Palais de Chine Hotel
Thanks to the influx of travelers (many from neighboring China), new hotels are popping up around Taipei, including the Palais de Chine (opened in 2010), which looks to Europe—and Paris in particular—for its design inspiration. One of the most conveniently located properties in the city, at the hub of five train lines, the 286 art-nouveau rooms and suites feature plush fabrics, French-imported pieces, oversized soaking tubs, and windows overlooking the bustling transportation hub in the Datong neighborhood. Head to the fifth floor and the three jewel-toned Grand Halls—usually reserved for meetings and banquets—to be transported to the Opera de Paris, complete with a double-height draped ceiling and 18 crystal chandeliers. Like the Taipei’s evolving food scene, Palais de Chine’s dining options are a mix of international flavors: a perfectly cooked steak from the wood-fired oven at La Rotisserie, a French-inspired grill; dim-sum from Le Palais, the Cantonese spot; and a proper cup of Palais de Chine’s signature tea served all afternoon in the European tea house.