Arrival Experience: With a convenient shuttle that operates on a regular schedule, the free trip from the main terminal to the hotel is never very long. Once at the property, bellmen are on hand to assist, but are not intrusive. Guests can traverse the marble lobby to the reception desk where a friendly, English-speaking staff happily points the way. The airy lobby and hearty welcome are surprisingly appreciated for an airport property.
Dining: The main restaurant, The Square, features a bevy of international dining choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With numerous exhibition kitchens, travelers can be a part of their meal by watching how it is prepared. Everything from a bakery station and opposing gluten-free area at breakfast to a Chinese noodle spot and sushi bar make this the go-to spot for all meals while onsite. The adjacent Q Bar also serves light snacks along with its complementary menu of cocktails, wine, and beer. Second-floor Wei Fang specializes in Shanghainese cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Accommodations: Guest rooms here are extremely modern and contemporary with sleek lines, large beds topped with duvets, and work desks with free wireless high speed Internet and speaker phones. This property was clearly designed with business travelers in mind, but its proximity to the airport means that leisure travelers also have the benefit of its up-to-date amenities. Free bottled water awaits all guests, and one side of the building faces the airport with tremendous views of the terminals and runways for aviation buffs. Closets are large, full-length mirrors are in place, and minibars and coffeemakers are situated in all rooms. Magic glass screens hide the bathrooms from plain view when needed, but otherwise the bedroom and bathing area are separated by a glass panel that becomes opaque at the touch of a button. There is nothing like having a shower with planes taking off and landing in the distance. Club-level rooms enjoy extra bonuses like espresso machines and access to a private lounge for complimentary breakfast and evening snacks and cocktails.
Conclusion: As the closest hotel to the airport, and clearly the most modern and amenity-packed, Novotel wins hands-down against the competition in nearby Taoyuan. Ample meeting facilities attract corporate groups including those with business in the area like China Airlines. An indoor swimming pool and full-service gym provide diversion for those without work on their mind. Since this airport property is Taipei's best option for busy travelers, guests should look for its shuttle in the arrivals area. Reservations can be made on the spot and are worth it for those with a short layover.