Stayed here for a conference at Tamkang University. Was given a room on the 13th floor, facing the mountain.
The room was average-sized, with a small but clean bathroom. The walk-in shower had plenty of water pressure, but the hot water tap seemed counterintuitive (clockwise = less, not more). The refrigerator and kettle/thermos were very useful. The only real minus points for the room were the carpet, which needed cleaning (we were grateful for the provided slippers), the WiFi access (very weak signal: solved using the wired broadband port and our own portable router), and the old, but still serviceable, CRT television. We heard a bit of noise from neighboring rooms: in the main, this had more to do with the other nearby guests (e.g. leaving their room doors open onto the corridor) that the building construction, but the walls aren't impressively soundproof.
Breakfast was comparatively good: a reasonable selection of Western options as well as Chinese breakfast staples. To be picky, there was no yoghurt, skimmed milk or decaf coffee, but the general selection was good enough, and the breakfast restaurant on the ground floor was a very pleasant environment in which to start the day. The only other hotel restaurant we visited was the banquet room on the third floor (for the conference dinner), where the food served was generally good.
One particular high point of this hotel was the *very* attentive and helpful staff. The desk staff had very good English, the restaurant staff a little less so, but all had a dedication to service that would put to shame a few much more expensive five-star hotels. When extra bottles of water were requested on several occasions, they arrived at the room door in about a minute. This is even more impressive given that the elevator trip from the lobby desk to our door took a absolute minimum of 45 seconds. We were also greeted every time we left or re-entered the hotel.
The hotel is a short walk (but probably not advisable with luggage, as the street is cramped) from the Danshui MRT station, which has a shopping mall and plenty of Western fast food chains and coffee shops with a 200m radius. Also just by the MRT station is a good running/cycling path which runs both ways NW/SE. The path SE (about 5.6 km to a red bridge crossing the river) has fewer twists and turns and is better for running, and the path NW is better for a leisurely stroll. Be careful here, as the cyclists can be as cavalier about speed and safety as the ubiquitous motor scooter riders are on the roads and streets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by Tatun Mountain, Guanyin Mountain and Danshui River, Hotel RegaLees is situated a 10-minute walk from Danshui Old Street and Fort San Domingo. Offering free Wi-Fi access, it also features 3 dining options, a fitness centre and a sauna.The air-conditioned rooms offer a wardrobe, cable TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a hairdryer.Guests can go for a massage, play a game of billiards, or use the business centre. Travel arrangements can be made at the tour desk.Dining options include the outdoor garden cafe, light meals at the RegaLees Cafe or Chinese delights at the Cantonese Seafood Restaurant.The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Danshui MRT Station and a 10-minute walk from Danshui Ferry Pier, which is a 5-minute ferry ride from Fisherman's Wharf. Songshan Airport is a 40-minute drive away, while Taipei Main Station and Taoyuan International Airport are an hour's drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Regalees Taiwan/Xinbei