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Most likely you will come to Hualien to visit the famous Taroko Gorge, with its many hiking trails and beautiful sights. Hualien is a nice, friendly little town, filled with shops and restaurants, temples and motorbikes. Hostels in Hualien can give you maps and hiking trials for Taroko Gorge as well as help you figure out transportation there and back. Staying somewhat near the bus station is a good idea so you can easily get to the gorge first thing in the morning. It is best to take the first bus to the gorge to beat some of the large tourist buses that will be dropping people off later in the day, this also allows you to have enough time to explore as many trails as possible before the last bus leaves.
It is a good idea to choose a hostel in Hualien that has air conditioning if possible, since it can be very hot and humid and you will want to rest easily after a long day of hiking. Unless you plan to hike for a couple days in a row, staying in Hualien is a better choice than staying in the gorge itself since there is not much to do or many places to eat in the gorge area and the buses stop running in the afternoon. In addition, the train runs directly to Hualien and an additional bus is needed to reach the gorge. Depending on what trails are open, you can hike most places of interest in a single day, but check the conditions before you go to decide if you want to spend one or two days in the area -- sending an email to the Hualien hostel where you plan to stay may also help in this regard.
Hualien itself doesn’t have many aspects of interest but there are a few temples, a night market, many restaurants and some great shaved ice places that will help you cope with the heat. There is also a small beach fairly near the city if you need a glimpse of the ocean; this is accessible from the same bus that takes you to Taroko Gorge. Although touristy, Hualien and the Taroko Gorge will be a beautiful and interesting stop in your journey and are definitely worth visiting.
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"… where there is giant trees shade in front of the building. The first floor is the living public space and the second one is accommodation place, providing double room and dorm room. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Comforts are available such as air-conditioner, hairdryer and indoor slipper. ***Property Policies & Conditions: 1. Check in from 3pm and check out until 11am. 2....
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The Island - Bali Hostel
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Monkey Surfing Backpackers Hostel
"… more. Walking downtown takes 10 minutes or so, downtown Starbucks 10 minutes, and train station 10 to 15 minutes. We successfully offer a peaceful,clean,cozy,and specious area. You are strongly advised to make a reservation through e-mail or phone. Pick-up service at the train station,airport or other place is available at your request. We offer a place to stay with Lohas and slow down life atmosphere with all of you .New Asia...
Sleeping Boot Hostel
"Sleeping Boot Backpacker Hostel is a great little hostel -- friendly, clean, and conveniently located near the bus and train station, so you can do all the exploring you want. The Location Sleeping Boot is a ten-minute walk from the train station and main bus stops, so it is convenient if you plan to take the shuttle to Taroko Gorge or anywhere else nearby. From the train station, go straight down Guolian Rd 1, then continue to Guolian...
"Clean, quiet, new - Newly remodeled, it appears to me. Everything works and is in good order. For non-Chinese, it's a bit far out of the main stream, and staff speak no English. In a residential district. Good for quiet, not good for things to do/see, eat. Half hour or so walk to "town" and tourist-interest sites, longer to the train station -- 45 minutes or so. I extended my stay, and would stay here again." … "… beer party...
Z H Garden
"… pace, then you will see the true life of Hualian. Having stayed in countless hostels, the owner knows exactly what a bag packer will need for their accommodation. Z H Garden means to provide a qualitative and stylish accommodation to visitors of Hualian. No matter you plan to stay in en suite or dormitory, you will feel the same hospitality and warmth that Z H Garden offers. We offer bar and restaurant during the night. Beer,...
Here & Now Hostel
"… cloth, allowing you to enjoy the nostalgia of the exotic. A wide range of leisure space in the first floor enable you to have breakfast or afternoon tea. 24 hour hot water, WiFi wireless Internet access bicycle or motorcycle for rental are supplied. Especially, health breakfast is served daily, with fresh local fruits, vegetables and barley bread.(Order one day before only $50TWD. for per person.) 7-11(24 hour convenience store)...
Hualien Nancy's Inn
"… by owners. With the efforts between mainland China and Taiwan, Nancy’s Inn opens in romantic and fresh Hualien. All guests are expected to feel easy and relaxing as staying at friend’s home. There are different room types to meet guests’ needs. Double Room is suitable for 2-4 guests and it is equipped with IKEA furniture. 4-person family room is with 2 double beds and a big nice gazebo for reading and afternoon tea. Special...
Journey Hostel & Bar
"… lockers, WiFi and a public computer are all offered free of charge and a laundry shop is directly across the street from the hostel. Clean and sanitary bedsheets are a standard necessity the hostel will offer. The hostel is with a fully stocked house bar where guests can order coffee, local tea, beer or mixed drinks. Our knowledgeable staffs can give guests first-hand local information or help guests arrange a tour and they...
Black Bear Hostel
"Great Experience! - Very friendly staff. Clean & modern." … "… you can have 24 hours access of everything at the 7-11 or Family Mart, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, freshly made coffee, ATM, fax, copy service, and public phones) 3-5 MINUTE WALK TO : Hualien railway station,The bus stop, Family Mart convenient store, The supermarket, Other coffee shops,Banks, ATM, and all major eatery places, bicycle/car/motorcycle rental...
Outdoor Taiwan Backpackers Inn
"… room in our hostel, you could watch DVD’s, listen the music or read some books and magazines. We are not included the breakfast, but we provide electric pot, oven, stoves, refrigerator and free coffee and tea in the small kitchen that you can prepare delicious breakfast by yourself here. We have Shampoo, Body soap and Hair Dryers in every bathroom. There is a swimming pool in our hostel that you can swim here or you can rent...
Clearsky Backpacker Hostel
"Excellent value - I had booked for 3 nights but decided to stay on longer and take short trips around Hualien. i can't fault the hostel, the kitchen is amazing. If you wanted a self catering place to stay you have loads of space to cook in. Everything is thought out to the smallest detail with the comfort of the guest in mind. Excellent wifi coverage. Very quiet AC, beds soft." … "All you see on the website is without exaggeration. -...
Hostel Window View
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"… and only have dorm-style housing. We’re currently doing our best to operate within Taiwan’s legalese/official policies, so we ask that everyone cooperate with us on these following matters, so as to avoid any unnecessary issues or unpleasantries that may arise; if you cannot agree to the following, please DO NOT pay the deposit here:: 1.If you are making the reservation on behalf of someone else, please make sure that everyone...
Happy Island Hostel
"Hello to all travellers from every corner of the world ! The property provides not only accomodation, also we provide you a home to be while away from home! The hostel in Hualien is located stone throw away from the famous Zi-Qiang night market, where u could find all sorts of street food that taiwan could offer you. We offer you economical accommodations in the heart of Hualien with 4, 6 and 8 beds dorms. Happy Island, the home for the...
Realive Backpacker Hostel
"… are night market/restaurants/shopping mall and pretty much everything that you would need. Also some designer shops and really nice second hand book shop you can visit. It is about 5 - 10 minutes driving from the station. You can rent a bike or scooter out side of station. The property offers Double room/Triple room/Family Room with private bathroom. There are also dorm rooms available for the backpackers to Hualien. The...
"The host was extremely helpful and friendly. She helped me arrange all the activities for my trip and even drove me places on her motorbike. Everything was very clean and comfortable. 100% satisfied and would definitely use this hostel again in the future." … "… offers shower gel, shampoo and hair dryer, the rest of the personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, etc.), please bring your own. Common areas...
Sawali Beach R&B
"… area with self-catering facilities, and numerous outdoor seating areas to enjoy the tranquil setting - there are no neighbours on either side for 500m! The large front deck and relaxing rooftop provide guests with a great outdoor space to enjoy the amazing Pacific Ocean views, right on the doorstep. And the green, rocky hills immediately behind the property add to its seclusion and provide the perfect backdrop to your ocean view....
Hualien Aires Capsule Backpacker
"… comfortable stay here. The property cannot compare with 5-star hotels but provide you with a clean and comfortable “home” with budget price. Guests can save the cost to enjoy more sightseeing, or tasting local delicious food in Hualien. If you are the backpacker with above plan, Aries Backpacker Hostel is your ideal choice in Hualien with clean, comfortable but budget accommodation. The property provides different sizes...
Lia Backpacker Hostel
"… keeps the traditional taste and add eco-friendly element to provide an international hostel for the backpackers who love the nature and sea. Lia provides 4-bed dorms with shared bathroom. The security box is prepared for each bed to make the guests a safe stay here. FREE WiFi is available and there is cable TV in the common area. There are 2 sets of shower room and toilet for the guests and the capacity of the property is 16...
Hualien Backpackers Hostel
"… Hostel’s ambience is tranquil with minimal décor; it is a place where you can relax and soak in natural elegance. At Hualien Backpackers Hostel, we supply 24 hours security controlling with door passcodes and monitoring system , travel information area, duvet covers, spacious basins, free high-speed wireless internet, common computers and printer, emergency telephone, lockers, kitchen, self-operated laundry area, hot showers, and...
"… are all kinds of tropical fish lets you watch, outdoors garden lets you and your friends drink and chat in the garden, on the second floor there is a spacious saloon, a large sofa allows you to relax as if at home, while the study is to allow you to immerse yourself in a good place, Hualien beautiful, very comfortable, you're welcome come, we are waiting for you to play this, you'll love our enthusiasm. There are two double...
"… a comfortable lounge area with lots of comfortable lounge chairs, beer fridge, bar, surfboards for sale/ and rent, free wifi, free purified drinking water, skateboards / longboards to use, music, and widescreen television. The full capacity is 24 beds, 5 rooms with the following layout. 2nd floor has an 8 person mixed dorm with newly renovated shared bathroom/ shower, the shared kitchen is also on this floor, 3rd floor is 2...
"Conveniently located in the city centre, Seven Inn is an ideal start point of the trip in Hualien. It is 5-minute walking distance to Tzu Chi District, overlooking the mountains. A 5-minute drive to Hualien Railway Staion, 6-minute to Ziqiang Night Market and 10 minute to Hualien Airport. Offering clean and cozy rooms, Seven Inn provides a variety of comforts such as free high speed Wi-Fi. There is a classical juice bar for the guests to...
The Rear Backpackers Hostel
"… away from Hualien Railway Station, it provides easy access to public transportation, enabling guests to visit the tourist attractions more conveniently. Offering cozy accommodation with reasonable price, The Rear Backpackers Hostel provides several room types for travellers to choose from. All the rooms are well-decorated, featuring timber floors and fresh linen, duvets and a shared bathroom. Air con is available for use in...
Mini Voyage Hostel
"… international friends are the highlights. Best of all, you have a super comfortable bed in a stylish room. Private room and shared dorms are all equipped with private bathrooms. Great location for its convenience, it is only a few steps to breakfast shops, restaurants, food stands, 7-11 convenience stores, drug stores, night markets, downtown Hualien and the bus station to Taroko gorge. Features include: shower and rest room in...
"… movie night, local board games, river trekking, whale watching (till the end of Sep.) and more! From here, travelers can enjoy easy to the main tourist attraction that the lively city has to offer. Adjacent to the railway station, it is close to the bustling shopping district. 24h convenient stores, pharmacies, bakeries, tea shops, and night markets are nearby! All the guestrooms are dormitory with some privacy. Our beds...
Hualien Time House
"… good night's sleep, but also specifically made Shu Mian bed, waiting for you to experience good sleep quality. You can apply on behalf of: Taroko Gorge Day Tour ride Shanhai love day trips carpool Hualien to Kenting day trip carpool Various charter Schomburg River Activities Rafting Whitewater rafting Paragliding Activities Volume various ticket booking *** Hostel Check-In Information: 1. Check in time is 15:00,...
"… access is available to keep travelers connected. Hit the points, Hive BnB Capsule Inn is a good choice for the backpackers from all over the world. ***Property Policies & Conditions: 1. Check in from 3pm and check out until 11am. 2. Cash (TWD) only upon arrival. 3. Cancellation policy: (1) If check-in date is during Taiwanese Holiday, any cancellation received within 7 days prior to arrival will incur the total...
Sea Prince B&B
"… to make your stay here in Hualien as smooth and enjoyable as possible. From the moment you arrive in Hualien you can call us personally to assist you in finding our convenient location. If we are free, we can even pick you up! In the summer, we offer even more fun and adventure- acting as your guide for local diving (we are certified), river tracing, and cliff jumping, you can have fun and stay active with us. We have two...
"… Air condition - Hot/ice water, - A good night's sleep on our new memory foam mattresses and pillows - Bus/Taxi Booking, - Local Tour Booking, - Travel Advise - Adaptors and hairdryers are available to use with a fully refundable cash deposit. We also prepare Washing Machine and laundry with small fees. Although we do not provide breakfast, numerous cafes and restaurants are just a short walk away. In addition,...
Big Bear Hostel
"… for you such as day tour packages for Taroko National Park /East coast scenic area/East rift valley scenic area, whale watching, white water rafting and river tracking. There is also a day tour package from Hualien to Kenting. All the tour cars/buses pick up and drop off at Big Bear Hostel. With the convenient store is just next door and the 7-11 is just around the corner, many local eateries/coffee shops/massage...
Hualien Easy Bed Hostel
"… just love its location. Offering cozy and clean beds, Easy Bed is aimed to provide the stay an unforgetable one. Backpackers can relax in the common room, complete with comfy sofa; or catch up with friends and family over the internet. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hostel. ***Property Policies & Conditions: 1. Check in from 3pm and check out until 11am. 2. Cash (TWD) payment only upon arrival. 3....
Little Flower House
"… House is a warm and friendly hostel that welcomes travelers all over the world. Make yourself at home in one of the simply-decorated guestrooms featuring air conditioners. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. After check in, you can also take advantage of the spacious common room availble in the hostel. Welcome to Hualien and have a nice trip here. ***Property Policies &...
"… the chance to stay with us here in Hualien. ***Property Policies & Conditions: ALL ROOM TYPE WITH SHARED BATHROOM AND TOILETS. 1. Check-In Time: 15:00~21:00PM Please show the proof of identity (such as identity card, passport, etc.) in order to verify passenger information. 2. Check-Out Time: before 11:00AM 3. We receive ONLY CASH, credit cards not accepted at the moment. 4. Cancellation policy: At least a 3-day...
Hualien Wow Hostel
"… Union Pay) are accepted upon arrival. 4. Cancellation policy: (1) If cancelled or modified up to 3 days before the date of arrival, no fee will be charged. (2) If cancelled or modified less than 3 days before the date of arrival, 50% of the balance due will be charged and no refund will be given. (3) If cancelled or modified on the date of arrival or in case of No-Show, 100% of the total amount will be charged and no refund...
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