Bayview Hotel is just mins away from the beautiful beach and if you get the right rooms, you do get a full sea view. It's pretty much rural and there are limited options in terms of activities. We booked a cab to travel around and to town.
Travelling by cab to town cost approximately NT$230-NT$250 one way. If the hotel booked a cab for you to town there is a discount given by the cabby and we paid only NT$175.
Travelling to Taroko Mountain (cost NT$3,000) and ChiKe Mountain (NT$4,000) can be arranged by the front desk staffs of Bayview. They got us a really good driver. Do take note that prices quoted by the hotel are good for per trip of 8hours but that doesn't cover other areas if you intend to travel to other parts of HuaLien during that 8hours. It's only meant for that particular trip. So we paid NT$7,000 for one day tour to both mountains from 10:30am to 9:00pm.
Hotel was awesome and the things we loved about it are:
The room is extremely clean and well-kept. We stayed for 2 nights and when the housekeeping was done on the 2nd day, the hotel was pretty generous in their replenishment of the room supplies given in the room (not that we use them often).
Bed was excellent. It's not too soft to the extend that your partner gets awakened during the night if you twist and turn around a lot (which i do) and not too hard that you get body aches. It's the right size for us too (king-size). I think the pillows provided are feather type and the quilt is clean and good. There is a day bed which we didn't use and it's facing the sea. Most people may want to use it for sky-watching.
It has a paranomic 180deg unblock sea view. We stayed on the 5th floor (the highest) and sea view is the best from this level. Do try to get one either on the 4th or 5th floor.
Toilet is good size and the shower area is good. It also comes with a rain shower and the tiles looked like they had been changed quite recently. Very clean grouting too. Doesn't irk me like most hotels. It comes with a bathtub and it's see through from the bedroom. However, there is a electronic shower curtain which you can operate to close up the toilet. Water pressure is very strong and the supply of hot water is consistent and stable unlike some intermittent ones.
There is a balcony and you can step out for some fresh air although it's a little small and tight.
There were many tv channels available to choose from ranging from local taiwanese programmes to HBO and chinese movies.
Front desk staffs were all extremely friendly and helpful just like most Taiwanese we met in Taiwan. If you have any request, be certain that they will definitely deliver it.
The cafe/pantry next to the reception is open 24/7 and the hotel provides coffee, tea, basic drinks and biscuits FOC for all the guests.
There is a 'Family Mart' just 1-2mins from the hotel which is pretty much like a 'Seven-Eleven'. You can get your basic stuffs there. There are also 2 restaurants. One is just directly opposite the Family Mart and the other requires a little walking of 3-5mins. It's not cheap to eat there either and eating in Taipei food court is definitely cheaper. Per dish cost you NT$150-NT$300 and this is just one type (i.e. fried fish, cooked pork, steamed vegetables). An assorted meal in Taipei foodcourt is probably between NT$139-NT$300.
However, the things we didn't quite like:
The distance to town is a little far and every time you want to travel downtown it cost quite a bit. I can understand this as their cabs are running on petrol and not diesel. Petrol cost NT$34.50 per litre (S$1.54 approx.).
There are very limited options for food/meals in that area and I'm a heavy meat-eater (chicken and pork) and I find it very difficult to satisfy my thirst with the extremely limited options available. No options of western cuisine like pork chop or chicken chop. So go for the country's recommended countryside dish. Some of them taste quite good actually.
Same issue, no room service (food/meals served in the room) and the only meal provided is breakfast. Sad to say, we had long days during our trip scaling heights and climbing mountains so we couldn't wake up in time for breakfast which is served between 7am to 9am. For most hotels in cities, breakfast usually up to 10am or 10:30am which is good for us.
No complaints at all on the hotel, staffs, and everything except the curtains. There are some stains on it which surprised me. Hotel of this grade and such ratings should have better curtains isn't it? Look at my pictures to get a better idea.
One other thing which I'm pretty neutral about. There's really nothing much to do after you're back in the hotel at night and I really mean NOTHING. The sea and sky is pitch black, nothing for you to admire. Shops are closed. Town is far (we were told shops in town and night market open 5-6pm onwards till late) and if you intend to stay back, there is no lounge to drink and listen to music and nowhere else you can go (to our knowledge). So take this time to relax and watch some tv (the only thing you can do) and if you have your laptop with you, it's time to take it out. Good time to rest and recuperate.
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