Mini Hotels (Taichung Station Branch)

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Our final stop in Taiwan. Stayed here on Nov 6th. This hotel is very near to the Taichung Rail Station. Probably about 5 minutes’ walk. Behind the hotel is a big mall called Taroko Mall. Plenty of food. McDonald and Starbucks is inside the mall. Plus, there is a Carrefour, too. The surrounding has plenty of restaurant if you are into local food.

Room – As they have stated, mini hotel. It’s really mini. It’s like a bunk bed style. The bed is on the upper deck, the table and the bathroom is below. You can only open a 24inch luggage and that it.

NOTE: the room does NOT have windows.

Electrical jacks – Plenty. Two jacks on the bed and about 4 on downstairs. No worry.

Watching TV – There is a TV but you need to sit sideways on the stairs to watch. We did not bother turning the TV. No point. Can’t watch it comfortably.

Bathroom – the toilet have the Japanese water dispenser. Good of Muslim and South East Asian traveler.

Closet – Open closet. They only provide 2 or 3 hangers.

Laundry – they have coin laundry machine and dryer.

Parking – the hotel does not have its own parking. You need to parking at public parking which is about 1 minutes walking distance.

Breakfast – Variety with bread, salad, porridge, scrambled, coffee, soya drink and some other fruits juice.

Overall, very pleasant stay at this hotel. No complaint. I slept well.

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Bath towels and Hair dryer is inside the blue pouch.

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minihoteltaichungstation

Bath gel and shower gel. Very clean.

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The toilet. Ideal for Muslims and South East Asian travellers.

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You need to climb the narrow stairs to the bed.

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The bed. Quite huge. Have two power jack with USB outlet. Very convenient.

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Small size table.

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When you open the door, the is what you see. Small and compact space.

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Water provided.

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Slippers.

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Breakfast – salad.

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Juices.

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Coffee machine.

 

Address:

No. 69, Dayong Street, East District, Taichung 401, Taiwan

 

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Clean, Convenient and with a view.

Stayed here on Nov 5th.  The hotel is inside the town area near the piers. Plus, there is a discount on the ticket for hotel guests. If you are not a hotel, you need to pay $376 Ntd but as hotel guest you only $100 Ntd each. Plus, everything within walking distance, restaurant and Starbucks is within 2 minutes walked.

Room – We booked a room with a view. Not the entire Sun Moon Lake but enough. All the amenities inside the room are there.

NOTE: even though my room was good condition but in sister room, she found three cockroaches run around. The hotel staff changes her room but she needs to pay $300Ntd extra because that room has a view.

Balcony – you can look over the lake and part of the town area. Quite nice.

Safe box – no safety box.

Bathroom – Bathroom is clean and comes with all the towels. Only thing is no shower curtain.

Wifi – they provide but I don’t use them.

Breakfast – they have wide variety from salad, bread, coffee to porridge. Mostly are Taiwanese. No scramble eggs or hash brown. I did take any photograph for the breakfast. Too busy eating.

Electrical jacks – enough electrical jacks for charging.

Closet – No closet. Open closet with 3 or 4 hangers.

Parking – the hotel does not have its own parking. We need to park at the public area. A lot parking space but it’s on the other side of road. Its about 200 to 250 meters away. The hotel will re-imburse the parking fee which is $100 ntd all day.

Overall, we had a pleasant stay at this hotel. I slept well. No complaint.

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Has a fridge.

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

They provide a water fountain instead of bottle water. I looked under the cupboard. It has a water filter. But then again I asked myself whether how frequent they change their filter.

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

TV.

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

No shower curtain.

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

From the balcony, you can see part of the main street.

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

Harbor Resort Hotel Sun Moon Lake

This is the view of the lake from my balcony.

Harbor Resort Hotel

Address:

No.11 Mingsheng Street, Yuchi Township, 555, Taiwan

 

Gao Shan Ching Hotel ALISHAN

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

Avoid Or Only At Last Resort

We stayed here on Nov 4th, 2018. The only positive about this hotel is it’s inside Alishan National Forest and accessible to the trains and eatery. It’s about 5 to 7 minutes’ walk to the nearest restaurant. We booked this place because like I said before, we thought of using public transportation but changes our mind. We rented a car at last minutes and drove here.

Room – I don’t mind the room being small but it was not well kept. The floor was dirty with hairs and other residue. I don’t think they ever vacuum the room. For a moment, I doubt they change the bed sheet. The towel has some smell on it.

Room Heater – Does not work. It was blowing cold air from the vent. We turned it off. The night temperature dips to around 9 Celsius at night. The only thing to make up for the cold room was the goose down blanket. It was super warm.

NOTE: No fridge. No safety box.

Bathroom – water leaking onto the floor when you flush the toilet. I did not make any complain because I was only there for one night. So, I sucked it up. Also, be aware. NO shower curtain. So, the entire bathroom will be wet.

Water Heater – they turn on the water heater from 6pm-8am. If you overslept, you will be showering in freezing cold water.

Wifi – they have but we did not use it. Can’t comment on the speed.

Breakfast – we have walked to another hotel for breakfast. Only 6 selections of stir fry vegetables, meat and mantou. There is coffee and hot soya milk.

Electrical jacks – only 4 available in my room.

Closet – open closet with 4 hangers provided.

Parking – plenty of spaces for parking. Once you have parked the car, you really don’t need to drive anywhere. Everything is within walking distance.

Overall, just not satisfied with the cleanliness of the room. If the room was clean, I probably would give it a 2.5 stars. The only advantage they have is everything was within walking distance. If you are driving up to Alishan, might as well look for Minsu. Otherwise, look for others hotel on the surrounding area.

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

No shower curtain. The entire bathroom is wet after the shower.

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

This is the windows from our room which is separated by a hallway.

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

This is the hallway. Quite dirty. Have cigarettes butt.

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

Breakfast at another hotel. Coffee and Soy Milk.

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This is the breakfast.

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

Address:

Gao Shan Ching Hotel

No.43 Jhongjheng Village, Alishan, 605, Taiwan

Country Garden Hotel Chiayi station 國園飯店

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Clean and Convenient

We stayed here on for one night on the Nov 3rd 2018. We booked this hotel because the map indicate close proximity to the Chiayi Train station. Initially, we thought of using the train to go up to Alishan (Fenchihu) but we change our mind. We rented a car from Taipei and drove here.

Room – Clean. Have a large windows because the room was facing the street. All amenities were there. Free 2 packet of coffee and tea, hairdryer, fridge, hotpot kettle and slippers. But no SAFE. The design of the room is dated but everything was very clean. I stayed on the 5th Floor. The room is bigger than those I have stayed at Imperial H.

NOTE: My room does have cigarettes smell but I am ok with it. I did not request for room change.

Location – If you want to go Alishan (Fenchihu) via train, this is the best location. Less than 5 minutes walk. About 10 minutes to Wenhua night market. 3 minutes walk to the nearest McDonalds.

Parking – plenty of parking spaces. It’s an outdoor parking that is about 2 minutes walk from the hotel. The parking lot need a card to go in. My suggestion is to stop the car at the front of the parking lot then have someone walk to the hotel to get a hotel parking card. Then park the car and walk to the hotel with the luggage. Otherwise, you need to drive a big round to park the car.

Electrical jack – It has about 4 or 5 electrical jacks. Should be enough.

Closet – No closet. Open closet with 2 or 3 hangers.

Wifi – They have but we don’t use them. I would not be able to comment on the speed.

Breakfast – the breakfast are Taiwanese which are vegetable, rice, porridge and mantou. Small selection of salad and bread. One thing I like is their hot soya milk. There is hot coffee.

Overall, we had a pleasant stay. No complaint.

 

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countryhotelchiayi13

That is the closet. It’s open closet.

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This is the direction to Wenhua night market. Its about 10 minutes walk from the hotel.

Clean and Convenient We stayed here on for one night on the Nov 3rd 2018. We booked this hotel because the map indicate close proximity to the Chiayi Train station. Initially, we thought of using the train to go up to Alishan (Fenchihu) but we change our mind. We rented a car from Taipei and drove here. Room – Clean. Have a large windows because the room was facing the street. All amenities were there. Free 2 packet of coffee and tea, hairdryer, fridge, hotpot kettle and slippers. But no SAFE. The design of the room is dated but everything was very clean. I stayed on the 5th Floor. The room is bigger than those I have stayed at Imperial H. NOTE: My room does have cigarettes smell but I am ok with it. I did not request for room change. Location – If you want to go Alishan (Fenchihu) via train, this is the best location. Less than 5 minutes walk. About 10 minutes to Wenhua night market. 3 minutes walk to the nearest McDonalds. Parking – plenty of parking spaces. It’s an outdoor parking that is about 2 minutes walk from the hotel. The parking lot need a card to go in. My suggestion is to stop the car at the front of the parking lot then have someone walk to the hotel to get a hotel parking card. Then park the car and walk to the hotel with the luggage. Otherwise, you need to drive a big round to park the car. Electrical jack – It has about 4 or 5 electrical jacks. Should be enough. Closet – No closet. Open closet with 2 or 3 hangers. Wifi – They have but we don’t use them. I would not be able to comment on the speed. Breakfast – the breakfast are Taiwanese which are vegetable, rice, porridge and mantou. Small selection of salad and bread. One thing I like is their hot soya milk. There is hot coffee. Overall, we had a pleasant stay. No complaint.

The direction to Chiayi train station. Very close by. Less than 5 minutes walk.

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The bathroom – clean.

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Bread.

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Breakfast – salad.

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Porridge.

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Breakfast – Taiwanese style. Most are stirfry dishes.

Address:

Country Garden Business Hotel

No.678 Guangcai Street, Chiayi 60009, Taiwan

http://www.countryhotel.com.tw/

National Taichung Theater 台中國家歌劇院

National Taichung Theater 台中國家歌劇院 – just stunning a architecture. Probably just for us.

It worth a visit. If we stayed in Tai Chung, I could hang out here every weekend. You should drop by if you are in Tai Chung.

Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地

Another scenic place everyone must go to check it out is the Gaomei Wetlands 高美溼地. Very scenic especially during the sunset time. 

I wanted to do a timelapse but the wind to too strong. It was almost like at T3 wind coming on. So I just record short video and took some photgraph.

I saw many younger travelers would rent a van to come to this place. We are lazy traveler.  

For more info click on the link Gaomei Wetlands .

Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村)

Rainbow village Tai Chung. One of those must do thing when you are in Tai Chung. We drop by here to shoot some photo. Doing our tourist thing. 

One thing we do admire some of the younger tourist, we wonder how they reached this place. We drove on a rented car. We are lazy tourist. But how they come here? But bus or taxi? It’s very far away from the central city. Leave a comment below if you know.

To know about the village, you can go to wikipedia.

 This is the more popular signage. It say – Let get married. So many young couple would like to get a photo here.

 Also, older couple.

Kun Hotel Taichung 台中

Kun Hotel Taichung

We stayed there last week. So photo inside the room. All standard amenities are in place. Nothing short.


Location  – Near Fengjia night market. You need to walk about 15min walk to the the Fengjia Night Market and the night market is huge. It consisted of two or three side street. If you are into night market food, this is the place to explore.

Get to the hotel – We took a bus from the airport. Bus No.A3. Its $100NT for each person. You can pay cash or with Easycard (if you have one in hand). The bus took us to Fuxing North Road (they stop is next to McDonald). We need to walked about 10min north to Fuxing North 2nd Street and you will see the Kun Hotel on your right.

Electronic jacks – sufficient for our use. we have 4 handphone, 2 camera charger, stabilizer charger, power bank and wifi router charger.

Laundry – They have two laundry machine and drying machine. The washing powder provider free. $40Nt to wash. $60NT to dry.

Breakfast – they offered breakfast but we did not booked the room with breakfast so I can`t comment on the breakfast.


Overall – very good. no complaint.

 the safe – it works.

 there is windows. this is the view from my floor.

 shampoo and bath gel

towel.

I shot a short video to show how the room look like.