Monday, July 27, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Cingjing 清境 - Cingjing Brilliant Twins of Seattle 清境西雅图璀璨双城

Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: No.39, Rongguang Lane, Ren'ai Township, Nantou Country 545, Taiwan 545 南投县仁爱乡大同村荣光巷39号

Leaving Feeling 18 Degree Chocolate Factory 18 度 C 巧克力工房, we got in the van once again and continue our journey to Cingjing 清境. An hour and a half drive uphill finally brought us to Cingjing where we checked in Cingjing Brilliant Twin of Seattle 清境西雅图璀璨双城 for the night.

Cingjing Brilliant Twins of Seattle 清境西雅图璀璨双城

Situated within lush mountains, Cingjing Brilliant Twins of Seattle offers cozy accommodations in Spanish style architecture. Surrounded by natural green scenery and mountain views, the hotel offers a tranquil setting for one to relax.

Types of Room and Rates

To suit different needs, the hotel offers a variety of room types which includes penthouse, honeymoon suites and family rooms that can accommodate 2-8 adults. Below is the current published rates for the different room types on its website.

Segovia Castle 赛哥维亚梦幻城堡
2-Person Room
4-Person Room
6-Person Room
8-Person Room
Monday – Friday
 2800 TWD
 3800 TWD
 4800 TWD
 4300 TWD
 5300 TWD
 7200 TWD
Super Peak
 7000 TWD
 6800 TWD
 8000 TWD
Mijas Pueblo 米哈斯白色山城
Monday – Friday Sunday
 1800 TWD
 2980 TWD
 4800 TWD
 3200 TWD
 4480 TWD
 7200 TWD
Super Peak
 3800 TWD
 7120 TWD
 8000 TWD

Rates for Mijas Pueblo 6-person room is however, not available. You may want to call the hotel directly to acquire more details of it. Since there was 6 of us, Mr Tsai has booked a 6-person room in the Segovia castle for us. Payment for our room was made in cash upon arrival. 

For room reservation, you may directly call the hotel or book online through the hotel online reservation system. 

The hotel is located at the bottom of a very steep slope, which was so steep that climbing up will leave us panting for breath. Its location is not easily accessible by public transport, so I will recommend you to book this hotel only when you have a driver. 

There are no convenience stores, restaurants or anything nearby the hotel. It is literally situated in the middle of the mountains, away from the bustling crowds. This is a perfect place for people who would like to enjoy tranquility and nature.  

Mijas Pueblo 米哈斯白色山城

The Mijas Pueblo building is painted in white with beautiful blue trim.  It does not look Spanish or anything like those white-washed building of Mijas to me. 

Segovia Castle 赛哥维亚梦幻城堡

Designed in the style of old Spanish castle similar to Segovia, the entire building was painted an eye-catching yellow. 

The check in process at the hotel was simple, quick and hassle-free. Within minutes of arrival, we got our key to our room. 

On our way to our room, we passed by a small landscaped garden where my husband requested to have his photo taken.

Our room was located on the second floor of the building and reaching it required us to climb up several flight of stairs. This was not really a problem for those who are young and in good shape. But it could be a problem for those who are travelling with people with mobility difficulties.

There was no lift in the hotel. So, be prepare to climb up several flight of stairs with your heavy luggage. For easier access, you may want to consider requesting a room located on the ground floor. But for us, we did not like the idea of staying in a ground floor room, which often do not offer as much privacy.

The unit we stayed was a double storey room fitted with wooden flooring and furnishings. Upon stepping in, we were immediately greeted by a comfortable and spacious living room furnished with everything you need. Our spacious living room comes with a 6 person sofa set, coffee table, satellite TV, telephone and a mini fridge.  

There is no air conditioning or fan installed in the entire unit. But I believe the cooling climate will be enough to keep anyone cool. Why do you need air-conditioning when it was so cooling up the mountains? 

Even so, the hotel still provide a standing fan in the room, just in case the weather is hot on some days. For internet addicts, do not worry as free internet access is available throughout the entire property for you.

Complimentary bottled mineral water and some basic tea and coffee making facilities were also provided in the room.

A dehumidifier was provided in the room, which helped to reduce the level humidity in the air. We actually turned this on to dry our slightly damp clothes. 

Basic toiletries such as soap, shampoo, cotton buds, toothpicks, shaver, shower caps, comb, disposable toothbrush and toothpaste are also provided for guest use. Each of these are packed in individual sachets for complete hygiene, which also helps to prevent unnecessary wastage.

Our room also opens to a private balcony overlooking the lush green landscapes and mountain ranges.

Located right next to the entrance was the en-suite bathroom. The bathroom was clean and spacious with more than sufficient bath towels provided. Each of the towels were folded nicely and placed on top of a drawer outside the bathroom. 

The bathroom is perhaps the only thing I dislike about the room. Although it was spacious, the bathroom facilities were tired and in need of some refurbishment.  

Apart from that, the entire bathroom floor can get really wet and dangerously slippery after shower, even when we had the shower curtain fully over. So, make sure you be extra careful when the bathroom floor is wet. 

However, we were glad that slippers were provided since the floors can get too cold to walk with barefoot, especially after evening time. 

As you walked up the small flight of stairs to the second floor, you will find a spacious bedroom featuring three queen size beds. The beds were comfortable and clean with no unpleasant smell. However, it was a little too small for comfort. The duvet was not large enough to keep 2 persons warm at night. I really hope the hotel can provide a larger size duvet for its guests.

There were extra thick blankets in the wardrobe, but we did not dare to use them. The blankets were musty smelling and we could not imagine covering ourselves with that. 

The old wooden floor squeak noisily under our feet, which can be extremely annoying if you are a light sleeper. But luckily, I was quite a heavy sleeper. so the noise did not affect me that much. 

The room also comes with two meshed windows that allow sunlight and fresh air to enter while keeping insects out. However, there was no curtains to block the morning sun out. So, be expected to wake up as early as 5.30 am once the sun started to shine mercilessly on your face.

It was cold that night, with the temperature dropping slightly below 10 degree Celsius. There was no heater in the room, so it can get miserably cold at night. But luckily, the room comes with a electric heated mattress pad that will keep you warm while you sleep. 

Before you turn the electric heated mattress pad on, please read the instruction manual. For those who cannot read Chinese, it does not matter very much too. 

To use, simply preheat the bed 10 minutes before you go to bed and turn it off once you are turning in for the night. If you wish, you could also turn it down to a lower temperature after you slipped into the bed just to keep it warm all night.

The landscape outside was filled with fog. It had rained earlier in the evening when we were having our dinner at Inako Scenic View Cafe Restaurant 伊拿谷景观咖啡餐坊.

After dinner, we spent the rest of our night watching TV while enjoying the cold mountain fresh air.

Since it was cold, we decided to sip on some of the rice wine that we just bought from Sun Moon Lake. A sip of it instantly warmed my body up.

The balcony off the living room is also very spacious, offering a spectacular and uninterrupted view of the surrounding mountains. A truly breath-taking view!

The balcony also serves as an outdoor space for smokers to take a quick puff without having to leave the entire building. But unfortunately, there were no chairs provided on the balcony for us to sit back and enjoy the scenery. So, no matter how much we wanted to, we did not spend too much time on the balcony.

We were awake earlier than expected the next morning. At 7 am, we got ready and headed off to the hotel restaurant for breakfast.

A complimentary buffet breakfast is served at the hotel restaurant every morning from 7 am to 9 am.

Breakfast was very basic with not much choice. There were just toast, porridge or salad for us to choose from. None of the food were delicious, but enough to fill our stomach up.

After an early breakfast, we went off to snap some photos around the hotel garden. 

The mountain range provides a stunning backdrop for photo taking. 

Overall, we had a pleasant time staying at Brilliant Twins of Seattle. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a quiet, clean and spacious place to stay in Cingjing. 

Price wise, it was reasonable and affordable. Our 6-person room cost us 4800 TWD a night on a weekday, which worked out 800 TWD per person. The only downside were the musty thick blankets and bathroom.  Hopefully the management can do something about that. 

Be sure to bring and wear extra clothing when you visit Cingjing. It can be really cold when night falls. 

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!

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