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Xitou Leader Hotel
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

If you like nature, this is probably the hotel for you.
**Getting there is kind of a hassle from Taipei** First take the HSR to ChiTou (I think) then from the HSR, there are shuttle passes you buy that takes you to XiTou (?). Ride the shuttle to the very last stop. Getting back to civilization is the same thing but in reverse. You can also purchase tickets from the stop you got off from.
The hotel is located in a national park, which is a good and bad thing. The good thing is that you can walk anywhere and be surrounded by trees and sounds of the rainforest. The bad thing is that the park closes at 10 pm, which means no one can enter or exit after 10 pm. One other bad thing is that this hotel is the most inner hotel in the national park so walking takes about 30 mins of uphill walking. There are golf carts that heads up the hotel from the entrance of the hotel.
There isn't really much to do there except for a small tourist attraction that is about a 15 min walk uphill. It's a small "monster elf" village and there are small shops to look around.
The room was surprisingly bigger than I had imagine with an open floor plan. But given that it is in the middle of the forest, there are a lot of bugs everywhere. Be careful when opening the front and back door of your rooms. They give a nice scenic view from the bathtub.
The staff is friendly and there wasn't many visitors so they recognize every person that stay in their hotel.
I would skip off of the hotel's hotpot dinner and go to the other restaurant outside of the hotel but still inside the national park. That restaurant is a buffet style dinner with a lot more variety to choose from.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2010

We wanted to sample the National Park, and also to get to Sun Moon Lake, and this seemed like a good place to see both. Well yes, except this hotel is situated within the grounds of the National Park (thus you have free entry), and this is a magnificent place. You can walk for miles, we walked for six hours through forests and up hills, be sure to dress for the weather, and some hills need good walking shoes as steps can be slippery if its raining (though you can stick to the safe pathways). Beautiful plants and trees, incredible views, see and hear the birds and wild monkeys. And there's an education centre too. But once you've done all your walking, there is nothing else to do and nowhere you can get to (unless you have a car). The hotel is in fact several blocks, each one in a different style, including blocks of wooden three storey rooms - they look better in the pictures, but they really are in great need of renovating. Apart from a small sauna that didn't look terribly inviting, and a tea shop, the proprietor of which was very welcoming and fascinating to talk to, there is nothing to do. Although people are of course up at 6 in the morning to enjoy the views, so I guess they get to bed by 8 in the evening - we didn't see anyone after then! Restaurant serves big buffet breakfast with few Western choices, it also serves evening meals. There is a cafe within the park too. Next door is a big modern hotel with entertainment and a bar, and on the site several food counters and a Family Mart, so definitely the better place to stay. And if you do want to get to Sun Moon Lake, its about 45 mins by car - but you need to arrange a driver, which all hotels are of course only too happy to do! Otherwise, buses are infrequent and don't go to SML anyway. So definitely worth a day at the park, but sorry to say I'd stay next door next time.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: May 2018, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2018, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 17, 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2017, traveled with family
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