I have stayed twice in this hotel and taken a lakeview, townview and corner room (on our second visit we took a townview room but upgraded to a corner lakeview room). There are other hotels nearby in the immediate area of lower price and quality but I would return to this one simply because it is probably the best for the price. This is not a 5-star hotel and the price is a bit higher than a mid-range Taipei city hotel due to the location. The lake view rooms are the best and worth the extra cost - they are quieter than town-facing rooms, have a balcony, better bathroom and better toiletries. Overall, the interior decor of the lake-facing rooms is higher standard and sitting on the balcony to watch the fog rolling across the lake is memorable. Views of the Ci-en Pagoda, Ita Thao town and Lalu Island can all be seen from your balcony.
There is only one restaurant and the menu is limited but you will probably only be staying here for 2-3 days anyway so should not complain. There are small cafes in the street outside although you will need some reasonable Taiwanese or Mandarin to get by. A Starbucks and 7-11 are also within 50 feet of the hotel entrance. The bus stop to the Taichung high speed rail station is about 1 minute walk. The bus is hourly but I have found buses are not 100% reliable. If you are in a group of 3-4, it may be better to negotiate with a taxi driver for return transport from Taichung to the hotel - they won't go by meter. The hotel also provides this service, but naturally this is at higher cost.
There is no swimming pool or fitness center but bicycle rental is free. Wifi is free in the rooms. Bottled water is provided and you can easily buy more in the 7-11. Sitting at the restaurant outside tables in the afternoon is very pleasant. The tourist guidebooks and signage is orientated towards Mandarin-speakers first, Japanese second. Consequently, staff do not have good command of English. Most of the tourists are Taiwanese or from mainland China.
The hotel is well-situated for getting around the lake - you can walk, take a boat or the bus. I advise against the bus because they do not run to schedule and you will waste a great deal of time. The ferry boats are just outside the hotel. There are many different tour operators. If you are not interested in the extras, just take the day ticket which provides unlimited trips between the three ports around the lake and walk to see sites from there. I found that signage for English-speakers is not great so you should prepare your itinerary in advance ie. know what you want to see and where it is.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Del Lago Taiwan/Nantou
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Del Lago is situated in Nantou County in the center of Taiwan, the hotel offers a breathtaking view of the famous Sun Moon Lake from its premier vantage point on the lakeshore. Proudly offers seven types of comfortable and 88 beautifully appointed rooms and suites featuring the ultimate in relaxation and comfort. All guest rooms made secure, private, and quite. Lakeview guest rooms have wide-angle French window complemented with patio set at balcony; provide an unobstructed 180-degree view of Sun Moon Lake. Popular with outdoorsy types, the hotel readily makes arrangements for outdoor activities such as hiking; biking, boating or fishing the luxury hotel is an ideal destination for nature and adventure lovers. The hotel provides amenities like Ballroom, Lobby, Reception and Smoke-free hotel. ... more less
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