JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Mandarin Oriental Taipei
No. 158, Dunhua North Road, Taipei, Taiwan 10548
17th October 2015

Get ready for some glam and glitz; the Mandarin Oriental in Taipei, now around a year into its opening, is the swankiest address in town. We checked it out, all in the name of RASK Reviewed research, of course.

Location
On Dunhua North Road, the hotel is a couple of minutes' drive from the downtown Songshan Airport. It's a busy, although not particularly ritzy area. It is an easy ten minutes' drive to the landmark that is Taipei 101. The drive from the city's main airport, Taoyuan, is around one hour.
Who stays?
This is, by far, the most exclusive hotel address in Taipei, if not in Taiwan, and it's evident from the clientèle too. Expect well-coiffed and dressed ladies who lunch, heavy jewellery and designer tuxedos. Guests are a mix of high end business travellers (mainly Asian and primarily Chinese and Japanese) and international (top end) leisure travellers.
Style and Character
Grand and glitzy, the 256-room hotel is undeniably decadent; marble, gold, silk and heavy art on the walls. It's borderline cheesy, in my opinion, but it works.
Service
As to be expected, service delivery is a refined affair. It was downright impeccable. The Mandarin Oriental Taipei, alongside most other properties in this, one of the world's absolute top hotel chains, is one of those places where, while "on stage", the staff's every action, is thoroughly thought through. From the way guests are greeted, to the way your bill is folded: it's all just immaculate.
Rooms and Suites
My room, a Deluxe Club Room, was very big (at 55 sq.m.) and came with access to the club lounge (which is one of the best I've ever visited - don't miss it). However, all 256 rooms and suites are, quite simply, exquisite and can compete with any "palace" in Paris in terms of both style and equipment. The added bonus, of course, is that all is brand-spanking new.

I loved everything in the room; the silks, the drapes, the linens (the slippers!), and although I wouldn't dream of decorating my own home in the over the top way they've done it in here at the MO, there's no denying that it's supremely comfortable and feels utterly luxurious.
Food and Drink
Taipei is a foodie's delight - and Mandarin Orientals around the world are known for op of the line gastronomy.

Hence, almost expectedly, the hotel has pulled out all the stops to turn itself into a standalone dining destination. And it works. The dining options, ranging from Italian to Cantonese to French, are all outstanding (and the décor and design here are both *very* impressive). What I loved the most: the afternoon tea in the Jade Lounge, surrounded by immaculately clad ladies and young couples on classy dates.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
Again setting the gold standard for Taipei, the Mandarin Oriental offers a spa spread over two floors (gorgeous) and a fully equipped (and staffed) fitness centre.

Although it does not match its Bangkok sister property in terms of the outdoor pool area, I was more than satisfied with the small gardens and lovely tiled pool.
Perceived Value
The pricing is a little too ambitious, in my opinion - after all, while the hotel is just as good as the top addresses in Paris; we are not in Paris....
Verdict
One of the most stunning new hotels in the world, the Mandarin Oriental Taipei is superb. The rooms, suites, restaurants and staff are all top of the line. I can't wait to return.