Opened in 1990 (and known from 1993 to 2011 as the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei), the Regent Taipei is no stranger to the rich and famous, having hosted a variety of entertainment luminaries including the Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, Keanu Reeves, and the late Michael Jackson. More recently, the hotel itself played a supporting role in Luc Besson’s Lucy, in which the film’s titular character (played by Scarlett Johansson) begins her journey of mind-expansive mayhem in a Regent room.
The hotel’s popularity with the jet set is based on more than just its central location (though that certainly doesn’t hurt). The Regent exudes an air designed to appeal broadly to those accustomed to the finer things. Rooms are well-appointed, though with a subdued, somewhat generic elegance. This aura extends to most of the common areas, such as the lobby and most of the restaurants, which, though beautiful, are not overly possessing of warmth.Luxurious as it is, the Regent lacks a certain intimacy, and may strike some visitors as feeling “expensive yet formulaic.”