Make no mistake, this is a resort hotel and as such is necessarily some distance from the centre of town. It's big (as are the rooms) clean in every respect and replete with (2) pools, gym and squash court. And you can rent a 21-speed bike for $200NT and cycle up the coast. It's a very scenic ride.
The distance from town might be a larger problem were it not for the free shuttle bus to/from the train station. It takes about 10 minutes and saves a $180NT cab ride. We took it almost daily.
The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety but (understandably) caters to their primarily Asian clientele.
We were less impressed with the evening buffet in that, in our opinion, it did not offer sufficient value for money. We opted on a couple of evenings for the Chinese dim sum on the 2nd floor.
The staff was welcoming - and for a large hotel, that's a real plus. And in typical Taiwanese fashion, polite beyond measure. We did find, in almost every transaction, overcoming the language barrier would prove difficult. But with good humour (on both sides) and some innovative interpretation, the difficulty would be resolved. Front desk staff was quite fluent in English.
Overall, a good spot for some R&R.
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