First of all, don't get me wrong about this hotel. It's not only a nice place to stay during typhoon, but other days too. I just want to emphasize that it was not in good weather (the day when Typhoon Tempin hit Taiwan again) when I was there, but we still have great time at this place.
I’ve stayed in Vienna Pleasant Cottage during my visit to Cingjing. This year, I want to try other minus/ hotel to have different experience. My family and I went to Cingjing on 28 August 2012. This was the day Typhoon Tempin hit Taiwan again. Nobody would have expected this to happen as all of us thought that it had gone southwest and away from Taiwan. Regardless of the weather, we still continue our journey to Cingjing from Sun Moon Lake. However, we knew that there’s nothing we can do outdoor as it was a raining all day. The following is my review for Dream Forest Villa, the best part of it is the facilities, do check it out and you'll know why I said it's the best stay.
This hotel consists of 4 blocks of building, namely (literally) City of Dream (夢幻之城), City of Starry Sky (星空之城), City of Hope (希望之城) and City of Moonlight (月光之城). The hotel reception counter as well as the dining area are in the building of City of Dream.
Location: This hotel is located besides 雲舞楼and 歐鄉美邸. Though this hotel is not located beside the main road but it’s still within walking distance to the Cingjing Visitor’s Centre (10 mins by main road). There’s a short cut connecting the hotel with the Cingjing Visitor’s Centre (around 5 mins walk), so it’s very convenient. However, it is advised to take this short cut only during day time because you’ll pass by some bushes and there’s no street light along the road. During day time, there’re some cars or vans using this route especially the Dream Forest Villa and the other 2 minsu I mentioned above.
Room and Price: My family and I (5 adults) are staying in the夢幻溫馨居家套房 in the building of City of Dream. It costs us TWD 3360 + NTD 600 (additional bed). The room is located on the 1st floor. All the room in this building can be accessed by elevator. The room is spacious with a 2-seated sofa, TV, writing table and big wooden wardrobe in it. However, the wardrobe is smelly due to long exposure of high moisture content air. Electric kettle, 5 bottles of mineral water, tea bag and coffee are provided in the room. Besides, there’s a water dispenser just few steps from the room door. The room is clean but not for certain spots like wall corner, spots behind the table and sofa are still dusty. The bathroom is furnished in vintage style and it’s clean. Our room has huge glass window, however, it is facing the hill which block everything and no scenic view from this room. Furthermore, since this room is at the back side of this building, so if you look out and down from the window, you can see trash dumping place from your room. No smell, but if you wish to have scenic view from your room, then you’ll need to book other room in this hotel. In fact, there are some other rooms in the same and other buildings have great view from the rooms. Check it with the staff when you do reservation.
Food: Breakfast was included in the room rate. Because we went during the summer holiday, so package with dinner were not offered. However, the hotel has a restaurant where you can have hi-tea and dinner (steamboat and set meal) and the price is reasonable for Cingjing standard. Wide variety of food provided for breakfast (porridge with few dishes, noodles, salads, bread and bun with few types of jam and butter, fruit juices, coffee, tea, milk and fruit). Toaster was provided for you to toast your own bread or bun.
Facilities: This hotel has an elevator in their main building (City of Dream) where some hotel rooms, restaurant, games and sports room as well as the computer room (with internet connection) situated. For elders who hardly take the stairs, then you can consider getting a room in the main building. All the facilities like games and sports room as well as the computer room is free to use by the hotel guests. Since we have plenty of time on the day we arrived due to the raining weather, we explored the games and sports room and found that it’s actually a game room with WII and a high technology game like WII but the difference is that this device sense motion, so you don’t need to hold anything during the game. The reason why they said it was a game and sports room was because almost all the game you play with these 2 devices are sports like archery, table tennis, tennis, dart, baseball, etc. This was how we spent our spare time that day. We played for the whole evening and continue playing at night with my parent-in-law joining us. We had so much laughter and fun together. Imagine 2 almost 60 years old parent playing this with their kids (around 20-30 years old).
Payment and Service: I contacted the hotel through email for some inquiries and they replied promptly. For reservation, guests are required to make payment for the deposit. I did it by using a credit card transaction and had no problem with it. The balance of the room rate was cleared upon arrival. The staffs of this hotel are friendly and helpful. On the second day of our stay, the weather is sunny and we were able to visit Green Green Grassland and Little Swiss Garden. But we couldn’t make it to take the 8:20 am Nantou bus, so the second choice we have was to wait till 10am as Dream Forest Villa send their guests to Green Green Grassland twice daily (10am and 2:30pm) for free.
As a conclusion, I was glad that I have chosen Dream Forest Villa because I was a little worried about the weather here and thought of the game and sports room would be a great place to spare our time together when I do room booking. Indeed, this was a wise choice for us.
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