Grand Hyatt Taipei: icon of the capital, redesigned
By Dimitri Bruyas, The China Post
March 27, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai or Taipei. If you've traveled across Asia, chances are that you've been to one of these iconic cities and experienced a new era in the development of megacities. These metropolitan areas with populations of more than six million people have been experiencing a shift in urban development with the birth of new city centers that combine trendy architecture, upscale office space, high-end shopping and cool entertainment into a single business hub.
New Heart of Taipei City
The best example of such a trend is Taipei's Xinyi District. Following the completion of the MRT's blue line, the city's prime entertainment center has shifted from the west to the east side of Taipei in just two decades. Today, Xinyi District hosts the landmark Taipei 101, a string of new office buildings, retail destinations, luxury properties, and of course Grand Hyatt Taipei (台北君悅酒店).
The five-star hotel, which boasts eight restaurants and bars that span the culinary globe, completed last year the first phase of its room renovations in the West Wing (facing the Taipei World Trade Center), as well as a completely redesigned Grand Club Lounge and upgraded meeting facilities that reflect the current shift in the city's development.
"Things have changed gradually over the last decade and now this area has become the center of Taipei," said Kai Speth, general manager of Grand Hyatt Taipei.
"More leisure travelers are now willing to stay in this area because they want to be connected to Taipei 101, the five shopping malls, the restaurants, everything that really has happened over the last six to seven years," he added.
But what will be the differentiating factors among all the various options? Every foreigner who comes to Taiwan always praises the kindness and hospitality of the local people. It's cliché but it's true. So the answer to this question for Speth is to "ensure that they're engaged." The German native who joined Hyatt International in 1996 praised the staff in Taiwan for their courteousness and positivity.
"We are very consistent throughout the world," he went on. "Whether you stay in the Park Hyatt in Paris or Sydney, you (will experience) top hospitality."
New Grand Design
If you are visiting Taipei, you can now enjoy the tech-savvy design of the redesigned guestrooms and suites that feature Taiwanese cultural elements. The designers merged Eastern and Western concepts into stylish urban accommodations that are modern, yet simple. This contemporary residential atmosphere creates a comfortable and luxurious feeling away from home.
The selection of colors, materials, furniture and lighting, along with the classic décor, give you a unique experience of Taiwan with inspirational patterns drawn from modern Chinese culture and design. "Whether for business or leisure, all rooms provide the latest information and communications technology to let you stay connected with the rest of the world," he continued.
By pulling together all elements to create a cozy interior, Speth hopes that travelers can better learn about local cultures from the new heart of Taipei City.