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The Grand Hotel 圓山飯店

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Introduction

Established in 1952, the Grand Hotel is a 14-story palatial building towering on the hillside of Yuanshan and surrounded by Keelung River in the front, Mt. Yangmingshan in the back, Songshan to the east and Tamsui to the west. With its signature red columns and golden roof, the hotel’s magnificent exterior presents a sumptuously classic ambiance that reflects the beauty of traditional Chinese arts. The hotel is one of Taipei City’s world-renowned landmarks, and also the premium choice for travel accommodation or business conferences for people worldwide.

The beauty of the Grand Hotel comes from its stately Chinese-style structures and splendid classic setting; the mystique of the hotel lies in its legendary, historic significance and the rumor about a secret underground passageway; one can chalk the hotel’s otherworldly serenity to its great location, adjacent to a scenic belt away from the urban bustle.

 

The century-old golden dragons

 

 

The bronze dragons were initially desgined statues guarding the entrance to Taiwan Jinjia (built in 1901 in the style of a Japanese Shinto shrine). They were carefully preserved during re-constructions of the Grand Hotel, to be later perfectly displayed in the hotel’s Gold Dragon Restaurant; the dragons were accentuated with 24-karat gold plating as part of the hotel’s renovation efforts in 1987. It is worth noting that these dragons have three claws only, compared to the four or five claws on dragons depicted in traditional Chinese paintings.

 

 

Plum-flower caisson ceiling

 

 

On the center of the hotel lobby’s ceiling is a plum blossom-shaped caisson, with five golden dragons encircling a pearl, suggesting the “Five Blessings.” Inspired by the Chinese pronunciation of “3” sounding like “rise” and the number 16 plus the large plum blossom, the 23 golden dragons and 16 phoenixes in the caisson were deliberately designed to signify rising to prominence and continuous profits, respectively. The caisson ceiling is also a profound traditional symbol of prosperity, represented by the dragons and phoenixes.

 

 

Upturned eaves and bucket arch

 

 

On the rooftop, both the upturned eaves and bucket arch embody ancient Chinese culture. While a row of animals crouch above the vertical ridge of the dramatically upturned eaves, the Chiwei, or monster-like ornaments made from roofing shingles, are poised between the main ridge and vertical ridge. The sumptuously delicate yet robust bucket arch structure under the roof is one of the greatest wonders in Chinese architecture.

 

 

Glass doors of the hotel lobby

 

 

The gigantic, yet gracefully symmetrical, floor-to-ceiling glass doors of the lobby serve as the front entrance of The Grand Hotel. Look closely, and you will see six ancient Chinese characters signifying “Long Live the Republic of China”, hidden under the decorative patterns. The creativity of the design and how times have changed are surely impressive, considering the historical background of the hotel.

 

 

Stone tablet

 

 

Erected at the beginning of a stone staircase leading to the arched entrance is a giant stone tablet inscribed with the cursive-style characters “Jian-Tan-Sheng-Ji”. After verification from various sources, the words depicted in the free-flowing and powerful calligraphic work of the late politician Yu You-ren, are believed to mean that the Yuanshan area is sanctified, which offers an explanation for the Grand Hotel remaining popular and revered over the past century.

Information

Themes
Historic Sites
Subject
Hiker
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Phone Number
+886-2-28868888
Address
No. 1, Sec. 4, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday open 24 hours
Monday open 24 hours
Tuesday open 24 hours
Wednesday open 24 hours
Thursday open 24 hours
Friday open 24 hours
Saturday open 24 hours

Services & Facilities

  • Accessibility for the Disabled
  • Venue rental
  • Dinning
  • Shopping
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Lost and found
  • Broadcast Service
  • Locker
  • Accommodation
  • Nursery service

Transportaiton

Nearby MRT

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Jiantan

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Review

TripAdvisor Reviews

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Traveler rating

  1. 30 Terrible
  2. 49 Poor
  3. 187 Average
  4. 502 Very good
  5. 549 Excellent

Traveler type

  1. 402 Families
  2. 254 Couples
  3. 96 Solo
  4. 209 Business
  5. 179 Friends
  • mylifemyodyssey

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    A very Grand hotel indeed

    2020-01

    I stayed here for 3 nights over Chinese New Year. The hotels exterior and interior is impressive, especially if you are a Western tourist looking for an “authentic” feel. The location atop a hill offers a splendid view of Taipei and is easily accessible by the MRT ( 10 minute walk near Shilin market) or taxi or complimentary shuttle bus offered by the hotel to two MRT stations. There are a selection of restaurants in the hotel with Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine, a buffet option with a mix of cuisines, steak house and even a Family Mart ( for snacks) and a cafe selling pizza( which looked good), pie, cake, beer, ice cream etc but the service in the cafe is TERRIBLE!! drinks arriving way after meals were finished and all dishes arriving at separate times with a total timeframe of about 1 hour. I stayed in two rooms during my stay. An entry level room, which was nice but very small and without windows ( which i knew) making it feel even smaller. I also stayed in a corner suite facing the city. This was impressive and vast as you can see from the pictures below which speak for themselves. In summary, its a nice hotel, nice novelty appeal to it. If you choose to stay here i would recommend spending a little extra to secure a room with windows and if you have money to burn you should definitely try the corner suite!
  • ngaiy2018

    Traveler type:

    Family

    Experience exotic style with great comfort

    2020-01

    We stayed in the hotel for 3 nights. It’s a very beautiful hotel with Classical Chinese architectural style and a lot of good Chinese restaurants. As because it’s at CNY, the hotel was decorated with colourful lanterns, with violinists and saxophonists playing live Chinese music at the lobby. The breakfast served dim sum and western food at the same time. A perfect occasion for east meets west. The good location of the hotel together with the shuttle bus service to and from railway stations offered great convenience to the night market of Shilin, Expo museum and got us connected to theme parks and other attractions along the railway. All the staff members here were nice and efficient, a true representation of the friendly and thoughtful Taiwanese culture.
  • michaelgE3445ZA

    Baldock, United Kingdom

    Traveler type:

    Business

    Business visit

    2020-01

    Good hotel, wide variety of food to suit all palates and a good selection of restaurants, comfortable rooms and very good service. Reception especially helpful and deserve a special mention. One big let down for me was no dedicated bar, if you just wanted a beer you have to use one of the smaller eating areas.
  • JulieK3504

    Seattle, Washington

    Fabulous hotel & service

    2020-01

    This hotel is top notch, 5-star. This is where diplomats come to Taiwan and has an air of prestigue. Their service is also fabulous- I arrived in an Uber and had forgotten my phone in the car, and the hotel tracked my taxi down, and spoke to the driver and arranged for him to return it to me. Rooms have large balconies with fabulous city view.
  • Worldtravelor09

    Rockville, MD

    Only authentic Chinese palace style hotel with best barber shop in the world

    2019-12

    Grand Hotel is an iconic heritage hotel that has been modernized for today's traveler. The best service here is the barber shop. I have traveled the world and has never had such a super experience getting a hair cut. So many messages, hot towels, it is like going back to the old world with the best professional service. In addition to the location, away from the Taipei bustle, the hotel is still convenient with free shuttle to the MRT, I can recommend the dim sum restaurant with excellent Cantonese dim sum and impeccable view. Highly recommended.

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