Why I chose La Vida Hotel 台中逢甲商旅When I was deciding on the hotel to stay in Taichung, I had a number of requirements in mind. During our previous visits, we would stay near Taichung TRA station since we often take the train to other locations such as Jiji 集集 and Checheng 車城. This also meant it took us more than an hour's bus ride to get to Feng Chia Night Market and another hour back on each night we spend in Taichung. Hence this time round, we wanted somewhere near the famous night market.
I logged into Agoda and started scouting for a suitable accommodation using the "show map" and price filter functions to narrow down hotels vicinity that cost below SGD 150.
Taking the time and effort to click through each result, I scrutinized the reviews and photos. I noticed that the much-cheaper hotels near Fengjia Night Market were very old and some had sleazy decor. Moreover, staying so near to the night market might be quite noisy should we want to retire early after a long day out (not so sure of the soundproofing either).
I also had to ensure that there were elevators because we did stay in a very cheap hostel in Taipei many trips ago, only to find that we had to climb 4 flights of narrow stairs with our heavy luggage. And yes, it was 6 flights of narrow stairs in Paris with multiple luggage - Hubby was in charge of planning our honeymoon. And there was no view/scenery in the Taipei hostel and Paris bed and breakfast, and the bathrooms suck.
Other than the usuals such as free wifi in the room, it was somewhat important to both of us that the room comes with a bathtub - a luxury we have grown to enjoy during our vacations. What's more - this is our first holiday since I quit my job. I definitely need to pamper myself more.
La Vida Hotel happened to be one of the first few listings that match my requirements. When I browse the hotel photos, I was mesmerized. My first thought - did I really land on a bargain?
La Vida Deluxe Double Room 9006Reaching Taichung at 8am in the morning, we were rather tired and goggy after the wee-hours flight and a 1.5 hour bus ride. However we were very energized as we check into the Deluxe Double room on the 9th storey! We put down our luggage quickly and started snapping photos of our residence for 5 nights before we mess up anything
yes... I am very 'auntie' :D
BreakfastRight after photo taking, we change to room slippers and headed down to Basement 1 for breakfast (inclusive in our hotel rates when we booked through Agoda)
Other than the wide variety that's available at the breakfast counters, you can order omelette (with cheese, ham and corn - see photo below), sunny side up and seafood ramen with the service staff - and they will bring it to your table