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Howard Beach Resort Kenting
Ranked #11 of 110 Hotels in Pingtung County
Reviewed 9 November 2013

I've stayed in all the "5 star" hotels in and around Kenting and this place is by far the worst.

The hotel is in desperate need of a refresh. The buffet food was disgraceful.

My friend and I stayed in a villa. The villa itself was nice. The staff were nice but spoke little English.

Given the choices against Caesar Plaza, Chateau and Amanda, Howard is a far distant 4th on that list. Don't waste your money.

The only thing that is good about this place is its location. But with Caesar Place next door they lose big time.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

The rooms weren't bad, it was hard to convey that I needed feather free pillows & blankets, & the room keys were only metal keys & they gave us one for a room with 3 people in it, but my biggest complaint would have to be the food. I've paid $ for buffet before, and usually the more you pay, the better the quality. That's not the case here. It's 750 NT for one person and the food was terrible. The shrimp was over cooked & cold. The roast beef smelled like fart for some reason I cannot fathom. The "Cheesecake" was what I can only describe as Sarah Lee pound cake without sugar. I ended up basically eating rice with soy sauce & ice cream which was mercifully decent. Breakfast was the same ordeal, cold eggs, stale fruit, and worst of all, NO BACON!!! Other than that the hotel itself was ok. A bit big & confusing. Definitely not 4-5 star standards.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Hotel is good , OLD is gold in some times:) Staff is very supportive. Location is very good as night market is near and a beach is right in front of the hotel. as per my experience, it is very good for family.

Room Tip: Mountain view is also a good option .
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank RobinGujjar
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

* Large room with two king-size beds (excellent for a family with 4 people)
* Huge swimming pool, and the water is really warm
* Nice indoor water park, the rides are amazing. But the place is full of "bleach" smell...
* Very close to the beach and Kenting Street, about 5 minutes walk (Kenting Street is full of shops, bars, restaurant, ...etc.)

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank TerriJTaipei_Taiwan
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

A good hotel with large rooms and nice bathrooms etc. this hotel is massive and at times, seems more like a complex lost in the 1980's . Staff very pleasant and helpful and nice large swimming pool. Generally well maintained.

Pros: large, everything is large is spacious including the buffet breakfast
Cons: only recommend for families. Bar and food quality is adequate

Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
2  Thank Paul B B
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Rooms are very large, clean, and comfortable. The bathroom was big and luxurious. Wi-fi connection in the room was patchy. The grounds are large, and a regular shuttle takes you directly from the hotel down to the night market on the main road. Dinner buffet was extensive, but the breakfast was only so-so. The feel of the hotel is a bit like a slightly dated cruise ship, complete with entertainment during dinner. Would probably be good for families with younger children.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank ThrivingToday
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

We spent six nights at the Howard for a conference. Our hotel room was very large and we were lucky to get a beautiful view of the ocean. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was really good. Not all the staff spoke English, but the front desk personnel and concierge spoke enough for us to communicate. They also arranged for a tour for me while my husband was in meetings. The pool was huge. There's a private entrance to the beach via a tunnel from the basement of the hotel. You do have to walk through an arcade to get there. The beach was very pretty, but if you expect it to be pristine clean like in the US, then you might be disappointed. Remember you're in a different country! The hotel was very close to the night market in Kenting. We took the Kenting Express to and from the hotel with no problems. It does take about 2.5 hours, depending on stops, so allow plenty of time. The value for us was excellent because we got a reduced rate due to the conference. I'm not sure we could have afforded it otherwise. We had a great stay!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Britra0004
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Additional Information about Howard Beach Resort Kenting

Address: No.2 Kenting Road, Hengchun Town, Pingtung County 946, Taiwan
Region: Taiwan > Pingtung County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Pingtung County
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Pingtung County
Price Range: £88 - £254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Howard Beach Resort Kenting 4*
Number of rooms: 418
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by beautiful mountains and seas, the resort boasts a Mediterranean-style facade and 418 exquisite rooms or villa blessed with stunning natural scenery. Choose to do absolutely nothing but tracing cloud patterns or stargazing, or get active with the myriad of water sports and activities, our superlative accommodation and superior service ensure you an unforgettable resort experience. ... more   less 
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