I must be honest, I had never heard of KaoHsiung in my life and never, in my wildest dreams, thought i would end up there. My daughter runs an explosive candy business, and she was invited to create an amazing candy expo (sculptures and pictures made with candy) that took place in KaoHsiung, the 2nd largest City in Taiwan. Since we are a very close family, we, her parents, decided to go along with her to give her our support; she was quite nervous due to the magnitude of the project and although she is 33, married and with 2 kiddies, she still needs mom and dad. When we landed at KaoHsiung Airport we immediately realized that we were not in a country town. And were driven from that well-designed friendly airport to our Fullon Hotel while contemplating the streets of a very modern city, clean and with a daring architecture but not exempted of a unique charming and sense of peace. Right away we noticed we were at a special town, and we are happy that not too many world tourists are familiar with it. KaoHsiung is not a tourist trap. It is a city to sip and enjoy little by little, like a good wine.
As soon as we passed the hotel door and rapidly recovered from the WOW factor after noticing its charming decor we headed to the front desk. And we were greeted with a smile by the most efficient and cutest bunch of girls you can imagine. My wife and I are not the Queen and the King of England, but we were treated as if we were. So, we were quickly on the way to our rooms with the help of a couple of bell boys that were as wonderful and well-trained as the girls in the lobby. Let me mention that tips in Taiwan are not customary, so these guys and gals do not behave hypocritically like the staff of some impressive New York or European hotels, where everything is expected to be done in exchange for something. These big hotel chains and luxurious buildings in our main US and European cities should benefit from training their personnel in the Fullon.
Once we passed the door of our room in the 10th floor we realized we were in a contemporary, cozy, charming living place with an Asian touch and also with absolutely everything a guest may need. Nothing escaped to the careful planning by the room designer. Dreamy bedding, nice size closet, plenty of storage, great HDTV, perfect internet connection, a shower with the Niagara Falls water pressure, safety box and little thoughtful details like daily tea and gourmet coffee (yes, Taiwanese coffee is always strong and flavorful, not for sissies) and a plate with some fresh fruit provided daily as well. Our bathroom was furnished with very good quality cosmetics, and everything you may feel you need at the unit is there, at your reach. And when it comes to added security, the only way to activate the elevator is by scanning your room key; great feature. And, before I forget, allow me to mention the gorgeous city view.
For those who could not develop a taste for Taiwanese food, like the Taiwanese say all the time, no prooooooblem! The Fullon Hotel has a wonderful buffet restaurant which offers all the Asian and US favorite treats: ham, bacon, sausage, an omelette bar, cheese, cold cuts, cereal, potatoes and all those high-cholesterol delicacies we Westerners love, but they also provide you with yogurt, cereal and tons of good, very fresh fruit, fruit juices, coffee and tea.
This time I am reviewing the Fullon Hotel, not KaoHsiung City, which I'm planning to do specifically in another report. But if you are lucky enough to visit Taipei buy no means you should miss taking the fabulous HSR (bullet train) and visit KaoHsiung and stay there at least 1 or 2 days. You'll get there in 96 minutes and, if you have just enough time to visit one attraction, go to Zuoying and see the magnificent pagodas and the Ciji Buddhist temple. You'll be glad you did, and don't forget your camera.
Although a large number of Tripadvisor reviewers like to complain when they feel they have a legitimate grievance, I'd rather put the uninspiring stuff behind me and concentrate on those fine places of the world that bring up happiness and joy to us, and the KaoHsiung Fullon is, most definitively, one of the best well-managed hotels I have stayed, and I travel extensively. Congratulations to the management for their daily job so well-one and to the staff, whose members are so professional, courteous and efficient. And, before I finish, I would like to give the Management a little suggestion. Please give that Super-star named Sylvia Hsiao and every other stuff member in the lobby, boys and girls, a nice pay raise. They are worth gold and they deserve it.