Agora Garden Hotel - Taipei, Taiwan
View from our hotel room

As I write this, I am quite exhausted from the trip across the ocean, but I am also pleasantly surprised by what my hotel here has to offer. Late last week, I told you that I was going to be in Taiwan for Computex 2010. Most of my time will be spent covering the show, meeting with manufacturers and that kind of thing, but I also hope to get in some tourist time too.

During the week and a half I’ll be here in Taipei, we’ll be calling Agora Garden our home. This is quite the nice hotel, especially since it’s only a few blocks away from the Taipei 101 (and the Taipei World Trade Center) and many shops are within walking distance too.

What’s more, it seems that TAITRA, the organization that handles Computex, decided to put us in an apartment-sized hotel room. I don’t know if the rest of Agora Garden is like this, but it’s certainly nice having this much square footage while on the road. The suite isn’t nearly as big as what I had at the Hidden Ridge Resort in Banff and it’s not quite as high end as the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas, but it’s definitely a few steps above the usual fare.

In terms of the flight over, I barely caught a couple hours of shuteye. The total travel time was in the neighborhood of 12 hours between Vancouver and Taipei, but there was one toddler who would break out in a tantrum every couple of hours. That didn’t help, nor did the relative lack of legroom and the less than perfect seats, but this is part of the nature of long international travel.

I’ll be doing my best to keep this blog updated while I’m over here, but you can also follow my updates on Twitter if you’d like. In the meantime, check out this brief walkthrough video of our Agora Garden hotel room suite.

P.S. I’ll be adding more Taiwan pictures to my Flickr photostream, so stay tuned to that too.