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Riviera Hotel, Taipei China street/mailing addressAddress: No.646 Linsen North Road
4.703125
Average: 4.7 (64 votes)
Ranked #2 out of 184 in Taipei
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11/25/2009
4

i stayed in 3days.It was always delicious foods for breakfast and sometimes i had dinner at hotel too.it was so healthy.i liked it.Around hotel had good views and very convenient to go everywhere

i love riviera hotel

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11/18/2009
5

The sole reason for me choosing the Riviera Hotel was all of the positive reviews on Trip Advisor. They are spot on! I was treated like I owned the place. Very clean and tidy and an easy walk to many restaurants & bars. The food at the hotel is good too. In the morning the hotel provides a little area in the lobby for guests to make a coffee, have a breakfast cookie and use one of several computers. There is a full service restaurant also. There is a small indoor gym and outdoor walking track on the roof. The Riviera is a nice change from the major chain hotels.

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11/17/2009
4

Stayed at the Riveria from the 6th Nov through the 9th Nov. The rooms were clean, toiletries aplenty. All the service staff that I came in contact with were very pleasant, efficient and always with a ready smile. Hotel is about a 10minute walk from the mrt station. I like the area around the hotel because it was very quiet and that made sleeping easier as I am a light sleeper. The pastries and desserts were very very good. However, the internet system was not very fast but I managed to check emails and such. The pillows were too soft to make for comfortable sleeping and I didnt get around to asking for a different type. I would definately choose the Riveria again for my future visits to Taipei.

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10/31/2009
5

Great Locaton, Great Service and literally my home away from home. Extremely safe area.

it's a 10 minute walk to the MRT and likely the easiest place to get a taxi in Taipei. It's also with in walking distance to Starbucks and a few western pubs.

We might want to suggest a change to the breakfast buffet which has been the same for as long at i can rememeber.

You must try the Beef Noodle Soup, one of the best in the world.

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10/16/2009
5

The staff is great! Very caring, often initiative to ask if we needed umbrellas, taxis, how's the room, actively advising the directions to get to a particular place of interest. They have a ready smile all the time and rush to get the door whenever we are leaving or entering the hotel, makes us feel very welcome as guests!

Room is tip-top, value for money, house-keeping should be applauded, we had a comprehensive set of toiletries. The roof-top gym was cool although a bit small.

Breakfast was included and although there isn't really much variety (they offered the same dishes everyday), it was well presented and the ambience is nice. Standard of the spaghetti was somewhere not there, sometimes!

Location-wise, you would need about 15 mins to get to nearest MRT station (Yuanshan), but by cab it will just set you back by 70-75 NTD, which is ok.

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10/12/2009
4

We booked Riveria simply because it is one of the corporate hotel recommended by my hubby's company. I travelled with 2 kids and had an extra bed added to our room. Still, there was enough space for them to run around.

The hotel staff is extremely helpful and friendly. They even took great care of my son when he chose to stay at the hotel lobby for a few hours while we went shopping. They make sure he had his lunch and checked on him every 1/2 hour or so. Even the doorman kept a look out for him while we were gone.

The only problem might be its distance to the subway station. It's about 10-15mins walk. Then again, it is difficult to find a hotel near the subway in Taipei.

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10/11/2009
5

I searched for several weeks before finally choosing the Riviera. It was a 3½ star hotel, but all the reviews & ratings indicated much more. Well like the ratings, I have to agree. To start with, the staff is the most courteous & professional I’ve experienced. Next, because of price, I decided to go with the Deluxe Suite. The suite was cheaper than the economy rooms of many 5-star hotels, but was nicer than any suite I reserved in a long, long time. The buffet breakfast was good, with a fair variety. The little bakery on the first floor was the balm, as my kids would say. Breads, pastries, etc…oh so good. The Yacht Club (2nd floor) had a nice international cuisine & dinner variety. The prices for all were very reasonable. $30 for a dinner for two (seafood & beef main dishes), with two appetizers and two drinks can’t be beat. …what about a loaf of fresh baked bread with cheese from the bakery for less that $3. Dinner on the 1st floor was also good, averaging between $15-20 per person. There is a small enclosed health room on the roof that some reviews rate as a negative. The room has two treadmills, a recumbent bike, a universal multi-exercise weight machine, incline sit-up bench, and a rack of light dumbbells. Everything was clean, plenty of towels, well lit, TV, etc. There is also a small walking track on the roof, which my wife liked and an area to recline and relax. I personally didn’t come to Taiwan to exercise. I got enough of that on the tours, walking & enjoying the sights. Please note that the location is excellent. It is near the metro; it takes exactly ten minutes to walk from the Riviera to the metro, probably less for those in shape. It’s about 800 yards from the hotel. The hotel is also near many food & shopping establishments, plus there are two seven-elevens nearby. One is right outside the main hotel entrance. One last thing…free internet (wireless or wired), or if you don’t have your own PC, you can use one in the business center, plus cheap mini-bar prices. This quaint little hotel was rated number 1 of 199 hotels on TripAdviser.com, when I came to Taiwan. I can see why. I truly believe the staff, rooms, food, price and location will match or exceed your expectations. I would stay here again given the opportunity and I would recommend it too my friends. Great little hotel!

Final Notes: the Riviera had the best currency exchange rate I could find. Convert only what you need at the airport; convert the rest at the Riviera. Also, use the Easy Card for traveling the metro & bus. You can even use the card for entry into locations like the zoo. When your trip is over, whatever amount remains on the card can be refunded at any metro station, minus about a 60 cent administrative fee. The Riviera…what a great place to stay while you travel & experience Taipei.

For visual of room, see pictures.

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10/03/2009
5

Very nice hotel, staff very great and spoke good english. Hotels rooms were of a decent size, very well furnished. Nice and comfy beds, quiet rooms. Good selection at breakfast. Overall, for the equivalent of 65 GBP per night incl breakfast this was good value for a 4/5 star hotel

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10/02/2009
5
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09/25/2009
5
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09/24/2009
4

Booked this hotel from airpot due to unexpected overnight. I chose it based in Trip Advisor reviews and was very pleased with the hotel. Clean, attractive, good service an good value. Would gladly return.

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09/22/2009
5

We are just finishing a five night hotel stay at the Riviera, which we chose based on tripadvisor reviews. The reviews are right on--nicely appointed rooms--good size, comfortable bed and furnishings, flat screen tv with HBO cinemax and CNN channels, all the comforts--hairdryers, magnifying mirrors, safes, ironing boards and all the outlets have 110 power. The rooms are very quiet, even rooms on the street. I had requested a foam pillow due to allergies and it was waiting in the room. Great toiletries and water are provided; housekeeping staff is wonderful and friendly and they freshen the room during a turndown service. There is free wireless internet and several computers you can use if you didnt bring one--in the lovely 7th floor executive garden and in the lobby lounge. there is a rooftop fitness room and jogging track but we walked so much around the city we did not use it. We enjoyed both the breakfast buffet and service every day. We ordered room service one evening and enjoyed our dinner served to us in the executive garden.

The reception staff are just marvelous and helped us in so many ways. Claire Lim, duty manager, and her staff answered our many questions, made recommendations, checked facts, provided directions, filled out taxi cards with our destinations in Chinese, arranged a visit to a Chinese health spa, and much more. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the Yuanshan MRT station and is three blocks from the airport bus arrival stop. The hotel offers a free one-way shuttle to the Taipei 101 on the weekends; coming back via the MRT is very easy.

I plan to stay at this hotel on any future trips to Taipei and I highly recommend it.

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08/30/2009
5
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08/15/2009
5
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08/13/2009
5

We travelled here with our 18month old son. Lovely hotel - has been the best tourist hotel in Taipei on a couple of occasions and its easy to see why. It's known for its pastries and bread throughout the city. We had a room with a small kitchen dining area - which was great as it meant we could leave the baby in the bedroom and watch tv (limited choice of english speaking channels), eat etc with out waking him up. Average size room, with a nice cot for the babe, clean but small bathroom - with washing powder thoughtfully supplied. Excellent and fairly priced room service. Great breakfast and pastry shop. The pastry chef here is simply superb - and the best cheese we had the whole trip. The staff couldnt do enough for us and our son and were very tolerant of his toddling. The only slight note of caution I would say for crawling and toddling babies is that all the rooms are arranged around a central atrium with attractive glass bannisters. These dont however meet at the corners where there are pillars and the space between is a perfect size for little people to crawl straight through so watch them like hawks. Each floor had a little sofa area which was nice to sit and read in for us as we didnt go out much once the baby was down. There are some good restaurants and street food nearby. We loved this place I think the only thing they could add to make it better would be a pool but its a great place to stay.

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08/07/2009
5

Here's the short of it. Our 2 days in Taipei, solely for seeing the Palace Museum, ran into a Typhoon, closing the Museum. The staff was wonderful. With the entire government and most of the city closed for the storm, they shuttled us to Taipei 101 (sadly, because of the storm we could not get above the 5th floor mall, but we got the idea of it, and a couple of views from the ground), arranged for a foot massage, guided us around the neighborhood and forced countless umbrellas on us. I wouldn't even think about trying another hotel in this city.

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08/07/2009
5

We spent ten days exploring Taipei in August 2008 and were most fortunate to have chosen the Riviera. This is a beautiful small property a bit off the beaten track but quite modern and comfortable. Our room, actually a small suite, was perfect for us and the staff were most helpful and eager to be accommodating. Our stay included the breakfast buffet which was incredibly sumptuous day after day with a series of "food stations" each featuring typical breakfast fare from a different country. Wired and wireless internet were free. The subway is a five to ten minute walk away as is the modern art museum.

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08/06/2009
5
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07/16/2009
5

We spent four nights at the Riviera and were absolutely impressed by the accommodations and the service. The breakfast buffet was also outstanding.

The staff was very helpful and provided recommendations for two excellent, yet reasonable, nearby restaurants; the Xianye (Taiwanese food; 3-minute walk) and the Celestial (Peking Duck; 5-minute taxi ride)

There are a couple of options for getting to the hotel from Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). If you don't want to spend $NT1200 on a taxi, you can ride an airport shuttle ($NT90 per person) that will drop you off near Tatung College (near Chung Shan N. Road & Minzu E. Road ); a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the Yuanshan MRT station or a 20-minute taxi ride from the National Palace Museum.

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06/22/2009
5

The Riveriera has exceeded all of our expectations and the staff has consistantly delivered superior personalized care during our stay here in Taipei. We were not prepared for the luxury nor the quality of the entire hotel experience. Beginning with a very attentive lobby staff that takes care of your every need or question, extending to the most marvelous breakfasts (western style) with an in house bakery that far exceeds all of the hotels where we have stayed in Europe. I give the hotel 5 stars for everything except location, and even that is a minor issue...you are a brief inexpensive taxi ride from all of the important sites downtown...you are within 10 minutes walk of the Metro...one of the best in all of the world...again very inexpensive, clean and efficient with trains coming almost every 3 to 5 minutes, and easy enough for even older citizens such as ourselves to understand and navigate (all signs are in English). One more thing...if you are going to be buying any gifts to take back home, let me recommend Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center at the Nu Hospital Metro Station, gate 2 walk to the new hospital building then turn right for one block. The address is 1 Hsu Chow Rd. Taipei 10055, Taiwan ROC. or you can go to their web site,

www.handicraft.org.tw

or www dot handicraft dot org dot tw

Absolutely the best in local artists and craftsman...three floors of amazing high quality gifts and artifacts.

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03/28/2009
5
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03/09/2009
5
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02/21/2009
5

We stayed 6 nights here on vacation. The room was clean and quiet, with a nice, wooden-floored "office" area at the entrance where you can sit and read the paper or write postcards, etc. The bathroom was perfectly clean and shiny, with plenty of towels, shampoo, and toiletries. Basically, it had all the features we were expecting, and not a lot of stuff we didn't want or need.

Things we especially appreciated:

- It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the MRT station.

- There are several parks nearby, as well as a night market, bank w/ ATM, post office, and (of course) 7-Eleven, all of which we happily took advantage of.

- The micro-fridge, although mostly taken up by minibar items, had enough space for some food and drinks we wanted to keep cool.

- We didn't bring a laptop with us. When we needed to use the internet, we used the internet-capable PC that they keep in the lobby for guests. It worked just fine.

- The folks at the front desk helped us find a decent place nearby to buy a new suitcase when ours broke, which I appreciated, especially given that it was late on our last day and we needed to get to the airport.

Minor drawbacks:

- The exercise area is on the roof. I looked at it, but personally, I think I would have preferred to go running in nearby Xinsheng Park.

- Local calls are cheap, but they are not free. This should be something that they tell you when you check in, but they didn't tell us. We found out later by asking, which is better than finding out when we checked out, but not as good as knowing from the start.

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02/16/2009
4
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02/12/2009
4

Stayed 6 nights and had excellent service every day. Hotel staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Nice buffet breakfast included. Room was very comfortable and clean. About a 10-15 minute walk to the MRT (which is very easy to use).

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01/13/2009
5
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12/16/2008
4
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12/14/2008
4

Small/ Medium hotel.

Great Service, clean and welcoming environment.

They helped me a lot in planning my trip down south of Taiwan.

The hotel doesn't offer much to the traveller that wants to wind down after a busy day, but it is not that far away from other places.

Internet good, breakfast good.

No need to be too close to the MRT, the taxis are cheap and always available. BUT, make sure you have your address written in Chinese...no taxi driver speaks or reads English in Taiwan!!!!

Downside. Not walking distance from the centre of the city - A 10 minute taxi ride.

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11/09/2008
5

The earlier reviews are fully justified for this great city centre hotel. A well furnished modern room, great breakfast and friendly, helpful reception staff. Reasonably close to the efficient Taipei MRT network. Super value for money hotel

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10/23/2008
5

This hotel would suit both a romantic get away and the business travellers. The style is modern and contemporary. The staff, like many people in Taipei, are friendly and eager to please. Food prices are reasonable and there is free internet computers in the lobby area. I would definitely stay at this hotel again. Rooms were quite and had the usual bits in there e.g. digital TV and plenty of tea, coffee and chocolate drinks.

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09/22/2008
5

Most hotels in Taipei are excellent, but this one is special for not having groups. It is a purely for business people.

The room is comfortable, though I could not set the air conditioning to be low enough. When I switched it off it was too hot, nd when it was on it was too cold and dry.

Breakfast can be improved with more fresh bread and more variety.

Overall, service and attention are excellent.

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08/20/2008
5

This was my second stay at the Riviera. This time I brought my family and we stayed for two weeks during a business trip. We stayed in the junior suite which was wonderful for children. The suite included a large refrigerator, microwave oven and a small table. Very helpful when traveling with small children. However the highlight of our stay was the level of service the staff provided -- well beyond the call of duty. The staff assisted us a number of times -- always with a smile. They even took time out to play with our toddler. The location of the Riviera is a outside of the downtown area but close to the MRT and good local services. Highly recommend!!!

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07/11/2008
5

We spent 6 nights at the Riviera. We chose this hotel from the rave reviews on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed.

We were picked up at the airport by the hotel Benz. Leslie was right there at the arrivals area and escorted us directly to the car.

The room was a bit small but roomy enough with a comfortable bed, ample lighting, a desk and work area separate from the sleeping area, lots of bathroom amenities including soaps, shampoos, razor, toothbrushes, cold water fabric wash. Free Internet worked efficiently every day.

The rooms were exceptionally quiet. We had no problems with hearing noise from other guests. Also, for two full 24 hour periods during our stay they were literally tearing apart the street outside our window and only noticed it when we looked outside. We never heard the heavy equipment.

Our reasonable room rate included buffet breakfast, which offered many choices, including eggs and waffles to order. We had room service dinner one night, which was delivered efficiently and was warm and tasty.

The hotel staff were professional, courteous and tended to our every need. The housekeeping staff cleaned our room every day even if we came and went a couple of times during the day and were never intrusive.

The only one drawback, and it's very minor, is that it was about a ten minute walk to the nearest MRT station. Normally it wouldn't be a problem but we were there in 95 degree heat every day. However, once you get to the MRT it's inexpensive, efficient, air-conditioned and clean. Taxis were immediately at the door of the hotel if needed.

There were several convenience stores (7/11 and Family Mart) and a few places to eat very close to the hotel.

We took a day trip to Chifen, which was interesting, but it was rough with all of the stairs in the excessive heat. It's also kind of a tourist trap. We were glad we went but don't need to see it again.

One note about Taipei that I think is worth saying if you've never been there before. The people we encountered were all so warm and pleasant. My husband accidentally dropped a 1000 TWD from his pocket and a young man persistently ran up to him to let him know that he had lost it. A couple of people went out of their way to stop and ask if we needed help finding anything. The Taiwanese people really made us feel welcome.

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06/30/2008
5

This was the second time that I have stayed at the Riviera Hotel and again it was really good. I arrived late at the airport due to Hong Kong airport having shut due to bad weather but the car was waiting for me! The room was nice and clean and a very comfortable bed!! Breakfast was good as was the room service.

No complaints and would defianlty stay there again when in Taipei

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06/27/2008
5

Everything was great - the rooms, the buffet breakfast included with Expedia reservation, and the staff. Free ready access to internet via lobby computers. A longish walk to MRT(subway).

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06/16/2008
4

I have been at the Riviera several times now, for around five days each, always on business on my own.

The room is really big, with an office-foyer where you can confortably work. It has a nice bathroom, although not too big, with great smelling soap, bath foam, shampoo. The bed is comfortable.

The location is not too central, but it is easily reachable with public transportation. Walking around is very safe. There are foot-massage places, restaurants, and convenience corners all over the place.

The Riviera is nice and very well serviced; the restaurant is buffet style and good enough to be able to eat there more than once during your stay. Dry cleaning is very good, too.

Drawback: the gym is a joke, though... Imagine there is none.

The first time I was in Taipei I was given the First Hotel. It is closer to the center, but I do not recommend it at all, it is all, smelly, full of stairs to go up to your room every time and plain rude service.

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05/20/2008
5

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My husband and I stayed at the Riviera Hotel in May - firstly for 5 nights, and later in our trip for 4 nights. We picked it solely from reviews we had read of it on the internet, and it exceeded our expectations. Cannot speak too highly of the Hotel, and their service was exceptional.

It is mainly a business hotel and doesn’t take in tourists in groups of 3 or more. Because they consciously don’t take in a lot of tourists, they are dependent for their reputation by the service they offer. We were there strictly as tourists but were made most welcome. We really liked the atmosphere - very personalised.

We in fact needed lots of help and the staff literally went out of their way to assist us. Their directions and suggestions were invaluable. As just a small example, we wanted to get a copy of a certain Taiwanese movie to take home. Firstly we borrowed a copy from a Blockbuster store, but then couldn’t find our way back to return it. One of the girls in reception told us not to worry. She said she passed the shop on her way home and would return it for us. Another staff member offered to purchase a copy of it for us, which initially he did out of his own money, and the next day, despite it being his day off, he came into the Hotel to pass it on to us. Obviously from the above you will also realise the staff have good English.

The food was good - in fact the best breakfast we had in over 9 hotels we stayed at during our time in Taiwan. Eggs cooked to order, a toaster that worked first go, a good selection of hot and cold dishes, and the best and freshest Danish pastries we’ve had in many a year anywhere.

Very pleased with our room. The bed was comfortable, bathroom spacious, etc., and to boot we had a separate office with free internet connection. (Think a separate office comes with all rooms.) This was quite big, and apart from using it with our computer, we also used it as a separate dining room on a couple of occasions when we had room service (once again a good meal). The food is wheeled in on a trolley table and well presented.

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05/12/2008
5

Excellent Hotel

Perfect room

Helpful staff

Wonderful breakfast

Good location

We stayed 6 days - could not have been better

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03/31/2008
4

I booked this hotel for a last minute trip to Taipei with my mother. We were looking for something reasonably priced, clean, safe location, near an MRT stop and with good service. We got exactly what we wanted.

The hotel offers a wonderful car service to and from the airport for an additional fee. We paid NT1680 each way, which is approximately 56 USD. This was totally worth it because we got picked up via Mercedes Benz and the price is not much more than you would pay for a cab. We were surprised to find out that the cabs do not have working seatbelts in the backseat and since the trip from the airport is approximately a 30-40 minute drive to the hotel and most of it is on the highway, this was a big advantage to using the car service over a cab in our minds.

The Mediterranean restaurant in the hotel offers a wonderful breakfast buffet in the mornings. Because we booked directly with the hotel, this did not come included (I didn't see that other people got breakfast included when they booked via other websites until after we'd booked). It cost us NT445 per person for breakfast (approx USD 15 pp) and we thought it was completely worth it. They always had a selection of Japanese style breakfast (eg. sushi rolls), hot lunch-type foods, a wonderful selection of very fresh fruits, all kinds of breads/pastries, cereal, juices, eggs or omelettes to order, breakfast meats, yogurt, cheeses, etc. Coffee was very good. Tea always available. It was a bit tough to find places where a lot of fresh fruits were available so we welcomed this opportunity to load up in the mornings.

The rooms were wonderful. Very clean, not big but not small. The bathrooms came with shampoo, single use toothbrushes, body lotion, soaps. The shower water pressure and temperature were perfect and the shower head was a perfect height for me (I'm about 6ft tall) but adjustable to be lower if preferred. They also provided 2 bottles of water everyday. The views were nothing special, but we didn't spend much time in the room. The beds were very comfortable. We booked a double twin room with 2 twin beds. It was not noisy at all despite our window facing the street. The only criticism is that the clock in the room was just a little travel clock that was not actually on the correct time.

All of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. They ask you to leave your key at the front desk when you go out but provide you with a card to show to the front desk when you return to retrieve your key. Often one of the front desk staff would recognize us when we returned and have the key in hand anyway. All of the front desk staff speak English.

The hotel is located across the street from a park and down the street from the Taipei Museum of Fine Art. It is approximately at 10 minute walk from the Yuan Shan MRT subway stop. There are plenty of Small Eat stands and convenience marts nearby, like 7-11 and Family Mart. Cabs are easy to hail if the 10 minute walk to the subway is too long for you.

Overall, I would recommend the Riviera to anyone looking for a reasonably priced hotel with better than average rooms and wonderful service.

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03/25/2008
3

Hotel is clean, staff friendly, but interiour style is really old fashioned and the rooms show wear and tear. The walls are also VERY thin, you can follow every conversation in the room next door. I was unfortunated to have a neighbor who had conference calls all night long with his US counterparts. If you need a silent room, ask for one with no neighbors.

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03/24/2008
5

We booked this Hotel after having read the reviews of previous guests on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived at TPE, to be met by the Hotel rep. and driver, to the time we left Taipei 12 days later we received excellent service in all areas. From Bellmen to Front Desk, from Housekeeping to Restaurant staff - all of those we came into contact with performed their duties in a friendly and efficient manner. Nice additional touches included a complimentary newspaper each morning (the International Herald Tribune); coffee and cookies in the lounge behind reception between 7 & 11 each morning and the free use of strategically located hotel computers. The nearest MRT station is a pleasant 10 to 15 minute walk across a park or, if its raining, a couple of minutes by bus #208. The MRT 'Smart Card' can be used on both the subway and bus. Two 7 Eleven stores are within easy walking distance for the purchase of MRT 'Smart Card's or Telephone cards and other 'necessities'.

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02/18/2008
4

We were going to Taipei on a last minute trip to visit family. Our first night in Taipei would've been 2/9 - which is the 3rd night of the Lunar New Year. This translated to solidly booked hotels.

We usually book elsewhere due to financial reasons, but because our hotel of choice was booked for the night of 2/9, we had to book our hotel room elsewhere. I searched on Expedia and based on price, location and amenities, I chose the Riviera Hotel on Linsen N. Rd in Taipei.

Prior to departing, I called the hotel to arrange airport transfer, which cost 1680NT (roughly $54USD) per trip (not per passenger). This was a reasonable price as taxis from Taoyuan Airport are metered and would probably cost a little under $50, give or take. Also note that during the Lunar New Year, you have to add an additional 20-40NT depending on the time of day you are travelling.

After picking up our luggage, we walked out of the terminal into the general waiting area and right there was a sign with my name on it. The guy waved us over and gave us all the information we needed in a very accomodating and polite tone. The pick-up car was a Benz 320 and the driver had soft music on as he drove.

When we arrived at the hotel, the receptionist hurried out to meet and greet us and even lugged our heavy luggage herself even though my husband was perfectly capable of doing so.

Upon check-in, she handed me an awaiting message as well as our room key. She notified me that since the hotel was solidly booked for our room category, we were upgraded to a junior suite, room 405. She took us up to our room and showed us where everything was in the room and politely left. 5 minutes later, another member of the staff came and handed me a box full of female amenities as well as a soft robe. I found out afterwards that the hotel was mainly furnished for male travelers and thus the shampoo/soap/lotions were more masculine. I thought this was extremely thoughtful of the hotel to think of.

Our room has a mini seating area with a fridge, microwave, flat panel tv, fax machine and data ports. There is also wireless internet available within the property. Our room was a decent size, with a double bed and a plush sofa seat and another flat panel tv.

The MRT station (Yuan Shan) was about a 10 minute walk and definitely doable. Shilin Night Market is only one stop away (don't get off at Shilin, get off at Jiantan).

Check-out was a breeze and the bellhop hailed us a taxi to send us off to our next hotel.

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02/11/2008
5

If there ever were such a thing as a perfect hotel, the Riviera has to qualify! From the Mozart in the diningroom to the room decor of light wood and pale blue, this was a great place. And the staff could not have been more friendly and obliging. Breakfast was very generous and interesting. We were sorry to leave -- it's just a great place!

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02/08/2008
5

We stayed five days and are returning for two more days in February. The hotel was as wonderful as most reviewers

said. We want to particularly mention the excellent service of

Meko Huang and her staff.

When we arrived in the morning she knew we were very tired and had a room ready for us even though it was 5 hours before normal check-in. Since we did not have breakfast included she suggested trying several options, including a small stand down the street, where they do not speak English. When we went one of her staff offered to go with us to help order. We tried on our own and successfully obtained a delicious breakfast. When we wanted to book our return Meko suggested trying Expedia on their free web access in the lobby, since it included breakfast and was probably a cheaper rate than she could offer us directly. She also showed us how to take the bus to and from the airport and which drop-off to ask for on our return.

We enjoyed the location, which was convenient to two subway stops. We enjoyed the variety of shops, small night market and small dumpling shop recommended all within a short walking distance. We are recommending the hotel to other family members traveling to Taibei.

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12/25/2007
5

We really enjoyed this hotel. The value for the money ($370 for 3 nights, including all taxes and fees) was terrific. I booked the room on Expedia, which entitled us to free buffet breakfasts each morning. The food was great and the service lovely. The room was huge (a suite), clean, and comfortable. The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. We went at Christmas, which meant the hotel was decorated and we received homemade Gingerbread cookies on Christmas Eve. The hotel also has good MRT access, and is close to numerous convenience stores and reasonably priced restaurants. I've never felt any desire to write about a hotel on one of these sites, but this one is too good to keep a secret.

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12/19/2007
4

A week's stay at the Riviera Hotel in Taipei has left me very charmed and pleased with the services at the concierge and business centre. This is truly a boutique hotel catered towards simple and quiet visitors to Taipei. The main drawback would be that the location is quite a walk from subway stations (it is right between two stations), but it is still advantageous for business customers who take cabs as the expressway exit/entrance is very close-by.

The breakfast buffet, however, is not something to write home about. The selection is poor and lukewarm at best. The yoghurt and juice are also at room temperatures. As a stickler for food being served 'just right', it was quite a drama having to request for a chilled can of tomato juice every morning. But as with good service, by the third day, the cans of juice were automatically chilled and waiting for me by 8 am. The good service somehow can make up for almost anything.

The rooftop gym was spartan and the roof grounds were a little too dusty to lay any yoga mats or put deck chairs. But it was nice and quiet without many other hotel patrons. The hotel rooms were standard in quality, size and deco.

If I can't get my regular business hotel at The Landis Taipei which is close-by, this would definitely be my second choice as it is highly value for money.

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12/11/2007
5

I have been coming to the Riviera Hotel over the last 10 years and can only say that as a busines hotel in Taipei, it gets better and better and provides all the facilities a business visitor can need coupled with a location close to the Freeways that makes access to and from the Airport as quick and convenient as traffic will allow. It provides fast internet services, both wireless all over the Hotel and LAN in the room free of charge. A few years ago when these facilities were less freely available, the Hotel provided a technologically advance dial up service that required no resetting of Windows settings.

The rooms are spacious with all the usual facilities and a comfortable bed. The rooms have an entrance area in which are chairs, a desk, phone, and chairs that make an office away from home and a place that small busines meetings can be held.

There is also an efficient business centre where help is available to make appointments and calls when there might be a language difficulty. In addition the centre has meeting rooms available for the visiting businessman to talk with up to 6/ 8 people which is provided free for a couple of hours if required.

The ground floor restaurant provides an excellent buffet breakfast and lunches and dinner service.

Only 7 floors high and with a relatively low number of rooms, service throughout is alwaysor highly personalized and efficient, even when busy as is often the case. Nevertheless there is a calm and serene atmosphere about the place that belies the hustle and bustle of busy Taipei outside the doors. The Hotel policy of no Group Tour bookings helps no doubt to maintain its peacefulness.

The Hotel provides a meet and greet service at the airport if pre-arranged and chauffeur service in Mercedes or BMW limousines to other parts of the country if needed.

Whenever I have been there it seems that like m, the other guests have been coming to this hotel also for many years which is further confirmation of a great hotel

that people chose to come back.

My only hope is that by popularising the place even more, it will not make it harder for us old regulars to get a room when we need one.

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08/27/2007
4

Stayed here for business recommended by my host.

This is a new small hotel not suffering from supersize anonimity.

The hotel has a clean and nice decoration interior.

The staff is helpful, friendly and many speak decent English.

The complimentary breakfast is enjoyable French cafe style.

The rooms is new, well maintained, equipped with good speed wired internet service.

While I stayed in a street quiet room in the rear, the noise from the rattling exerior air conditioning was disturbing.

You will need a taxi to get anywhere. It is not whithin walking distance from major attractions.

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