfers between train lines, but I find this suitable if you will arrive in Taipei in the morning and would intend to explore the city first before checking-in at the hotel. For instance, you can make a stop at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and have your lunch at Jinfeng Braised Meat Rice near Nanmen Market. From there, you can proceed to the hotel in time for check-in. 

image courtesy of Taoyuan Airport MRT & Taipei Metro

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