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“Poor service, disgusting room, terrible breakfast”

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Sun Moon Lake Apollo Resort Hotel
Ranked #111 of 134 Hotels in Nantou County
Reviewed 27 April 2012

I traveled with hubby and our toddler. The hotel was close to suise wharf. We stayed in the harbour room overlooking the water. The scenery was breathtaking which is why we decided to stay in this hotel. However, the room was disgusting. I couldn't sleep at night because of cockroaches. There was a cockroach in the bathroom and more coming out of the pillow and underneath the bed. I was horrified but didn't have any choice to move to another hotel because it was late at night when we went back to the hotel.

the service was very poor. we were sold a package of boat ticket and a supposibly $990 worth of ticket that suppose to include cable car, entry fee to the amusement park, shuttle bus and bicycle hire. little did we know, the ticket to shuttle bus was taken away even though we have paid for it. According to the tourist information desk, the local hotel usually does this so they can sell the rest of it to the other people.very shifty.

the breakfast was terrible. there were flies everywhere and food was not covered. there weren't adequate utensils such as butter knife so everyone is using 1 knife for all toast, very unhygienic!!!!

the one star given was simply for the view only.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 December 2010

My family booked 2 rooms here for 1 night.
I was grateful that the hotel took my reservation over the phone without requiring me to send a deposit first.
The rooms are tiny and in poor condition. The bed was firm and we could get by sleeping on it. I suppose my disappointment stemmed from the fact that the room cost TWD2600, only TWD200 less than Harbour Resort Hotel next door. From the outside of Harbour Hotel, it certainly looked a lot newer. I couldnt book Harbour because it was full but I certainly wished i was there and not in Apollo.
The staff was quite helpful though. My son broke a drinking glass and the staff came immediately to clean up.
The breakfast was poor. There was a large group of chinese tourists who had breakfast earlier but the food was not replenished. So scraps were left when it was our turn to eat.
The breakfast did not look very appetising either.
What added to the disappointment was the hotel's recommendation of the restaurant for dinner. We had asked to try out local cuisine and the staff directed us to Hu Jing a few doors away.
We ordered a 6 course dinner for 5. The food came within 5 minutes giving us the impression that it was all done and merely heated up. The food tasted bland and certainly did not look good in the first place.
Do avoid it.
There is nothing much to do in sun moon lake other than the cruise and a cable car ride. So staying beyond one night would not be recommended. We were offered the cruise tickets at TWD 150 instead of the usual TWD 300 at the ticket counter just outside Harbour Resort Hotel (run by the HR Hotel) if we bought a day in advance. I still wonder whether we were hoodwinked because Apollo runs a similar cruise but at hourly intervals rather than half hour intervals at TWD150.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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8  Thank lspsl
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Reviewed 6 December 2009

The friendly hotel staff accepted our booking over email (and later via a phone conversation). We arrived at 1pm but since room wasn't ready (check-in at 3pm), left our bags by the front desk and went for lunch. We had a laptop and the bag was left in their storage facility. We were able to check-in when we returned at 2pm.

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About 3 minutes from the Shuishe Visitor's Centre and main bus drop-off/pickup point. (from the Visitor's Centre, turn right, walk down the road and turn right again up past Lago Hotel). When asking the locals for directions, tell them "Hong Bin Hotel" - its Chinese name. The only "Apollo" they know is in Puli, 30 minutes away.


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After the booking, we found out about a really cheap room promotion that included tours and dinner! But apparently those were with street-view rooms. Apparently the lake view rooms cost "NT$600 more"....

Hotel has an excellent view of the lake even from the 2nd floor. Pretty good vantage for sunrise. At night the hourly water fountain show is in clear view.

Our small double room was simply furnished with tv, bed with mattress that felt old and a dresser. No wardrobe, only 2 hooks with hangers. Really no frills except for complimentary room slippers and new kettle. Tap water contained minute particles though -- observed even after boiling. So we asked hotel staff to fill out bottles with water from their water coolers. Room had a powerful air-conditioner; great for beating the heat outside.


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Its entrance had unnecessary curtain; an unhygenic obstacle. Ironically, the bath area had no shower curtain and it was hard not to splash water onto the toilet floor. There was no floor mat. Powerful hot water shower but fixtures old and dowdy. All toiletries provided.


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The nice receptionist offered us the secure password for the hotel's wireless network. Unfortunately we couldn't get through probably due to a firewall. Impressive though that every floor has its own router. We ended up using the Visitor Centre's free internet stations.


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Nice cafe setup where its doors and windows opened straight onto the pedestrian area right in front of the lake. Very simple fare of porridge with light condiments. The toasts' butter and jams were displayed in unlidded bowls. Most of the food is gone by 9am so go early, although they scramble/fry eggs to order.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ziji
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Reviewed 16 September 2009

I stayed at this hotel after reading the comments from Tripadvisor. Basically, all the hotels located near the Sun Moon Lake are expensive and this is one of the reasonable ones. I loved the lake view scenary and we could catch the sun rise from our hotel balcony. The reception lady is nice, offering us travel suggestions. However, the decor is old and in the night time when I am in the toilet, there is cockroach.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Pinkga
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Reviewed 9 March 2009

Stayed one night at the Apollo. Sun Moon Lake is a small undeveloped place with only about 5 hotels & 5 "bed & breakfasts" however they are building at least 3 more. Apollo itself we had nice, no frills 3 star room overlooking the lake. Was very peaceful, is central so restaurants, Starbucks, bus stop all just downstairs. We had complimentry dinner which was pasta, nothing special. People on front desk not very friendly, but ok. Sun Moon Lake is a nice place to relax, walk around, cycle, go on the lake, but not much else.
However in the evening the jetty, waterfront, and nearby path is tastefully illuminated making it nice for romantic walks

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank CIASingapore
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Reviewed 10 January 2009

Stay 1 night in Sun Moon Lake Apollo Resort Hotel on 26th November 2008(calendar in Sun Moon Lake read as 26th November 97).
Booking the room is pretty easy, just giving them a call; no down payment is required for foreigners, base on trust.
It is a typical local hotel with simple and outdated décor.
Room is clean with balcony, facing the beautiful lake. Bathroom is small.
Breakfast is simple – porridge, cabbages, fried egg of your choice and pickles.
We paid NT2675 for a triple room with lake view, 3 ferry tickets touring Sun Moon Lake and breakfast.
Around the vicinity are shops, hotels and eateries, visitors centre and bus stop.
Apart from a local traditionally dress band singing yesterday’s numbers at nearby restaurant, the rest of the place is pretty quite.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Azumi5
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Reviewed 8 April 2008

We did a walk-in for a triple room at NT3000 incl of tax and breakfast. We didn't bother to book as it was a monday. It was expected to be quiet day with an abundance of hotels lining Minsheng Rd at Sun Moon Lake.

We chose this cozy mid-range hotel in Shuishe Area rather than the Ita Shao Area where there are also many hotels and B&B for reasons being:

1) Beautiful sunrise/sunset views of the lake for the price

2) Close to the bus stop at Visitors centre for transport to Taichung and Shueli as we do not want to lug our luggage.

3) Close to commercial area for food/restaurants.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Address: No.3, Mingsheng St., Yuchi Township, Nantou County 555, Taiwan
Region: Taiwan > Nantou County
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #111 of 134 Hotels in Nantou County
Price Range: £70 - £134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sun Moon Lake Apollo Resort Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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