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Hotel Review: Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Hotel

Welcome to Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport!

Welcome to Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport!

One of the things I love about traveling – besides eating delicious new foods – is getting to stay in awesome accommodations. On my recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan with Natasha from Live Learn Venture, I had an amazing stay at the Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. As the name suggests, this four-star hotel is conveniently located next to the Taoyuan International Airport. Read on for my Executive Room experience!

I was really impressed by the decor and ambiance in the lobby. It’s very clean and modern-looking with splashes of pink and purple hues. The staff was so welcoming and it was easy to have conversations with them in English. As we made our way up to the top floor for check-in, I had a great feeling for what was yet to come!
The friendly hotel staff greeted us with a delicious grapefruit drink and a cool towel to refresh. Check-in was a breeze and was finished before I could down my drink!

Executive Room

The Executive Rooms are located on the top floor and features one king-sized bed or two twin beds. When I walked into my front-view room, I felt complete bliss. The contemporary-style room is equipped with everything to make my stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, including comfy slippers and a bathrobe. But that’s not all! There was a HUGE plush panda bear awaiting my arrival on the chaise lounge! It was so cute and such a nice added touch to the room.

Comfy beds

Comfy beds

I could go on for days about how comfortable the bed was. I haven’t slept in a bed that comfortable in a long time. I had felt under the weather prior to arriving in Taiwan so the soft bed and pillows was exactly what my body needed.

Perfect place to do my makeup.

Perfect place to do my makeup.

I absolutely loved the shower! The pressure was just right and the temperature remained consistent. I took full advantage of the bathtub and drew myself a bubble bath (something that is impossible for me to do in Korea since bathtubs are non-existent in most apartments!). I thought the “smart glass” feature in the shower was pretty neat. With a flick of a switch, I was able to watch TV through the glass. Oh, technology!

Executive Room Benefits

Aside from bunking in an awesome room, there are many benefits to staying on the Executive Room level:

  • Exclusive access to the Executive Lounge
  • Complimentary buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary ‘Happy Hour’ served in the lounge

Amenities

Take a dip in the pool on the 2nd floor.

Take a dip in the pool on the 2nd floor.

You can enjoy many of the hotel’s amenities free of charge, including the indoor swimming pool (from 6:30-22:00) and the fitness center (24 hours) – both located on the 2nd floor. The pool wasn’t crowded at all so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The pool also had a large hot tub, which was great for unwinding before departing back to Korea that day.

Fitness Center spinning bikes

Fitness Center spinning bikes

The fitness center comes with the all the basic equipment you need to get in a good workout: free weights, spinner bikes, elliptical machines, bench press machines and more. I appreciate fitness centers that operate 24 hours to accommodate early risers, night owls and anything in between.

In Balance Spa

In Balance Spa

If you need to relax and indulge a little more, you can book an appointment at In Balance Spa anytime between 12:00-23:00. I wish I had more time to schedule in a session. A leg massage or a purifying facial sounds so good right about now.

Dining

Enjoying our dinner at Wei Fang Chinese Restaurant

Enjoying our dinner at Wei Fang Chinese Restaurant

We ate at Wei Fang Chinese Restaurant on our first night. The food was delicious and the portions were good for 2-3 people. I especially liked the pork and shrimp dumplings. Yum! If you’re looking for buffet or a la carte, you can check out The Square All Day Dining to satisfy your cravings.

Address

No.1-1, Hangzhan S. Rd., Dayuan Dist., Taoyuan City 33758, Taiwan

Tel: +886-3-3980888

How to get there from Taoyuan Airport

There is FREE shuttle service to and from the airport. You can also take the U-bus 705 (tell the driver you need to get off at Hotel Novotel) or taxi cab.

Me & Mr. PandaOverall Thoughts

I absolutely loved staying at the Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. From the décor to the sweet and friendly staff, Hotel Novotel made my time in Taiwan a relaxing and enjoyable one. I would recommend this room to any type of traveler: solo, duo, leisure or business. To book your stay at the Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, click here.

Disclaimer:

This review was made in exchange for complementary stay at the hotel. As always, my opinions are my own.

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94 Comments

  • Reply
    Alla
    October 4, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I can just see myself cuddling with that panda all night, hanging in the pool, then spa, then gym with short breaks for a snack or a nap and then repeat it all over again the next day. Thats what they call staycation in a hotel right?!

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      Expat and the City
      October 4, 2016 at 7:08 am

      That’s exactly what a staycation is all about!!

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    Chelsea Brady
    October 3, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so sad you were sick on your trip, but I’m sure this suite made it a little better! I stayed at the WORST hostel imaginable in Taipei. Thats when I realized, your accommodation can definitely make or break a trip. And congratulations on the sponsorship! Huge fan of you & your blog *hugs*

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      Expat and the City
      October 4, 2016 at 4:52 am

      Yes, being sick while on vacation SUCKS. But I tried to make the most of it, and the comfy bed and bathtub helped ease my pains. Thanks so much for your support; it truly means a lot!

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    Don
    October 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

    For me, I think hotels will be the last thing I care about. When traveling somewhere as long as I got some plugs to charge my equipment, take a quick shower, and a bed Im happy.

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      Expat and the City
      October 3, 2016 at 10:07 am

      I used to be like that… but I realized I spend more time in the hotel than I thought I did.

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    abcdeghizzy
    October 3, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Ugh Novotels are soooo beautiful! One of the nicest hotel brands in the world for sure! While I was backpacking in Asia, we were restricted to just budget accommodations… I kinda forget how amazing actual hotels really are. The beds are everything! But I always admire a well-designed room. Mhmmm and complimentary buffet breakfasts. Seems like you had a great time and with friends too 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      October 3, 2016 at 10:08 am

      It’s my first time staying in a Novotel and I was very impressed! I’m usually all about budget accommodation but sometimes I like to get fancy haha

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    Emre Kanik
    October 2, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Wow looks awesome. Your photos give a good insight on what this hotel actually looks like. When I was in my 20s I didn’t care much for luxury, but now I’m in my 30s I would choose this over anything.

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      Expat and the City
      October 3, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Thanks for your kind words! I am the same… the older I get, the more accommodations are important to me.

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    seankeogh
    September 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I live in Daegu, South Korea. I went to Taipei for my summer vacation in August. I loved it there. I stayed at an AirBnB. This hotel looks amazing. How did you make a deal where you can stay for writing about it?

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      October 1, 2016 at 2:41 am

      Awesome! I’ve never been to Daegu… have you been to Busan? That’s where I live. We also stayed at an Air B&B the first night and that was okay. The hotel was much better! lol… Feel free to email me and we talk blog marketing if you’d like! info@expatandthecityblog.com
      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Adrienne Justine
    September 30, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    This hotel looks super modern and cozy at the same time. I love that they have a panda in the room. Great article.

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      October 1, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Thanks so much for your comment! I really liked the panda, too!

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    ToBeautifulDestinations
    September 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

    This is great! Really like that panda plush part as well. Food looks amazing. Glad you had an awesome stay and I’ll definitely write this down if I ever Visit this country

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      Expat and the City
      October 1, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by my page! Yes you should add it to your list if you ever visit 🙂

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    Toronto Seoulcialite
    September 30, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This makes my heart hurt! I can’t believe that a stupid typhoon ruined my luxurious stay with you girls. Jeju definitely did not live up to the hype, and sleeping on the floor was no match for that decadent executive room! Looks amazing.

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      Expat and the City
      October 1, 2016 at 2:23 am

      We totally wish you were there! Darn typhoon. But I’m really glad you were able to redirect somewhere else… even if it wasn’t the greatest of trips!

  • Reply
    benandjessadventures
    September 30, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Wow, that suit looks amazing! Korea is on our to do list!

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 30, 2016 at 4:27 am

      This is actually Taiwan! lol… But you should definitely visit both 🙂

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    Annie
    September 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    If I have the funds, I would definitely stay here! Looks outstanding

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 30, 2016 at 4:10 am

      They have Novotels all over the world. Perhaps you can stay at one at your next destination!

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    Jamie Italiane-DeCubellis
    September 29, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    My favorite part is the panda bear visible in the room shots!

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 30, 2016 at 4:10 am

      Thanks!! It was such a nice touch!

  • Reply
    fencer003
    September 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Love Taipei! Everything about it! Even the airport hotel looks incredible! And definitely can’t complain about the happy hour 😉

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 30, 2016 at 4:10 am

      I really enjoyed Taipei too. I didn’t get to see everything but it was great for what I was able to see!

  • Reply
    Johna
    September 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Wowww this hotel looks amazing! Would love to stay here one day. There is actually a newly opened Novotel here in the Philippines. Wilm definitely go check it out

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 30, 2016 at 4:09 am

      I would love to check out the new one in Philippines, too!

  • Reply
    Nicole Janeway
    September 29, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Sweet post! The panda is fantastic – that’s such a clever idea to make the stay memorable 🙂 Plus, I love the expansive countertop surrounding the sink. What’s up with places not having a counter? Where are you supposed to set your toothbrush, not to mention make up or hair stuff…? Anyways, charming work with this review.

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 30, 2016 at 4:09 am

      I agree about the sink! It needs to be big!! My one in my apartment here in Korea is sooo small. Thanks for stopping by!

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    BeeWanderlust
    September 29, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Love the panda! How cute! I usually opt for budget travel but this place looks ideal and love all the amenities, defo a splurge one day! If I am ever in the area I will keep it in mind! Great review (:

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 29, 2016 at 5:05 am

      Thanks so much. I’m usually all about budget travel too. But places like this I would totally make an exception!

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    Jillian Michelle
    September 29, 2016 at 4:35 am

    This hotel looks lovely <3 I love the lobby! Your pics are stunning, and I absolutely love the way you organized them into a layout of large photos juxtaposed with smaller circular ones? Mind if I ask how you were able to create the circular frames? Did you edit them that way before uploading, or do you have a visual composer or something in your theme that lets you display them that way? Looks great! 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      September 29, 2016 at 4:55 am

      Aw thank you for the kind words! When I am creating my blog post in WordPress, I click “media library” and then I create a gallery as opposed to one image at a time. You select your photos, then click next and then there’s a drop down menu to give you options for various templates for the photos. There’s mosaic, thumbnail grids, circles, etc. There’s a lot to play around with which I really like! I hope the steps were clear. As long as you use WordPress… I can’t speak for other content management systems. Thanks for stopping by!

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    A Traveling Bond
    September 29, 2016 at 1:59 am

    This place looks amazing! I usually don’t splurge on hotels but this may be an exception. Complimentary happy hour?! A giant panda in your room?! Yes please! I have never been to Taiwan but when I do go I will definitely look into staying here!

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      Expat and the City
      September 29, 2016 at 4:52 am

      Great! There are definitely exceptions to my accommodation rules… Sometimes you really just have to treat yo’ self!

  • Reply
    Shirgie Scf
    September 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    This sounds like A VACATION!!! I don’t mind going to other country and stay in my hotel all day long if I have the same ambiance and amenities as you mentioned in this blogpost. When I go to other places, accommodation is the last thing in my priorities because I believe I need to be always outside and explore the place rather than stay in my hotel room, but you just persuaded me that accommodation is just as important as your itinerary. I love to check in this hotel someday.

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      Expat and the City
      September 29, 2016 at 4:51 am

      Yes, I used to be like that too. Thinking that I’d be out all day and barely in my room. But from my last trip to Hong Kong, it rained the whole time and we got sick so wanted to get a good sleep. I learned that accommodations need to be at the top of the check list for my travel planning!

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    Rocio Cadena
    September 28, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Ahhh the luxury of baths! I would have done the exact same thing. I also visited Taiwan in the summer and loved it, especially the food and the people. They are so friendly and kind! Did you stay in Taipei only? Also, how do you go about setting these type of complementary hotel stays in exchange for reviews? It sounds like a sweet sweet deal!

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      Expat and the City
      September 28, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Loved the bath!! Yes, we only stayed in Taipei and it was a great time (post to come). Didn’t interact with too many of the locals though but the ones we did, they were nice! You can email me and we can talk about blog marketing if you’d like! info@expatandthecityblog.com

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    miss happyfeet
    September 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    This hotel looks so cozy, I really like what I see! I’ll save it for future reference, thank you for the post!

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 28, 2016 at 6:21 am

      Awesome! Glad I can be a reference to you!

  • Reply
    Elisa
    September 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I would spend 90% of my time in the hotel in the swimming pool! Can you see what happens in the shower from the bed? I had a similar hotel room in China and the shower glass was completely transparent

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      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:07 am

      If I had more time, I definitely would have used the pool more! Yep, you can see what’s happening in the showering from the bed, and vice versa! lol Since I was bunking alone, I turned on that feature. If you’re with a friend or family member… maybe that switch will be turned off haha

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    colbyholiday
    September 26, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This hotel looks so cozy and modern. And those pandas? Absolutely adorbs! I want one hahaa. What caught my eye was the spread of food! It looks so delish! I’ve heard Taiwan has incredible food. Guess I’ll have to go there someday and find out 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:06 am

      I’m so in love with the pandas! lol.. Yes you should pay a visit to Taipei, next time you’re over in Asia!

  • Reply
    Nathan
    September 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    This hotel looks amazing!! I’ll definitely keep it in mind next time I’m in Taiwan.

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:05 am

      Awesome! Thanks for stopping by my page!

  • Reply
    Jarrod
    September 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Looks pretty damn good if you ask me! I think a panda in the lounge was a nice touch. Will definitely consider this place if I ever make it to Taipei.

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:05 am

      It is a really nice touch indeed! Hope you can make your way over to Taipei sometime!

  • Reply
    Suzannah
    September 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

    OMG this hotel looks amazing! I’d love, love to stay here! Going to add it to my list of places to stay! <3

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:04 am

      Wonderful!! Hope you can have a relaxing stay like I did whenever you travel to Taipei!

  • Reply
    Nanie Ali
    September 26, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Such a great hotel, right? I stayed here every time I find myself in TPE and I have to agree on every single things you wrote about 🙂

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:04 am

      Awesome!!! Glad you enjoyed your stay, too!

  • Reply
    Lara Dunning
    September 25, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    What a nice hotel! I like the contemporary vibe and having access to the lounge is always a bonus, especially when they have a complimentary happy hour.

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:03 am

      I really liked the contemporary vibe, too!

  • Reply
    Bethanny Sudibyo
    September 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I lived in Taiwan for awhile, but I never made to stay at Novotel in Taoyuan as it is usually for transits and people who want to catch their flight the next morning. But I was really curious to see what it was like and your post really helped! It’s a really nice place I see, I’m glad you enjoyed your stay there!

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      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Glad that you were able to check this place out (from my blog!).. It is better for people who are in transit since it’s so close to the airport.

  • Reply
    Milana's Travels
    September 25, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Taipei-everything about their airport is great, and from the looks of it the airport hotel too! My daughter would love that panda, she’s obsessed with them for some reason. And those macarons? Reason enough to stay there!

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 27, 2016 at 2:02 am

      I really liked the Taipei airport. Easy to get around and great shopping!

  • Reply
    Megan
    September 25, 2016 at 8:29 am

    The executive suite looks amazing!! And complimentary happy hour?! How awesome is that! Cool post 🙂

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

      First time I’ve had complimentary happy hour! I was pretty pleased!!

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    September 25, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Talk about luxury! Looks like a fabulous place to stay! Pool, fitness center, fine dining, I could definitely go for that. And I love the pandas.

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 25, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Same! It was a great experience!!

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    ckaway
    September 24, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Good to know of this option and the free shuttle from the airport is truly a plus. The photos really give a great idea of how modern the hotel is. Love the lounge; that is always a nice benefit.

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      Expat and the City
      September 25, 2016 at 7:34 am

      I really appreciated the free shuttle bus option!

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    Inspired By Maps (@inspiredbymaps)
    September 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    such a fancy place – hope I get to stay there one day soon! airport hotels often seem cheap and nasty but this is anything but… WOW

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 25, 2016 at 7:35 am

      I know that’s what many people think of when they imagine an airport hotel. Thanks for stopping by my page!

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    Clare Colley
    September 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Looks like a great hotel, am very jealous as a backpacker I never get to stay in nice places like this 🙂

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 25, 2016 at 7:36 am

      I know, it might not be ideal for a backpacker. But perhaps if you have a long layover and need to be close to the airport, it’s a good spot!

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    jbr41452
    September 24, 2016 at 4:38 am

    This is the second review of this hotel that I have seen and it is a little more amazing each time I see it. Your review was more in depth with great photos. I thought the buffet that accompanied the executive suites looked really nice but, the thing that would have made the trip for me was that beautiful pool.

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      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Thank you for your kind words! Glad you liked my in-depth review. I loved the pool it was awesome! The food, too!

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    Milosz Zak
    September 24, 2016 at 2:38 am

    I’ve stayed in several Novotels over the years, they’re very comparable, and I’ve never had any issues, save for the price – there’s always an issue with the price, lol. Overall, I’ve become brave enough to try Airbnb, and hostels, and I’ve really benefited, or rather – the bottom line has. Thank you for sharing!

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      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 4:24 am

      I definitely like to have a mix of accommodations when I travel. I love Air BnB too! I’m excited to stay in more Novotels and I hope they all live up to my first experience in Taipei. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    kallsypage
    September 24, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Definitely sounds like the executive room had MANY perks and would be well worth it. Complimentary breakfast is huge, especially when you’re on the go and want something quick! Love the added touch of the Giant Panda. 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 4:22 am

      I agree! I love free breakfasts! 🙂

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    omniyafareed
    September 23, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    This is a really informative article. Thanks for your efforts 🙂

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 4:22 am

      You’re welcome…glad you liked reading it and hope you find it useful should you ever travel to Taipei!

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    The Thought Card
    September 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Robe, slippers and cool towel for your face – this is exactly the kind of establishment I would want to spend some restful nights in. I say, it’s all in the details!

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      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 4:21 am

      I totally agree. The small things make a big difference! 🙂

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    Cynthia
    September 23, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Ooh!! I stayed in a Novotel too in Bali and it was really nice! Helpful if I ever go to Taipei, thanks for the helpful post!

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 4:21 am

      You’re very welcome! I hope to stay at more Novotels in the future! I was very impressed!

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    Ryan Biddulph
    September 23, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    In love with this place Samantha 😉 We stayed there in 2010 as a layover on our trip to Bali.Connecting flight was 24 hours wait versus the initial 5, they put us up, it was luxurious. Very modern feel but still cozy and the breakfast buffet was epic! My wife enjoyed a massage. I hit the gym. We watched planes come and go from the room, what a cool view. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Glad someone loved it just as much as I did! I liked watching the planes take off too! Thanks for stopping by my page 🙂

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    Jessica
    September 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Is it weird that I really like the shape of that sink? Because I do! But seriously, this is a beautiful hotel for an airport hotel. Some are amazing like this and feel welcoming and feel like you could stay there a while. I’ve also been in the ones where you are glad it’s only one night!

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      Expat and the City
      September 24, 2016 at 4:19 am

      Not weird at all! I love the shape of the sink. I loved the modern feel of the whole hotel.

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    Thuymi @ AdventureFaktory.com
    September 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Looking forward to get to Taipei! Definitely on our list. Hotel looks comfortable, a perfect business hotel in my opinion, not my type of stay for a vaca!

    http://www.AdventureFaktory.com

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 23, 2016 at 11:15 am

      I hope you have a great time in Taipei, whenever you go!

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    Megan Indoe
    September 23, 2016 at 10:48 am

    This hotel looks so comfortable and nice. Perfect for when you’re planning on travel and are around the airport. I love that they have pandas in the rooms too!

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Yes, it’s a great place if you need to get to the airport quickly. Pandas were my fave!

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    Sarah from Tales From a Fork
    September 23, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Wow the amenities look really nice. The pandas everywhere are so cute! Looks like a great hotel. I stayed at one in Busan, which was also really nice.

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

      I adored the pandas! I’m really impressed with Novotel and I would go back to their hotels hopefully in another city! How did you like Busan? I love this city!!

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    Live Learn Venture (@LiveLearnVentur)
    September 21, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I had so much fun with you here! I think my favorite part had to be the panda — I mean what other hotel offers this?! But I also really enjoyed the happy hour, too! Now we just have to go back again 🙂

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      September 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      It was such a nice touch to the already fabulous hotel! I wish we could take it home with us hehe. Had a lovely time with you too, I hope we can meet up and travel again soon!

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