August 7, 2017

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei (Taiwan)



Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei (香格里拉台北遠東國際大飯店) is a luxury hotel operated by the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. The 43-floor hotel is the tallest hotel structure in Taipei, and is centrally located in the Da'an District near shopping and dining outlets as well as universities and collages.

Arrival Hall | Terminal 1, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Guests arriving at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport have several transportation options to reach Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei. The most convenient way is to book the hotel's Limousine Service (starting at NT$2,900). Taxis are also available at the airport's arrival area (from NT$1,250). Alternatively, guests can also book an Uber car (from NT$1,000). Travel time is approximately 45 to 60 minutes. A more affordable alternative are the Airport Shuttle Bus (NT$145) and the Mass Rapid Transit (NT$200). For more details, see the How to Get There and Back section at the end of this article.

Lobby | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Entering the lobby, you will be welcomed by the signature Essence of Shangri-La fragrance, a familiar scent that gives a sense of arrival to guests. A beautiful bouquet of flowers serves as the centerpiece of the lobby.

Front Office | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Oriental rugs and Sung dynasty inspired artworks adorn the newly renovated lobby of the hotel. Most notable are the hand-painted silk scrolls depicting the Qing Ming Festival celebrated in the Sung dynasty's ancient capital city of Kaifeng.

Seating Area | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Right next to the lobby is a seating area which offers comfortable seats for the guests. Various antique jars and replicas of Sung dynasty sculptures are on display in the common areas and at the elevator lobby.

Elevator Lobby | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

It was my first time to visit Taiwan and Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei made sure that I experience the warm Taiwanese hospitality from the moment I step into the hotel, to my personalized check-in and to the welcome amenities inside my room. Check-out the pineapple cakes and the chocolate bar in the shape of the hotel tower.



Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei has a total of 420 spacious and well-appointed guestrooms and suites, as well as Horizon Club rooms with some of the best views of Taipei.

Guest Rooms
Superior Room
Deluxe Room
Premier Room

Horizon Club*
Horizon Club Premier Room
Suites*
Plaza Suite
Specialty Suite
Presidential Suite
*Guests staying in Horizon Club Rooms or Suites will have access to the Horizon Club Lounge


DELUXE ROOM

Deluxe Room | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Because of the hotel's location, guests staying at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei enjoy unobstructed views of the city with some of the rooms offering the best views of Taipei 101. During my stay, I got the chance to see a Deluxe Room with a view Taipei 101.

Highlights:
  • 40 square meters
  • sweeping view of Taipei 101 and or the surrounding mountains
  • LCD TV with cable channels, bedside controls for lighting
  • marble-clad bathroom, separate walk-in shower and bathtub
  • minibar, coffee and tea making facility



FEATURED ROOM: HORIZON CLUB PREMIER ROOM

Horizon Club Premier Room | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

I was booked in a Horizon Club Premier Room during my recent stay at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei. Staying in a Horizon Club room guarantees guests to enjoy the best views of the city in addition to the exclusive in-room amenities and personalized level of service.

Highlights:
  • 58 square meters
  • French windows with panoramic view of Taipei 101 and the surrounding mountains
  • spacious sitting area, additional sofa and coffee table
  • LCD TV with cable channels, bedside controls for lighting
  • walk-in closet, marble-clad bathroom, automatic motion-sensor toilet
  • separate walk-in shower and bathtub, L'Occitane toiletries
  • minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, and tea-making facility
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HORIZON CLUB LOUNGE

Horizon Club Lounge | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Being a Horizon Club guest, I was accorded with access to the Horizon Club Lounge. Located on the 36th floor of the hotel, Horizon Club guests and guests staying in suites enjoy attentive and personalized level of service, on top of the complimentary benefits, including:
  • private in-room check-in and check-out
  • option of a late check-out until 4:00pm on the day of departure
  • daily buffet breakfast from 6:30am to 10:00am
  • mixed beverages and canapés from 5:30pm to 7:30pm daily
  • coffee, tea, soft drinks and light snacks throughout the day
  • usage of the Horizon meeting room for two hours per day
  • complimentary use of portable Wi-Fi router
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HOTEL AMENITIES



Guests staying at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei can enjoy a wide range of leisure and recreation activities through the complimentary amenities such as the state-of-the-art fully-equipped Fitness Center. Located on the 43rd floor is the hotel's rooftop heated swimming pool with an attached Jacuzzi.



There's also a viewing deck next to the pool where guests can enjoy an unobstructed view of Taipei 101. I can imagine this to be the best spot to welcome the new year with the grand fireworks from Taipei 101 as the highlight.



FEATURED RESTAURANT: SHANG PALACE



Shang Palace is the premier Chinese restaurant of Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei featuring fine Cantonese cuisine prepared by its team of professional chefs from Hong Kong. It offers an elegant dining setting in a modern Chinese design inspired by celestial clouds and peony flowers, while keeping traditional Chinese design elements such as lattice panels in black and gold. Read more »



OTHER DINING OUTLETS

Lobby Court
- high ceiling and tranquil atmosphere
- afternoon tea with Asian-flavored desserts and tea selections
- Taiwan's only gin bar
- daily live entertainment
Shanghai Pavilion
- Acclaimed as 'Taipei's Best Shanghainese Restaurant'
- a la carte and set menus
- Chinese and Western liquors
- main dining and private dining rooms
ibuki by Takagi Kazuo
- Taiwan’s first Japanese restaurant following the Michelin standards
- Kyoto cuisine, teppanyaki, sushi and tempura
- a la carte menu, set menu, and Teppan menu
- Japanese and Western wines and spirits
- open sushi counter, Teppanyaki room, private dining room
Café at Far Eastern
- international cuisine
- open theater kitchens
- buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
- a la carte dining



LINJIANG STREET NIGHT MARKET



If it is your first time to visit Taipei, you should definitely include visiting a night market in your itinerary. There are plenty of night markets in Taipei, the most famous for tourists are the Shilin Night Market and the Raohe Street Night Market. Both are however located too far from Shangri-La Taipei.



The hotel's concierge suggested that I visit Linjiang Street Night Market which is closer to the hotel and not as crowded as Shilin and Roahe night markets. The concierge got me a taxi from the lobby that would take me to Linjiang Street Night Market. Fare was only NT$70. Before leaving the hotel, make sure to ask concierge for a Chinese business card of the hotel.



Among the street food I tried was the Taiwanese Grilled Sausage (NT$30 per sausage) which was made with wild boar meat. I really loved the spices used to flavor the sausage. The sausage itself was not fatty. They were actually filled with chunks of meat.



Don't skip on the Stinky Tofu! Your Taipei night market experience won't be complete without it. Finding one at Linjiang Street Night Market wasn't difficult as the smell of the tofu will easily catch your attention. I tried two types of stinky tofu. One which was fried and served with pickled vegetables and cilantro. The other one was cooked in a broth with mushrooms and scallions.



Finally, I ended my food adventure with Bubble Tea. I ordered a Tieguanyin milk tea with tapioca balls. To get back to the hotel, just hail a taxi and hand to the driver the Chinese business card of the hotel. If you for got to get one from concierge, just show the below text to the driver. Fare should be around or a little over NT$70.

香格里拉台北遠東國際大飯店




BUFFET BREAKFAST

Sunrise as seen from Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei

An overnight stay at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei comes with complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons at Cafe at Far Eastern, the all-day buffet and a la carte dining restaurant of the hotel.

Cafe at Far Eastern | Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

The buffet features international cuisine include an extensive selection of Taiwanese breakfast items. The buffet also includes Japanese, Indian and American dishes. There's also an egg station, a soup station and a fruits station. Breakfast is from 6:30am to 10:00am (Monday - Friday) and 6:30am to 10:30am (Saturday and Sunday).



BREAKFAST AT THE HORIZON CLUB LOUNGE



Guests staying in a Horizon Club Premier Room or any of the hotel's suites have the option of having their breakfast either at Cafe at Far Eastern or at the Horizon Club Lounge.



The buffet features premium items of pastries, viennoiseries, charcuterie and cheeses. Cereals, fruits, salads and yogurt are also available. Western and traditional Taiwanese breakfast items are also included in the buffet. Read more »



GOLDEN CIRCLE


Don't forget to provide your Golden Circle (GC) Membership Number when making your room reservation, upon check-in or upon payment in order to earn GC Award Points. You can then redeem these GC Award Points to pay, in full or in part, your future dining bills at any participating Shangri-La restaurants around the world. You can also convert your points to overnight stays. If you're not yet a Golden Circle member, you can join here for free.

Earn Points
Dine
Earn 1 GC Award Point for each USD 1 qualifying spend when dining at over 500 participating restaurants & bars worldwide. GC Award Points will be credited to a you account two weeks after the date of transaction.

Stay 
Earn 1 GC Award Point for each USD 1 qualifying spend when staying at Shangri-La, Kerry Hotel, Traders Hotel or Hotel Jen.

Experience 
Earn 1 GC Award Point for each USD 1 qualifying spend at CHI, The Spa.
Redeem Points
Dine
Redeem your points instantly at our restaurants & bars with 10 GC Award Points covering every USD 1 of your dining bill. You may also choose to redeem your points for dining vouchers online. 

Stay 
Redeem free room nights at any Shangri-La hotel, resort, Kerry hotel, Traders hotel or Hotel Jen worldwide. 

Experience 
Redeem spa vouchers at CHI, The Spa, exquisite fine wines, and signature "Shangri-La" fragrance.



Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei (Book Now)
201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei, Taiwan
Contact: +886 (2) 2378-8888
Email: reservations.tpe@shangri-la.com
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How to Get There and Back

by Airport Shuttle Bus
This is the most convenient and economical way to get to the hotel from the airport. From the Arrival area, head to the Airport Shuttle Bus station and purchase your CitiAir Bus ticket (NT$145). Board Bus #1960. First trip departs 6:05am with 30 minutes interval. Last trip is at 1:05am. Bus #1960 will drop off passengers at designated stops including the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel stop right in front of Shangri-La Taipei. Trip will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

To get back to the airport, you can take the same Bus #1960 from the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel stop. CitiAir Bus ticket (NT$145) is available at the hotel's concierge. First trip departs at 4:30am with intervals of 30 minutes. Last trip is at 11:00pm.

by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
An alternative way to get to the hotel from the airport is by taking the mass rapid transit (MRT). From the airport, take the Taoyuan International Airport MRT and alight at the Taipei Main Station (NT$160). Transfer to the Taipei Metro and take the Red Line (R) and alight at the Daan Station (NT$20). At the Daan Station, transfer to the Brown Line (BR) and alight either at Technology Building Station or Liuzhangli Building (NT$20). From there, you can either walk toward the hotel, or take a taxi going to the hotel (NT$70). 

This will however involve several transfers between train lines, but I find this suitable if you will arrive in Taipei in the morning and would intend to explore the city first before checking-in at the hotel. For instance, you can make a stop at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and have your lunch at Jinfeng Braised Meat Rice near Nanmen Market. From there, you can proceed to the hotel in time for check-in. 



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