My bf and I stayed in Taipei for 6 nights at the ECFA hotel. Real-life compared to pictures are quite different as it doesn't look like a 1 year old hotel up close. I think they cheaped out on some things like flooring and such, however, it was still clean and friendly looking. Since we booked both rooms in one booking, I assumed that they would have the sense to reserve two rooms next to each other or relatively close, but that wasn't the case. We had room 502 and they got 709 (both in the main building, I was unaware they had more).
The rooms were tiny, but clean and had everything we needed. They had disposable soaps, toothbrushes, combs, slippers and razors which they replenished everyday if you used it. Also for convenience they had a mini fridge with two bottles of water and an electric kettle for tea. Their bathroom was the modern concept of blurred glass so you're able to see the shape of whoever is showering. However, it was a little less sexy as you can also see the shape of your partner shitting. Anyway, the rain shower we had was quite nice with strong current, though the bathroom was so small there wasn't a divider between the toilet bowl and shower.
The reason my title is named the way it is, is because when my friends came to visit our room, they noticed a lot of things that their room was lacking, from small amenities, to tables, door signs and a working air-conditioner. I guess sometimes the cleaning crew slacks off by the 7th floor? lol They also had issues that their TV doesn't block their toilet and was in full view of the other going to the toilet. I've toughed it out and stayed in much worse places, so I really have nothing to complain about as we only spent 6-8 hours sleeping in it everyday. The only thing I really disliked was their rock solid beds. why buy a mattress when you can sleep on wood? I couldn't sleep very well because of it.
Staff-wise at the reception was helpful enough when we asked for plug adapters and directions and such. However, I couldn't help but feel that they try to avoid me and my bf or people in general who aren't fluent in Chinese. (Maybe because they aren't fluent in English?)
Breakfast was pretty good. They had a little something for everyone at their mini buffet. There were some sort of asian food that changed daily from baos to siew-mais, japanese cold soba everyday, and some sort of potato for the westerners as well. They always had plain rice or porridge with about 7 preserved items to go along with them, including a veggie dish and some braised pork sauce. They also had toast with 6 different kinds of spreads every morning, and drinks (coffee, tea, grapefruit juice and orange juice) throughout the day. If there are too many people at breakfast and you can't find a seat, I recommend the Taiwanese breakfast right around the corner.
All in all I would recommend this hotel as the location is great, right at ximendeng and about 5-10 minute walk from red-house and the mrt station. Also, the price is slightly cheaper than other hotels near by. However, I personally wouldn't like to stay here again because of their rock-solid beds - which happen to be the most important thing to me when traveling.
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