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Re: Boutique hotels in Taiwan

Postby Doraemonster » 11 Jul 2016, 16:53

hunter63 wrote:As an aside, the 'Chinese tourist' issue. Is it a real-world issue? How disruptive can they be?

Hwy 8 passing through Taroko is a narrow, winding mountain road. In many places two cars can barely pass each other without using pull-outs. Driving on it is pleasant though, as long as the traffic is within reason. If however, there are convoys of buses approaching from both sides, it inevitably leads to congestion. Further, if said buses happen to meet in one of the bottlenecks, which are numerous, one (and everyone behind it) will have to drive in reverse to let the other pass -- that is assuming there is no disagreement as to who should backtrack.

This is on top of all the usual issues with tour groups, and not only a problem in Taroko of course but in other popular places as well.

So it's not as much about the Chinese as such, as it is about tour groups being driven there by the busloads, although with the dwindling number of tourists, things might have got better since the last time I went there. Perhaps someone could update us.
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Re: Boutique hotels in Taiwan

Postby zender » 11 Jul 2016, 17:24

I know two people who have raved about Villa 32 in Beitou. Maybe the restaurant is more famous than the hotel. ... pei-beitou
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Re: Boutique hotels in Taiwan

Postby ranlee » 12 Jul 2016, 10:44

+1 for Silks Place in Taroko. Gf went there and said it was the best hotel she's ever stayed at in terms of service. All staff (she encountered) greeted her by last name + xiao jie, l knew which room she was staying AND reminded her of her intended itinerary.

This place is more of a bnb than boutique hotel, but it is quiet, very limited guests (probably zero Chinese tourists) and service is just great.

I also recommend another bnb type place in Tainan, 台南謝仔/Tainan Old House Inn. From what I hear it's one of the most exclusive bnb's in Tainan. Since they ONLY take phone reservations and their bnb locations are not even disclosed to the public unless one of their guests shares the info on a blog or something. I heard there's a few types of "rooms" where you share an entire building with a guest occupying one floor, good for socializing. There's also a few standalone buildings inside small streets where you'll get your peace and quiet.
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Re: Boutique hotels in Taiwan

Postby hunter63 » 12 Jul 2016, 14:30

Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. Now all I need to do is to work out how to programme my GPS to visit everything. How hard can this be for a technophobe? Pretty damn hard, I can tell you :-)

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