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Tien Lai Resort & Spa
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Though my husband and I have been Taipei for several times, this is our first trial to stay at hotspring hotel.

TRANSPORT:
Since we would spend the first night at Tienlai Spring Resort, we have booked a taxi to travel from Taoyuen Airport (we arrived at Taipei in the morning) to Yang Ming Shan for sightseeing first and then check-in at Tienlai in late afternoon. It is not very easy to get to the hotel as there is only one bus route, with the frequency about 30 mins while the travel time is around 1 to 1.5 hrs from Taipei Main Station. That's why we decided to take a taxi so we didn't need to worry about our baggages or bus schedule.

Unfortunately, rain kept on falling after we arrived Taipei (actually it rains during our whole trip!), so we couldn't spend much time at Yang Ming Shan and needed to go to Tienlai earlier as we planned.

ROOM:
We have reserved a room at Tienlai II building which is in Japanese style. Our room is at highest floor facing hill view. We like the private hotspring at the balcony very much, esp in this rainy day! We couldn't see anyone using the outdoor hotspring in heavy pour ....It is convenient to use the private hotspring as it is connected to bathroom, so you can clean up easily. The room itself is spacious and in good condition, and many TV channels provoided.

MEAL:
We have bought a half board package and we may enjoy dinner at hotel restaurant, which is located at Tienlai I building. We didn't expect much on the food quality because we have read some bad comments on that (however there is no other restaurant nearby so we have to choose it). But finally we found the food are QUITE GOOD! Buffet is served, with Mongolian style BBQ as theme. The BBQ meat is delicious, though overall the food variety is limited. However the food variety at buffet breakfast is better, and the taste is good.

OVERALL:
We didn't use many hotel facilities (eg. outdoor hotspring, SPA, gym room, etc) during our stay, so I can't comment on those. I think it is nice to spend 1 night here for hotspring. Just don't expect it is a very resort-like hotel...I don't think it is good to stay for over 2 nights....For couples, recommend to choose Tienlai II building with private hotspring. Overall I am satisfied with the hotel but just think it is little bit overvalued.

Room Tip: Only rooms at Tienlai II building (Japanese style) have private hotspring, book that room if you want that!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Opal H
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TienLai, 公關經理 at Tien Lai Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2013

Dear Guest,

Warm greeting from TienLai!!
Thank you for taking time to share your travel experience!!

Yang Ming Shan national park is always one of the traveler’s favorite destination in Taiwan, it has amazing view, and many trail selections, some of them just within walking distant from hotel, hotel also provide bus tours to explore more attractions in Yang Ming Shan, hope you will have more time and sunny day for your next visit to Yang Ming Shan Tien Lai!!

Once again thank you for choosing Tien Lai and our hotel as your holiday destination, sincerely we look forward to serving you again soon!!

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Maybe we had too much of an expectation of hotspring given we have been to quite a few of hotspring in Japan ranging from Northern to Southern Japan. If you were expecting the same kind of service and atmosphere as Japan, then Tienlai would disappoint you.

First, the service was only average. We checked in on Dec 31 and the hotel staff at the check in was neither friendly nor helpful. When we prompted about restaurant for dinner, then we were told and informed that all their dinner reservations were completely booked. We had to prompt her about what we could do for dinner given the resort is in the middle of nowhere on the mountain then was told about an 1 hour service available for Beef Noodle Soup at 8:30PM that night.

Second, the food was only edible. Knowing that we could not wait till that late for dinner, we went to try their afternoon tea buffet, which was a big disappointment. This is nothing like what you would get from a decent afternoon tea place in Taipei/Taichung. The breakfast buffet that came with the room reservation was the same rate and the selection were mainly items tailor to the local.

Third, the outdoor hotspring area was so crowded where you would think you were in a theme park with kids running around and the atmosphere was not relaxed at all for anyone who would expect Zen relaxation.


Given all these 3 points plus a long way from Taipei- literally 1 and 1/2 hour drive, it was not worth to go all the way for a low rate of experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Snowyisfun
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This hotel is in fact far away from city. Hillside view of Yeung Ming Shan is beautiful and great value to this resort when you want to escape from business. There is a small water park in the hotel. There is some indoor hot spring pools and water SPA, kids playroom and nice natural view surrounded.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is not a luxurious resort. We stayed here because I thought it was too far from Taipei to make it a day trip. This assumption was wrong and I noticed many tour buses during our stay which apparently bring people for a day trip to this resort, just to use the hotspring spa facilities.
In retrospect, this is what we should have done as eating the same food everyday was difficult.
I have stayed in more luxurious hot springs in Taiwan. We had a standard room in the old wing, located to the left of the main entrance if you face the hotel. The rooms are spartan with stone floors and simple beds. The bathrooms have the mandatory hotspring tub, which is nice but have a design which fails to adequately separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom - as a result, the floor in front of the sink and around the toilet will be wet after showering. the new wing at the back of the hotel has far nicer Japanese-style rooms with balconies. These cost more but would be my preference if I returned.
There are several restaurants in the hotel but when we visited (April), only the main restaurant was running and their menu was repetitive. There are no shops or cafes nearby- well there is a small house down the road which looks like it is trying to be a restaurant but was never open when we walked there.
These things aside, the hotspring spa facilities are good. There are several indoor and outdoor pools of varying temperature. Bring a bathing suit if you wish to enjoy them all, particularly the outdoor ones. I only give it an average rating because I have seen better in Taiwan.
Staff are helpful if they can understand you. Mandarin is preferable. English will only cover the basic requests.
The grounds of the resort are spacious and tranquil with pleasant views of the hills. There is a bus stop outside the hotel which will take you around Yanmingshan. The road is very tortuous and people who feel motion-sickness easily should avoid it. Good luck catching a bus back. Taxis are rare. There is apparently a bus which will take you back to Taipei, but we hired a car and driver.

I would not recommend staying for more than 1-2 nights and if you enjoy variety and choice of food, stay in Taipei and make a day-trip.

Room Tip: Stay in the new wing which has a Japanese-style decor.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Psychochicken_Freud
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We are family of 3 from HK.This hotel is far away from everything. We spend about 1.5 hours to get there from the airport. The view of Yeung Ming Shan is beautiful.
There is a small water park in the hotel.There is a long slide,some indoor hot spring pools and water SPA. I love the long slide. Everything was good,except the food service. We arrived at 2:00p.m.,the tea time starts at 2:30p.m.. But the hotel said we cannot order food until tea time.We were very hungry. What's on the menu? It's just beef noodles for tea! Unbelievable!
Another thing is the outdoor hot srping pools are closed. But there is no notice about this on the website. How disappointing!
Rememember to bring your swimming caps. Otherwise the hotel won't let you get into the pools! You can buy one in their store though. (about $ 25 HK)

Room Tip: Japanese style room
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank HKoli
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