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实至名归A Well-Deserved Reputation



住进台北文华东方酒店时,它刚获《福布斯旅游指南》五星级别最高荣誉评鉴,对一家开业不到三年的酒店来说,是不小的成就。而就我个人入住体验而言,无论硬件软件,台北文华东方都证明了它的获奖是实至名归。
酒店前身为台北人熟悉的中泰宾馆,重建后采欧式建筑风格,楼高14层,在人文荟萃的敦化北路上别具特色。进入酒店大厅,又是一阵惊艳,那流光溢彩的水晶吊灯夺目非凡,重1400公斤,直径4米,高度3.9米,由5万个水晶串珠和淡琥珀色水晶拼接而成,出自知名捷克艺术家Tafana Dvorakova之手,从设计到装置完成用了将近一年,撑起了酒店的气派与格调。
文华东方向以古典东方美学著称,却又恰如其分地融入了当代奢华设计风格,酒店内的一桌一椅用料讲究却不张扬,低调的华美叫人赏心悦目。大都市寸土如金,台北文华东方对空间的使用却特别慷慨,面积“最小”的豪华客房也有55平方米,内有宽敞的衣帽化妆间,豪华大理石浴室还有独立浴缸和淋浴间,厕所并独立开来,这在一般酒店来说,已经是套房的格局了。
以经典隽永美学为设计灵感,房内家具堪称艺术品,漂亮的皮革墙面深藏不露,华美的水晶吊灯(是的,连客房都用吊灯,其奢华可见一斑)摇曳生姿,加上雅致的木质家具、写意的手工壁纸、华美的长毛地毯、顶级的Sound Bar音响、顺滑的高级棉质床品,都营造出极其舒适的住宿体验。酒店最贴心之处是客房内置“礼宾服务柜”,服务员无须进入客房就可将客人送洗衣物或欲擦拭的皮鞋取走。
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。
我的早餐则全是在六楼的东方汇吃的,环境好不说,食物更是出奇的美味,除了自助,另有餐牌可点餐,当中的鲍鱼粥,清甜暖胃;最惊喜是居然有一道南洋风味咖椰吐司,是我吃过最好吃的,绝对打败所有的“新加坡制造”,现在想来仍垂涎三尺。

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
+886-2-2715-6888
www.mandarinoriental.com/taipei