After a long day of delayed flights and a 4-hour layover in the Hong Kong airport, I was looking forward to getting to Taipei and sleeping. We pulled up to the See You Hotel around 1:30/2AM and checked in.
The lobby has the bare minimum of a front desk and some travel brochures. The guy at the front desk handed us two breakfast vouchers which turned out to be for the McDonald's and/or KFC down the street. Hmm, okay. We were so exhausted and headed up the elevator to our room on the 8th floor.
We opened the door and this awful smell that was a mixture of smoke and mildew/mold came rushing out. It was really overwhelming and incredibly unpleasant. We called down to the front desk and were given a sort of humidifier or air filter that was supposed to help clear the air quality. The room itself was dirty and dingy. They had house slippers that I put on (over my socks) immediately, I could never imagine walking barefoot in there. There was nothing inviting or homey about this place.
Not too long after we opened our suitcases, the power went out. A few minutes later, it came back on, only to go out again no more than 5 minutes after. My sister said she wanted tell the people downstairs, but I was too scared to stay in the room myself. We stepped into the elevator and it started jumping up and down then the doors opened to our floor. I already have a fear of elevators and this was not helping in any way. We refused to try our luck in the elevator again, so we walked down the 8 flights of stairs. Legit, the stairs looked like a scene out of a horror movie. There were random carts of linens hanging out on one floor, the lights flickered at your every step, and there were these nets that hung in between each floor I'm assuming to catch anything that is... falling?
We got to the lobby to hear the phones ringing off the hook and there was no one down there to even talk to. Another couple came down with the front desk guy and were complaining about how this was unacceptable. They did not want to stay another night and decided they would drive home at 3AM. After yelling back and forth with the clerk, they threatened to call the cops if they weren't given a refund to which the clerk responded "then call the cops!" And welp, that's exactly what they did. The cops came and basically forced the hotel to process a refund.
The clerk came with us to our room and did some sort of rigging to the electrical unit to keep the power on. Unfortunately, the power went out a couple more times after that. At this point, I think it was close to 4AM and we were getting delirious. My sister popped an ambien and was a bit of a zombie so we decided to just pass out and figure things out in the morning.
When we woke up, we couldn't breathe without coughing. Every breath we took tickled the back of our throats and we would have the worst cough attacks. That was it, I couldn't do it anymore.
My aunt came to check on us because we had plans to meet with my grandma for lunch. The moment she came into the room, she commented on the air quality and insisted we couldn't stay there. She went down to the front desk and a few minutes later, had convinced them to give us a refund for the remainder of our stay (we were going to be there for another 6 nights!). THANK GOODNESS.
We packed our stuff as quickly as possible. I could not get out of there fast enough. I have stayed in many hotels in my life, even hostels, and I have to say this was probably at the level of a Motel 6.
Yes, the hotel's location is fantastic. It is close to Ximending and Taipei Main Station, and most importantly, it is a hop skip and a jump away from our grandma, BUT, all that is not worth what we went through the mere 10 hours we were at the hotel. The professional photos of the hotel are a joke, it looked nothing like that. Not sure how the ratings are so high, and it's possibly this was a freak incident but, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
Proceed with caution!
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