Introduction
Club International Seattle
Lufthansa Business Class Seattle to Frankfurt
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Nice
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
Park Hyatt Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Zurich
Austrian Business Class Zurich to Vienna
Austrian Business Class Vienna to Tokyo Narita
EVA Air Business Class Tokyo Narita to Taipei
Le Meridien Taipei
W Taipei
EVA Air Infinity Lounge Taipei
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class Taipei to San Francisco
Thoughts on Nice, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Zurich, and Taipei


Both the W and Le Meridien Taipei are generally well regarded hotels, and since they’re just a block apart I figured we might as well check them both out during our three day visit to Taipei. We spent the first night at the Le Meridien, which was pricey at roughly $300 for the night. That being said it’s a category five property, meaning it ordinarily goes for 12,000-16,000 Starpoints per night, so paying still seemed like the marginally better option in terms of value.

The Le Meridien is roughly a 45 minute taxi drive from the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, and it located just a couple of blocks from Taipei 101.

Upon arrival at the hotel we were offered help with our bags and pointed towards check-in, which was located inside the lobby to the right.

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Hotel exterior

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Hotel signage

The lobby was incredibly spacious and modern, and there was no queue at check-in.

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Lobby

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Lobby

Once they recognized I was a Platinum member they escorted us up to the club lounge for check-in formalities. Check-in was quick, and we were informed of all of our benefits, including an upgrade to a junior suite, free internet, lounge access, etc. The only odd part was that the letter they gave me was addressed to “Ms. Schlappig.” I’ve never met a girl named Ben!

Our suite was on the 12th floor, the same floor as the club lounge.

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Hallway

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Our room, 1206

The room was modern, beautifully furnished, and in perfect condition, and sure felt like a full suite rather than a junior suite to me. At the entrance was a living room with a couch, chair with ottoman, and a cool lamp.

There was also a desk with a rolling chair.

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Living room

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Living room

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Living room

On the living room table was a plate with some fruit and brownies.

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Fruit and brownies

The living room boasted amazing views of Taipei 101 and surrounding buildings.

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View from the living room

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View from the living room

The bedroom was connected to the living room by a door, and had a comfortable king size bed.

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Bedroom

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Bedroom

The bathroom could be accessed either through the living room or through the bedroom, and was incredibly spacious.

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Entryway to bathroom

It featured double sinks, a soaking tub, a bidet style toilet, and a huge shower.

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Bathroom

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Bathroom

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Double sinks

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Bathtub

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Bidet style toilet

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Shower

The toiletries were Heyland & Whittle branded.

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Toiletries

The club lounge, which was only a few steps from our room, was on the small side though nicely furnished.

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Club lounge

It served evening cocktails and appetizers from 5:30PM till 8:00PM. The spread wasn’t all that impressive, and consisted of salad, chicken satay, bread, cheese, dessert, etc.

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Evening spread

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Evening spread

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Evening spread

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Evening spread

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Evening spread

Then there was a self serve bar, though there was also a server working the lounge that seemed quite insistent on serving drinks rather than having people serve themselves.

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Drinks

Interestingly the club lounge is closed for breakfast, so as a club guest you can have breakfast in the restaurant. Then throughout the day they just have a few snacks in the lounge along with soft drinks.

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Daytime snacks

Breakfast is served daily at Latest Recipe from 6:30AM till 10AM.

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Latest Recipe

The spread itself is huge, though I didn’t find the quality to be amazing. I’m not sure if that was just because of how big the restaurant was or what, but a lot of the food was lukewarm and most of the pastries/bread didn’t look especially appetizing.

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

On the plus side, like any good Asian breakfast  buffet, they had four types of gummy bears and two brands and eight flavors of ice cream to choose from.

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

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Breakfast buffet

In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, on the second floor is the hotel’s gym and indoor lap pool, both of which are impressive.

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Entrance to gym

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Gym

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Lap pool

The hotel’s location is also ideal, as I said earlier just blocks from Taipei 101.

Anyway, I really liked this hotel. I thought physically this was probably the nicest Le Meridien I’ve ever stayed at. The rooms and public facilities were modern and extremely well maintained. The employees at the hotel were consistently top notch as well. While the club lounge was physically a nice space, I’ve definitely seen better spreads, though it certainly wasn’t anything to complain about either.

After my stay I told  myself I’d return to the hotel in a heartbeat, but that’s before I discovered the W a block away, which is probably the first W I’ve ever stayed at that I loved.

  1. August 17th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Mike said,

    What a nice room!

  2. August 17th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    R B said,

    That hotel looks very similar to the ‘Le Méridien’ Bangkok.

  3. August 17th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Peter said,

    Great high def pics! Lovely hotel/views. Bring on the W!

  4. August 17th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    The Weekly Flyer said,

    Did you get a new camera?

  5. August 17th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    NYBanker said,

    Why didn’t you fly into TSA (vs TPE)? Plenty of *a flights from Tokyo. I found good award availability, too.

  6. August 17th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Shannon said,

    LOVE the picture of Taipei 101 and the beautiful sky. The pictures quality is way much better than that Point, Miles and Bloody Mary.

  7. August 17th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    lucky said,

    @ The Weekly Flyer — Nope, still my Canon S95!

  8. August 17th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    lucky said,

    @ NYBanker — Because there are no nonstop flights out of Tokyo Narita, but rather only out of Tokyo Haneda, and we were connecting from Vienna at Narita.

  9. August 17th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    ken said,

    Did you go explore Taipei? like the night food stalls?

  10. August 17th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Tom said,

    Reminds me of my recent trip to Taipei. Was really impressed with Taipei, think it is much overlooked. Also, found the spg properties were top notch

  11. August 17th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    lucky said,

    @ ken — Yes, that will be coming in the final installment of the series.

  12. August 17th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    TN said,

    How’s the gay bars in Taipei? Hit up a few let us know :)

  13. August 18th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Robert Hanson said,

    Remembering the taxi in Nice, I’m curious how much a 45 minute ride to the hotel costs in Taipei?

  14. August 18th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Robert Hanson — IIRC it was roughly $30USD.

  15. September 6th, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Marshall Davies said,

    Hi Lucky – my wife & I have stayed in 3 hotels in Taipei & the hot breakfast food was lukewarm, at best, in each of them. I don’t understand why it’s a difficult task to keep the food hot.

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