EDGING out some of New York’s and London’s best hotels to claim Hotels.com’s title of the world’s ‘most-loved’ luxury hotel is W Taipei, a 5-star property in the district of Xinyi.
Based on ratings from over 20 million guests, W Taipei came out top for its rave guest reviews. The Starwood property draws repeat guests for its central location and contemporary décor, especially among millennials and younger business travelers.
In typical W fashion, the hotel is decked out in playful furniture, and all 405 rooms are adorned with the brand’s signature W bed.
The property is also popular for its sweeping views of the Taipei skyline, including that of the iconic Taipei 101 from the Spectacular Room.
The Extreme Wow Suite is considered to be one of the largest suites in all of Taiwan and is built like a stylish loft overlooking the Taipei 101 and its surrounding structures.
The suite’s living area is equipped with a projector, a Bang and Olufsen 55″ LCD TV and sound system, an iPod docking and media hub. Art pieces are scattered about the room.
Here are three reviews plucked from its Hotel.com listing:
“Five star hotel with six star attitude. Love the hotel completely, prefect for all occasions; shopping, business, and partying etc. The best hotel in Taipei.”
“Normally I would avoid a W like the plague, but this W really is an anomaly. Maybe because it is relatively new or because it is in Asia where hotels are far superior to there American and US contemporaries. This hotel is perfectly placed in the city and is more like a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton. The spa reminds me of the high quality ones you find in the Grand Hyatt Tokyo or Four Seasons Hong Kong.”
“Excellent location, staff and very trendy bar. Would recommend and stay again.”
Other Asia-Pacific hotels featured in the list are Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, a five-star stunner overlooking the harbor, and in the heart of the city’s business and shopping districts.
In-house restaurant Pei Modern is a popular choice in the city for its contemporary menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, while Grain is a gem for premium whiskeys from around the world.
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel also made the top ten.
Large names like Marriott, Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, and Langham were curiously absent from the top ten.
Here’s the top ten list in full:
- W Taipei, Taiwan
- Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Australia
- Hotel Sofitel New York
- Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Thailand
- Dolce CampoRealLisbon, Portugal
- The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel, Australia
- Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Mondrian London
- Waldorf Astoria Orlando
- The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
The Hotels.com Loved by Guests awards – an annual awards program with guests as voters – celebrates some of the finest hotels in the world, as well as those that have raked in the best guest feedback and review ratings.