Stayed from 24 to 28 April on my first trip to Taiwan. Will give this property a qualified 4 out of 5 because there were a few issues, but it was obvious the management and employees are trying very hard. I would stay here again and recommend to those traveling to Jhongli for business or a short visit.
It is about a 15 minute taxi ride from the TPE airport. Cost was about 450 TWD. Recommend you contact the hotel and ask for hotel’s address in Standard Mandarin. That helped me getting a taxi and directions.
Had a room on the 12th floor facing the main street which was very quiet. Was happy with how bright and open the room felt. It was exactly like the photo on the website. Obvious that the bathroom had been recently renovated along with a new bed and nice paint job. The carpeting was stained in a few places and needed replacement or a good cleaning. The desk was not in the best shape—looked like it belonged in my college dorm room. No big deal.
The TV had at least 6 English channels. CNN, HBO, National Geographic, Discovery, etc. The free Internet access was via LAN in the room. It was fast and very reliable.
There is a small refrigerator. They provide a couple of small bottles of water, oranges, and apples, and cookies everyday. Surprised that a buffet breakfast (6:30am to 10:30am) was included on the 7th floor. Everyday the food was a little different—coffee, juices, cereals, breads, miso soup, salad, fruits, bacon, sausages, fried rice, noodles, etc. It was more “homemade” than institutional, and I mean that in a nice way. Ate so much that I was able to skip lunch.
The hotel is in the middle of Jhongli’s retail district. To its left is a 7-Eleven and to its right is a Pizza Hut. There is a McDonald’s, KFC, Mister Donut, and Starbucks within a 3 minute walk. A lot of small clothing stores, a few electronics shops, book stores, coffee shops, bars, restaurants. Very crowded, traffic laws are not enforced, sidewalks are uneven, but welcome to Asia.
Saw a “Modern Toilet” restaurant on a street parallel to the one in front of the lobby. It is a chain restaurant famous in Taiwan because all of their tableware and theme relate to toilets. Recommend you let your bank know about your international travel in advance and verify which ATM networks you ATM uses. My bank locked up my ATM card because it did not expect usage in Taiwan, and a couple ATMs asked me which network. Had to guess until it recognized my card.
The Jhongli train station is 3 minute walk when you turn right upon exiting the lobby. By local train, it was approximately a 45 minute ride to Taipei Main Station. I live in Tokyo, so riding the train is no big deal. It is not as user friendly as Tokyo and reminds me of the rural stations in Japan. Ask the hotel front desk for a map with their address. That will come in handy when buying a return ticket at Taipei Main Station. Cost was approximately 50 TWD each way. Great way to people watch and see a different side of Taiwan.
Overall, I would compare this to a nice businessman hotel in Japan but a little fancier. I paid about $75 USD/night and considered that a bargain. Every morning at breakfast, other guests included single Japanese businessman, Chinese couples with and without children, and on the final day, there was a large Chinese tour group.
Jhongli, by itself, is not a destination. It was a good chance to see how real working class Taiwanese live on the outskirts of Taipei. Once I visited downtown Taipei, I thought I was in certain parts of Tokyo.
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