When I was researching for accommodation in Taiwan many months back, I had a long list of Themed hotels / minsu that I WANTED to stay in because they looked so fabulous. But oh well, we had budget constraints. Eventually, out of that long list, we only stayed at Leofoo Resort Guanshi and Legend Hotel. The rest of the time was spent in the cheapest *yawns* hotels we could find in each region. This week, I shall share with you the second most exciting stay (first was Leofoo Resort Guanshi) we had during our Taiwan trip: At Legend Hotel in Kaohsiung.
Legend Hotel Lobby
I am a sucker for all things cute and pretty. When I saw a photo of that cute train in the lobby while surfing through Agoda, I immediately clicked on it. Of course, it helped that the price of a room was less than SGD100. So please note that this is NOT a luxury hotel nor business hotel. It is a BUDGET boutique hotel targeted at backpackers and families on a tight budget.
The moment we stepped into Legend Hotel’s lobby, it was exactly as promised. Colourful. Vibrant. Guaranteed to get the kids excited!
There was a small rest area at the lobby with coffee service 24/7.
And while the parents relax at the corner sipping their coffee, the children can entertain themselves with the XBox 360 nearby.
To help guests find their way around, there was a customised map of the hotel vicinity at the lobby.
There was also a guide to night markets in Kaohsiung (because you know, night markets are the only reason I visit Taiwan?). You can find recommendations of what to eat and where to find them.
There was also an outdoor relaxation corner.
Upon check-in, we receive two wishing owls. I think we were supposed to write our wishes and hang them on the wishing tree in the lobby. But the owls were so cute, we decided to keep them as souvenirs. :p
Our Room at Legend Hotel
We initially wanted to book a quad room for our family of 4. However, their quad rooms were sold out for our date and we made do with a double room. We are used to squeezing in double rooms for our vacations to save money anyway.
Our kids are super well-trained from staying in super tiny hotel rooms in Japan. To them the bed here was considered huge – big enough for them to wrestle on the bed without falling off. *roll eyes*
There was a small desk in the room, where we found FREE instant noodles and Pepsi in the drawer!
And the chair provided was not any normal chair – it was a rocking chair! Needless to say, the kids found it quite entertaining – until they rocked themselves onto the floor.
And oh, this I must mention. I think EVERY hotel room should have this: A power point that fits all types of plugs. How difficult is it to install something like this? How come so few hotels have them??
And after raving about the power point, the auntie in me is going to rave about the Laundry Room. If you know me, I travel VERY LIGHT. I pack like 3 days worth of clothing max. Along the way, I do laundry. Nothing makes me happier than to find a laundry room at a hotel. Especially a FREE one. Yup, I repeat. FREE LAUNDRY.
Not just free washer, my friends. Free dryers too! And of course, free detergent.
There was also an iron and ironing board. Not that I used them.
One thing I would like to warn you about the laundry room: You see the railings next to the staircase leading to the laundry? The gap between the railings were huge and big enough for kids to fall through. So best not to bring the kids along when you are going up to the laundry room, it is quite dangerous.
Breakfast was included in our stay, but we skipped it because we were rushing to Taichung the next morning and had plans to have breakfast at Matina Mill. But that did not stop me from going into the cafetaria to take photos. Because the pictures on the cafetaria wall were SO CUTE!
If you look closely, the picture on the wall was made up of many food buildings. How creative is that? Let me just spam you with more pictures, because I loved them so much.
I love the lift doors at Legend Hotel. On every floor, there was a different picture on the lift door.
Realised I said I love the lift DOORS? Well, that’s as far as my love for the lift goes. The lift itself was pretty sad. It was SUPER SMALL and cramp. After pushing our stroller in, there was barely any space left.
I had quite a lot of fun during my stay, going from floor to floor to check out all the drawings along the corridors.
Every floor had a different theme. There was wedding theme, circus theme, train theme, picnic theme etc.
I particularly liked the second floor, where the room number was incorporated into the pictures.
And check out the fire hoses.
And drinking fountains!
I absolutely loved their creativity!
I highly recommend Legend Hotel if you are looking for a budget accommodation in Kaohsiung. Our double room cost about SGD90 a night – inclusive of breakfast. I found it pretty value for money. And I absolutely loved the availability of free laundry!
Location wise, the hotel was a short walk to Liouhe Night Market where we went for dinner. The hotel also provided free shuttle service to and fro Formosa Boulevard Station and Kaohsiung Train station.
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