I moved around a lot while living in Taiwan for three months. Sometimes, I needed to stay in hotels between accommodations because the timing of stays didn’t line up, which was the case here.
Don’t let the word Courtyard fool you. This accommodation felt like a 5-star hotel with great service. I was very impressed with this hotel and felt that it was far more modern than any other Courtyard in North America. I will share with you why I felt this way in this post.
If you’re looking for a detailed review of what it’s like to stay at the Courtyard Marriott Taipei, then keep reading. I’ll walk you through the hotel room, the location and other important details about this hotel.
The ambiance of the Courtyard Marriott Taipei
My first thought when I walked into this hotel was that this Courtyard is very modern and luxurious. In fact, this Courtyard is the most beautiful one I’ve ever stayed in my life. I’ve stayed in many Courtyards in North America and honestly, there is no comparison. My experience here far exceeds any Courtyard I’ve encountered in North America.
The hotel room at the Courtyard Marriott Taipei
The room we stayed in was quite comfortable. I have no idea how we got upgraded to a larger room with two double beds but sure, that works for us. It means I can throw the few things I brought during my year of travel on one bed and sleep on the other! Yay!
The room itself is big and quite spacious for the two of us. I can see how this room would be comfortable for a family with children or for a group of friends.
The desk was quite large and great to work on and the windows are bright and big. The natural lighting meant the room was always bright and cheery during the day.
The service at the Courtyard Marriott Taipei
Every staff member that I encountered during this stay was very hospitable. The check-in process was smooth and the staff at the executive lounge room are very professional. One employee, in particular, was super nice and gave us tips for where locals tend to eat and which night markets are too touristy. I later learned that he is also Canadian, but decided to move back to Taiwan to live (I would too if I had the chance!).
Since I had platinum status, I received a welcome gift of pineapple cakes from Elite Bakery.
Another great feature about the hotel is the mobile phone that is available for guests to use for local calls and data usage!
Note: I read somewhere that the mobile phone is now discontinued. It’s best to check with the hotel if this feature is something you are counting on using.
The Food at Courtyard Marriott Taipei
I had the option of eating breakfast in the Executive Lounge or Sunrise Restaurant because of my membership status. The restaurant had a mix of Western and Eastern foods with a focus on quantity.
At first glance, the spread looked impressive and everything looked good. Yet, I often came back with half-empty plates because of decision paralysis. The food wasn’t all that great either.
The one thing I liked about the food during breakfast is the salad bar where most of the vegetables are grown at the hotel!
Here’s what the garden looks like in the courtyard:
The food in the Executive Lounge was another story, which I’ll talk more about later in the post.
We had the chance to sample sweets from Elite Bakery. They were delicious!
Delicious sweets from Elite Bakery!
The location of Courtyard Marriott Taipei
At first glance, I wasn’t sure if the location was good, especially when comparing it to Aloft Hotel Zhongshan’s location. But my opinion changed after staying here as I found it to be convenient, especially for tourists. Citylink Mall is part of the complex, which means you can go shopping or buy things you may have forgotten to bring. It’s also only a few MRT stops away from Taipei 101.
That hotel is also on top of the metro (MRT), the regular train line (TRA) and the high-speed rail (HSR). That means it is super convenient to travel outside of Taipei as well. Since the hotel sits on top of this station, you never have to walk out in the hot scorching sun.
The facilities at the Courtyard Marriott Taipei
The hotel has a gym, but no pool. There are restaurants and a bakery within the hotel for when you don’t want to venture out to eat. But whyyyy wouldn’t you when you’re in the land of bubble tea?
The executive lounge at Courtyard Marriott Taipei
The executive lounge is large, spacious, and never felt crowded during my stay. There is also an assortment of snacks and desserts that could end up becoming a meal for you. I found the food served in the executive lounge to be of better quality compared to the breakfast at the restaurant.
A side note is that we met a friendly businessman in the executive lounge. We learned he is from Texas and comes to Taiwan quite often. We ended up staying for hours talking to him.
The gym at Courtyard Marriott Taipei
For those who need a workout, the gym at the hotel provides a variety of exercise equipment.
I would stay at the Courtyard Marriott Taipei if I ever come back to visit Taiwan. It far exceeds any other Courtyard I’ve ever stayed at in North America and offers incredible value.