MY TRAVEL STYLE: If possible, I try to stay away from business and strongly prefer resorts that resemble the Four Seasons, Aman, and Oberoi but try to find similar properties at lower cost. I seek out the “wow” experiences and I encourage you to view hotels I have stayed at and their respective reviews (by clicking on my name). We stayed at this hotel since the Alishan House had no rooms available.
LOCATION: Good or great, depending on where you want to be. There are only 2 hotels in the national park, this hotel and the Alishan House. Both are about a 25 minute walk to restaurants/Starabucks. The good part of the location is that you are a 2 minute walk to the train station for the sunrise viewing and the hotel is set in a picturesque forrest as opposed to the other hotels near the restaurants that are in more of a parking lot setting. The hotel provides free transportation to the restaurant area, but the timing of the shuttle is a mystery. Hitchiking is easy and probably safe to/from the hotel.
BEST WAY TO GET THERE: We took a taxi from Sun Moon Lake for 4,000 NT. Otherwise the Alishan train costs about 400 NT per person to Chiaya Station.
TYPE OF ROOM: 3 person room with park view.
BED/SHEETS/PILLOW: Bed could be the hardest I have slept on in my last 5 months in Asia changing hotels every few days. A Good idea to get a 3 person room and use the blankets from the extra bed for padding for the bed you want to sleep on. Sheets were stained and the pillow smelled and was extremely thick.
LIGHTING: Lighting in the bathroom was good and the bedroom was ok.
BATHROOM/SHOWER: Gross. Mold in shower and the whole bathroom area is not pleasant. Everything in the bathroom is as cheap as possible. I actually didn’t even take a shower here since it was too gross. In the morning, my travel partner said that there was no hot water left (there was some hot water the evening previous).
TOILETRIES: Cheapest possible. Bring your own.
CLEANLINESS: Carpets are stained, bed sheets had stains, the bathroom was not good and the carpets and furniture are in need of replacement.
A/C: We were told that during this time of year, there is not heat available. There is a vent in the room, though.
CLOSET SPACE: Better than average amount of space. 2 people could unpack a good portion of their items.
STYLE OF ROOM: Old dorm room. Nothing pleasant about this room except for the size (since we had a 3 person room). The view of the park out the window was very nice.
QUIET/MORNING LIGHT: Room was quiet at night but if you don’t want to view the sunrise, be prepared for slamming doors, people yelling, cars honking, and trains whistling. Probably very quiet at night since people go to bed early to wake up at 3:50AM. The curtain was too thin to block out the morning sun light.
FOOD: breakfast is included but is only from 6:30A to 8:30A. I looked at it and it looked pathetic. No western options available except for toast. Also viewed a few dishes served at dinner time and we quickly knew that we were heading to town for food.
TV/INTERNET: TV has about 3-4 English stations with a couple of them movie channels. We couldn’t find any English news stations. Wireless internet is available in the rooms at no charge. I don’t think the hotel has computers for guest use.
SERVICE: Excellent! Staff was very friendly and helpful. Even purchased and picked up our train tickets for us when we mentioned we wanted to sleep in after the sunrise viewing.
COMMON AREA: Nothing special. Looks better on the internet than in person.
ROOM & CITY TIPS: Definitely try to get a room with a view of the forest. The downside of staying at this location besides what is mentioned above is that when you get the sunrise train, the train is already packed with people from the 1st stop (in town) and there were no seats left. Visited Alishan House which is a better hotel but nothing special either. Probably worth spending the extra cash just for the better bathrooms alone. May be best just to show up and check out the hotel area near the restaurants. Probably cant be worse than this one and at least you can check all your options (this may only be a good idea on a weekday due to occupancy levels). I do not recommend this hotel. Either stay at Alishan House or best to try your luck in the hotel area.
- Also Known As:
- Alishan Gou Hotel Taiwan/Chiayi County