Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Taiwan - YiLan B&B


I know this blog is mainly centered around food, but as I said once in awhile I will be introducing other things, so today I will be talking about a accommodation recommendation instead. Although Taipei is a great city for touring, but R and I did take one week to tour the rest of the island. Our first stop was YiLan in the upper east side of the island. Typically we would stay in a hotel, but here Bed and Breakfast are much more common and some even outshine hotels (such as this one).We stayed at the River Forest B&B (水岸森林) which was highly recommended. It's not the most convenient one if traveling by train/bus, but they were very kind to offer pick up/drop off service at the train station.
When I first saw this place, it looked more like a 4 star resort than B&B. There are several colorful buildings located on their huge property, but we booked the bubble rooms, which is located directly over the lake.
We arrived around 1pm, but unfortunately our room was not ready yet (check in time was around 3pm). Because it was consider slow time of the week (Mon-Thu), we were offered complimentary afternoon tea. The afternoon tea was served at the lakeside cafe. They offered us fresh mint (grown on site) tea along with some sweet/savory treats. The warm waffles and sandwiches were excellent, but the prettiest snowman cake was not, it was overly sweet. Our room was quite spacious and very well designed. I love the floor to ceiling window and the large balcony door that lefts in lots of natural light. Our king size bed was really comfortable too.
The bed was facing the TV directly, which is very beneficial if you just want to lounge around the room and relax.The room was very well designed, as right behind the curved wall of the TV, there are 2 closets on each side (I am guessing his/hers closets). Also in one of the closets was bathrobes/slippers.There is a reason why our room is called the Bubble Room, because there is a half circle glass bubble that provides viewing of the lake underneath. Since they provided us with free fish food, we were able to get lots of fishes to swim by our room. The bathroom was equally spacious. It had a standing shower/steamer and a jacuzzi tub as well. The jacuzzi tub was conveniently facing the room, so you can technically watch tv while you bath, but unfortunately you won't be able to hear much, because the glass window is quite thick. They also provided all the toiletry which is actually from Crabtree and Evelyn. The also provided some complimentary snacks and drinks. I actually really liked the snacks, these were super thin (1mm) YiLan cookies (yum).
The balcony was very nice too, although small, but they did fit one table and 2 chairs. This was our balcony view. This was also where we try to throw the fish food under our building to lure the fishes over, so we can view them from our glass bubble.
As much as this place seems like a huge resort, but it is after all a B&B. Breakfast is served at the 2nd floor restaurant next to the pool. It seriously looked like a nice tropical resort than anything.
I think typically they serve a buffet style breakfast, but since there were so little people there that day, they served us a single portion type along with the choice of juice, milk, tea or coffee as drink. The breakfast was quite plentiful with soup, sandwiches and a few bits here and there. There was actually a sauce in the urn underneath the egg which R discovered a little too late XD.

Everything was great about this B&B, but the price. It wasn't actually that cheap to stay here. We paid $3,900NT ($130 CAD)for one night stay on a slow day. It's more expensive on the weekend. Although the price is a bit high, but I think it's worth the price. The only real problem is that they only take reservation through bank transfer (wiring half the amount first), so basically if you don't know anyone with a TW bank account, then you are out of luck. I hope they can accept credit card soon.


Ben and Suanne February 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

This more of a RESORT than a B&B. Look forward to more of your trip reports.

Jenny February 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Yeah totally, we stayed at 3 B&B, and 2 of them remind me of resort. More coming soon :)

TS of eatingclub vancouver February 6, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Yeah, my friend was telling me that luxury "motels" are now also the rage in Taiwan. Of course, I don't know what exactly qualifies an establish as a "motel" (or a B&B) in Taiwan. Hehe.

Jenny February 8, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Yeah, B&B are everywhere. Typically a family owned estate (or house) that include breakfast is considered B&B, it's just in Taiwan, these places are super nice, and they mostly have a theme too. With that being said, sometime they are actually more expensive :P

Zuan September 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

a wonderful place to stay in.. which is the nearest train staion? are there attractions to go in yilan?

Jenny September 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Hi Zuan,

The nearest train station is Yilan station which is about 15-20 minute away. This B&B offer complimentary pick up. As for attraction, all I know is their famous LouDong night market.

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