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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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Formosa Backpackers Hostel
"Excellent! - This is the best Hostel I have stayed in. The manager is great, the beds are nice and soft, and the atmosphere is relaxed. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone. It truly was a home away from home." … "Good place to stay in Hualien - This is a nice hostel in Hualien. The dorm room was clean and had a hammock and books. I would stay here again if going to Hualien." … "Great - I had a great time...
HI - Hualien - Amigos Hotel Hostel
"… the Pacific Ocean. 5 minutes from Hualien Train Station by walking. A cheap, clean and comfortable habitation for backpackers. Our hostel is located in the heart of the city centre. We also have free pick up from Hualien Train Station. This facility is cosy, clean, and safe with a fun atmosphere. We also have a cafe and bar in the hostel. -Free Tea and Coffee -Free Hot Shower any times -Free Shampoo -Free Bady Soap -Free...
HI - Hualien - Liwu Inn Youth Hostel
"… a great location, we are steps from the entrance to Taroko National Park and next to the Li-Wu river. You will enjoy magnificent views and beautiful landscapes during your stay with us. Along with natural beauty, we offer a compact kitchen, lounges, library and high speed internet (WiFi). We also have a free travel & tour service desk. Our super friendly staff are happy to help with everything from scooter rentals to tours to...
HI - Hualien - Tienhsiang Youth Hostel Activity Center
"… we offer the accommodation divided into 50 rooms, up to 240 people for lodging, and 240 people for dining and meeting in restaurants, lounges, Youth Cafeteria, etc.. Taroko National Park enjoys the worldwide reputation and Central Cross-Island Highway has made it easy to travel in Taroko. Tienhsiang is the biggest area as well as the flattest terrace on Central Cross-Island Highway, with the alluring views of XiangDe Temple, Mei...
"Very nice and clean, internet and friendly staff - We arrived late, it was raining and the taxi from the train station took us in the wrong Direction. After I called the hostel, they directed him back to the right place. Located pretty close to the train station, we had no problem getting there the next day. The hostel is clean, the room we got at the top floor (no elevator) was very nice and cozy, and had a dedicated wifi point which was a...
Taiwan Hualien Sunrise Hostel
"… and free wifi. Taroko Gorge day tour TWD 800 per person. Whale watching TWD 750 per person. Rafting TWD 900 per person. River Tracing TWD 900 per person. Check in time : 3-7pm Check out time : 11am If you need to check in later, pls inform us in advance, late check in time till 10pm. If you will arrive at 10pm-12pm that you need to pay additional charge NT$200. No Smoking or Pets are allowed. Car, motorbike and...
The Island - Bali Hostel
"A nice quiet hostel.Great place to stay, great staff - Stayed in the Island-Bali Hostel in October, a nice quiet hostel, located in a residential area with the busy city streets only a short walk away… and had a great time. The rooms are clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Polly gave us a lift back to the station on our departure day, which was much appreciated. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to get a good night...
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...
"… live music! Besides the countrified atmosphere, we would like to provide you a sleep with quality that each bed and pillow here were carefully chosen. Backpackers have their own reading light on bed and we provide everyone a private big locker. For room style, there are private-rooms and mixed-rooms separately locate in our two buildings. You must easily find your favorite! All rooms in the hostel include a private...
Z H Garden
"… the nice breeze. We can arrange all kind of tour buses/van (Taroko Gorge & Cingshui Cliffs, East Rift Valley, Cin gjing, ken ding) pick up from/to our guest house and outdoor activities like Whitewater rafting, Canyoning, Biking, diving and Whale watch tour etc. Looking for a relaxing afternoon? Either reading and having a good cup of coffee or riding a bicycle to Qising beach to see the sea will make your day. Here, you can...
Hualien Tidal Surf Hostel
"… most professional surf shop in Taiwan. Although there is no fancy decoration in the hostel, everything is made and prepared by the owners. The wall was painted by themselves as well as the bulb. The air-conditioning is second hand but the bathroom is brand new decorated as it is very important to keep the bathroom clean. The hostel is not big, with one 4-person female dorm and one 6-person male dorm. The room maybe not that...
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...
Hualien Train Station Backpackers Hostel
"Hualien Station Backpacker Guesthouse is with the perfect location, just next to Hualien Railway Station Front Exit. The guesthouse provides the backpackers with a clean, convenient and budget accommodation in Hualien. The guests can save more money in traveling in Hualien and tasting more local delicious food. The guesthouse is equipped with free WiFi, cable TV, fridge, air-conditioning, hairdryer, towel and toiletries. It will be an...
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...
"… and chatting table. The dorm is also en-suite which is perfect for family or a group of friends. The double rooms are comfortable and there are 3 share bathrooms for all 6 double rooms. There is a cozy lounge and self-service bar. Free tea and coffee are provided full day. Free WiFi covers all areas in the hostel. Toothbrush, towel and hot water are supplied throughout the day. The hostel can also arrange the sightseeing...
Black Bear Hostel
"Great Experience! - Very friendly staff. Clean & modern." … "… RIDE TO: The Night market We all speak both English and Chinese fluently. We are all very happy to give you directions and suggestions and arrange Day Tours for you if needed. You can also book these tours personally from the travel agency near our hostel. (about 3-5 minutes walk). There are many great surfing spots, waterfalls, lagoons, rivers in Hualien, suitable...
"… 15 mins walk from Hualien train station. Communal Area Our lobby is for communal use. This area has dining area, lounge area where you can relax and watch the street life down below, and Internet terminals. Rooms: You have a selection of rooms when you bunk at cozy house hostel Options are 6 mixed dorm, 3 female room(with 3 single beds). basic twin private. Basic double room and 4 beds family room. All room with air...
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
"All you see on the website is without exaggeration. - This Backpackers is Truly 5 star. Myself and 2 older teenage children had a great stay here and Robert could not do enough to make it so. From pickups at the train station to drop offs to go sight seeing. All was terrific in a 5 star quality." … "… staff will welcome and guide you at the Clearsky Backpacker Hostel. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with...
Hostel Window View
"Property Window View is located near the Hualien train station and offers place like your home. Within 5 minutes walk from the train station, you can have a cozy, clean place to stay. It is convenient to explore the city and even suburb. Our rooms have one to three double beds and a bathroom. Guests would have free breakfast. There are various restaurants and convenient stores in the walking distance. We welcome guests from all over the...
"… lifestyle, and we look forward to getting to know more FBO supporters in Eastern Taiwan who are willing to give us a try! In order to stay eco-friendly, and also since we are concerned that our visitors to Hualien will get colds, we DO NOT have air-conditioning (A/C or aircon), and we ask that you bring your own hygiene products (i.e. shampoo, soap, etc.). In order to also let FBO friends travel as they wish and to freely...
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." … "… shower gel, shampoo and hair dryer, the rest of the personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, etc.), please bring your own. Common areas provide...
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
"… 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 most importantly, attentive service to make...
"… 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...
Mini Voyage Hostel
103, Guolian 1st Road
No. 59, Guomin 1st Street, Hualien City
"Surrounded by the central mountains and the coastal mountains, Sundu Inn is a traditional Japanese house hall. The building is nearly a century years old. It take around 20 minutes from Fenglin Train Station on foot. Go for a walk, you can see the mist-shrouded mountain -changing inn is located in a popular route 193 bike lanes, along with the scenic and close to a few cool the hot springs. You can walk on the Fenglin township to enjoy...
House Cat Hostel
"… Aly. 3, Ln. 315, Linsen Rd., Hualien City, which is near by Hualien Train Station only 15 mins, if you walk to House Cat. It’s easy to go shopping、eating famous-food. We have two rooms. One offers bunk beds , it can contain 6 people max .The other has 2 double beds, can contain 4 people max. Must share two bathrooms. We also provides: *Free sheet and blanket *Free hair dryer & shampoo & shower *Free air condition...
Taroko 18 Hostel
"Don't expect too much - my room was in the centre of the mining field, the air conditioner is fxxkingly noisy, i understood that it's a budget hostel, but it made me completely disappointed. i fled away for my breakfast in the very early morning." … "… you with the best stay in one of the most popular tourist destination in Taiwan.If you are looking for a really interactive youth hostel experience, this is probably not it, but...
New Life Spring Resort Hualien Hostel
"… both open-air and indoor pools. Around the resort, we plant a large number of Australian tea trees, organic herbs, and veges, like basils, lemon grass, thymes, etc. With the smell of rosemary, mint, and lavender, which are naturally grown here, you'll be deeply touched, and surprised to find that you deserve the "New Life" here. We are proud to introduce you this new hometown of Australian tea trees in Taiwan. Enjoy your stay...
Hostel Taiwan Hospitality & Tourism College
"… is located at the campus of THTC in Hualien County. The feature of the hotel is a number of tourist attractions nearby. All attractions are within one hour driving distance such as Hualien Ocean Park, Lichuan Fishing Farm, Promised Land Resort and Lagoon, Carp Lake, East Coast National Scienic Area, and Taroko National Park. Staying with us, you may enjoy the hospitality service provided by our students. Additionally, we offer...
Hostel Hualien - Kuanyun International YH
"… chirping in the valleys, flowers blooming in the woods, and stars sparkling in the sky, Kuanyun International Youth Hostel is a paradise for traveling in four seasons.sThe average temperature of 16 degrees in July makes it an ideal summer resort, and in winter it is best for snow watching. If you had never visited the Central Cross Island Highway, you can’t really claim to have been to Taiwan. In particular, Wuling is the highest...
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