September 23, 2015

Review: Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.


SAS Summer Pop Up Lounge, Arlanda T5 (ARN)
SAS Plus Stocholm-London
Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge, London (LHR)
United Club, London Heathrow (LHR)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, London-Bangkok
New EVA Air Lounge, Bangkok (BKK)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, Bangkok-Taipei
Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air The Infinity Lounge Taipei (TPE)
EVA Air Premium Laurel Class Hello Kitty Jet, Taipei-Fukuoka
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
ANA Suite Lounge Satellite 5 T1 Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class, Tokyo-Singapore
Singapore Airlines The Private Room, Changi Airport (SIN)
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Manila
Top Attractions in the Philippines
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, NAIA (MNL)
Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila-Hongkong
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific First Class, Hongkong-Frankfurt
Air France-KLM Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA)
Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Top Attractions in Finland
Finnair Premium Lounge, Helsinki Airport (HEL)
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-Stockholm

Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, standard double room

Date of stay: July 7-8, 2015
Address: No. 1-1Hangzhan South Rd. Dayuan District, Taoyuan District, Taiwan 33758
Nightly Rate: 113 USD with breakfast


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, complimentary shuttle bus


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, reception


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, lobby


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, lobby

Room


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, Room 642


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, work table and flat TV


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, lounge chair


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, bathroom


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, toilet


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, shower room


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, slippers and laundry bag


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, complimentary coffee and tea

View


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, view of the nearby airport from my room

Fitness Center


Hotel Novotel Taipei Airport, In Balance Fitness Center

CONCLUSION

Arriving late in the evening and having a flight departing early morning the following day, I thought I'd book an airport hotel in Taoyuan. The Novotel Taipei Airport Hotel was no doubt the perfect choice for this. Upon landing at the Taoyuan Airport, I went straight to collect my bags and at the arrivals area, I was met by Oscar, the hotel representative who was actually very friendly and spoke fluent English. We waited for the next bus to arrive and in no time at all, I was on my way to the hotel. A young French lady named Claire helped me with the check in process which went smoothly. She also offered me a boxed breakfast for my early morning check out although I had to decline since I had access to the EVA Air Lounge at the airport where I had planned to eat. My room was very nice and also had complimentary wifi and two bottles of mineral water. Unfortunately, the swimming pool's opening hours did not match my stay in the hotel so I was not able to check it out. Overall, I really enjoyed my short stay in this hotel and would highly recommend it to everyone who is having a layover at Taipei Taouyuan Airport.