It’s hard to describe all the wonderful things about this large, quiet hotel. My wife and I stayed there in late November and we were both very happy with our experiences. We stayed two nights, but we both wanted to stay a few more.
We found the hotel to be very clean and elegant, given its carefully-designed and open architecture. We stayed in a river view suite, then upgraded to a larger suite for my 50th birthday. Both rooms were well appointed and more than adequate – the larger suite was very impressive and had even more amenities (coffee, tea varieties, snacks, apples, bar).
We are both “foodies,” and loved the breakfasts offering plenty of variety: fresh-squeezed juices, eggs to order, perfect coffee…everything fresh! I was amazed at the honey-combed langan honey – a first for me. We couldn’t “not eat” at the Chinese restaurant that has a new hot-shot chef recruited from Taipei as the food was cooked perfectly and took advantage of the local foods like wild vegetable and bitter melon – both of which are very good for you. I can’t say enough about the food…
The outside environment was beautiful. You can (and should) walk around the area, which is adorned with temples. There’s even a small Catholic church within ten minutes of the hotel lobby. My wife and I are not climbers, but we found ourselves climbing down some scary trails to the river and we were rewarded with some amazing rock formations (see the faces?). The grounds outside the hotel are small, but it’s a cool place to take in the sites, especially the myriad hand-sized butterflies fluttering about the colorful property.
We did manage to play ping pong last day. The recreation room has Wii and other fun stuff. We saw the indoor pool area and no one was there.
The roof area is really neat (literally) and we enjoyed two “Aboriginal” performances. We even bought one of the artist’s CDs, which I’ve been enjoying since then. I am struck by the similarities in the “local” music and Native American sounds – can it be a coincidence?
My trip was wonderful, so my wife and I hope to be there next year again. This hotel is affordable, beautiful and little place in the clouds!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Silks Place Taroko open in December 2009 after renovation with 47 Suites and 113 Resort rooms located at the Taroko Gorge surrounded from breath taking marble mountain.The best Hotel in Taroko to stay and enjoy the beauty of The National Park Taroko. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silks Place Taroko Hotel Hualien
- Grand Formosa Taroko Hualien
- Grand Formosa Taroko Hotel