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“Great Location and Good Deal for Budget Traveller” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Happy Hotel Kaohsiung

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Happy Hotel Kaohsiung
No.221 Nanhua Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #93 of 247 Hotels in Kaohsiung
Hong Kong, China
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great Location and Good Deal for Budget Traveller”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I spent 7 days in Taiwan and lived in two different hotels in Kaohsiung. Happy Hotel was chosen given it came along with the promotional discount from a travel agency.

The hotel was situated 5-min away from Kaohsiung MRT station / Railway station. If you take a highspeed railway and hit Zuoying station, it will cost you another NTD25 from Zuoying to Kaohsiung MRT station. If you arrive Kaohsiung airport, it will cost you NTD35 from the airport to the station (around 20 mins).

In terms of hotel quality, it is worth if you don't want to spend too much and just look for a short stay. I lived in the smallest room in the hotel (on 2/F, as told by the hotel staff who asked me whether I wanted to change room given my promotional discount was for that room and I could upgrade if I paid the difference to a higher-class room). However, as I am very flexible, I decided not to change the room but the room is in fact very small (my guess is <100 sq feets). 7 rooms on each floor and there are four floors only.

Except the small room size, I like the room a lot for the following reasons:-

1) Very clean and it looks like it is recently renovated. Toilet and bed are clean. The overall decoration is wonderful.
2) The water machine is just outside my door - easy to get hot / cold water at night.
3) Strong wifi. You get fast connection (~300kb/s)
4) The wooden floor is clean as I don't like carpet.

However, there are still some drawbacks: -
1) No window (The hotel informed me before my arrival so it is expected. This is fine with me)
2) Small room as mentioned earlier
3) I do not request a condom on my table. Why does the hotel give me a condom? Is this a norm in Taiwan for hotel to give out condom to guests?
4) No lift and you have to bring your luggage upstair/downstair. I am fine with it as I live on 2/F and my luggage is not heavy.

Please check out the pictures I posted to view the room.

With respect to breakfast, the hotel staff informs me that I need to pre-order for tomorrow's breakfast within a limited option (see the picture I uploaded). I can pick up the breakfast any time from 6am in the morning so it is good for you if you need to catch a train or leave the hotel early.

Unlimited refill coffee and honey tea are available on the ground floor.

Hotel staff is also friendly and provides assistance when needed. I spoke Mandarin with them so I can't assess their English ability but my general impression is that Taiwanese people, especially those in Taipei and Kaohsiung, speak English fluently.

Overall, if you ask me to choose a hotel to stay again next time in Kaohsiung, I will definitely choose this hotel given its great location and value for money.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Location: Excellent. 5min walk to Kaohsiung Main Train Station and subway. 3min to bus terminal. 10min max to Liu Ho Night Market.

Room: Clean and neat with all facilities that a 3/4 star hotel has. It has a fridge, hair dryer, toiletries (comb/cotton bud/bathing gel/shampoo/shower cap/toothbrush/toothpaste), LCD tv, phone, wifi

Toilet: No shower curtain but it was clean. Shower was strong.

Plus points - free flow of honey tea, coffee, tea on 1st floor, drinking water dispenser (on 1st & 2nd floor)

Minus points - no wardrobe/cupboard but can hang clothes behind the door. Room is not too big so luggage could be in your way if you put it on the floor. Noise insulation is not excellent.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010 via mobile

One of the best budget hotels to stay in near the Kaohsiung main train station. Rooms are recently renovated and modern with flat screen tv and comfortable soft beds. Rooms are small but for this price well worth it. Bathrooms have new fixtures, though like with many budget hotels, there is no separate stall for the shower so the floor of the bathroom gets pretty wet. Toiletries and clean towels were provided. Breakfast is included with free tea, coffee, juice and snacks in the lobby. Staff speaks limited English, but you can probably get by. Only downside was that air conditioning was centrally controlled, and it got a bit stuffy during the night. Otherwise a great choice for a hotel, and centrally located next to the MRT and train station, walking distance to Liouhe night market.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.221 Nanhua Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Kaohsiung
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #93 of 247 Hotels in Kaohsiung
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Number of rooms: 25
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