If you are interested in using points to stay in a fancy hotel in Taipei, the Forte Orange Hotel Kaifong is definitely not for you. If, however, you are looking for affordable and well located accommodations, this hotel is a good option. There are some drawbacks but if you do not mind, this is still a good value.
As we were in Taipei for six days, we had no interest in an expensive place nor did we want to use our points (we prefer to save them for long first class flights). Instead, we booked Forte Orange Hotel Kaifong from hotels.com through the Ultimate Rewards portal to earn more points (unfortunately, no longer an option).
The location is very convenient. It is within a few blocks from the post office, a mall and the Taipei Main Station. The Forte Orange Hotel Kaifong is part of a chain of six similar hotels in Taiwan. According to their website, they are known for their location near train stations. There is a Family Mart on the ground floor of the building as well as numerous other convenience stores in the immediate area. Sidenote: Taipei has no shortage of convenience stores. ATMs are readily available nearby and finding a taxi is no problem. Foodies would be pleased with all the restaurants and food stalls nearby. Here is a little map from the hotel that gives a general idea of the surrounding area.
You must swipe a key card or hit a buzzer to enter the hotel at all times. The reception area has a few computers available for guest use as well as several tables and chairs. It is a comfortable area to wait in if you have some time before check in or after check out.
The hotel offers free and fast wi-fi in both the room and common area.
The room was definitely on the dark side although this is not something we mind. We find it easier to sleep without a lot of light and that is pretty much all we need the room for anyway.
The following amenities were provided: slippers, a safe and small fridge with tiny freezer. Two free bottles of mineral water were left daily.
Free breakfast was included in the rate but it was served off the premises. We were given coupons to use a block away at Dante Cafe.
The bathroom was stocked with shampoo (no conditioner), bath foam, lotion, shower cap, toothbrush and toothpaste.
As we mentioned in the beginning, there are some negatives. If you are planning on staying during the winter, the heat did not work. So, if you are one of those people who gets cold easily (we are), you might find it a bit chilly.
The biggest negative, however, is the bathroom. It is semi-open. Although there is a glass door, it is open on top (see photo below). And the door faced the beds. As in a foot away from the beds. This can be a problem for anyone who really values privacy and is sharing the room with someone else.
Overall, as long as the drawbacks don’t bother you, the Forte Orange Hotel Kaifong is an affordable and convenient option.
Index: (rest of series)
American Airlines Flagship Lounge – Chicago
American Airlines – First Class – Chicago to Tokyo Narita
Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
Tokyo – Devils and Sumo
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul, Korea
Asiana Airlines – Business Class – Seoul Incheon to Chengdu
Fraser Suites – Chengdu, China
Chengdu, China: Pandas, Pandas and Pandas
Air China (Star Alliance) First Class Lounge – Chengdu, China
Air China – Business Class – Chengdu to Taipei
Forte Orange Hotel Kaifong (Taipei, Taiwan) (this post)
Eva Air Lounge – Taipei Taoyuan
Eva Airlines – Business Class – Taipei Taoyuan to Shanghai Pudong
Marriott Executive Apartments, Shanghai, Tomorrow Square
Dragonair/Cathay Pacific Lounge – Shanghai Pudong
American Airlines – First Class – Shanghai Pudong to Chicago