This hotel is in a really good location and represents good value. However, if you are expecting the facilities to match the supposed 4.5 star rating think again. This hotel is small - small rooms, small restaurant etc. I have stayed in a lot of hotels in Taipei. This hotel did not live up to the star rating. The rooms looked tired and well worn and missed some of the basic amenities that are expected. The entrance on ground floor is a bar, and you are escorted up to the 3rd floor for the lobby which gives a shabby appearance. The breakfast food is good, but the buffet area is incredibly cramped, and at peak times there is not enough seating. The rooms are small and somewhat basic. The staff are very good, friendly Ned helpful. You get access to a neighboring gym which is very well equipped.
We were in Taipei for the new year fireworks at 101. Searching for hotels at that time was very difficult as they marked up the prices considerably. AT Boutique did not so we decided to stay there for a very fair price considering the location. The one thing that really stands out is the size of the room. Asian hotel rooms are typically smaller than in the US. We have travelled around Asia enough to expect this and it's not really a concern for a couple. If you have kids or lots of luggage maybe they have some larger room to help accommodate those situations. The room overall was nice and contemporary. The bathroom was also very modern including a shower, sink, toilet, a mirror and shelf for storage of toothpaste, shaving cream etc. . One small announce was that they only gave us 1 key and that key runs the power in the room. So one person cannot leave without taking the key leaving the other person with no power.
Sparkle hotel is very convinient and near taipei 101. Rooms are clean and nice, but no windows since it is located below ground level. The only problem with my stay is the temp control of my room broke and they dont have 24 hour maintainance. They cant transfer me to another room since it was fully booked that weekend. If not for that broken air conditioning, my stay would have been close to perfect. I did not have a restful sleep since it was kind of warm. I would definitely go back but hopefully they will give compensation for my previous experience.
Home to iconic Taipei 101 and Taipei World Trade Center, Xinyi is the modern heart of the city. Indulge in upscale boutiques like Gucci and Chanel at the Taipei 101 and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi malls, or choose from 17 screens at Vieshow Megaplex. Countless restaurants and nightclubs beckon in the Neo19 and ATT4 Fun buildings. Take the Nangang Line to City Hall for New Year's concerts and fireworks.
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