Review: Northbound Hop – Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung

Introduction
KA 432 HKG – KHH 333 Y
Ferry Ride Cijin Scenic Area to Gushan Ferry Pier
Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung
Exploring Kaohsiung
Jinzuan Night Markets
Exploring Tainan
Toong Mao Kao Shang Ching Hotel Kenting
Exploring Pingtung County
Kenting Street Night Markets
International Terminal Kaohsiung International Airport
KA 437 KHH – HKG 333 Y

Ranking: Location 5/5 Service 4/5 Modernity 4/5 Little things 5/5 Meals 4/5 Overall 4/5

I’ve ranted on and on about the excitement of staying in Toong Mao properties. Of course I was expecting crap, but this hotel – while not exceeding – quite met my expectations on a higher level. It hurts to say this, but…regarding most reviews of Hiltons, this can compare.

The hotel has standard rooms and “delicate rooms”, along with a 5-bedroom apartment. We booked a standard room, which cost about HK$925 – that makes just US$120, which is quite cheap for a hotel room (per night, of course).

After an exhausting day around Kaohsiung, it started to rain, and at 4:30 we reached the hotel. The ancient signage caught my eye, but as I had seen pictures of the hotel before, I expected it.

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Hotel signage

There was a little shelter in front of the hotel that could hold about two people…I guess.

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Shelter

We went in and checked in, which was quite efficient. The lobby, while small and not appealing, wasn’t badly decorated either.

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Lobby

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Bar/reading area behind lobby

This property has nine floors, with about 25 floors spread across each. We were assigned room 2801, and I’m pretty sure they put a “2” in front of it just to make it fancier.

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Interestingly designed lifts

The hallways felt fresh, while the colour scheme wasn’t awesome.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Hallways

The key was old style but not badly decorated.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Room Keys

Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung
Check-in: Monday, May 12, 2014
Room Type: Standard Twin
Room Number: 2801
Stay duration: 3 nights
Check-out: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The room featured an entryway, which was connected to the toilet and the bedroom (as is the case with most hotels anyway).

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Entryway

The room was quite small compared to most other hotels I’ve stayed in, but is quite reasonable regarding the fact that this is less than HK$1000/night. It featured two comfortable beds, a reasonable for working desk (given that this is a business hotel after all), an uncomfortable but acceptable chair, a flat screen TV and a walk in closet.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Television

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Desk Lamp

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Warning

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Light Controls

Wondering if the cushioning above the bed was made of fabric or leather, I learned that it was leather upon going there this time.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Cushioning

One of the only issues I had with the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore was that the walk in closet light closed as the door closed, and there was a switch here. Are cheaper hotels actually more practical? I don’t know…

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Walk in Closet

We seemed to have a slightly bigger room (or ceiling), since ours was a room in the corner of the hotel and had a slightly bigger corner.

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Hmmm

The beds were comfortable and had gold coloured bedsheets. I enjoy white bedsheets, but gold bedsheets aren’t half bad either (if they didn’t get super hot once I curled into them, of course…)

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Bedsheets

The toilet was of a horrible colour scheme, second only to the Renaissance Okinawa (they may have updated, I don’t know). However it was practical. It featured a reasonable combined shower/bathtub, a toilet, a sink, and toiletries (not any better than Hyatt Portico amenities, but I can’t blame a three star hotel for having amenities at the same level as – crap – five star amenities).

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Toilet Bathtub/Shower Combo

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Toilet Sink

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Toilet (look at that colour…)

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Toilet Shower

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Toilet

The room wasn’t especially modern. For example, a latch was open revealing some water pipes, and you could hear the water go down the pipe.

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Arrrrr

The toiletries were Toong Mao branded, which isn’t surprising.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Toiletries

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Weirdly Packaged Shampoo

The signage was…interesting.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Signage

Surprisingly they offered a Chinese puzzle and free yoyo in the room, which you don’t see at a Hyatt (nor a Ritz-Carlton)!

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Amenities and bottled water

The window was small, but views weren’t bad; they were no means good (and the splotches on the window made them worse), but at least they showed the skyline of Kaohsiung.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Standard Room Views

Overall I thought that this was a fair bet, but my roommate thought otherwise; he described it as a “crap Chinese hotel”, so I guess he had high standards. 😉

Soon I decided to explore the hotel. Walking along the hallway, I spotted one of the “Delicate rooms” (they were doing cleaning service), which, apart from the white bedsheets, wasn’t a huge difference.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung Delicate Room

Walking further along the hallway there was a “T”, with 2818 on the right and the rest on the left.

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“T” in the hallway

The slippers couldn’t have been thinner, but I kind of liked that.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung slippers

The stairway from the lobby down to the basement, where the gym and restaurant was located, was pretty nice.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung stairway

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung stairs and hall

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung common area

The gym was really small, walk through and consisted of…yes, that’s right, four pieces of equipment. (Not that I cared…)

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung limited gym

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Bulkhead separating conference room from stairway to basement

The restaurant was only open for breakfast so evening spreads were non-existent.

The breakfast spread was extensive in variety, but in quality only a few things caught my tooth.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung restaurant

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

There were no forks or spoons set at the table. Apparently it’s part of the spread and you have to get them yourself.

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

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Toong Mao Evergreen Hotel Kaohsiung breakfast spread

On the third and last night the lifts were running slowly and there was a crowd, so we took the stairs, only to find that the eighth floor door was locked. We ran down to the sixth floor, found an unlocked door, went in, and realized we were in a different building. The office people working there were surprised to see us.

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What the f&^*?

We ended up going down to the fourth floor and took a lift up from there, but this was interesting. I don’t see this at a Hilton, to start!

Overall this was a nice hotel for a great deal, and while I wouldn’t return for the substance, it is a nice option for ones traveling on a budget.

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