One of the funny things of life in the Far East are the love hotels.
You've probably heard about love hotels in Japan, with their funny or gaudy rooms, where the Japanese go to find some privacy and make love ... and also to find the right environment to satisfy their fantasies ...
Well, Taiwan also has its own love motels. Not all the guidebooks write about it. From what I know, they are not very different from Japanese ones.
Recently we have visited the motel Oh-Ya in Chiayi. Here are the photos.
Oh-Ya Motel in Chiayi.
Oh-Ya local chain of love hotels and motels (the two categories blur are somewhat mixed) is one of the best in Taiwan.
This motel is located in Chiayi, a relatively small city in southern Taiwan.
We arrived by car - this is a motel indeed. The entrance is on the left corner of the building - side by side with the exit. Between the two, the reception.
We registered and paid the room without even leaving the car. The employee gave us the electronic key-card, a coupon for breakfast, and told us the numbers of our suite.
The inner courtyard with the individual parkings and access to the rooms.
We entered with the car.
The garage door of our room was up, the signal with our room number lighted on.
We parked the car in our private garage, which actually does not look any different from that of a typical row house in Taiwan.
We pressed a switch and the garage door was lowered.
Not entirely. A space of a few inches will remain open at the bottom.
It is not a fault. It's a safety feature to prevent people to commit suicide with the exhaust of their own car.
This happened a few times in the past and now all the good motels have this safety measure.
Apart from the legal and humanitarian reasons, the Taiwanese firmly believe in ghosts.
The ghost of a woman that commited suicide for love will definitively haunt the rooms. That would be not a good thing for the guests and for the business ...
From the courtyard the motel looks like a fort.
As soon as we were in the garage, Bach music started to be played in the background.
We took our bags, left our shoes and went up two flights of stairs. No doors or windows in the stairs except our suite door.
The sign states that there is a detection system for hidden cameras, so "you can make consumption without worries" ...
We arrived at the suite door. Before the door there is the sign shown above, a small sofa and a vending machine selling various erotic toys. We entered and closed the door.
The sign in Chinese actually says that you can "enjoy yourself without worries". We are in Taiwan and some Chinglish appears almost everywhere.
The room - the bedroom and the living
The room is simply huge. Probably not less than 180 square meters - 2,000 square feet.
The name of this suite is "Venus." The suite theme is a kind of fake European, as imaged here, that mixes "ancient Roman decorations", mythological-erotic paintings on the walls, to furniture that is in a style vaguely 18th century ...
The king size bed is not really special.
The whole "bathroom" area is separated only by a sliding door made of glass.
Apart from the giant TV in front of the big bed, there are two other waterproof TV screens, beside the two Jacuzzi pools.
The TV was on when we entered the room. It showed a funny middle-aged couple that speak in Taiwanese. They show the different choice of motels and rooms available.
The washing basin. The wooden door leads to the Finnish sauna.
The other channels showed porn movies: western hard-core and lighter, o little bit educational, japanese ones. Normal Tv channels are also available.
Wow! A giant-sized jacuzzi worthy of a Roman emperor!
There is a mini-bar with a few soft drinks - no alcohol - and some snacks. If you're really hungry, hot meals are available from the room service.
The second jacuzzi. On the back a cold water shower and tub, like a Roman style "frigidarium".
In the morning we went for breakfast. The breakfast was quite limited, considering the rate, not bad anyway.
This is not the place where many guests show up for breakfast.
We also met a couple with two teenagers sons - love hotels in Taiwan are not shady places but they also provide normal rooms for families (families with older children at least ...)
A hard bed ... to be used as you like.
The hot shower and toilet.
We spent about 4,000 NTD for a night. We booked by telephone and paid in advance at the check-in.
There were also more convenient rooms but they were all fully booked so we had to take the suite.
As in Japan, love hotels' rooms are rented by the hour (minimum 3 hrs in our motel) for about NTD 800-1000, or for the night.
The first option is called Rest (Xiuxi), the second Overnight (Guoye).
If you choose Overnight you cannot check-in before 9 PM.
One last thing: our room was spotlessy clean.
Website: Oh-ya Motel.