The water from the Hot Springs evidently is at ph 8.6. The fittings in the room are all corroded and when you run the water or flush the toilet the smell is pretty bad. The rooms are very basic, clean but aged and there is the pervasive smell from the water. The breakfast buffet was very basic, the coffee for example was in a glass container, on a hot plate, and was already mixed with milk.
We were there the first week in October 2013, not many other visitors, so we had the run of the Hot Spring pools very much to ourselves. There are a number of pools, with water flowing from pipes. at different temperatures from cool to hot. These pools are nicely laid out. We had to purchase bathing caps for NT$35 each, even though we have very little hair, and yet the Taiwanese that were in the pool didn't.
If it weren't for the Hot Springs I would rate the Hotel as "1", if it were prime vacation season, I wouldn't want to be there at all.
One nice aspect, is that the Original bath house is still there, hidden by the "modern" one. This is now what appears to be a Geisha House and is interesting to wander through.
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