Last weekend we decided to go to Yilan to vacation. As part of that process, we looked around for hotels. Our plan was to see the Luodong night market, so we wanted a hotel close to there. But then we realized that there were much cheaper hotels in the nearby township Jiaoxi, and most of them included breakfast and hot springs. We ended up going with the cheapest hotel room (not shared hostel room), Jiaoxi Hotspring Hotel 礁溪温泉商旅 for 840 NT!
After seeing the night market and renting a scooter from "Hi" scooters, we were on our way to the hotel for the night. It wasn't too far, only about a 25 minute scooter ride, and not too hard to find either. When we checked in, the guy at the front desk didn't even check my ID (first time that has ever happened to me). Maybe it was because we were the only guests that night? We didn't see anyone else there.
Part of the reason I think no one was there was that there are hotels everywhere in Jiaoxi. I think half the city was made up of hot spring hotels. Very much a saturated market, and it explains why our hotel was so cheap.
The room was nice and clean. Not the newest building in the world, but good enough for me and my family. My daughter was very interested in that pillow on the bed. One problem we had though was there was no fridge, so we had no choice but to store the breast milk we had brought at room temperature, and eventually it went bad.
This hotel claims to be a “Hot Spring Hotel," but we didn't see any anywhere. I guess our room was too cheap. But, our bathtub did have jets, which was nice. But the jets were only on the side, so you couldn't get a good back massage, and the tub was super small.
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One of the main reasons that we chose this hotel was that it included breakfast. We were surprised to find there was no restaurant at the hotel, but we were given a breakfast coupon to a local breakfast shop. This was nice, but the coupon only included about 45 NT worth of food per person (one burger and one drink), but luckily we had Poptarts back at the hotel. So basically, for all you people going to Jiaoxi, spend a few hundred more dollars for a hot spring in your hotel room and for a nice breakfast buffet.
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