We had a good stay in Taichung Harbor Hotel. New and neat, it is the best hotel in Taichung coastal area, a very good choice if you have business there.
Taichung Harbor Hotel is a fine 4 stars business hotel, recently (2013) built in Wuqi District, in the new Taichung Harbor Free Economic Pilot Zone.
Taichung Harbor is actually an oasis in the still underdeveloped, accommodation wise, Taichung Port area. It has about 200 rooms, each of them with a good internet connection.
The hotel provides 2 restaurants, a modern-style Chinese restaurant and a buffet.
Facilities include a gym and a small but functional spa (with sauna, steaming room, hot and cold pool). The hotel provides also a business center and a meeting room.
There is also a kids playground, that (from the hotel pictures, we have not visited it) looks quite large and nice.
Outside of the hotel, you can find, at 100 meters, the established fish restaurant, Xintiandi (New World Palace), and, just in front, a 7/11 convenience store.
Gladden Restaurant serves buffets, including breakfasts. It is a very nice buffet, and we often eat there, when we are in the area.
To give an idea, dining at the Gladden costs 380 NTD during the week and 580 NTD on weekends.
It is not exactly a western buffet, as most of the dishes are chinese. The Gladden Restaurant caters more to the local customers, than to the hotel guests (as all the hotels buffet restaurants in Taiwan, anyway).
But you will always find quite good roast ham or roast beef, a very good salad bar, and, of course, fried rice. And also some delicacies, such as real Italian Parmesan cheese.
Of course, if you like sushi or Chinese dishes, you will enjoy this fine buffet even more. Last but not least, beer and, on weekends, wine are included.
Gladden Restaurant, currently (September 2016) is not open for the evening dinner during the week, only for the weekend. It is always open for lunch and breakfast.
Fukuminato Restaurant, at the 3rd floor, is always open, instead. It is serving fine modern Chinese cuisine in a nice setting.
As mentioned above, we recommend you to try also the restaurant Xintiandi – New World Palace, nearby the hotel. It is a long time established restaurant (presidents and prime ministers have dined there), specialized on fresh seafood.
Taichung Harbor Hotel has about 200 rooms. They range in size and price from the Superior Rooms (~36 sqm) to Deluxe Rooms (~39 sqm), up to the suites (80-130 sqm). All the rooms have a separate shower room and the bathtub.
We stayed in the Taichung Harbor Hotel quite some time ago (in a Superior Room). We found the room pretty much new and clean, with the added bonus of a Japanese automatic toilet (try it!).
Taichung Harbor Hotel Tips
If you are here mainly for tourism, you have to consider that the hotel is far from Taichung city center (but close to Gaomei Wetlands).
There are direct buses (#306 and #307) to the city, but a ride, for example, to Top City Department Store or Fengchia Night Market may take 1.5 hours. A taxi ride will take almost 1 hour and 500-600 NTD.
Besides, there is almost nothing in Wuqi, which is a small town in the outskirts of Taichung.
On the other side, this fine and affordable 4 stars hotel is the only game in town, if your business brings you in Taichung Port.
The hotel is also close to Central Taiwan Science Park, Taichung Precision Machinery Park, Taichung Airport, Changhua and Lugang. All these places are easy to reach from Taichung Harbor Hotel, along routes that are scarcely affected by Taichung’s rush hour traffic jams.
Taichung Harbor is not a 5 stars hotel, but definitively a place to consider for a quiet and comfortable stay in Western Taichung.