W Taipei

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  1. Chad
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    Currently I am at the new W Taipei in, surprisingly, Taipei. So here are a few thoughts.

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    (Lobby on 10th Floor)

    Check in was the worse I have experienced in a while. Maybe just bad timing as (unlike in the photo) hordes of people were surrounding the two desks - combine this with culutural differences in respect to queing - equals a very disorganised affair.

    As a platinum I was given a one category upgrade. Also despite the hotel being aware of my check in time, my room was not ready - I was not offered a drink nor given any guidance as to when it would be ready. I won't name names but my pre stay communication and greeting from the same member of management at check in was amongst the most bizarre staff interaction I've had in some time.

    I don't want to sound too negative though, the welcome desk were friendly and helpful - just new staff overwhelmed by the crushing hordes.

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    (Landing area on the 27th floor)

    I was mildly disappointed with the room I was assigned, not really the lack of any meaningful upgrade, but the fact that it was right next to the elevator shaft and being on the corner half of the view was blocked by the other wing of the hotel.

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    (original room view - dude I can see the porn on your computer screen)

    I mentioned the lack of privacy to the porter, as we both watched the guy in the next room pick his nose, he assured me the windows weren't see through!

    With the assistance of the office of the director of rooms, I was able to get a more private room. So although no real upgrade, it worked out ok and the staff member I dealt with was very helpful- but be warned they do have a different impression of exactly what best available room means.

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    (Hooray, now only the office workers get to watch me shower)
     
  2. Chad
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    Fabulous Room:

    Both of the rooms I saw were very similar - the room I was finally assigned was on the corner and marginally bigger with a second set of windows.

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    (Entrance - doors on left are the wardrobe - the room contains no useable drawers).

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    (Entrance looking into the room)

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    (Desk/working area - good connectivity for hooking the ipod up to the sound system also HDMI inputs etc for laptop. User hint - point the remote to the black box near the arm of the chair - not the TV! Minibar on the left)

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    (Bed with day bed on the right. At last a soft bed in Taipei. Be warned the king size bed is surprisingly short. I am quite short (one day I shall conquer Russia) and even I found it a bit short. Power points are also available on both sides of the bed)
     
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    Bathroom

    Nowadays people only share rooms with their lovers - so bathroom privacy is no longer needed.

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    (Bathroom as viewed from bedroom)

    The bathroom is actually mostly private as the slats above can be closed. However you can see straight into the bathroom and shower through the non closable slats on the right if you are lying in bed.

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    (Sink. I love the sink, but it is mildly annoying to have the shelf/counter so much lower)

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    (Top of the range Toto hi-tech toilet and shower. Minor design flaw the lip of the angled storage area in the shower isn't high enough - so when it gets wet and soapy the items fall off. The bathroom could also use a basket for the used towels)

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    (Nice and deep bath. Really slow to full and could do with a head rest, but quite nice.)
     
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    Public areas

    Currently Wet and Sweat are not open.

    The pool area is on the 10th floor and is flanked on one side by the bar and by the buffet restaurant (Kitchen Table) on the other side. The pool area has tons of seating and in the warmer months would be a truly massive outdoor bar/club area.

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    (Wunderbar)

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    (Pool)

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    (Lots of great outdoor seating)

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    (Lots)

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    (Did I mention the amount of outdoor seating?)

    As I'm still here and will also be back next week I won't give a final conclusion.
     
  5. theskyflyer
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    Great report! Could you please posts more pictures of the lit glass/acrylic wall that separates the bathroom from the foyer? Is it glass? Is it acrylic? Is there a sliding door there?

    I am surprised the wooden vertical slats near the bed have open gaps. Maybe they are not the same in rooms with 2 beds? Sometimes the rationale is that if you can sleep in the same bed, you should feel comfortable seeing each other naked.

    I also have to say the color scheme is unlike most W's I have seen. The room feels more grown up, somehow.
     
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    Looks clean and modern. Too bad you couldn't swing a suite upgrade, but I'm guessing as you say it was busy with crushing hordes. =)
     
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    I don't really know what it is made of! Not glass so I guess some sort of acrylic plastic. It is rock hard and other than light is not really translucent. There is a sliding door. It is one of the better features of the room.

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    Sliding Door Closed:

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    Sliding Door Open:

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    Thank you! Sorry to nag, but I am so intrigued by this sliding door/lit acrylic wall panels. Is the 3rd picture (sliding door closed) taken from inside the bathroom looking towards the foyer? Is the sliding door from the foyer (not the wooden slats to the bedroom) is actually a combination of wood and acrylic (?) panels?
     
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    It's from the foyer looking into the bathroom

    The sliding door itself has a panel of (non lit) acryilic whatever taking up around 20-25% of its length with the balance being timber.

    Picture of sliding door only (closed taken from the bathroom):

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    I realize it is new but how do you feel so far about how they are treating you as an SPG plat? Do you find they are in tune with the program?
     
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    Did he get a suite?? Question answered :)
     
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    Poor to average. One category upgrade - originally assigned one of the worse rooms in the hotel. Amenity points and free internet (hopefully). Incorrectly told late check out is subject to availability. On a high floor - don't know if that is luck or platinum. Signed card from the manager - don't know if that is for everyone or not.

    To be fair the hotel currently claims that suites are not yet available for the general public (until the end of the month) and given the GM's last hotel (St Regis Beijing) treated platinums very well and his long history with Starwood - I expect a quick turn around when everything is fully operational.

    Looking at the floorplan it would appear each floor has three suites - two smaller ones (I guess fantastic?) and one larger (marvelous?).
     
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    Thanks!

    Since the hotel is so new, I assumed that the understanding of the SPG program might not be tip-top yet. I have an upcoming stay in May and your feedback will help me manage my expectations.

    I'm not surprised the suites aren't ready yet. I understand it is the same at the W in london.
     

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