My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting.
- Lobby & Check-in
- Hotel Space / Ambiance
- Food & Drink
HIGHLIGHTS: Aloft Taipei Zhongshan
This hotel was very nice for an Aloft. Its convenient location on main transportation lines, excellent service, decent room, and quality breakfast made for a very enjoyable stay. I think it was 7,000 points a night, with the fifth night free, so 28,000 SPG for 5 nights. The variety and quality of breakfast, with some items changing daily, was a key highlight. Additionally, their front desk was kind enough to store some of our luggage and purchases for several days, which was very helpful.
LOBBY & CHECK-IN
A block from the Zhongshan Elementry School MRT, it is a short 30 minute drive or about an hour bus ride from Taipei Taoyuan Airport. Lobby is the standard Aloft circle, and they told us about the breakfast and gave us a standard room as Alofts have. They also told us about a night market located behind the hotel down Shuangcheng Street, which are frequent and famous across Taiwan. The hotel is non-smoking, a huge improvement in air quality over the outside.
Beautiful woodwork in the floor leading to the room, which was aesthetically pleasing. The room, a basic King I believe, was downright spacious by US Aloft standards. It had a separate sitting area with comfortable couch. Its bathroom was interesting, split into three sections – a main sink station, a Toto toilet with its own door, and a shower/tub combination, reminiscent of my stay at the Prince Gallery Tokyo.
HOTEL SPACE / AMBIANCE
We saw mostly young people here, but I don’t think I saw any families. There were also some professionals. It’s a good, functional hotel which serves its purpose well.
FOOD & DRINK
The lounge on the top floor is where you can go for breakfast, snacks, and drinks. They also have a bar available. We had breakfast here every day we could, and there was changing variety of both American and Asian dishes. Breakfast buffet also includes fresh eggs, but none of the more expensive entrees not already included. Additionally, we used welcome drink coupons on sodas and teas as there is a separate lounge room with seating, where we could do some work.
Unfortunately the Aloft Taipei Zhongshan does not have a fitness center, but you can get your sweat on simply by stepping outside.
I would definitely be back, however I think I would like to explore other Taipei hotels and experience their food and service. They spoke English here without any issue, and thankfully my lady can also converse in Mandarin, a lifesaver for me.
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