The Lalu is an exclusive and very expensive hotel. The design is resort-like and luxurious in feel -- open spaces, corridors leading past lovely landscaped interiors or with glorious views of the Sun Moon Lake, and the furnishings, fittings and flooring are all wooden. The views from The Lalu are truly amazing and the interior landscaping is harmonious and very pretty, with a combination of greenery and carefully-introduced trickling "streams". It's so peaceful and so integrated with its natural surroundings that even butterflies happily sun themselves in the outdoor corridors, despite the passing tread of clumsy human feet. (I nearly stepped on top of one). Curiously enough, they have a library. It's a lovely place to relax and soak in the smells of the books and the wood.
Please note that the hotel is very dim at night. You must be very careful where you put your feet. I suggest carrying a torch - yes, it is that dim. In addition, hardly any taxis go to The Lalu. It becomes expensive to go anywhere because The Lalu charges at least NTD500 to go anywhere except for the Shuishe Pier area, which is free. The Lalu also offers tours, which look pretty good, although I didn't stay long enough to try the tours.
I stayed in a simple 1-bedroom suite. I found the furnishings to be in good condition, overall, and the bathroom was superb, especially the toiletries. The floors were wooden, so they creaked a fair bit when I walked and can be pretty noisy, creak-wise. I couldn't locate the fridge and never did. I forgot to ask since I didn't need it. There is a significant lack of plug-in points. The inside of the TV cabinets was horrifically dusty, although to be honest, nobody needs to open them. I was just looking for the fridge. The air-conditioner is under central control and so cannot be altered from 21/22 degrees Celsius (I tried, I really did).
I had dinner in the Chinese restaurant (not included in the room rate) and nearly fell down the stairs on the way there, as the lighting was extremely dim. The quality of the dishes was excellent. They were not oily and were quite delicious. (I don't understand why they named a dish as General Tso's chicken, since that's not a Taiwanese/Chinese creation). Service in the restaurant was excellent. The breakfast (part of the room rate) had a pretty good spread and again, I thought that the quality of the cooking was very good.
The service at the front desk and from the hotel staff who ferried us to and from Shuishe Pier were very good. I found them to be warm, friendly and helpful.
Overall, I would say that it's a very good hotel and the service was friendly and warm, although value-for-money may not be there (I compared it to my friend's experience at the Fleur de Chine this year).
- Also Known As:
- The Lalu Sun Moon Lake Hotel
- The Lalu Sun Moon Lake Hotel Nantou
- Lalu Sun Moon Lake Nantou
- Lalu Sun Moon Lake Hotel
- The Lalu Sun Moon Lake Taiwan/Nantou
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