Quite old hotel. Located beside to Nanking Tonglu MRT sta. so that quite convienence to go around.
Actually this is more suitable for bussiness visitor.
50% above is japanese visitor, thats why almost all staff know basic japanese language. The dim sum in this hotel quite famous in local. badly, i didn't have time to try it.
Taipei with Kids
If you arrive in Taiwan from the US, you'll be suffering the after-effects of a long flight -- 24 hours or more if you're from the East Coast. If you arrive in the morning, I'd suggest trying to begin your tour immediately rather than letting yourself crash. You'll adapt more quickly to the time difference.
If you arrive in the evening, however, in my experience it's best to head to your hotel and try to get as close to a normal night's sleep as possible.
Language: Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan, and most people also speak the Taiwanese, or Minnan dialect. English signage at Chiang Kai-shek Airport has improved, but you may still need help. English assistance is available, though early and late in the day it could be spotty. Your best bet may be fellow airline passengers, especially locals returning from the US whose English is usually very good.
Money: Taiwanese use the New Taiwan Dollar (around 32 NT=$1US at this writing). You can exchange cash at the airport if you need. Your hotel also can do it, often at the best rates. With ATMs ubiquitous in Taiwan these days, it's not necessary to bring a thick wad of US dollars with you. Most ATMs at the big banks will let you withdraw from your own bank in NT dollars. The convenience is worth the small service fee.
Getting to the city from the airport: Buses are the cheapest route, but I'd avoid them with kids. You'll have your hands full with luggage and little ones, and the last thing you need is trying to figure out how to get downtown. Taxis into Taipei City are convenient and not very expensive. If you book a hotel in advance, you also can ask the hotel to send a car. It's worth the expense, especially if you have younger kids who won't deal so well with delays and tight spaces. After using all three methods, I’d recommend spending a few extra bucks on the hotel car. Wouldn't it be nicer to have someone waiting for you when you and the kids drag yourselves off the plane?
"Where to stay"
If you're passing through Taipei for a single night on your way elsewhere on the island, and you want a bit of an adventure, consider the Grand Hotel (Yuanshan Dafandian), on a hillside overlooking downtown. It’s pricey, but worth a night just to say you did it. Outside-facing rooms are bigger, with beds and sitting area.
The palace-style decor, from the massive red columns and tile roof to the high ceilings and grand staircase, are a big draw. The view is spectacular. If you have the stamina, you and your kids can climb the stairs up the mountain behind the hotel. The food is excellent. Our favorite is the Yuan Yuan Beijing dumpling restaurant (up the stairs to the left of the check-in counter). There's a pool.
Even if you don't stay at the Grand Hotel, it's worth a visit. Yuan Yuan is a great meal, and you can prowl about. Our kids especially liked the dragon mountain fountain at the rear entrance.
If your travels will take you out of the city on the rails, you might consider staying near the Taipei Main Station so you don’t have to go far to get your train.
The Lai Lai on Chunghsiao East Road is top end price-wise, but it’s comfortable and recently was completely renovated. We stayed with our Emma when she was 6 months old. The food is good, with many options, and the shops are fun to visit.
Other options on Chunghsiao East Road are the Caesar Park (formerly the Hilton), which is even closer to the station and like the Lai Lai, on the upper end of the price range; or the Cosmos, which may be slightly less expensive.
In choosing a hotel for an extended stay, accommodations for kids, such as western breakfast, swimming pool and maybe entertainment center, will be considerations. But we think distance to the city's metro lines is most important. Riding the metro is cheap, convenient and fun, especially the elevated lines to the zoo and north to Tanshui. Of course price is a consideration; when you're traveling with kids, though, I'd suggest it's worth paying a bit extra. A comfortable hotel as a "home base" can help alleviate lots of whining from tired, travel-stressed kids. When the going gets rough, they'll look forward to coming back to their room.
Here are a few other ideas:
-- Sherwood, on Minsheng East Road between Tunhua and Fuhsing. It’s upper end, but comfortable. We stayed there the night we arrived in August 2005; we got in a 9 pm. They sent a car for us, and it was a relief to meet our driver, ride to the hotel, and fall into bed. Food is good, especially the buffet breakfast on B1.There's also a top-floor pool. The Sherwood is only a 10 minute walk from the Chungshan Middle School station on the Mucha elevated mass transit line. http://www.sherwood.com.tw/en/
-- Westin, on Nanjing East Road on the other side of Fuxing, also upper end. Close to the subway line (Nanjing Dong Lu), and very comfortable. Good food and great location. http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/index.html.
-- Brother Hotel, on Nanjing East Road right at the Nanjing DongLu station. Not as pricey as the Westin or Sherwood, but great location, good food.
-- Taipei Fullerton. More of a business hotel, but the price is right and the locations are good — both on Fuxing Road. The Fuxing North location is right at the Zhongshan Middle School station on the Muzha line. The other location is at Fuxing South Road, near the Da’an metro station. We stayed at the Fuxing South location with Emma and Shelley’s sister and nephew in 2000, when it was still called the Dynasty. Both locations are newly renovated and pretty nice, and of course a good price. http://www.taipeifullerton.com.tw/
"Where to go with kids"
Taipei is mostly kid-friendly, with lots of kid-oriented attractions, an easy-to-use metro system that's fun to ride, and kid-friendly eateries. The local food is good, and if you must, it has a wide variety of fast-food chains -- McDonald's, Wendy's and Starbucks, for example. It does lack in one major area, though: It's not particularly stroller (or wheelchair) friendly. Many streets are a collection of uneven sidewalks with levels that vary according to the whim of each storefront owner. Metro stations all have elevators, however.
That said, there's plenty to do here for families -- more than I dare try to list. Here's a short, subjective list of favorites compiled with the help of our 8- and 4-year-old girls:
The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan, on Jiangguo North Road. It’s not about dolls. It’s a collection of miniature scenes and houses and dioramas of famous places (Buckingham Palace or the Rose Mansion), popular stories and familiar characters (Alice in Wonderland), assembledby a private collector. I was skeptical, but wound up amazed. They’re works of art, not toys. http://www.mmot.com.tw/e-index.htm
Don’t underestimate the attraction of a park. In our year abroad, that’s been one of the most satisfying things for the girls. In Taipei there are small neighborhood parks, usually with some kind of play equipment. Just head off the main drag into the lanes and you're bound to find one. There’s also the massive Da’An Forest Park in central Taipei, where you can run around, fly kites, slide and climb and swing.
Taipei Zoo -- A good city zoo. Take the Muzha line to the end and you’re there. They have a cheesy kid’s shopping mall next door with a McDonald’s and other fast food as well as fun rides. The zoo has a little motorized tram you can ride as well.
Taipei 101, the world's tallest building, is a must. It’s a fun outing and the view is sensational. Even the elevator ride to the 89th floor observation lounge is a trip. And it’s worth a little extra to walk up two flights to the outdoor observation deck on 91. Meanwhile, the Taipei 101 mall is full of designer stores, a great bookstore called Page One, lots of escalators. The basement food court is also a good place to grab a meal.
Pools – there are actually public outdoor swimming pools in Taipei, and our local friends with kids there tell us they’re worth it, and clean. We didn’t actually go. I think you can learn about them from an expat website like Tea-Lit, http://www.tealit.com/ or http://www.tealit.com/swimming.htm
Food – take your family out for an adventure meal, where the chef is right in front of you (teppanyaki) or you cook your own (hot pot or yakiniku / kao rou). Teppanyaki places are usually found in the basement food courts of the big department stores (Shinkong Mitsukoshi, AsiaWorld, SunRise, Breeze Center all have them; We like the Asia World Teppanyaki the best; friendly, good price and not usually overcrowded).
History – visit a historic house, to give your kids a sense of what it was like to live in Taiwan a long time ago. My girls really liked the Lin An Tai house, off Chungshan North Road. Another great one is the Lin Family Garden in Panchiao. Emma recommends these.
Volcano - Hire a car or a taxi for a ride up Yangmingshan, north of Taipei. There's a big national park with blooming flowers in springtime. We also recommend a visit to Xiaoyoukeng, an area of active steam vents on the backside of the mountain. There's a good visitor center, walking trails, and rocks that are hot to the touch. The exotic backdrop is popular not only with kids but also brides and grooms, who come to have their pictures taken.
Night market - Taipei has many night markets, which are city streets transformed into pedestrian shopping lanes, or even permanent sites. The one in Shihlin is probably best known; among the lesser known, Yonghe's LeHua Street is also good.
i ,m going to taipei from 25/9 to 28/9. will be staying at brother hotel at nanking east road. is there any shopping for ladies near the hotel? where to shop for ladies thing which are not too expensive?
RE: brother hotel
There are a few Shops and shopping centes along Nanking East road on both sides of Brother Hotel. When you say Ladies, what "age" group are you talking about. Office wear- Shop at chain stores like KUDA, ATT, NET e.t.c. For Youthful fashion, shop at Ximenting , Shihlin NM (After 6.30pm) and Wufenpu Wholesale Area -After 4.30pm except Mondays(You can buy per pc). For the Mature Ladies you can shop at Wanhua Wholesale Area and Chengzhong Market off Po Ai Road Mximenting - After 10.30am
RE: RE: brother hotel
thanks for the reply,will bring my wife and her girlfriends to ximengting & wufenbu.
RE: brother hotel
It is a good time to come, Shops have already started discounting their Summer merchandise. Places like Kuda for cool wear at upto 80% off for selected merchandise. If you see signs in stores " 2" Means you pay 20% of list price. "4" would be 40% of list price or 60% off and so on.