Going To Taichung, Taiwan and looking for accommodation?  In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we share our review of Beacon Hotel Taichung to help in your travel planning.

Beacon Hotel Taichung – Best Hotel near Fengjia Night Market

Location has always been a priority for us when we look for a hotel to stay in.  Most visitors to Taichung do so to visit Fengjia Night Market – the largest night market in the whole of Taiwan.  Similarly for us, Fengjia Night Market was the key attraction for us, and the main reason behind our trip to Taichung.

When shortlisting a hotel, our key consideration was therefore close proximity to Fengjia Night Market.  In this regard, Beacon Hotel Taichung occupies the most excellent location right in the heart of Fengjia Night Market.

Beacon Hotel
Beacon Hotel in Taichung enjoys prime spot in the center of Taiwan’s largest night market – Fengjia Night Market

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Proximity to Fengjia Night Market has its Advantages

I can’t begin to tell you how useful it is to have Fengjia Night Market at your doorstep.  For one thing, Fengjia Night Market is humongous!  It took us 3 nights to adequately cover the whole of Fengjia Night Market.  In addition, Fengjia Night Market and the surrounding shops starts operation only from the late afternoon till after midnight.  It was therefore most convenient to have our accommodation nearby when we finish with Fengjia after midnight.

Streets of Fengjia Night Market Commercial District
One of the streets of the mammoth Fengjia Night Night Market Commercial District.

There’s plenty to see, eat and do in this area and it is recommended that visitors allocate more than one night to experience it all.

Fengjia Night Market
The crowd at Fengjia Night Market. There’s so much good food at Fengjia Night Market, you simply need to allocate more than one night in order to experience all of them

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Proximity to Major Shops

Right below Beacon Hotel Taichung is a Watsons and a 24-hours McDonald’s which the locals designate as the center of Fengjia Night Market.  There’s also a Cosmed across the street, although they do not open 24-hours.  Having a drugstore near you is extremely handy, especially for beauty fanatics like myself who constantly pop by to browse the great range of skincare products.  There’s also a Dr Douxi specialty shop a short walk away.

Shops near Beacon Hotel Taichung
The building of Beacon Hotel Taichung with Watsons and McDonald’s at its ground level. Not shown in this picture on the right hand side is Cosmed
Beauty Haul in Taichung
The consequence of staying near a drugstore in Taiwan. These is my beauty haul after 3 days of staying at the Beacon Hotel Taichung. The facial masks are mostly bought from Cosmed.
Guang Nan Wholesalers
A hidden gem which happened to be the neighbor of Beacon Hotel Taichung.

We found this shop called Guang Nan Wholesalers which sells great stuff at good discounts. Inside you will find clothes, accessories, skincare and food products – all at fantastic prices. It is my new favorite store in Taiwan.

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Proximity to Public Transport

Public buses are the only form of transport if you want a cheap way of getting around within Taichung city.  In this regard, Beacon Hotel being located in the centre Fengjia Night Market – one of the best night markets in Taiwan, has quite a good network of public buses running from its door step.  We used these buses extensively to get around to Yizhong Street, Chun Shui Tang and other attractions within the city.

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Beacon Hotel Taichung – The Room

We had a standard double room which cannot be described as big, but which suited our purpose well.   The furnishings were a little dated, but everything was clean.

Room at Beacon Hotel
The room at Beacon Hotel is simple and a little small, but we had a comfortable stay at an affordable price
Room at Beacon Hotel
The view of the room from the entryway
Room at Beacon Hotel
View of the same room from the other end to give you some perspective on the size of the room

Our room had one sole window that looks out to Fengjia Night Market.

View of Fengjia Night Market from Beacon Hotel
View from the window of Beacon Hotel showing part of Fengjia Night Market Commercial District. Do not be misled by the seemingly quiet street – the street only comes alive in the evening.

The bathroom was very clean, but I did have an issue with the shower area which was not enclosed by a glass door but by a shower curtain only.  This posed a real problem for us as water would often leak from the shower area and wet the rest of the bathroom.  It was a tedious task to shower and make sure not to let water leak through, and this got really tiring after 3 nights here.

Bathroom of Beacon Hotel
The only grievance we had was how ineffective the shower curtains were in preventing water from the shower from splashing onto the rest of the bathroom. Judging from the pictures at Beacon Hotel’s website, some rooms have better shower features than this.

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Beacon Hotel Taichung – The Service and Common Areas

Service at Beacon Hotel Taichung was prompt and immaculate.  The hotel also provides a gym and a laundry (free of charge), as well as complimentary beverages and snacks at the lounge.  It was with regret that we did not have the time to make use of these facilities.

Lobby of Beacon Hotel Taichung
The lobby on the ground floor of Beacon Hotel. Guests will need to take the lift to the 12 floor to check-in
Hotel Lobby and Reception Area
Hotel Lobby and Reception Area
Business Center at Beacon Hotel
Corridor between rooms

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Beacon Hotel Taichung – The Breakfast

Our stay at the Beacon Hotel Taichung included breakfast.  This was a good choice because most eateries were not open until late morning, with the exception of McDonald’s.

Breakfast at Beacon Hotel Taichung
The breakfast room which can get quite crowded if you happen to meet with a tour group.

The buffet spread fills the whole of the long table at the back of the room. Beacon Hotel has quite a good breakfast buffet spread, although the taste of some of their items could be further improved.  Chinese food made up the major spread of the buffet, but there are some hot western fare as well.

Breakfast at Beacon Hotel Taichung
Hot items and chinese fare make up the majority of the breakfast items
Breakfast at Beacon Hotel Taichung
The year of the pig has given rise to some creativity in the food art scene. This is a bun made into the shape of a pig face

Most items remain the same during our stay, but there were some variants added everyday.

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How to Get to Beacon Hotel Taichung from Taoyuan Airport

Getting to Beacon Hotel in Taichung is relatively easy.

Step 1 : Taoyuan MRT / Ubus 705 to Taoyuan High Speed Rail (HSR) Station

There are two ways to get to Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station from Taoyuan Airport.

UBus 705

You can take UBus 705 from Taoyuan International Airport to Taoyuan HSR Station. The journey takes around 25 minutes with a cost of TWD 30 each.

UBus 705
UBus 705 from Taoyuan Airport to Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station

You can buy your tickets at the Basement near the bus boarding booths. Alternatively, you can pay directly on the bus by cash (exact amount) or by tapping your Easycard(悠遊卡).

UBus 705
UBus 705 from Taoyuan Airport to Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station

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Taoyuan MRT

Before the advent of the Taoyuan Airport MRT, those who are planning to take the HSR will have to take UBus 705 from Taoyuan Airport to Taoyuan HSR Station.

Taoyuan MRT to Taichung HSR
Taoyuan MRT to Taichung HSR

However, the Airport MRT which is in operation now links the airport directly to the HSR Station.  This provides a seamless experience for those who are traveling from Taipei Taoyuan Airport to other parts of Taiwan.

Express Taoyuan MRT
The Express Train caters specifically for travellers and has designated luggage racks for large pieces of luggage, charging stations and complimentary wifi for mobile devices.

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Step 2 : Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station to Taichung High Speed Rail Station

Board the South Bound High Speed Rail (HSR) towards Zuoying which will take you to Taichung within 36 minutes. HSR tickets can be purchased at the HSR ticketing counter on the day of travel.   However, it will be subject to availability.

High Speed Rail from Taoyuan to Taichung
Taking High Speed Rail from Taoyuan to Taichung

You can get early bird HSR tickets at a discounted price if you buy them online at the THSR website up to 28 days before your date of travel.  However, these tickets are limited in quantity and may be sold out quickly once they are released. Your tickets will also be for a specific train timing and this may pose a problem if you arrive earlier and will like to take an earlier train.

How to buy Taiwan HSR Tickets at a Discounted Rate

Alternatively you can purchase a discounted HSR ticket voucher from KKDay and redeem it for the train timing of your choice at the HSR ticket counter.  For those who are planning to purchase a HSR ticket from KKDay, here’s a step by step guide on how to purchase, collect and use your HSR tickets.

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Step 3 : Ho-Hsin Bus 160 to Beacon Hotel

When you reached Taichung High Speed Rail Station, follow the signage to the underground bus bay.

Signage to Bus Station at Taichung HSR
Signage to Bus Station at Taichung HSR

Take Ho-Hsin Bus 160 at Platform 12 and alight at Bus Stop Feng Chia University (Fuxing Road) which is 7 stops away.  The journey takes about 50 mins.

Beacon Hotel Taichung
The entry to Beacon Hotel Taichung

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Beacon Hotel Taichung Details

Beacon Hotel Taichung
No.427, Fuxing Rd.,
Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407,
Taiwan (R.O.C.)
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