These days, Dazhi is experiencing a seachange. New restaurants are constantly popping up inside and around the Miramar complex, drawing crowds that may have previously opted to stay within the Xinyi or Daan areas.
I recently spent a night at the newly opened five-star Marriott Taipei as a guest of the hotel. It was a chance to explore Dazhi more than I have in the past, and get a sense of the energy in the area…
The Marriott is hands-down one of the most impressive hotels in this city. The luxury of ample real estate! Just look at that dramatic backdrop for the check-in counter. It’s like a scene from Avatar.
Getting there is pretty easy. The hotel is about a five-minute walk from the Jiannan Road MRT station. You could also cut through the Miramar mall.
It’s also a great option for visitors since it’s close to both Songshan International Airport and the National Palace Museum.
There are 320 rooms in the hotel. Ours had possibly the widest bed I’ve ever seen. Hint: it’s two single beds joined together in a way that you can’t tell it’s two beds.
One of the first things I do in a hotel room is check whether or not they provide slippers. Yes, I’m a devout slipper-wearer in hotel rooms. You should be too. Just think of the germs!
Anyway, how cute are these his’n’her sizes?
Depending on the weather, the view can be pretty incredible at sunset. While in the daytime, it’s interesting to see the well-manicured gardens and solar panels on neighboring rooftops.
Room service breakfast was tight.
After checking out, we went down to the Garden Kitchen to see their buffet lunch service. With the floor-to-ceiling windows, you honestly don’t feel like you’re in Taipei at all.
The buffet works a little differently at Garden Kitchen. You order an entree first — that’s our lamb and lobster roll selections above — and the appetizer, salad, soup and dessert buffets are included. The restaurant proudly sources organic vegetables from local farmers.
I hit the buffalo mozzarella and arugula platter pretty hard, I’ll admit.
The dessert spread was one of the craziest I’ve seen in Taipei.
Aside from the main room above, the restaurant is all private dining rooms. They even have a private room for two people. With its own bathroom.
And this is the gorgeous Lobby Lounge, where the weeknight happy hour deal gives you unlimited beer or cider if you order a hamburger or sandwich. Yes, please.
Thanks to the team at Marriott Taipei for organizing my hotel stay. This post was written independently by me and all opinions are my own.