There are a number of hotels in Beitou, the popular hotspring destination on the northern outskirt of Taipei. These hotels range from wooden inns from the Japanese occupation era to modern glass and steel modern hotels. However, most hotels seem to have been around for a number of years and are mostly of the 3-4 stars category.
I stayed at the Spring City Hotel when I was in Beitou recently. Again, I took the recommendation off the internet which mostly gave it favourable reviews and put it as a 4+ star hotspring hotel.
The Spring City hotel is located nearly a km up the narrow Beitou hills. It is too far to walk and you’ll need to wait for the hourly shuttle bus at the subway or hail a taxi. I took a taxi up to the hotel.
The Spring City hotel entrance
The hotel has a modern facade
The hotel certainly look like a better class hotel compared to the other hotels at Beitou. However, at the time that I check-in, there was a horde of guided tourists who were waiting to check out, making the small reception area seems chaotic and noisy. (Over the next 2 days, I realised that the majority of guests in the hotel are mostly from Hong Kong and mainland China).
The rooms are spacious and offer a tea-drinking table and hot spring water piped directly to the bathrooms. Unfortunately, the rooms do not offer good views of the surrounding hills which was a big disappointment given it’s uphill location.
The hotel also offer a Japanese and Taiwanese restaurant as well as a gym, a spa, a swimming pool and a hot spring communal pool area. However, the gym and swimming pool were under maintenance during the period that I was there.
I was tired and late in checking into the hotel and was glad to soak in my personal hotspring pool at the bathroom. Most, if not all hotels in Beitou has hotspring water piped to their bathrooms – do note that hot spring water in Beitou has a slight sulfuric smell. I also wanted an early night as I wanted to wake up early to catch the sunrise at YangMingShan the next morning. (See earlier article)
A tea drinking corner is available in each room
Hotspring water is supplied to each bathroom
The next morning, I spend several hours climbing up the hills and had a wonderful time taking photographs. I came back for breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast is modest with more Taiwanese choices than international dishes. International tourists who are expecting a sumptuous international breakfast spread may be a little disappointed.
I rested a little while before hitting the communal hotspring area. This is a little garden area that had several whirl pools, still pools, showers and rest area supplied with hot spring water.
Just tell the reception that you are a guest and you’ll be supplied with a basket containing shower caps, towels and slippers. Day visitors who are not hotel guests will need to pay a fee to use the facilities.
Nothing beats soaking in the various hotspring pools with the mountains in the foreground. A massage spa is available just across the road and what better finale than to finish the hotspring visit with a massage. Unfortunately, my time schedule did not allow me to do that.
The communal hotspring area
Various hotspring facilities set amongst lush greenery
I love standing under the hotspring waterfall
I checked out from the hotel and took the hotel shuttle to the subway station. From there, it was a train and airport bus trip to the airport and home.
Will I stay at the Spring City hotel again for my next visit?
I doubt so. The hotel price is steep compared to many other hotels available in Beitou. I had mistakenly thought that hotels higher up the hills would offer a better view and hence was prepared to pay the premium. Not exactly an accurate assumption!
There was absolutely no view at the hotel. The view was much better only when I climbed YangMingShan. I could have stayed at a much cheaper hotel and climb YangMingShan if I wanted the view. The hotels at lower Beitou were also nearer to restaurants, amenities, subway station and guests did not need to depend on the hotel shuttle to get around.
Otherwise, I think the hotel is decent and in fact, I would recommend this hotel if you are bringing children or older folks as I’m sure they would enjoy the various convenient hot and cold pool facilities. (I find it heartwarming to see many mother-daughter couple enjoying the hot springs – seems to be a perfect mother-daughter bonding kind of activity)
If you’re an independent adult, try the cheaper options at the base of the hills and spend the extra money on good food or a massage!Tags: