Contemporary chic in central Taipei
478 Rooms / 60 Suites
Regent Taipei has been a stalwart address for both well-heeled leisure and business travelers since it opened in 1990. Although it is centrally located near shopping, museums and entertainment venues, the hotel is a bit of a draw itself — it houses the boutique-laden Regent Galleria shopping center, seven restaurants, a luxe spa and a rooftop pool.
At the entrance, a doorman clad in a crisp white uniform stands at attention, tall glass doors stream sunlight over the black marble floors and a piano flutters in the background. Designed by Chhada Siembieda and Associates, the lobby has an Art Deco feel that wouldn’t look out of place in 1920s New York, with central elevators and an enormous open atrium that looks up at the hotel’s dining establishments.
A massive renovation finished in 2015 updated the room interiors. The original rooms had a gentlemen’s club vibe, but the new look embraces a contemporary Oriental feel — think soft gray, silver and beige with pretty Chinese accents peppered throughout.
Starting at 484 square feet, the rooms include a deep-soaking marble tub, a marble bathroom, a specialty pressure-releasing bed and a pillow menu. For road-warring pinstripers, the Tai Pan Club rooms on the 18th and 19th floors include lots of perks: pay a slight premium to gain access to the newly renovated business lounge, which provides all-day snacks, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, happy hour cocktails and private conference rooms.
With so many restaurants under its roof, the Taipei hotel has also become a veritable dining destination for tourists and locals alike. The culinary options are a plenty: there’s shabu shabu cuisine at personality-packed Mihan Honke, fusion yakitori at Robin’s Teppan, all-day buffets at Brasserie and a mix of classic Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine at Silks House.
For special occasions, indulge in steaks and expert sommelier service at Robin’s Grill or simply unwind over afternoon tea at Gallery, which looks out over the lobby atrium.
If you’re in town to relax, then check out the rooftop heated swimming pool, which has a 65.6-foot lap lane and a handful of cabanas for sun bathing.
Holding court on the 20th floor, Wellspring Spa’s penthouse location affords incredible views over the city and will have you feeling relaxed in no time at all. The design feels very organic Japanese, featuring minimalist white furniture, wooden details, stone bathtubs and big day beds. Athletes and the more health conscious will appreciate the Technogym equipment at the fitness center, however a drab basement location doesn’t afford much character.
But not to worry, shopping in the basement-level Regent Galleria should be all the exercise you need. It’s an impressive affair, with brands such as Chanel, Cartier, Harry Winston, Graff, Hermès and Dior taking up real estate alongside over 50 other high-fashion brands.
Residing in leafy ZhongShan district, the luxury hotel boasts an excellent location for culture enthusiasts. The area is considered one of the more artistic districts, evident in the sculpture park, high-brow film house, designer shops and traditional Chinese medicine stores that reside next to the hotel.
Within a 10-minute walk, you also will find delicious bites at Dihua Street market, contemporary works at the Taipei City Fine Art Museum and the world-famous Eslite Bookstore.