= 慢食經歷 =
法式下午茶：14:00 - 17:00
(外帶時間12:00 - 21:00)
餐酒館：17:30 - 00:00
Great staff, shame about the breakfastThe pastries and cafe were very good. The free bikes were the best way to get around the town and the free use of the washing machine was very handy. The hotel is in a quiet area and access is easy. There is plenty of parking at the hotel parking area which is about 50 meters from the hotel entrance although you can load and unload at the front door. The WiFi was reasonably fast and reliable at around 7 Mb/s. The area is quiet and easy to access. The room was big and had plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. the staff were very friendly and helpful. Considering that the patisserie is attached to the hotel there was nothing edible for westerners at breakfast. We had to take our own Orange Juice, Yogurt, cereal, and fruit. There was no bread suitable for toast, we had to ask for more scrambled eggs as they had run out and there was no bacon or proper pastries. The small air conditioner in the room struggled to get the room down to 26 Deg C. The bed was a bit hard for our taste. The hotel does not have a restaurant available for dinner so we had to ride the 1.8km down town for restaurants. The furniture in the room is a bit dated but functional. Since our room faced the east we were woken quite early each day as the curtains were not black out. The bathroom is clean but there is not much room to lay out many things.
French theme and flavour in the middle of TaitungWe drove our rental car from Hualien and arrived in Taitung in the night, having made the many sight-seeing stops along the way on Highway 11. Off-street parking was not a problem and we proceeded to check in at 8.00PM for one night only. The guy at reception was not very friendly and welcoming, and English was hardly spoken. Fortunately, a youngish cute assistant managed to convey the basic instructions. We saw him again at breakfast the next morning and he gave us a cheerful “Bonjour; zao an”. There was a variety of French pastries and bread and other Western options for breakfast besides the Asian/Taiwanese fare like congee and soya bean milk. The room itself was spacious but the bulky furniture took up made it look cramped. The wooden trimmings did not help to lighten the place up. Wifi was reasonable. The location was quite far from the city centre centre and we managed to go to the night market on Zhengqi Road in our car.
Awful service from a young female member of staffGood: The beautiful cakes, pastries baked by a vety friendly guy, Ivan. He trained in France and was welcoming. Ok: offered a generous breakfast spread, but more for chinese/Tawainese tastes, i think. Hotel quite far from downtown area, only 5-10 min taxi from train station, though. Rooms quite dark and dated, but appeared clean Bad: A female member of staff ( short cropped hair, wearing a hat) was damn right rude. She treated as if we were a massive inconvienence when we arrived early and simply just wanted to drop heacy backpacks after a long journey. Another tine she glared at me across the room as if I was a piece of dirt on the bottom of her shoe. Upon checkout we asked if she would mind helping to call us a taxi ( very little English is spoken in Taitung) and she abruptly picked up the phone and then slammed it down without saying a word. She was unapproachable and made me uncomfortable. Either she did not like foreigners or was just having a very unhappy day. Either way, this attitude is not great for the hospitality business! If you do not speak Manadarin, I'd suggest you find abother place where you can get more guidance and a friendly service with it. However, Ivan is very friendly and his cakes were amazing, so please don't miss out visiting the cafe for afternoon tea ( separate review written). All in all, a cheap place to stay with very weird atmosphere. Rooms felt like I was in poirot film!
Classy relaxing family style hotelClassy hotel ! Pretty good location ! Direct coach stops from the Taitung train station nearby at corner of Siwei Road ! Got a good rate of yummy afternoon tea Cordon Bleu desserts and comfortable room ! Nice all you could eat buffet breakfast with must taste local farm milk of Taitung ! The hotel owner made me a special vegetarian plate as well ! Got free bike from hotel and rode around ! One famous aboriginal restaurant for lunch is just few mins walk from the hotel ! There's a stop of Taiwan tour bus East Rift Valley line just across the hotel to major tourist sites ! Easy to take coach go back train station take another line of tourist bus: the East coast line !