Hotel Mapp, Taichung: Quiet Cosy Stay In Popular Xitun District 希堤微旅:台中市西屯區鬧中取靜的住宿選擇

Many travellers who visit Taichung would usually choose to stay in Xitun district, for that is where Fengjia Night Market, 1 of the busiest night markets of Taiwan is located. Besides, the district is also bustling with lots of shops, food & commercial activities. Same goes for me when deciding where to stay this time in Taichung. I had only stayed 1 night in Taichung during my first vacation to Taiwan back in 2012, & I still remember Fengjia Night Market was so huge we couldn’t complete touring within the night. Thus, it was a no-brainer that Xitun would be our home in Taichung for the 3-night stay.

许多到访台中的游客一般都会选择住宿西屯区,因为那是台湾最热闹的夜市之一 —— 逢甲夜市的所在地。除此之外,西屯区也有好多商店、美食等带给游客不少便利。因此,这趟台中行,我也决定选择住宿西屯区。还记得上次2012年9月初访台中,只住了一晚,连逢甲夜市都无法逛完呢!所以,这次,我无论如何都要住在这一区,让自己逛得过瘾。😅

However, likely because Xitun is an extremely popular district to stay in, while there are many hotels & guest houses to choose from, those more “presentable” ones seem to be more pricey than I had hoped for. After quite some time searching, I finally found Hotel Mapp, about 10-min walk from the night market, to suit my requirements in terms of price, room size, design & location. We booked a business twin room at the hotel for about S$110 per night, which was within my budget. Read below for other aspects of Hotel Mapp for your consideration in future. 😉

也许是因为大家都像我一样喜爱西屯区的热闹,虽然这里有数不尽的旅店民宿等住宿选择,但条件较优越的都比我预期中的贵。找了好久,终于找到希堤微旅,离逢甲商圈步行大概10分钟,感觉在价钱、客房、设计与地点方面都还不错,所以就在 Agoda 预订了一间城市伴侣双人房,一晚约新币110元,还没超出我的预算。以下是我对3晚住宿希堤微旅体验,各方面的评价,供你参考。😉

Hotel Mapp in the day 白天的希堤微旅外观

1. Location 地理位置

Located on Shangshi Road in Xitun, Hotel Mapp is directly opposite Carrefour Qinghai Mall & in between Fengjia & 2 big departmental stores: Mitsukoshi & Top City. So while it takes a walk to the famous night market, there is plenty around the hotel to explore, regardless of whether we walk towards the department stores or night market. Taichung Railway Station is about 25 min away by public buses along the main road, where most buses will take you to the station. In addition, because it is slightly away from the heart of Fengjia Night Market, it is not so crowded & we could enjoy some peace & quiet to rest for the night.

希堤微旅就位于西屯区的上石路,在家乐福青海门市的对面。除了靠近逢甲商圈,步行大约10分钟也可抵达两家大型百货商场,即新光三越和大远百。著名台中景点如国家歌剧院和秋红谷也在百货商场附近。即使步行到逢甲商圈有一段距离,但沿途就有店家,可以边走边逛。要到台中火车站,只需到台湾大道的公车站,搭乘公车约25分钟,即可抵达。也因为不是在逢甲商圈的正中心,感觉没那么拥挤,能比较放松心情,享受宁静。

2. Hotel design & interiors 旅店设计与装潢

Designed & built by renowned architect in Taiwan in 2016, Hotel Mapp’s white structure, large French window with balcony left a deep impression on me when I was shortlisting my Taichung accommodation. The design looks pretty unique to me, although I must admit online pictures look nicer compared to when I was there haha. Maybe they could do with better cleaning & maintenance given the building is all-white. Nonetheless, it was quite a stark contrast to its surrounding old buildings. The name Mapp was chosen because its concept is of a traveller’s map where one could take a pit-stop to rest before going out to explore again. We could spot little creative details in many areas of the hotel. There is also the chic ESME Cafe on the second floor, which not only provides cafe-style breakfast to its guests, but is also open to the public. Take a look at some of the decor in the hotel below:

希堤微旅由台湾知名建筑师张景尧设计,建于2016年,算是蛮新的一个住宿选择。它以纯白色的建筑外观,大片落地玻璃窗,阳台等设计让我对它留下深刻的印象。对我而言,旅店的设计蛮特别的,至少看了网上的照片后我是这样觉得的😄。不过,亲眼看到旅店时,感觉他们好像不是太注重清理外观哦,纯白色的建筑外观现在看起来好像有点泛黄了耶。旅店的名字以英文「City」谐音命名,因为它就位在台中政商中心的七期重划区,旨在提供旅人一个闹中取静的休憩处,体验台中城市风貌与人文风土的中继站。室内设计以旅人地图为设计概念,旅店各个角落都可看到小巧思。二楼的ESME咖啡馆不只为客人提供精致的早餐料理,也开放让公众前往用餐。看看旅店内独特的设计吧:

A pleasure to see this upon on the left as we entered the hotel building 旅店大厅的左侧的摆饰

Just next to the entrance 旅店入口旁边

简单优雅的一楼装潢

6楼走道的柔和蓝色设计

3. In the room 客房一览

There are only 21 rooms in Hotel Mapp, so I would consider it a boutique hotel. Our business twin room was on level 6, the second room on the right along the hallway. There is no balcony & upon entering the room, it appeared somewhat smaller than I had expected. Agoda listed the room as 21 square metres, which I thought would be a comfortable size to be in. However, after opening our 2 big luggage (28-29 inch each) in front of the beds, there was little space to move about. The consolation was everything in the room looked cosy & neat, which means housekeeping is doing a good job at maintaining the amenities in the barely-2-year-old hotel. The bed was also quite comfortable, of the right hardness, though I had to ask for additional pillow as they only provided 1 pillow per bed. It was also good to have a small beauty mirror on the work table in the room so I could use it when the bathroom is occupied.

希堤微旅全馆只有21间客房,算是一间精品旅馆吧。我们住的城市伴侣双人房在6楼,就是踏出电梯之后右边的第二间客房。房内没有阳台,感觉比想象中的小。Agoda 网站说客房为21平方米,所以我原本以为这样的房型对两人来说,应该刚刚好。但把我们的两大行李(各28至29吋)摊开来之后,好像就没什么空间走动了。还好,房间整洁舒适,清洁部做得不错😄。床的软硬度也恰恰好,蛮舒服的,不过一个人只有一支枕头,我得向柜台索取多一个。房间的书桌上也有一面小镜子,不必特地到厕所才看的到镜子。

While the bedroom felt a little squeezy, the bathroom was spacious & airy. I like the refreshing fragrance of the toiletries (shampoo & bath liquid) provided. But it was a pity that drainage in the shower wasn’t very good. We noticed that every time after a shower, it would be flooded with big puddle of water that took a long time to drain. As for the toilet, I was glad it was the Japanese Toto Washlet type which allowed me to wash my bottoms & enjoy some warmth (it was a little chilly at night in Spring) hehe.

相对于睡房的窄小,浴室好像比较宽敞。我喜欢旅店提供的卫浴用品,即洗发精和沐浴露,因为感觉很清香。我也喜欢使用的日式免治马桶,除了可以洗屁股,坐上去感觉很温暖舒服,非常适合春天到访的时候,因为晚上还有点阴凉😄。有点可惜的是,浴室的排水系统似乎不是很好。每次沐浴完毕,都会积水,要好一阵子才能排出。

Business Twin Room 文华房 #602

纯白系的卫浴室整洁宽敞,还有日式免治马桶。沐浴露以及洗发精用后让人感觉清爽舒服

Little details in the room 房间里的简约设计

4. Breakfast at ESME Cafe ESME 咖啡馆的早餐

The Agoda hotel booking came with complimentary breakfast for 2 every morning. I was kinda looking forward to it when I read reviews online that its breakfast was cafe-style with a small spread of buffet items. At least it was not the typical hotel buffet breakfast that could be boring. Located on level 2 of the hotel, the cafe follows through the same interior concept as other parts of the hotel, which was modern & pleasing to the eye.

我们在Agoda 预订房间,附带早餐,可到二楼的ESME 咖啡馆享用。读了一些网上的评语后,有点期待尝一尝它的早餐,因为是以套餐为主,附加一些自助餐点,不像一般旅店沉闷的早餐选择。来到二楼,咖啡馆的设计就像旅店其他楼层一样,简约但不失时尚感。

Level 2 decor at the lift landing 二楼电梯旁的摆设

When we arrived at the cafe slightly after 8 am on the first morning, there was no other guests except us. We were given a set menu to choose from, but essentially, there were only 4 sets to choose from, & the only difference between each set seemed to be only in the choice of bread used. The staff suggested that we share a set instead as the portion was quite big. Since we could also help ourselves to the handful of buffet items, we did what he suggest & shared a set.

第一天到咖啡馆用餐时,就只有我们俩。看了菜单,发现只有4种菜单共选择,而套餐之间的差别只在于面包的不同。职员建议我们共享一份套餐,因为分量多,他怕我们吃不完。既然也有一些自助餐点能享用,我们就按他的建议,只点了一份法式面包的套餐:

Our first breakfast set with french loaf at ESME Cafe 第一次在旅店咖啡厅品尝的早餐

Actually I thought the portion was just right for 1 person, yes quite hearty, but no need to share, because the buffet spread was actually nothing to shout about. Except maybe to try the soup. Taste wise, it looked better than its actual taste. Oops… hahaha not that bad, but maybe I had set too high an expectation due to the positive online reviews read. Anyway, below are some photos of the chic interiors of the cafe. 😉

其实,我觉得套餐的分量一个人是吃得完的。没错,是蛮丰富的,但如果没有“加料”,应该刚刚好,反正自助餐点也没什么特别,只是西式浓汤是套餐里没有的。味道如何呢?它的卖相比起味道更胜一筹哈哈。不会难吃啦,也许是我阅读了网上的评论后期望太高了,所以才会有一点小失望。看一看咖啡馆的优雅装潢吧。

Soothing blue, white & intricate decor make the cafe a cosy place to enjoy a meal
咖啡馆采用蓝白两色,及小巧的摆饰营造温馨愉悦的氛围

The next morning, we ordered 1 set each, & this time, I had the Muji Breakfast set which came with soft white bread. The accompanying ingredients remained similar as the one we ate earlier. Eating 1 set alone was filling enough, without the need to tuck into any buffet items, which was fine with us.

隔天早上,我们就各自点一份套餐,没有尝试自助餐点。这次,我尝的是日式早餐,以软面包搭配,其他配料与前一天的相似。

5. Service & other facilities 旅店的服务及其他设施

Given that there are only 21 rooms at Hotel Mapp, I had expected warmer service from the staff, closer to the minsu style. But I was a little disappointed when it didn’t happen. Throughout our 3-night stay at the hotel, we only saw a handful of other guests, but other than the typical greetings from reception staff, there was hardly any interaction excepted when we asked them for help. While the staff were nowhere near hostile, they didn’t really appear approachable, & the hospitality just felt “transactional” & less of personalised human touch. In fact, we bumped into the housekeeping staff a few times along the corridor/ in the lift, but she was expressionless all the time. -_- OK, maybe I had been “pampered” too much by the staff at accommodation I stayed during my enjoyable Taiwan trip last June. 😛

原本,我以为希堤微旅的服务应该会类似民宿般的亲切、热情,毕竟,它只有21间客房啊。但入住3晚发现事实并非如此,有点小失望。入住这段期间,也没看到什么其他客人,但除了柜台职员看到我们会打声招呼之外,基本上是毫无交流,除了我们向柜台询问时。职员们虽然不至于没礼貌,但就是有距离感,感觉他们的招呼等就只是一种“交易”,没浓浓的人情味。在电梯与走廊和清洁员工碰头,她也木无表情!🤨 可能我去年6月所遇到的台湾人都太友善热情了,突然之间遇到这类服务人员,有点无所适从。😅

As for other facilities in the hotel, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, but note that it is unsecured network, i.e. you don’t need a password to use it. Free laundry service is also available on level 7, but it is self-service (2 washing machines) & there is no dryer to dry the clothes thereafter. Thus we didn’t make use of the service, because I seriously wonder where could I hang my clothes dry in the room? 😶

至于旅店的其他设施,整馆提供免费无线网络,但要注意的是,无须密码就能上线,所以可能没这么安全。7楼也有两台自助洗衣机让房客使用,但没有提供烘干机让你把衣服弄干。因此,我们也没有使用洗衣机,因为不知道洗了之后要怎么晾干?😶

七楼的设施包括2台洗衣机及饮水机

Overall, I think Hotel Mapp is still worth to stay in again for the location, general comfort & design, if the price is right. It wouldn’t be my top recommended choice the next time I visit Taichung, but it still has some merits to be kept on the list of possible accommodation in Xitun. 😛 Hope my review has helped you somehow in picking an accommodation for your next Taichung trip! I shall end this post with a photo of the hotel exteriors at night. 🙂

总体来说,希堤微旅还是西屯区一个可以考虑住宿的旅店选择之一, 因为地点适中,舒适及设计清新。虽然不能说是我的首选,但只要维持在合理的价格,我还是不介意再入住的。😊希望分享这次的入住体验,能让你到台中市时有多一个选择!就以晚上拍摄的希堤微旅外观来为文章结尾吧。😉

Hotel Mapp does stand out amidst the dated buildings around it ya? 希堤微旅的外观的确与它周边的建筑与众不同吧?特别是它旁边的青海盛世 😉

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