We just returned from our 1 week trip in Taiwan. We stayed at Hotel Bayview for 2 nights on 24th & 25th Oct. Everything either met or exceeded our expectations.
We were picked up by hotel staff swiftly after departing the train station. At arrival, front desk already confirmed the ride back to train station on the last day. Our track arrived at Hualien at 1pm and hotel check in was 3pm. But they anticipated our arrival and prepared our room already. So we went to our VIP family suite which was very pretty with the sea view, balcony, cozy sofa, large wardrobes. We especially liked the comfy beds and pillows, and user friendly showers without having to lift our legs to get in and out, and yet won't wet the floor outside the shower.
We immediately went for bike ride along Qisingtan, another amazing spot. What we loved about the hotel is the beach itself is a scenic spot already. At sunset we returned the bikes and went to a nearby eatery (within a souvenir shop) recommended by the hotel staff, which is good and cheap (NTD790 for 4), including drinks.
The next day we went to Taroko with driver referred to by Tiffany (learnt about her fm TA). Otherwise the hotel can help to book taxi drivers also. We didn't ask them about the rate since we have our own driver already. When were returned at late afternoon, we went for bike ride again as our little girl really loved the long and flat bike trails. We also took many shots of the sunset along the beach. We then went to the Goat Ranch, a ranch that also offers western menu as suggested by the hotel. Good food and environment.
The last day before we returned to Taipei we went to Zhaofeng Farm. Hotel staff helped us to arrange return trip taxi ride at NTD1,200 (vs. NTD800 one way when we inquired our Taroko driver). We had a little logistics problem. We wanted to return straight to train station to save time. But taxi driver wouldn't wait for us at the farm. We also didn't trust the taxi to carry our suitcases everywhere. Hotel suggested they help to bring our suitcase to meet us at the train station, and arranged for taxi driver to call them when we would leave the farm so they could estimate the timing better. Everything went well as planned.
Probably because this is a small hotel, the staff could recognize us by face when we came in and out. When our self-arranged taxi arrived to pickups up, they called us in the room to alert us.
Others already commented about the breakfast. We also want to highlight there is a 24 hr cafe with free coffee, computer, cookies, magazines which comes very handy while waiting for taxi or next event.
We don't care for the 15 taxi ride to downtown as we didn't plan to visit there. Value wise this hotel is very good. We paid NTD4500 for a room for 4 incl breakfast. At Taipei, we stayed at Dongwu Hotel at NTD3360 also with breakfast, but obviously with much smaller room and no view. We also stayed at Sherwood at NTD7600 with breakfast but service not as good (probably coz they don't offer free wifi).
If we need to complain, free wifi was not very steady. Yet the hotel was proactive to solve the problem. We were on top floor and signal were weak. We couldn't get any signal and thought it might be password. They came straight to explain the top floor issues and told us they just bought some routers for us to plug in the room. Soon we could check mails and played our online games.
Another thing would be the disposable facial towels they use. We still prefer traditional fluffy towels rather than the paper thin disposable ones.
Note: the hotel is ver near to military training base. At mornings and evenings there are fighter jets coming in and out and could be noisy (but not too much into sleeping hrs) The hotel is equipped with double glass to shut out the noise if necessary. On the other hand, we found it soothing to hear the waves in our sleep.
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