This grand landmark hotel boasts a history as rich as the country it inhabits.
Part political landmark and part tourist attraction, this luxury hotel dates back to 1952. The style of The Grand Hotel is distinctively Chinese, with a setting framed by the Keelung River in front and beautiful Yaming Mountain out back. Resplendent with massive red columns, flying rafters and a stunning plum flower-patterned caisson ceiling in the lobby, the building recalls the golden days of Old Beijing and Shanghai. And in the era of Chiang Kai-shek, it was indeed the place in Taiwan for high teas and business deals between the west and China's old-money set.
Rooms are spacious, airy and done up Old World Chinese style; all come with either city or mountain views, as well as daily newspaper, international language TV channels, robes and slippers, refrigerated mini-bars, and kettles with tea and coffee. Guests at the Grand Hotel enjoy access to a wealth of recreational activities: a year-round swimming pool, tennis courts, a driving range, an excellent fitness club and a spa. For on-site dining, the choices are varied. Four restaurants include the Grand Garden (Chinese and western) The Golden Dragon (Cantonese small bites), Yuan-Yuan (northern Chinese) and Grand Steak (dry- and wet-aged steaks and Italian). For adventurous diners, the Shilin night market is right around the corner