Travelling with a toddler can make things quite complicated. Anticipating the effort that we were going to exert for our Jiufen trip, I booked a room at Sunny Room while planning our Taiwan itinerary. It was a good decision because traipsing all over Jiufen in the midst of a huge crowd was exhausting, especially with a 3-year-old in tow. Those stairs were a challenge to scale, I kid you not.
Since we were traveling on a budget, I found Sunny Room by narrowing down my search options in Booking.com. It looked so quaint in the pictures and the reviews were very good. It was also specified that it’s quite near A-Mei Teahouse, the highlight of our trip.
Taking a look at Google Maps, Sunny Room looked so near to the teahouse, but the actual experience was very different. Indeed, A-Mei Teahouse is only 290 meters away from Sunny Room, but it was not specified that you would be scaling the steep stairs all the way. It’s not a problem for people with average fitness, but for someone like me who is barely active, has anxiety, and has a toddler to carry around, it was definitely a challenge.
The main reason why I chose Sunny Room was because of its consistent good reviews and I am very happy to report that they delivered! The entire place is so charming, with quaint details all over the place, giving it an almost storybook-like feel. If I had more time, I’d probably spend a week here. It is also notable that the staff of this place were also very warm and accommodating. The rooms were also very cozy – just don’t expect anything modern here. The place has a very homey vibe, much like staying over in your grandma’s house. Our room had a loft for hanging out and eating, and it also had a big window overlooking the view of the mountain and the sea.
The rooms were also very cozy, and just don’t expect anything modern here. The place has a very homey vibe, much like staying over in your grandma’s house. Our room had a loft for hanging out and eating, and it also had a big window overlooking the view of the mountain and the sea.
After exploring the Old Town starting with tea and biscuits at the beautiful A-Mei Teahouse, we continued our journey up to gather food and souvenirs at the night market, and we then went upwards some more to the temple gates. We were so exhausted! Sunny Room was a such a welcome reprieve after our exhausting wanderings. The morning after, my companions still wanted explore the Old Town before checking out of Sunny Room; however, they also felt so exhausted that they decided to stay and rest. Yes, the climb and descent were very tiring for us. We will definitely come back to Jiufen and stay for a longer period of time when our toddler is older. For now, we are just happy to have made a lot of great memories in this wonderful place.