The Grand Hotel – Taipei

 

Grand Hotel main building

Grand Hotel main building

The Grand Hotel in Taipei is an imposing classical Chinese building located at Yuan Hill in the Zhongshan district of Taipei. It was was built by Chiang Kai-shek, under the direction of his wife, to treat visiting foreign guests. The Grand Hotel was completed in 1973 and became an instant Taipei landmark.

Grand Hotel extravagance

Exploring the decoration of the Grand Hotel is a visual feast because it is such a wonderful example of classical Chinese “palace-style” design. The huge foyer and grand staircase are overwhelming at first sight.

Below are several decorative items that caught my eye.

Grand hotel Interior courtyard with lattice balustrade and corner brackets

Interior courtyard with lattice balustrade and corner brackets

Grand hotel Connecting corridor decoration

Connecting corridor decoration

Lattice used on a staircase

Lattice used on a staircase

Nice ice ray lattice divider in the foyer

Nice ice-ray lattice divider iin the foyer

No trip to Taipei would be complete without a visit to the Grand Hotel and having some coffee and cake in the smart café in the foyer area.

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