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Big Bear Hostel
Big Bear Hostel
Big Bear Hostel
Big Bear Hostel
Big Bear Hostel
Big Bear Hostel
Big Bear Hostel

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8.1

Excellent

595 reviews

595 reviews

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8.4

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - 1.22 kilometers from city center
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Pine Garden 1.6 km
Hualien Cultural & Creative Industries Park 2.0 km
East Gate Night Market 2.6 km
Farglory Ocean Park 10.3 km
Eternal Spring Shrine 18.3 km
Shakadang Trail 18.7 km
Taroko Gorge 20.8 km
Qingshui Cliff 22.7 km
Taroko National Park 25.1 km
Nearby landmarks
Supermarket 180 m
The Tropic of cancer - Binfeng Jingpu 280 m
Hualien Visitor Information Center 470 m
Hualien Train Station 490 m
Hualien Tianhui Temple 610 m
Tianhuitang 610 m
Hualien City Library 630 m
Zhongshan Park 740 m
Happy Dental Clinic 760 m
Chinese Clinic 780 m

Big Bear Hostel

No.16, Guomin 9th St., Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan, 97056 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Hualien City part of Hualien, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Taroko Gorge.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Hualien

Check-in/out [express]

520 meters to public transportation

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Daily housekeeping

Announcements by hotel (3)
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances, after onsite measurement guests’ whose forehead temperature is above 37.5 °C or ear temperature is above 38 °C might be rejected for accommodations as per the government's regulations.

Facilities

Bicycle rental

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Check-in/out [express]

Luggage storage

Laundry service

Tours

Wi-Fi in public areas

Your dates are popular among travelersPopular destination! Properties in Hualien are being booked every minute!
Value for money8.5
Location rating8.4
Nearest airportHualien Airport (HUN)
Distance to airport3.6 km

Rooms available at Big Bear Hostel

Very good
Room comfort & quality

7.8

Exquisite Single Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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Twin bed
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Tent with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 58 m²/624 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed
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Rooftop Campsite with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed
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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room (Multiple Beds:Bunk Bed(BedWidth:)
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    Frequently asked questions

    How much does it cost to stay at Big Bear Hostel?

    Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

    What time is check-in and check-out at Big Bear Hostel?

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

    How do I get to Big Bear Hostel?

    For those who wish to drive their own cars, Big Bear Hostel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Hualien with private transportation, the hostel can arrange car rental for you.

    What is the smoking policy at Big Bear Hostel?

    Big Bear Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

    What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Big Bear Hostel?

    The closest train, metro, or bus station is Hualien Train Station, 480 m away from Big Bear Hostel.

    What restaurants are nearby Big Bear Hostel?

    Big Bear Hostel’s neighborhood is Hualien City which includes popular restaurants such as Hua Lian Railway Meal Box Shop, Huaijiu Tielu Biandang and The green house.

    What popular shopping places are close to Big Bear Hostel?

    Located in the Hualien City area, Big Bear Hostel is close to great shopping choices like East Gate Night Market, Hualien Dongdamen Tourist Night Market and Far Eastern Department Store.

    What are popular attractions near Big Bear Hostel?

    Big Bear Hostel’s location in the Hualien City neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Hualien Cultural & Creative Industries Park, Pine Garden and Nanbin Park.

    What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Big Bear Hostel?

    Big Bear Hostel is located within Hualien City, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Qixing Lake Binhai Bicycle Road and Four-Eight Highland.

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    What people love about Big Bear Hostel

    • 8.4

      Excellent
      Staff 

      "We arrived at night without prior booking and the staff really welcome us."

      Nur

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      November 4, 2020

    • 9.2

      Exceptional
      Location

      "Good location (walking distance from Hualien Station), nice bed, cheap price and helpful staff!"

      Chin

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      December 20, 2019

    • 8.8

      Excellent
      Location

      "Very convenient location (short walk to train station) and great value for price."

      Kenneth

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      September 21, 2019

    Property ranking|Compared to 1,502 Hualien properties
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    Room comfort score
    7.8/10
    Room size
    23 sqm.
    Location score
    8.4/10
    Value for money score
    8.5/10
    Better than
    89
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    of Hualien properties
    Bigger than
    82
    %
    of Hualien properties
    Better than
    79
    %
    of Hualien properties
    Better than
    78
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    Overall rating:

    8.1

    Excellent
    595 reviews
    Cleanliness
    7.8
    Facilities
    7.5
    Location
    8.4
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    More about Big Bear Hostel

    More about Big Bear Hostel

    Big Bear Hostel

    Wake up to a magical day and enjoy all that Hualien offers with a stay at Big Bear Hostel.
    The facilities and services provided by Big Bear Hostel ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. The hostel provides car hire services to help you find what you want in Hualien. Parking is available and free, provided by the hostel for guests with their own transportation.
    While lodging at this wonderful hostel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include express check-in or check-out and luggage storage. If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the hostel's tours. The hostel's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
    The hostel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
    Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at Big Bear Hostel. The hostel provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms at Big Bear Hostel include a balcony or terrace, as part of the room design. Knowing that bathroom amenities play an important role in increasing guests' satisfaction, the hostel provides a hair dryer in some select rooms.


    Dining and things to do

    If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house shared kitchen available here.
    To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at Big Bear Hostel. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the shared lounge and TV area.


    Around the property

    There are many attractions to discover within close proximity to Big Bear Hostel. Sit on the sand or sip a drink in leisure at Chisingtan Scenic Area located 4.6 km away.


    Reasons to stay here

    Rooms here are cheaper than 85% of accommodations in the city.
    This hostel's food and dining score higher than 88% of accommodations in the city.
    Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 88% of accommodations in the city.

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    Amenities and facilities
    Very good
    Facilities

    7.5

    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping

    8 mentions

    Internet

    2 mentions

    Food & Dining

    1 mention

    Breakfast

    1 mention

    Languages spoken

    • English
    • Chinese [Mandarin]

    Internet access

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
    • Wi-Fi in public areas

    Things to do, ways to relax

    • Tours

    Dining, drinking, and snacking

    • Shared kitchen

    Services and conveniences

    • Daily housekeeping
    • Elevator
    • Laundry service
    • Luggage storage
    • Smoke-free property
    • Smoking area

    For the kids

    • Family room

    Access

    • Check-in/out [express]
    • Pets allowed

    Getting around

    • Car park [free of charge]
    • Car park [on-site]
    • Rental car

    Sports equipment rental

    • Bicycle rental

    Available in all rooms

    • Free bottled water
    • Hair dryer
    • Internet access – wireless
    • Shared bathroom
    • Wi-Fi [free]
    Location
    No.16, Guomin 9th St., Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan, 97056
    Excellent
    Location

    8.4

    Airports

    • Hualien Airport (HUN)
      3.6 km 13 min drive
    • Taichung Airport (RMQ)
      106.1 km

    Public transportation

    • Hualien Train Station
      490 m
    • Eastern Railway Site
      2.2 km

    Hospital or clinic

    • Happy Dental Clinic
      760 m

    Shopping

    • East Gate Night Market
      2.6 km

    Convenience store

    • Family Mart
      410 m

    Cash withdrawal

    • ATM
      240 m
    What's nearby

    Popular landmarks

    • Pine Garden
      1.6 km
    • Hualien Cultural & Creative Industries Park
      2.0 km
    • East Gate Night Market
      2.6 km
    • Farglory Ocean Park
      10.3 km
    • Eternal Spring Shrine
      18.3 km
    • Shakadang Trail
      18.7 km
    • Taroko Gorge
      20.8 km
    • Qingshui Cliff
      22.7 km
    • Taroko National Park
      25.1 km

    Nearby landmarks

    • Supermarket
      180 m
    • The Tropic of cancer - Binfeng Jingpu
      280 m
    • Hualien Visitor Information Center
      470 m
    • Hualien Train Station
      490 m
    • Hualien Tianhui Temple
      610 m
    • Tianhuitang
      610 m
    • Hualien City Library
      630 m
    • Zhongshan Park
      740 m
    • Happy Dental Clinic
      760 m
    • Chinese Clinic
      780 m
    Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
    Property policies
    Children and extra beds

    Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

    Minimum age of guests is: 14 year(s).

    Others
    • Breakfast and tents are not included in the room rate for guests booking Double Tent with Shared Bathroom. Tents and cleaning products are not provided. Guests are advised to bring their own.
    • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
    Some helpful facts

    Check-in/Check-out

    • Check-in from14:00
    • Check-in until23:00
    • Check-out until11:00
    • Reception open until23:00

    The property

    • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
    • Number of bars/lounges0
    • Number of floors4
    • Number of restaurants0
    • Number of rooms 8
    • Year property opened2015
    • Most recent renovation2015
    Property announcements

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances, after onsite measurement guests’ whose forehead temperature is above 37.5 °C or ear temperature is above 38 °C might be rejected for accommodations as per the government's regulations.

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances, those who are requested by the government to undergo household quarantine or home isolation will be rejected as per the government’s regulations.

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, certain restaurants, bars, public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with the government directives. Please contact the property for more information.

    Reviews of Big Bear Hostel from real guests

    Provided by verified guests of Agoda
    8.1
    /
    10
    Cleanliness7.8
    Facilities7.5
    Location8.4
    Room comfort and quality7.8
    Service8.3
    Value for money8.5
    High score for Hualien
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (113)
    8-9 Excellent (53)
    7-8 Very Good (74)
    6-7 Good (33)
    <6 Below Expectation (40)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (60)
    Jun - Aug (88)
    Sep - Nov (89)
    Dec - Feb (76)
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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Richard from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in October 2019

    Very nice hostels”

    Was a very nice hostel, can see they have had problem with reviews, first they let me read there policy on all things, if ok well charge you & you stay. I can see this like for me bike can't park inside no problems as you have a safe camera area out front, AC only on at certain times of the day to save cost we all benefit from that..! The place is clean the staff is nice good beds so what more do you need, they tell you all up front love honesty, would stay again and recommend it ..!

    Reviewed November 04, 2019

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Sirinya from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    You get what you pay”

    The bedroom a little bit stunk because they only turn on A/C after 7pm. Because you pay very cheap price you may get roommates who are not very tidy. The bathrooms are quite small and not very clean but still okay. The staff was very helpful as much as he could. He went up and downstairs to fulfill my requests without uneasiness. It locates the nearest to the station but it’s a disadvantage of this town that there are not many bus stops and restaurants nearby and I had to take a taxi to find something to eat.

    Reviewed May 24, 2019

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Chin from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2019

    Exceptional”

    Good location (walking distance from Hualien Station), nice bed, cheap price and helpful staff! Good value for money!

    Reviewed December 20, 2019

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Maria from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

    Exceptional”

    Very convenient location.

    Reviewed June 20, 2019

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Kenneth from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in August 2019

    Excellent”

    Very convenient location (short walk to train station) and great value for price.

    Reviewed September 22, 2019

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    8.4
    Excellent
    Nur from Malaysia
    Group
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

    Staff so friendly ”

    We arrived at night without prior booking and the staff really welcome us. Overall we really enjoy staying at this hostel. The room is so spacious too.

    Reviewed November 04, 2020

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    7.6
    Very good
    Ashlyn from Australia
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

    Good value but bathrooms a little small”

    Good for the price. near to train station. But bathrooms a bit small. toilet shower combo.

    Reviewed October 29, 2019

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    7.2
    Very good
    Karen from Germany
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

    Totally fine”

    After reading the reviews I expected the worst. Got there, the rooms were totally alright (highest bed didn’t have mattresses so I don’t think they are in use). Very close to train station and staff was amazing! Nice people there to chat in the evening as well. Nothing fancy but definitely way better than the reviews:)

    Reviewed January 18, 2019

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Cate from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Exquisite Single Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2017

    Exceptional”

    Good location, 10-15 min walk from train station. Easy to reach. The owner, Jasmine, is very friendly. She has a very cute (and old, 17 y.o.) shih tzu dog, for those who like dogs.There are laundry services, for a minimal fee. A good base to explore Hualien and Taroko National Park for a few days. There are lots of small restos and convenience stores nearby. I would recommend this hostel to friends who are budget travellers.

    Reviewed April 20, 2017

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Seraina from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    Nice place to stay”

    Thank you so much for the time at big bear hostel. I enjoyed to stay for a few nights, always extended the nights and came back after discovering Taroko National Park. So nice from Jasmin, that I could leave some luggage in the hostel. Miss the little doggies. See you next time, Seraina

    Reviewed December 07, 2016

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    David from Germany
    Couple
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in April 2016

    Meet your new Family”

    Staying at the Big Bear Hostel has been a great experience. Not only is it very cozy there, but the international staff has been really helpful with planning our day trips. And hanging out in the common area actually fells like family time...

    Reviewed April 15, 2016

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Yiung from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Exquisite Single Room
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

    Excellent location and worth for money”

    Stay at the hostel with single room, plenty of washroom, but there is dog inside the hostel. location near to hualien railway station.

    Reviewed January 08, 2017

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    6.8
    Good
    Yu from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    Rock bottom price, not best value though”

    This was the cheapest hostel in Hualien, it was ok but you can feel that the owner is cutting corner on too many things. Start with the legendary three decker bunker bed, in a normal ceiling room, the top deck had absolutely no more than 40cm of headroom, you crawl into the bed like it is a side loaded coffin, luckily because it is not usually full you are not very likely to sleep in one of those wonders. Then it's the bedding, you get a clean duvet cover of normal size, but the "duvet" itself is half the size, it took us a good laughter and some hair scratching to figure out that this is not a joke. I wish agoda could let me post photos because they do have the comical power to make you laugh. Then it's the service, when we asked to turn on the air-con, the staff challenged our seriousness by asking "do you really need air-con on?" Of course we do otherwise why would we ask? There are other bits and pieces but I guess you can see what I mean. But the hostel is still functional, not far from the train station and the price was cheap. However after spend three more day in another nearby hostel that cost only 1.8 dollars more per day I realise that the value is not so impressive than the price may suggest.

    Reviewed November 17, 2017

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Jun from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

    Good location. Friendly and helpful staff.”

    Location is near to Hualien Train Station. Like 5 mins walk. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The facilities is nice too.

    Reviewed October 01, 2016

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    HUAIHSUAN from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

    Impeccable”

    Big bear has good location, clean facilities, and you can meet the people from diverse countries, you would have an impressive experience during staying here.

    Reviewed November 17, 2016

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sarah from United States
    Group
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in July 2016

    Helpful and friendly staff!”

    Great hostel if you want to explore Hualien.

    Reviewed July 14, 2016

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Oi from Hong Kong SAR, China
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in January 2017

    Good choice for cheap accommodation”

    People here are very nice. Very close to the Hualien station.

    Reviewed January 18, 2017

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    7.2
    Very good
    Charles from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Exquisite Single Room
    Stayed 1 night in June 2017

    Comfortable enough ”

    located about 7 minutes from hualien train station and the visitor centre. lobby is a bit small so it can get quite cramped. you can take bus 301 from hualien train station down to dong da men night market, otherwise it will be a 35min++ walk there!

    Reviewed June 12, 2017

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Oi from Hong Kong SAR, China
    Solo traveler
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 4 nights in January 2017

    Good experience”

    Would love to stay here again if I come to Hualien.

    Reviewed January 18, 2017

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Toby from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in February 2017

    Great”

    Has everything you could need, and not too far from the night market. Staff could be a little bit more friendly, they kind of ignore you mostly, which is fine I guess. But worth the price you pay for the hostel, definitely.

    Reviewed February 22, 2017

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