About the hotel:
This hotel is in a small town and therefore you can not compare with those hotels loaded with modern/super modern gadgets from Taipei or elsewhere. But it is nicely decorated with Aboriginal/Native style and we should give credits for their recent effort to renovate to get "5 stars status." At least lobby area looks like a good 4 stars place. Wifi/Internet is free but it is patchy. First I thought it is because of location of my room (at the end of the hallway) but other TA reviewers have same problem too. They also provide free entertainment (loud, Chinese singers). My tour guide also warned us that since this is the only decent hotel in town, it will be crowded with all tourists and I encountered some noisy visitors from mainland China at hot spring (hotel management can not be at fault though).
Quite spacious and beautifully decorated with Native theme. Two different sets of elevators for each wing which is nice.
Free breakfast buffet included but I do not know how much my tour agency paid for the room. Okay food but one notch below to other breakfast I had in other hotels with the tour. I also tried Chinese restaurant, the only restaurant inside the hotel. Well, Aboriginal Taiwanese speak better English (may be they are Christians) than Fleur De Chine hotel (Taiwan's best rated 5 stars place) and reasonably priced for some good fried rice and okay pig hog served in cold.
5 Stars status:
This could be misleading to some visitors but I understand that this could be the best in town. It is not necessary/not appropriate to award a place 5 stars just because it is the best in a small pond and in fact there are many states in USA (some are bigger than Taiwan) have no 5 stars hotel. 5 stars hotels do have more than one restaurant on site. Spa/hot spring is newly renovated but it is more like a common hot spring place in a Communist country and it lacks 5 stars feel (cheap looking hairdryer, spinner to dry your swim suit and tiles of the spa). it is also poorly designed and there is a long chilly walk outside of changing room towards the spa. I wish they hired someone with experience in hotel business or at least sent them to true 5 stars hotels (or hire me or someone with good taste, hee hee) before renovation.
Overall, I might stay again if the price is right and if I have to sleep after visiting East coast unspoiled sea shore and Taroko National Park but do not keep your expectation very high.
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- Also Known As:
- Formosan Naruwan Taitung
- Formosan Naruwan Inn Taiwan/Taitung