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Silks Place Taroko
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.18 Tian Hsyang Road, Shioulin Town, Hualien 972, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #2 of 107 Hotels in Hualien
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“Family trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Second stay in Silks Palace Taroko. It's a perfect stay after the breath taking scenic tour on Taroko gorge. The western style Wesley Restaurant is good. Easy parking. I like the most is the rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi. You enjoy the cool, cold, or even slightly drizzling best with the jacuzzi. There are concert or dance program to introduce aboriginal music and dance. Highly recommended.
You can come either by driving, or a package tour provides train ticket, train station pickup, and tour through Taroko gorge and then the hotel.

Stayed December 2013
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SPT-PR, Public Relations Manager at Silks Place Taroko, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience here. We believe that you do really enjoy your stay and the atmosphere of Taroko Gorge. Whenever you wanna refresh yourself, just come back to mountain. We love to show you around the beautiful Taroko. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

With kind regards

Jackie
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Silks Place Taroko is a beautiful luxury hotel nestled in the heart of Taiwan's stunning Taroko Gorge.

The hotel is surrounded by the huge cliff-faces of the gorge and sits above the crystal blue glacier river. Many rooms face the stunning scenery, offering riverside and mountain views. When we were there, we also saw mountain monkeys scampering alongside the river.

The decor is luxurious but minimalistic with primarily dark woods, white walls and beautifully placed flowers. There is an elegant business lounge with afternoon drinks and snacks, an upscale spa with a variety of indulgent treatments, a good-sized pool and outdoor terrace/lounge area in front of the mountains.

The food is excellent. There are expansive dinner and breakfast buffets as well as a la carte dining and fine wines.

The standard rooms are quite outdated (hard tile floors, unrenovated bathrooms), but the executive rooms are plush and new. The complimentary wifi is very slow.

I give this hotel 5-stars, however, for its overall ambience, good customer service, fine dining and most of all, its stunning location.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SPT-PR, Public Relations Manager at Silks Place Taroko, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. We are pleased to read of your story and what you fell about Taroko Gorge. According to your sharing, you enjoyed our hotel facilities and service, including foods and facilities. We look forward to welcoming back in the near future.

With kind regards

Jackie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

We spent two wonderful nights at this hotel and were very impressed with the level of service and eagerness to please from the staff. The accommodation is of a high standard and the rooms are spacious and well furnished. The location is very good too as the hotel is situated within the national park and you can walk to a nearby temple and pagoda. We very much enjoyed our massages at the spa and felt very relaxed afterwards. The rooftop area is a lovely place to unwind too. The dance show was enjoyable although it seemed to be a mixture of styles and not perhaps as traditional as we expected. The food was good, especially our trio of chocolate desserts which was beautifully presented and delicious. If I ever return to the area, I would definitely choose to stay at the Silks Place again. Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I wish to thank Crystal (reception counter staff) from Silk Place Taroko. My husband and I experienced top notch customer service at Silk Place Taroko last month. We realized our passports were missing upon check in and crystal who was serving us, swiftly made calls to the hotel we check out earlier and located our passports. She then proceeded to assure us not to worry and that she would make a personal trip to retrieve our passports on her way to work the next day and delivered it to us by morning. Because of her helpfulness, we were able to enjoy our last night in Taiwan at Silk Place comfortably with no worries. My husband and I have stayed in many hotels over the years and Silk Place Taroko, has given us the BEST customer service experience. Thank you!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SPT-PR, Public Relations Manager at Silks Place Taroko, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing SilKs Place Taroko to be your destination in Taiwan and sharing your experence for the saty. Defiantly, Cyrstal is one of our good staff and she has made a good service from heart. As our motto, treat guest as we wish to be treated. We do really hope travlers have good Taiwan memories. Once again thank you for letting us know your story and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future. All the best for now.

with regards,

Jackie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

First return visit to this hotel in many years. Gone are the aboriginal style decorations. Now the hotel's all the subtle Taiwanese style (think Eslite)

Likes:
-view of the running waters from the bed
-balcony with deck chairs to enjoy the sight/sound of waters
-excellent sound proofing
-very comfortable beds
-breakfast seated outside the western restaurant
-creative presentation of food at western dinner buffet
-roof top pool and jacuzzi

Dislikes
-unusually poor-tasting main courses for dinner at the western restaurant
-shortage of staff at breakfast
-more business like/less friendly compared to all other places we stayed on this trip. This is not to say there's anything lacking in service. It's just that we didn't find the typical Taiwanese service warmth, pride or thoughtfulness in unexpected details we encounter everywhere else on this trip.
-old towels

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SPT-PR, Public Relations Manager at Silks Place Taroko, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for coming back and taking time to let us know your valuable feedback. We will review some points you mentioned and concerened immediately. Those feedback always encourag us to serve our guests better. Regarding the service issue, we would like to take note and provide quality service on your next visit. We look forward to serving you in the near future.

with regards,

Jackie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

If you ever visit Taroko Gorge I strongly recommend you to stay at least a night here. It is located in the center of the national park and it is only less than half a mile away from the gorgeous Baiyang trail. The staff were polite and attentive. The buffet dinner and breakfast were good. Remember to visit the rooftop swimming pool and heated jacuzzis, as you will get the best view of the surrounding moutains and streams!! My husband and I spent some quality time at the fireplace (next to the rooftop pool) before the aboriginal performance that was free for all the guests. It was peaceful and quiet. We can't wait to go back there again!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SPT-PR, Public Relations Manager at Silks Place Taroko, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience here. Good to know you love the place and get the extremly relaxing holiday. One of my favourite place is The Fireplace. Whatever you stay there to enjoy sunset moment / early evening, or join the performance after the dinner, it is a good place to embrace the beauty of nature. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again in the mountain. All the best for now.

With regards,

Jackie
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stayed on a Saturday night and that evening there was a free aborigine dance program performed in the central patio. We were all offered free blankets to wrap up in in case we felt cold (a thoughtful touch). The service in the hotel was super at reception and in the restaurant. The dinner buffet was excellent, many, many choices and outshowed the main course, which is chosen separately. The breakfast buffet too was outstanding. The room was large and lovely with a small balcony with two chairs and a table. Unfortunately we weren't there long enough to find time to sit out there. This hotel is very posh and the only reason I didn't give it five stars is that for the price one expects absolutely perfection and there were a few flaws in the bedroom: There were only three drawers to store your stuff in - fine for one night but not for an extended stay, 4 wooden hangers (and 2 with bathrobes hanging on them), also not enough for more than a night, and no bedside tables to put your clock, watch, glasses or book on next to the wonderful big beds. There was, however a small sofa between the two beds so we used that as our night tables. The linens were of excellent quality but the bed a tad hard for my back (as were all the beds I encountered during our three week stay in Taiwan). The wall between the bedroom and bathroom is of glass, a bit disconcerting (There may have been a shade to pull down over that window; I just didn't notice.) and the light switch for the bathroom turns on the lights in the bath area, sink area and toilet area (3 separate compartments) all at once, which seems like a waste of electricity and also inconvenient in the middle of the night as one trying to sneak into the toilet area has to turn on all the lights which might wake the companion in the bedroom. (These are flaws in design, not in management of the hotel...As I said, the service was excellent.) There were very good towels and sea salt for soaking in the tub. The two swimming pools were huge so had we had our bathingsuits with us, we could have had a real swim, not just a soak in a tiny pool. There is a large playroom for kids and a spa, lots to keep you busy for more than a one night stay. There were many families with kids there the night we stayed so it is a good family hotel. We were welcomed with ginger tea at reception and there was a basket of apples in our room as well as the tea and coffee making essentials. The location, for those wanting to hike on the many trails in Taroko Gorge is perfect. Also quiet and serene.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SPT-PR, Public Relations Manager at Silks Place Taroko, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experiecne and let us know your kindly recommendtaions. Some of the issues you mentioned and concerned, we will take actions to imporve and meet guest expections. However, as you said, the place needs more than one night to explore. We welcome you back to visit trails and enjoy all nautre surroundings. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best for now.

Jackie
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Address: No.18 Tian Hsyang Road, Shioulin Town, Hualien 972, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Hualien
#1 Spa Hotel in Hualien
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hualien
#3 Family Hotel in Hualien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Silks Place Taroko 4.5*
Number of rooms: 160
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
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