Hotels in Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei HotelsA global city of culture, history, and invention - the skyscrapers of Taipei rise proudly into the sky and sparkle during the annual lantern festival, when thousands of candles drift through the night’s sky. The soaring Taipei 101 building links the city’s traditional past with its state-of-the-art future, and the shiny glass skyscraper – which was the world’s tallest until 2010 – has a stunning tiered design that echoes traditional pagoda-towers. While you’d be quite happy barely leaving the glimmering swimming pool in your sumptuous spa resort, experience the real Taipei by heading into the old city to get pleasantly lost in a labyrinth of narrow streets, and gently jostle for bargains in humming street markets. Things to seeA thick layer of incense will tell you you’re moving in the right direction for Longshan Temple, which is a classic example of the Chinese influence on Taiwanese architecture. The curved roof’s decorative dragons spray golden fire across the building’s exterior, while candles burn and coy carp circle outside. Get to grips with modern Taipei life by heading towards the Shilin Night Market. Walk along neon bathed streets before coming across an ocean of stalls, where the tastes of charred meat on skewers, and - the market’s specialty - salty oyster omelets await. To escape the city, and see Taiwan at its most beautiful, journey out to Yangmingshan National Park. Wander along spiraling wooden walkways, lined with pretty cherry blossom trees, or delve deeper to see nature at its most dramatic - with sheer cliffs dropping off to turquoise ocean, and gushing geezers catapulting water into the air out of smoldering hillsides. Hotels in
TaipeiFeel your muscles relaxing as a warm pool gently massages your back with its bubble jets, or go up to your room to look down over the shimmering city, and verdant green mountains in the distance, through a cinema-sized window. The midrange options are almost as impressive as the top notch hotels in Taipei, and you’ll often find complementary bottles of wine waiting in your room, along with stacks of air-soft pillows. Basic hotels and hostels offer a great location in the city center, at a low price, while most of the city’s accommodation provides WiFi access and in-room television as an absolute minimum. Where to stayStay by the river in the fashionable Ximending district, where shops burst with visitors during the day – selling import CDs and the latest Japanese trends. At night, locals and visitors cram together in historic venues, like the octagonal Red House Theater, to enjoy lively performances and booming operas. If you’re staying in Beitou, get a soothing flavor of old Taipei by visiting the Beitou Hot Spring Museum, which first opened as a public bath in 1913. Of course, the only way to truly appreciate the area’s relaxing waters is to sample them for yourself at a steamy spa, where you’ll feel any stresses quickly bubbling away.How to get to TaipeiThe city’s public transport is state of the art thanks to the Taipei Metro system, which makes cross city travel effortless. If you’re coming from abroad, land at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Or, jet in from other parts of Taiwan and East Asia to the smaller Taipei Songshan Airport. The airports are linked to downtown by shuttle bus. If you’re already in Taiwan, the Taiwan High Speed Rail link is the most comfortable way to travel between major cities.