Since I reference Tripadvisor a lot when I book for hotels and flight. I think it's time for me to contribute a little bit to the web site for the rest of the travellers.
The hotel is right across a road from the Xin Beitou subway station, less than 1 minute walk distance! There is an convenience store (7-11) next to the hotel, and a 24-hour supermarket (Wellcome) adjacent to the hotel, so very convenient if you would like to buy some grocery or local snacks when you return to the hotel after a long day trip.
Perhaps I could speak Mandarin so I had no communication issue with the hotel staff. Not many guests in the lobby during my check in time so the process was smooth.
The lift was small and old with only the Chinese characters on "open" and "close" buttons though (Thank God I read Chinese!).
The room was spacious for me as a single guest, but I believe the space should be enough for 2 as well. Fair size for the bathroom, with a separate tab for hot spring water. However, I took hot spring water bath three times in the room, and the colour of the hot spring water was different every time :S
Amenities e.g. shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpastes, comb, towels, blazer, shower cap, hair dryer, etc., are available, but not hair conditioner.
My room did not have any nice views but I only spent most of the time in the bath tub and bed, so that did not bother me.
There were two spare quilts available inside the wardrobe, but the air-conditioning worked fine so I didn’t use it. However, the screen of air-conditioning was digital and was too “shiny” during the night, I had to use a brochure to cover it up so that I could sleep properly. The bed looked clean, and it was fair comfortable. Sound proof of the room was good by the way. At least I did not hear the next door talking.
The included breakfast in the hotel…um…perhaps you may just skip it and go to the Beitou Market down the road. I myself am not really get used to have congee and cold side dishes (e.g. tofu, cooled fried or marinated vegetables, etc.) as breakfast, but if you really would like to taste “local breakfast”), you can have a go… No English breakfast tea available! Only coffee, Chinese tea, and super sweet Taiwan “milk tea”… A little disappointed as an English breakfast tea / bubble tea lover.
Check out is very quick, just drop the key at the reception, saying "I am checking out", and bye!!
In general the hotel is good value, I am not sure how to judge the quality of the hot spring water though, but if you don’t mind (or you decided to go to somewhere else anyway for hot spring), Pink Lotus Hotel would be one of your budget choices.
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