Inn By The Village: 3-Night Stay in the Heart of Taitung City 台東南豐鐵花棧:台東市中心的最佳住宿选择

As mentioned earlier, visiting Taitung was the focus of my Taiwan trip this year, where we would spend more days exploring the huge county. As the third largest county in Taiwan, the east coast county (as its Chinese name indicates) is nicknamed as Houshan by locals, which means behind the mountains. The 3,515 kmlarge county is divided into 1 city, 2 urban townships, 8 rural townships and 5 mountain indigenous townships. Hence it took me quite some time to decide where to stay in Taitung County for the best connectivity, & finally decided on Inn By The Village in Taitung City. Why?

在前文有提到,这次台湾行的主要目的地是台东的好山好水。台东是台湾第三大县,位于宝岛的东海岸,被在地人昵称为后山,因为她就“躲在”中央山脉的后面。这个占地3,515平方公里的县被区分为1个市,2个镇,8个乡,以及5个山底乡。所以要决定该在台东的哪个地方留宿,以便旅程更顺畅,也花了我不少时间。最后我们选择了台東南豐鐵花棧。为什么?

1. Location 位置

Taitung City is 1 of the major cities on Taiwan’s east coast, sprawling across the southwestern part of Taitung County. As the most populous subdivision of Taitung County, infrastructure & commercial development can be considered to be the most developed in this part of the county. Furthermore, with its strategic central location, it is the gateway to other parts of the county which we want to venture out to. Having said that, Inn By The Village’s ideal location in the heart of Taitung City is a big plus point. The boutique hotel is surrounded by shops & eateries, as well as notable tourist attractions. These include a 2-min walk to Taitung Railway Art Village, 6-min walk to Tiehua Village, 25-min walk to Taitung Seashore Park etc. It is also just a 4-min walk to Taitung Bus Station (the old Taitung Railway Station), where the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle can be found; & a 10-minute drive from Taitung Train Station.  Even for those who hire private transport to tour around (like what we did), it is close to the 2 major highways (Provincial Highway 9 & Provincial Highway 11) so moving around is certainly convenient.

位于台东县中部的台东市,是台湾东海岸的主要城市之一。她也是台东县人口最稠密的分区,因此各种设施、商业发展也可以说是整个县最好的吧。她的优越地理位置使得往返各个景点更为方便。所以,台東南豐鐵花棧位于台东市中心的地点绝对占优势。饭店周围尽是商店、小吃店、餐馆等。当然还有知名景点临近饭店,包括步行2分钟就到的铁道艺术村,步行6分钟即抵达的铁花村,还有风景怡人的海滨公园等等。如果要搭公车或台湾好行,台东转运站(即旧台东火车站)只要步行4分钟就到了。新的台东火车站也只需10分钟的车程。如果像我们是包车游的话,南豐离台9線和台11線也仅5到10分钟的车程,很方便。

2. Hotel room 饭店客房

位于台东市中心优越地点的南豐鐵花棧

With the location of my would-be accommodation being narrowed to Taitung City centre, next was to shortlist accommodations that look nice & have many good guest reviews. As you may already know, the newer the accommodation was built/ renovated, the more likely I would decide to book. So Inn By The Village fitted my bill as it was opened only on 29 July 2016, the second hotel established under the NanFeng International Corp. There was actually another accommodation that was shortlisted with the same price range, but it lost out because it was a B&B aka minsu with no elevators. We couldn’t imagine ourselves having to lug our heavy luggages up the stairs, so the hotel won haha.

解决住宿位置的问题后,就是去网上查找看起来不错又有很多好评的住宿。你或许已经晓得,通常,崭新的住宿,或是刚装修不久,我越有可能看上。刚在2016年7月26日开幕的南豐绝对符合我的要求。原本还有一家民宿跟南豐的价格相近,也在我们的考虑名单中,但因为民宿没电梯,所以最后南豐胜出了,哈哈。

Online, the rooms offered at Inn By The Village look spacious & comfortable. As we entered our room after check-in, we found that it looked exactly the same like what we saw online.

在网上查询时感觉南豐的客房很宽敞舒适。拿到房卡进入客房后,感觉真实的情景就如网上看到的一样。

位于7楼的宽敞舒适的房间

We had booked a standard twin room of 25 sqm (S$118.16/night via Agoda), & boy, it was really spacious. There was plenty of space to move about in the room & place our luggages. Every inch of space was carefully designed with functionality, style and comfort in mind. It was good to see that there are many international electrical outlets placed throughout the room, & we didn’t have to use adapter to charge our electronic devices. Maybe a slight complaint was the position of the chic grey sofa, which was a little too near the flat screen TV for us to be able to sit there & watch TV programs without straining our necks. But I appreciate the long work-table beside the sofa, the small table-top in between the sofa, as well as the bedside drawers.

我们在Agoda预订的是标准双人房,面积25平方米。空间真的蛮宽敞的,放了行李也不觉得狭窄。每一寸空间都被充分利用,但也不失时尚感,或让人感觉太杂乱。房间也有很多国际电插座,所以无需使用适配器,就能直接为电子产品充电。只是对优雅的灰色沙发的位置有些意见,因为太靠近电视屏幕了,怎能舒服地看电视节目呢?不过我喜欢沙发之间的小圆桌,旁边的长桌,还有两张床边的小桌。

差点找不到厕所,原来拉开门就是!

I also like the idea of separate shower & toilet cubicles, with 2 individual wash basins. I have been to other hotels where they separate the toilet & shower, but usually there is just 1 wash basin. But here, it is really convenient as you really don’t need to fight with your roommate over who gets to wash face/ brush teeth first hehe. We almost couldn’t find the toilet at first, as it was concealed behind the sliding door. We had initially thought that was a wardrobe (although the wardrobe is actually behind the basin in the open combined with luggage storage area). 😛 Another little grouse was the shower door. It looked as if the middle area (where sensitive body parts may be seen) was opaque, but it wasn’t. As long as you switch on the light in the shower, you could definitely see what the one inside is doing from outside. Consolation is we are both females, but still, we hope for more privacy here!

我也很喜欢南豐的卫浴分离设施,不止让如厕空间干爽不潮湿,而且我们也就不怕谁霸占卫浴设施太久了。我们差点找不到厕所,还以为那里是衣橱之类的空间哈哈。其实衣橱就在洗脸盆后面,与行李架融合成一体。对浴室门也有点意见。看起来中间部分(就是敏感部位看得到之处)应该是采用不透明玻璃材质,但事实非如此。只要浴室有开灯,就一定从外面看得到里面在做什么!:( 幸亏我们俩都是女生,但希望饭店在这一点能改进,让客人更安心地享有该有的隐私。

In addition, as we were given a room on the highest guest room floor (level 7), the view out from our room’s large window was pretty cool. We could see the ocean on the far left, & the mountain range on the far right, particularly beautiful & clear on a sunny day. 🙂

除此之外,由于房间在饭店的最高楼(最高的8楼没客房),前方又没有阻挡,所以从窗口看得到台东市的风景。望向远处,左边是蔚蓝的海洋,右边是壮丽的山峦,在晴天显得格外美丽。

3. Service & facilities 服务及设施

Free bicycles for guests’ use

As mentioned above, Taitung is a large county. Public transport options are limited due to Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. So you can see plenty of bicycle rental shops in the city since it will be more convenient to explore on bike. If you stay at Inn By The Village, you don’t even need to worry about where to rent a bicycle, as it’s free for guests to use. Unfortunately we both don’t know how to cycle so couldn’t make use of the free facility. But the free umbrellas provided beside the entrance came in handy too, especially since we were caught in the unexpected plum rain season this trip.

上文有提到台东县很大,而且由于中央山脉的关系,公共交通设施也有限。因此,你在台东会看到许许多多的出租脚车店,方便大家出游。但如果是住在台東南豐鐵花棧的话,就不必去找脚车店,因为南豐提供免费脚踏车让客人使用。可惜我们都不会骑,无法物尽其用。但摆在大门旁的雨伞就得以派上用场了,因为我们在台东时很不巧地遇上梅雨季。

饭店2楼有:洗衣间,健身房,以及休闲角落让客人使用

Furthermore, on level 2 of the hotel, guests could use the 2 coin-operated washing machines & dryer in the laundry room, workout at the gym, or even do nothing & just relax in the cool lounge while waiting for the laundry to be done (in about 45 min). The cost of doing laundry, be it to wash or to dry, was really cheap, at just 30 TWD (~S$1.40) per load. The reception staff also supplied us with detergent to wash our clothes.

除此之外,饭店二楼也有一些设施供房客使用,有两台洗衣机,一台烘干机,健身房,还有休息室。使用洗衣机和烘干机的价钱也很合理,只要3枚10元的台币就行了。没有自备洗衣粉?没关系,可以向饭店柜台职员索取。

Besides the above much-appreciated facilities, the service provided by all hotel staff were warm & friendly. Not sure if it was partly due to me approaching the hotel PR prior to the trip, that I could write a review of the hotel on Trip101 about my experience though haha. Free shuttle service from Taitung Train Station could be arranged by hotel as long as you inform them in advance of your arrival time. The driver that picked us up was very chatty & responsive too throughout the 10-min drive.

除了以上提供的设施,饭店所有职员也很热情友善,虽然不晓得向饭店公关提议我能在 Trip101 为南豐写篇评论的事情是否让他们更注意服务品质,哈哈。还有,只要事先通知饭店抵达台东火车站的时间,南豐就会安排车子去车站免费接驳。来接我们的司机一路上也很健谈,对我们提出的疑问也很有耐心地解答。

4. Tantalising food options 丰富味美的餐饮选择

My previous experiences of food in Taiwan’s hotels weren’t too pleasant, although I had only been to the country twice, once in Sep 2012 & once on a company retreat in May 2013. So even though Inn By The Village has only 1 on-site restaurant like all those I had been to before, the dining experience I had throughout our 3-night stay truly surprised me. Read more about the tantalising food options we had at Jenny’s Bar & Grill in this post. 🙂

虽然到台湾游的次数不是太多,但之前的两次,都让我对台湾饭店的餐饮选择留下不是太好的印象。但是同样是只有一家餐馆的南豐,表现却让我刮目相看。更多详情请点击我 Jenny’s Bar & Grill 的衔接

Sidetrack a little, originally we only booked 2 nights at Inn By The Village. This was because for our last night in Taitung County, we would move to Chenggong Township to be nearer to the much-look-forward-to dolphin cruise. But sadly, due to bad weather conditions, the dolphin cruise was cancelled. Hence the minsu that we had booked urged us to cancel the booking (without any cancellation charge). While it was quite disappointing to have missed the cruise in that way, it was good in another sense as we could enjoy Inn By The Village 1 more night, as well as have more time to check out sights in downtown Taitung we missed earlier.

其实我们原本只订了台東南豐鐵花棧两晚的住宿,在台东县第三晚原先订了成功镇的民宿,因为早上要到成功渔港搭赏鲸船会比较方便。怎么知道因梅雨季的关系,赏鲸船无法航行,所以民宿就促请我们免费取消订房。搭不到赏鲸船失望是难免的,但从另一角度想,可以在南豐多享受一晚的舒适,也很不错。我们也”因祸得福“,得以有多一晚的时间去逛夜市及铁花村等。

Staying at Inn By The Village was really a great choice I did not regret making. As you can see above, it fit the mark for all points mentioned. In fact, it was my favourite hotel for the entire trip. Highly recommended hotel to stay in if you are planning to visit Taitung! 🙂

从我以上的陈述可看出,选择住宿台東南豐鐵花棧的确是一个很优的选择。她也是我整个台湾行最喜爱的饭店。如果你下次要到台东游玩,强力推荐你入住台東南豐鐵花棧!^-^

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