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.
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.
- Historic Sites
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Phone Number
- No. 1, Sec. 4, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
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
- Lost and found
- Broadcast Service
- Nursery service
R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Jiantan
Tourist Attraction Requiring Quite a Drive to TaipeiThis hotel was grand as the name says. Upon arriving though, we had to wait in quite a line of cars to get into the hotel. It's no surprise though as many people make a stop at the hotel just to see the architecture. It is really impressive and neat! But the downside was that it was a pretty far drive from all the stops we wanted to make in Taipei, so it required quite a few taxi rides. Also, we got a room with a "mountain view" but I wouldn't recommend it. The view was interrupted with another part of the hotel building, so we were basically looking at others' rooms. Also, the balcony is shared without any privacy with the other people staying at the hotel. The other downside was the amount of noise. Our room must have been right next to a room with kids. The kids were loud (walls were paper thin) late at night and then again in the morning. It made for a not-so-pleasant sleep.
magnificentA very good hotel with a look really well done and that really imposes. Our room was spacious and clean, nothing to say about it! We also ate well, the breakfast is very correct and the buffet is also very good!
Hong Kong, China
Short trip to TaipeiWe stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. First impression - tourists, lots of tourists. This hotel was built in 1950’s and is the first hotel in Taiwan to receive state guests so the decorations are similar to a Chinese palace. Lots of famous people had stayed in this hotel during state visits such as US President Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, UK Prime Minister and Japan Prime Minister. Grand and in red. Decorations are everywhere from floor to ceiling. That’s why so many tourists come to take pictures. You can smell the history of this palace. The room is very large albeit a bit outdated. Services are very good. The Chinese restaurant there has good food and we enjoyed them. The breakfast buffet has lots of choices and taste good. Even though the hotel is in a mountain, it has a shuttle bus service that takes you to two different subway stations nearby. If you are fancy about staying in a Chinese palace, this will be your choice. Price is reasonable.
Our 30th wedding AnniversaryIt lived up to its name this not only a hotel but a Palace as well,gorgeous lobby huge room beautiful bathroom and great city view from our room balcony. Dont book a room facing the mountain there is no view.Ths hotel is quite far fr the city center you need to take a taxi. We booked a day tour fr the internet so everything was settled before we arrived Taipei..the experience was all worth it.
Pretty hotel but a quick visitIs hotel is pretty but unless you pay for the guided tour, there’s not a whole lot to see inside. There are shops on the second level. And the giant Christmas tree in the foyer. You can take a free shuttle from the subway line by exiting Exit 1 and turning right. The bus schedule in the brochure is incorrect as the shuttle runs every 90 minutes, now. There is a shuttle bus schedule posted at the start. Do not take the city buses which often stop here. Before you take the exit you can talk to the helpful person at the information desk on the left.
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