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Major internal renovations underway at historic Grand Hotel
Central News Agency
2014-01-16 08:29 PM
Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) At 62 years old, Taipei's landmark Grand Hotel is undergoing its first-ever full internal renovation, with work expected to be complete by September of this year, Grand Hotel Chairman Lee Chien-jung said Thursday. The building's traditional Chinese facade sits perched on a hill above the city, where it has offered its panoramic views to important guests including presidents and foreign dignitaries. The hotel begun renovations in November last year, overhauling guest rooms and the Golden Dragon and Chi-lin Halls at a cost of NT$600 million (US$20 million), Lee said. All 487 guest rooms will be upgraded to have partitioned showers after the renovation, though the internal design will maintain its trademark imperial palace style. Wallpaper and carpeting will have traditional designs featuring plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo and chrysanthemum. After the three-stage renovation complete, room rates will increase, Lee said, calling rates in the past relatively low. He did not give specific figures. In addition to internal renovations, the hotel will be adding experienced chef Yeh Po-hua to the team to head its banquet service. Yeh, known for his skill with Hong Kong-style seafood, made his mark some three decades ago when he became executive sous chef at the Sheraton Grande Taipei at just 24. (By Angela Tsai and Lilian Wu)
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