Taipei, Seven hotels in Taiwan have been listed among Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Star Awards, with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Taipei, gaining a five-star rating for the second year in a row.
Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, was described as an iconic and outstanding property with "virtually flawless service and amazing facilities," in the Forbes Travel Guide, which is considered the main global authority on luxury travel.
"Mandarin Oriental is known for its opulence, and this recently opened hotel does not disappoint," the guide said, issuing a five-star rating to the hotel for the second consecutive year.
The hotel, which opened in May 2014, has been a hit among celebrities such as Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou (???), Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung (???) and Korean soap opera queen Jun Ji-hyun, according to the travel guide.
"Located on tree-lined Dunhua North Road in the heart of the city, the exquisitely designed Mandarin Oriental, Taipei has a prime location, spacious rooms, a large spa, and a bevy of dining options," the travel guide said. "It's a good choice for both business and leisure travelers."
Meanwhile, four hotels in Taiwan were rated as four-star, namely the Grand Hyatt Taipei, Regent Taipei, Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei, and W Hotel Taipei, while Humble House Taipei and Eslite Hotel were listed in the recommended hotel category.
Eslite Hotel, listed in the Forbes guide for the first time, is located in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei and caters to travelers seeking a slower pace and a unique cultural atmosphere, according to its president Wang Pen-jen (???).
The travel guide also gave a five-star rating to the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, and a four-star ranking to Wellspring Spa at the Regent Taipei.
The Forbes Travel Guide usually sends anonymous professional inspectors to visit and assess hotels, restaurants and spas around the world for stays of at least two nights.
In its annual rankings, the travel guide names five-star, four-star and recommended facilities, rating that were awarded to more than 1,600 hotels, restaurants and spas this year.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel