GRAND HY­ATT TAIPEI, TAI­WAN

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Roshan Sukhla taipei.grand.hy­att.com

From the mo­ment I walk through the doors of the Grand Hy­att Taipei, I am over­whelmed by its grand­ness. The mag­nif­i­cent, huge lobby is an open and beau­ti­ful space with a wa­ter foun­tain and mas­sive chan­de­liers. There are 853 rooms on 25 lev­els, mak­ing it the largest ho­tel in Tai­wan. At­ten­tive staff greet you at every turn, show­cas­ing why this is in­deed Taipei’s premier five-star ho­tel.

As I ex­plore my Grand Executive View Suite, the ma­jes­tic views on all three sides as­ton­ish me – there’s Taipei 101 just out­side the lounge win­dow (it was pre­vi­ously the world’s tallest build­ing), the City Hall and Taipei Dome view from the bed­room, and views to the ho­tel pool from the bath­room. The suite is ex­quis­ite and fea­tures three TVs in­clud­ing one in the bath­room above the deluxe Vic­to­ria + Al­bert bath­tub. With nine restau­rants to choose from, the din­ing op­tions are noth­ing short of epic. I highly rec­om­mend Yun Jin restau­rant for its fine din­ing Chi­nese cui­sine, or the Cheers bar for all-day din­ing. The in­ter­na­tional buf­fet at Café in­cludes a wide va­ri­ety of crowd-pleas­ing dishes – from freshly pre­pared sushi to au­then­tic In­dian cui­sine and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

I am re­minded of the Grand Hy­att Taipei's grand­ness once again at the end of my stay when I go for a dip in the out­door heated pool. I pull off my gog­gles, and look to­wards the sky, tak­ing in the scene. Taipei 101 peaks out above the Grand Hy­att Taipei and makes me smile – think­ing of the stun­ning views I saw from its ob­ser­va­tion deck the day be­fore, the achieve­ment of climb­ing nearby Ele­phant Moun­tain and all the scrump­tious food eaten along the way – this trip has been the epit­ome of grand.

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