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“standard boutique business hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Kung Shang Design Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.237 Linsen First Road, Kaohsiung, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #61 of 237 hotels in Kaohsiung
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“standard boutique business hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

quite a nice boutique business hotel, the entrance is on a side road, but easy to find. overall a pretty good value for money stay and decent location. Breakfast was pretty bad, and there are not many breakfast options around.

has in room wifi router for each room, good bath products and comfortable rooms

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

According to some of the reviews, it is a 8min walk walk from Farmosa Boulevard MRT station, however, not recommended to walk with luggage. The roads are uneven, the MRT exit closest to the hotel only had steps... Happy lugging your luggage up the steps.
We did get an initial shock when we arrived at the hotel and saw what looked like a lobby area but dilapidated and not in use. Do not panic, the hotel lobby is right next door around the corner facing the side road.

Pluses
We had a elite suite, which has a queen size bed and a single bed, and a 2 seater sofa in the living room area + a study table area. Generally a sizable room.
Bathroom wasn't large but adequate.
Great loccitane toiletries and we asked for an extra set and they were happy to accommodate.
Powerpoints - more than plentiful. I counted 8 sets of double powerpoints.
Front desk staff was really helpful. I forgot my luggage key, called the hotel and they brought it down to the lobby while we got the cabby to swing back to the hotel
The restaurant looks like a nice retro place, with a few nooks and crannies turned into private dining areas. Very chic.
Breakfast wise, if u're into taiwanese breakfast, there's a decent selection but If you're into western breakfast, there's very limited selection available.
Location was relatively great, 10mins walk down a shopping stretch towards the sanduo direction, and liuhe night market was 5mins walk from the hotel (there's a awesome fried chou doufu store at the furthest end of the market (furthest away from the hotel) 1st store when u get in the market run by 2 ladies)

Minuses
Hotel room wasn't the cleanest - sheets were of low quality and old, there were stains on both bed sheets, the entire floor was dusty... And that was based on walking atiubd in the brand new bedroom slippers they provided.
Windows were all open when we checked in...strange
The tv was a swivel tv that turned from living room side to bedroom side. But it was all dusty, as I placed my phone (with case) to charge and I could literally feel the dust!
The housekeeping staff seems to not know what they were doing very much. They were not even in uniform. And it also explains the amount of dust in the room.
Food wise, generally too sweet or too salty

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

This boutique hotel is very new and tucked in a little corner not far from the famous night market, Liu Ho, in the port city of Kaohsiung. A lot of cab drivers had difficulty finding the hotel but despite the seemingly off-the-beaten-track location, I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone who wish for a spacious room and a location close to the night market.

While the hotel is hidden in a small lane off the main road, it is within 5 minutes of walking distance to the famous Liu Ho Night Market where you can find the most authentic local delights ranging from Oyster Mee Sua to Deep-fried Chicken Cutlet to Dan-Dan Noodles. In a way, the hotel has the best of both worlds - a quiet spot within a boisterous night market scene.

Rooms are extremely huge by normal hotel standard. All rooms are suites actually with a 'separate' living room from the bedroom by means of a huge TV console and bar area. I booked a deluxe suite (they have the equivalent of junior, deluxe and executive suite) and was pleasantly surprised by the huge living space and ample supply of amenities (even comes with L'Occitane toiletries!). The room was well-decorated by many artefacts which explains the Chinese name 'Kung Shang I-Shu Hui Kuan' or Imperial Designers Inn by direct transliteration.

Doormen, front desk staff and chambermaids may appear less friendly than other Taiwanese hotel staff but they are nonetheless efficient and approachable. I had a problem with my in-room safe and the service staff who came up to resolve the issue was courteous and patient with the repair (it took quite a while to resolve the problem but he never gave a hint of being annoyed with the repeated attempts to get it working)!

All in all, I would say that this hotel is a hidden gem and it would be a waste to spend your money on other 4 to 5-star hotels in Kaohsiung where you can pay the same price for a much larger room (or suite to be precise) and enjoy the same levels of comfort!

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  • Stayed January 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.237 Linsen First Road, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Kaohsiung
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Ranked #61 of 237 hotels in Kaohsiung
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Hotel Class:4 star — Kung Shang Design Inn 4*
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