Never written a review before but felt compelled to do so because the other reviews I see here a Very misleading! I travel to Taipei often for business, stayed at numerous hotels here and know the area fairly well. To say the least, my experience was horrific and will never ever stay here again. Upon entering the room, a thick layer of cigarette smoke will give you nausea. Since I requested a Non-Smoking room, I went back down to the lobby and requested a room change. (Well, not actually a lobby, they don't have one! More like a "sitting area". nor do they have a pool.) They then said they were fully booked for the night, and went to the room to spray some sort of air freshener and told me to just open the windows! I think it was Lysol they sprayed (gasp!) and I went back down to complain. half an hour later they finally budged and decided to give me another room. My 2nd room Still had a heavy cigarette odor (the carpet maybe). The halls were dark, noisy, and had a strange odor to it as well. It was a Non-smoking floor but still had traces of cigarette smoke (I'm an ex-smoker so I'd know). It was too much trouble to request another room change therefore I stayed put. The room itself, both my first and second, were small and very very old in every fashion. Bathroom was filled mold/mildew in the corners, tub was small, dirty with long and short hairs all over the place, and oh.... the nasty shower curtains. They carry an indescribable smell that will make you puke. The furniture must have been from the 80's (or earlier) in style, chipped, banged up, basically not something you would want to use in your own home. My kettle had stains in it, desk and fake leather chair had oily residue, channel selection was very limited, all fuzzy as well. My first room had a tiny 20" TV, my 2nd had a larger 30". No WiFi whatsoever. I can go on forever. The staff were quite polite but none could speak English, but could speak Japanese, since this hotel seems to cater to retired Japanese tourists. The location isn't that great either unless you have any business doing in the specific area. It's about 15 min walk to the subway station, but it's not in the heart of Taipei so you'd have to take a total of 3 trains just to get to anywhere significant. If you've been in Taipei before, you'd know that transferring to each train takes quite a long while. The area is also well known for it's "red-light" district with cheap and old call girls that flood the streets by 10pm. All in all, I've had Way better experiences in Taipei. For US$150 per night, do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fine Service Pays Attentively Established in 1970, GLORIA PRINCE HOTEL TAIPEI combines utmost quality and services with a deep-rooted historical and cultural heritage. On 9 July of 2001, it allied with Japan's Seibu Group and has become one of the members of Prince Hotels & Resorts. Something that hasn't changed, however, is our commitment to providing 'service from the heart', an ideal that inspires us to constantly improve and perfect every detail of every guest's stay. Experience the Heart of Hospitality With 220 guest rooms, GLORIA PRINCE HOTEL TAIPEI is divided into 7 room type categories to meet every requirement for comfort and luxury. The hotel's Japanese hospitality animates the entire staff to give every guest a truly memorable stay. Caring and devoted from heart to heart - experience the heart of hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Taipei
- Taipei Prince Hotel