Stayed here for two nights back in November. We arrived earlier than scheduled and so we can't enter the hotel (you need to scan the token to enter). Paul and Rachel rushed back from where they were within 15 minutes to check us in even though this is clearly from my misjudgement of time. We had the superior room with victorian style bed for the first night and the standard for the second night. Below are my observations:
1. Helpful/friendly staff
Paul made sure everything is alright for us and gave us a welcome gift (I think was a pack of muachi, local delicacy). Like mentioned, we arrived earlier than expect and we had the couple rushed back to check us in just right after they left. Instead of us apologising to them for the inconvenience, they were the ones that apologised to us for not being there.
For the first night our room was facing the main road and though my partner is a light sleeper (well, I am not), he finds it acceptable for the slight sound. No worries though as I find that the street is quite deserted as night falls. Please be reminded to bring your own towel as only face towels are provided. But rest assured, other basic amenities (ie. soap, bottled water, etc) are provided. Bedding is comfortable and I guess the only think I would complain about is the lack of space and clothes hangers for you to hang your clothing should you have the habit of drying/airing out worn clothes for the day before packing it back to your luggage to avoid the sweat smell.
This is something I wish people coming to Taiwan will really take note of and to not blame them for the plumbing system. I have been to Taiwan twice and I can vouch that besides the main city centre (i.e. Taipei, Kaoshiung..which some of the hotels in the city do tell you not to put soiled papers in the toilet) most of the toilets are not supposed to have soiled tissue papers thrown in. Please understand that the plumbing system is there for years. Yes, they are in the hotel industry, but even if they redo the plumbing for the minsus, they can't 'redesign and revamp' the underground plumbing which is unable to 'process' the soiled tissue papers.
This minsu overall makes me feel at home. I take off my shoes at home and perhaps this is a personal opinion, I do fancy my smelly shoes in my room, especially where I sleep after a day of trekking into the rainy Tarako (it was rainy season when I was there). So this is a no biggie for me.
About the minsu's location, it is located at a quiet main road, away from the night market (10-15 mins depending on your speed). I felt safe though when I was walking there for 2 nights to the night market. Please have your print out of the minsu's name in chinese readily available should your cab driver mistaken it for another minsu. From the train station to the minsu, the cab fare should be approximately NTD180 IIRC.
Most minsus do not provide breakfast unless stated otherwise, so it is best for you to do your homework before coming in. But rest assured, there are just many food that you could buy the night before and have in the morning (if you don't mind). The 7-11s are really awesome with its food selection.
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