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San Want Residences
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

San Want Residences is a boutique hotel located in what is considered to be the Japanese quarter in Taipei. It doesn’t, I think, mean that there is a large Japanese population, just that the area caters for the large number of Japanese tourists. You can see it in the restaurants and shops, and especially in the hotels.

San Want Residences has clearly been designed with Japanese tourist and business travelers in mind. As such you will enjoy fabulous bathing (the bathrooms are wonderful) impeccable hygiene and tremendous courtesy and assistance from staff.

The San Want is located on a fairly busy road, adjacent to one of the flyovers. That said I was on the 12th floor and never noticed noise from either. It does have the great benefit of sitting opposite a park – and I would say it is definitely worth asking for a park view. The buildings at the other side of the park are none too attractive, but I suspect that this location counts as one of the best in Taipei. The area is central(ish) although in what I suspect is a slightly older part of town. Not the gleaming towers you will find around Taipei 101 in this neighbourhood, but fine, by Taipei standards, for all of that.

My room was nicely done, comfortable king size bed, large TV, desk area, mini-bar. The highlight is the bathroom, it contains a Japanese style hip bath, great shower and fully electronic toilet!

I did feel the room was a little short of closet and drawer space. There is a safe, trouser press, and, a great feature, an in-room fax-printer. There was free wi-fi when I stayed, although I never really got this working, but also an ethernet cable connection which worked just fine. Reliable and reasonably speedy.

One nice touch, which I’ve not come across before, is a supplied mobile phone – your contacts can call the hotel and will be routed through to you on the mobile. I didn’t use it but an interesting idea and indicative, I thought, of a very customer focused attitude.

There is fresh fruit and complimentary water in the room each day. I did feel the selection in the minibar was a bit limited – you may in any case prefer to pop around the corner to the convenience store for supplies.

One small niggle! I really do feel the instant coffee in the room could be better. It is supplied as a 3-in-1 mix, which means you get coffee, creamer and sugar all together. Personally I don’t like creamer, and don’t take sugar. I’d prefer the option of how to take my coffee.

There is a laundry service – not that cheap – and they will also supply a good iron and ironing board if you prefer DIY.

Although the hotel provides breakfast, there is not really a restaurant, and the bar is a bit basic. Breakfast was OK, if not hugely exciting. A range of Asian, Japanese and Western fare, albeit the bread was pretty uninspiring and the toaster toasted painfully slowly! The lack of a restaurant is not really a problem. Food is everywhere in Taipei, and fantastic value. I’d be a bit wary of staff recommendations on places to eat, well intentioned I’m sure, but possibly not based on much other than hearsay! I ended up in one disappointing place – worth consulting TA and then sorting the address with reception.

The staff are incredibly polite and helpful. Can’t praise them enough. English is spoken, if a little limited, but they would call to check things for me, and would always provide a written Chinese address for me when I needed to get to places in taxis. Only blind spot seemed to be I nearly always had to ask for extra coffee at breakfast, but could well be a cultural thing.

There is a small but adequate gym, but no swimming pool. There are meeting rooms and areas if you need them. I think there is a car park.

One of the many things that sets the San Want apart from the typical is that it is very beautifully decorated. There is a wide range of original art, ceramics and sculpture. Very stylish indeed!

A great little hotel, beautifully done, and a perfect base for business, or a break, in Taipei. Recommend.

Tip:- you may get the best room rate direct from the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a park view on a higher floor.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Management response:Responded 20 October 2011
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Dear Mr. markw_bd

Warmest Greetings from San Want Residences Taipei!

It has been a pleasure for us to serve you for your stay in San Want Residences Taipei, the luxury boutique hotel. We sincerely appreciate you sharing with us your valuable comments in Tripadvisor. San Want Residences Taipei Team strives to maintain the high quality service standards. Therefore, we value highly of our guests' feedbacks because these are what makes us improve and reach an even higher quality of service.

We have made a thorough inspection on toaster and will keep up our quality of service in all respects. Regarding to the instant coffee in guest’s room, our Front Desk Manager has also replied you on this matter, providing you extra service when you visit us in Taipei. You could also enjoy complimentary Nespresso coffees and snacks in our level 2 Executive Lounge where you could have a quiet rest and overlook the panoramic view of the Linshen Park.

Again, we appreciate your invaluable input, and it is guests like you who took time to provide us with feedback truly allow us to improve our services and facilities. Please be assured that you will see an improvement on your next stay with us. We sincerely look forward to another opportunity to be of service to you again.

Sincerely yours,
PR and Marketing Manager
San Want Taipei

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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Beautiful hotel with just the right level of attentive service. Very much impressed by the hotel amenities and staff and would highly recommend and return. As an added bonus, it's only a five minute walk to Starbucks and shin kong department store - my newly discovered favorite place to shop!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

My experience has been that if you stay in a cheaper hotel in a large city, it is usually noisy. San Want (Heavenly Prosperity) is an exception.
It has the air of a Japanese hotel (as do many Taiwanese service products), but the rooms are larger.
My was an inner room overlooking the internal atrium, no view but quiet. The hotel is quite old, but the decor was acceptable and the bathroom up to standard, although the shower was probably older than me!
As is often the case in China, the bed was rock hard and not a great sleep. Free fast internet, but don't forget to bring a PC with an ethernet slot. No wifi
Breakfast is good and a nice surprise. Not much in the way of a hearty morning greeting from employees, but good value never the less.
Efficient lifts which always helps if one comes and goes a lot.
Best feature is the team that mans the front lobby, always there and always helpful, as good of better than a much more expensive hotel.
Overall good value and very central (next to subway station) location

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank 100nights
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

I stayed at San Want for two nights. As I needed to head straight for a meeting from the airport, I called the hotel and asked about the airport pick-up. The hotel was very helpful and arranged for me to be sent to my meeting place, while they brought my luggage back to the hotel to process the check-in first. The nice gesture was that they called me again the day before I traveled, and reviewed the whole pick-up arrangement with me. This was top-notch service!

At the hotel, I asked for help with one of my luggage locks. I bought the lock but then realised that it didn't fit the zipper on my luggage. I reckon that some filing and buffering of the metal tip of the cable lock would make it small enough to go through the zipper. It was a very unusual and uncommon request I must say. But one of the hotel managers, Miss Penny, handled it promptly and even came up to my room together with their Engineering Manager to take a look. Within 10mins, I got back my buffered lock and it worked perfectly with my luggage. So the quality of service here is highly commendable.

The hotel is about 15 mins walk to Zhong Shan station and you can get food options there. Likewise, there is a back street just behind the hotel which you can also find many Japanese restaurants. There is also a Starbucks 10 mins from the hotel, where I went to get my daily dose.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

Quiet, elegant, and reasonable priced.
Location is not very central , but acceptable.Decoration is decent, except that the enterprise logo is a little bit funny(a boy?!).
Breakfast is Chinese style buffet, bread variety is not sufficient.
Free snack bar during the day is good, except the rice crackers.

Room Tip: Book directly ob the hotel website.
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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3  Thank tyst
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