酒店的餐饮选择多，有亚洲风味咖啡馆Cafe Un Deux Trois、高级中餐馆雅阁、意大利餐馆Bencotte、供应精致欧式西点的文华饼房、可遍尝多种香槟与鸡尾酒的M.O.酒吧，以及贵妇喜欢品茗经典英式下午茶的青隅。
When I checked into the Mandarin Oriental Taipei, it had just been awarded a five-star rating by this year’s Forbes Travel Guide, the first Taiwanese hotel to garner the highest rating. This is an exceptional honour for a hotel that opened less than three years ago and I saw why the accolade was well-deserved during my stay.
The 14-storey structure has acquired a European architectural style after a revamp and is an imposing landmark on Dunhua North Road, a hive of cultural activity. The “wow” experience starts the moment you step into the hotel lobby, where you are greeted by a dazzling 1,400kg chandelier that measures 4m wide and 3.9m tall.
The Mandarin Oriental brand is known for its classical Oriental aesthetics. Here, luxe modern touches have also been worked in for an overall design that whispers stealth wealth. It also offers exceptionally spacious rooms, with the smallest Deluxe Room boasting an area of 55 sq m. All the 303 rooms and suites come with a walk-in wardrobe as well as standalone bathtubs and showers within the marble-clad bathrooms. In most other hotels, such a set-up would have been considered a suite. The rooms can be described as works of art in their own right. The beautiful leather wall surfaces are subtle and the crystal chandeliers stunning. Refined wood furniture, artisan wallpaper, sumptuous shag carpeting, top-class Sound Bar hi-fi systems and silky smooth cotton bedsheets further add to the pampering experience. My favourite touch of luxury, however, has to be the thoughtful “concierge service closet” in each room. It allows hotel staff to collect items for laundering or shoe-shining without entering the room. The varied food and beverage options are just as well thought out. Guests can choose from the Asian-styled Cafe Un Deux Trois, premier Chinese restaurant Ya Ge, Italian restaurant Bencotte, the Mandarin Cake Shop, the M.O. Bar and The Jade Lounge, where ladies of leisure like to gather for English-style afternoon tea. Throughout my stay, I took my breakfast at the Oriental Club, where the environment was pleasant and the fare exceptionally tasty. Besides the buffet spread, guests can also order items such as abalone congee and kaya toast, which was, hands down, the best I have ever had. Just the thought of it is enough to make my mouth water.
Mandarin Oriental Taipei
No. 158 Dunhua North Road, Taipei, Taiwan