Friday, December 21, 2018

Where to Stay in Taichung (台中) - Mini Hotel (Taichung Station Branch)

When I was planning for our year end family trip to Taiwan, it was not an easy feat to draft out the itinerary. Choosing a comfortable accommodation at a convenient location that fits our budget is another challenging task. Thankfully, we get to return to cosy rooms and have plenty of restful nights throughout our travel.

Mini Hotel (Taichung Train Station,台中火车站馆)
Date of Stay : 1 - 2 December 2018

Mini Hotel (Taichung Station Branch) was booked via Agoda and we paid NT,$5716.50 (~SGD260) for a Family room for 2 nights. Strategically located near Taichung Train Station (~500m away), it is  walking distance to Taroko Mall, Taichung 3rd Market, Miyahara (宮原眼科) and Zhong Xiao Night Market (忠孝夜市)

Upon arrival at Taichung Train Station, we took a little longer than usual to reach Mini Hotel (~25 minutes) as we were not sure of our walking route after alighting at the bus terminal (From Taoyuan Airport) and we took a break to take photo and stopped to buy train bento box (火车便当). Thanks to Google Map, we reached Mini Hotel!

Mini Hotel (Taichung Station Branch) - DAY

Mini Hotel (Taichung Station Branch) - NIGHT

Lobby area is spacious and welcoming with many Elk logo and ornaments everywhere!

Cosy interiors and I love the design of the chairs for guests which are also wonderful photography spots.

View of the back car seat

Front view of the car

Drink bar where guests can enjoy free flow of drinks anytime of the day and night

Lovely resting area beside the drink bar where we will sit down to enjoy a cup of hot drink and eat the food that we packet back from the night market.

Two computer stations for guests who needs to get online

Lift lobby with more Elk design

Every floor has a different wallpaper theme. We stayed at level 3, which in my opinion is the prettiest among all levels - Polar Bear theme.

 Let's check out our Family Room > Room 309

Maybe as the name of the hotel indicates, Mini Hotel's Family room is not the most spacious room that we have been in. There isn't much walking space between the beds to the TV area but we are able to place 3 big luggage within and stay comfortable in the room. Wifi signal is relatively acceptable though not the strongest.

Basic amenities and toiletries are provided and there is a mini fridge tucked nicely at the corner. I love the coloured wooden flooring and design of the room.

Sitting corner (beside the toilet)

Toilet/shower room is bright, spacious and clean!

Breakfast is at Level 2 which starts at 7am. Mini Hotel offers a basic spread of food like toast, porridge, braised pork rice, salad and assorted cooked dishes.

One of the important criteria when choosing a hotel is the availability of washer and dryer. To avoid packing too many clothes for our 2 weeks trip, we need to wash our dirty laundry every 2 days. Mini has 2 washers and dryers in the laundry room on the 8th floor which opens from 10am to 11pm. The machines are coin-operated which cost NT$30 per usage of dryer or washer.

Relaxation zone at the rooftop if you feel like chilling out during the day or night

I really adore the Elk rocking chair placed at the entrance of the hotel, which is a picture perfect spot against the snowy background. We took a family photo prior to check-out.

We had a wonderful stay at Mini Hotel (Taichung Station Branch). Till we meet again!

Summary Notes:
- Free Wifi
- Air-condition
- Window view - depends on room type
- Flooring - Wooden
- Water Flask - available
- Safety Box - not available
- Hair Dryer - available
- Phone - available
- Mini Fridge - available

- Bath towels are provided
- Combined Toilet and Shower room
- Hot shower available.
- Disposable toothbrush/toothpaste/comb provided

Mini Hotel (台中火车站馆)
Address: NO.69, Dayong St, East Dist, Taichung, Taiwan, East District, Taichung, Taiwan, 40144