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8.1
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8.4
Excellent
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Excellent location - 1.22 kilometers from city center
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
  • Hualien Train Station460 m
  • Hualien Visitor Information Center470 m
  • Tianhuitang610 m
  • Hualien City Library630 m
  • Zhongshan Park740 m
  • Holy Temple850 m
  • Meiluen Shan Nature Park880 m
  • Hualien Railway Cultural Area920 m
  • Ming Lien Elementary School1.09 km
  • Hualien Guo-an Post Office1.16 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Big Bear Hostel

    No.16, Guomin 9th St., Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan, 97056 - See map
    "Wonderful hosael:Convenient, clean and cheap."
    Sarah - July 14, 2016
    Excellent service
    8.3 rating for service
    Very good cleanliness
    7.9 rating for cleanliness
    Very good comfort
    7.8 room quality and comfort
    Very good facilities on premise
    7.6 facilities on premise
    • 490 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Hualien

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Laundry service

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Hualien in the last 24 hours

    Compared to 2,365 Hualien properties at Agoda for various dates

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    Review score - United States
    9.8/10
    Room comfort score
    7.8/10
    Room size
    23 sqm.
    Better than
    99
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    of Hualien properties
    Better than
    99
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    Better than
    92
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    90
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    of Hualien properties
    Value for money8.5
    Location rating8.4
    Nearest airportHualien Airport (HUN)
    Distance to airport3.6 km

    Rooms available at Big Bear Hostel

    7.8
    Very good
    Room comfort & quality
    Bed in 6-Bed Female Dormitory Room
    Bed in 6-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 single bed
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    Exquisite Single Room
    Exquisite Single Room
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed
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    Twin bed
    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
    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
    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
    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
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    ...
    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Double Tent with Shared Bathroom
    Double Tent with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 58 m²/624 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 double bed
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 single bed
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    Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
    Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 single bed
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    What people love about Big Bear Hostel

    • 4.8
      Review score

      "The internet was good and the hostel was well situated"

      andree-anne

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      May 19, 2017

    • 7.2
      Very good
      Staff 

      "Pro's: - Staff are travelers so English is quite good."

      Joe

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      June 13, 2017

    • 9.6
      Exceptional

      "It's amazing place ,would love to stay next time"

      Shao H.

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      November 28, 2016

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    8.0
    Very good

    "The hostel's location is great and near to the station."

    Swee H.

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    September 17, 2017

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    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping
    8 mentions
    Internet
    2 mentions
    Food & Dining
    1 mention
    Breakfast
    1 mention

    What they offer

    8.0
    Very good

    "Actually they have 2 outlets per bed that is very good!"

    Simone

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    May 24, 2017

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    Food and dining

    Nearby restaurants

    American cuisine
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    810 m American
    ENOCH Steakhouse
    930 m American, Steakhouse
    New Yorker Steak House
    1.2 km American, Steakhouse
    Asian cuisine
    Asian cuisine
    Hua Lian Railway Meal Box Shop
    290 m Asian, Taiwanese
    Huaijiu Tielu Biandang
    290 m Asian, Taiwanese
    Yi Ran Farm
    620 m Asian, Taiwanese
    Chinese cuisine
    Chinese cuisine
    Tokyo Guowu
    910 m Chinese
    Wei Jia Xiang Peking Roast Duck
    1.3 km Chinese
    Azure Banquet
    1.8 km Chinese

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    Most helpful reviews for Big Bear Hostel
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Excellent8.8
    You get what you payThe 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.
    Sirinyafrom ThailandReviewed May 24, 2019
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2019
    8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Exceptional9.6
    ExceptionalVery convenient location.
    Mariafrom PhilippinesReviewed June 20, 2019
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2017
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Exceptional9.6
    ExceptionalGreat place to stay. It might take sometimes to walk from the train station but for the price paid, it is definitely cheap option. Perhaps they can improve by providing a better quality blanket because it's too small and I can't really cover my whole body.
    KAHfrom TaiwanReviewed July 10, 2017
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2017
    Exquisite Single Room
    Exceptional9.2
    ExceptionalGood 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.
    Catefrom PhilippinesReviewed April 20, 2017
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in March 2017
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Excellent8.4
    Great value. Convinient location.Friendly staff who patiently explain how to get around. Very clean bathrooms. Do your own laundry. Strong WiFi in lobby and room. Cook your own food. Convinience store next door. Supermarket 3-5 min. My special request in the booking form was noted by the coustomer service desk and granted. They obviously go out of their way to make sure your stay will be pleasant and memorable.
    Stefanfrom SwitzerlandReviewed April 01, 2017

    Reviews of Big Bear Hostel from real guests

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    8.1
    Excellent
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    Cleanliness7.9
    Facilities7.6
    Location8.4
    Room comfort and quality7.8
    Service8.3
    Value for money8.5
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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
    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
    9.6
    Exceptional
    KAH from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

    Exceptional”

    Great place to stay. It might take sometimes to walk from the train station but for the price paid, it is definitely cheap option. Perhaps they can improve by providing a better quality blanket because it's too small and I can't really cover my whole body.

    Reviewed July 10, 2017
    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
    8.4
    Excellent
    Stefan from Switzerland
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in March 2017

    Great value. Convinient location.”

    Friendly staff who patiently explain how to get around. Very clean bathrooms. Do your own laundry. Strong WiFi in lobby and room. Cook your own food. Convinience store next door. Supermarket 3-5 min. My special request in the booking form was noted by the coustomer service desk and granted. They obviously go out of their way to make sure your stay will be pleasant and memorable.

    Reviewed April 01, 2017
    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
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Lin from Canada
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

    I made some friends down there~”

    I made some friends down there~; The hotel owner lady is a very kind person, she let me lived one more night for free~, I didn’t mange my trip plan well and missed the last train, and out of sympathy, she let me live one more night for free.

    Reviewed November 19, 2017
    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
    8.8
    Excellent
    Amanda from United States
    Couple
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 3 nights in September 2017

    WORTH THE MONEY! ”

    Cheapest place we could find last money and so happy we stayed here. We stayed in the triple bunk room which was fine. AC runs after 7 or 8 pm and we're gone all day so it worked out perfect. Free water.

    Reviewed October 04, 2017
    6.8
    Good
    Tsz from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in September 2017

    Good deal for limited budget but not for quality required traveller”

    The hostel looks old and facilities are not sufficient. However, basic equipmens are provided. Location is really convenient, that is not far from train station. Overall, the experience is not very good but what can I say for such a price.

    Reviewed September 29, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    Swee from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Exquisite Single Room
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

    Great for a stay”

    The hostel's location is great and near to the station. The staffs are friendly and helpful. The room is clean, the only thing that I disliked is the air-conditional in the room is only open from 7pm to 10am..

    Reviewed September 17, 2017
    6.8
    Good
    Ngoc from Vietnam
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 4 nights in June 2017

    You have basic beds and facilities you need for a short stay”

    15-20 minutes walk from the train station, close to a 7/11 convenience store so you can go for anything you need. It was the cheapest price that I could find on Agoda. The share bathrooms were ok , you make the bed youself and need to clean the sheets before leaving. They don't have clean towels and will sell you a 1-time-used one for 25NT if you need. The staff was not that friendly as other places though.

    Reviewed June 13, 2017
    7.2
    Very good
    Joe from Australia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

    Cheap and no frills accommodation”

    Pro's: - Staff are travelers so English is quite good. - A/C common - Laundry facilities - Free drinking water Con's: - A/C in dorms only on from 7pm until 10 in the morning; which is not only uncomfortable during the day but also creates a musty odour in the room - Three tier bunk beds in rooms that creates a cramped dorm room - Wettest wet bathrooms I have ever come across. Pretty much a toilet cubicle with shower hose attached to sink tap. - Not that much eating options in the area. Not an issue if you are only staying a night or two.

    Reviewed June 13, 2017
    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
    8.0
    Excellent
    Simone from Brazil
    Couple
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2017

    Good location and cheap ”

    This hostel has a good location. Near the main train station. Rooms are fine, a bit dark for whom is leaving earlier and have to pack. They have those 3 bunk beds which I found difficult staying up there and no place to place your mobile or any eletronic device while you are sleeping. Actually they have 2 outlets per bed that is very good! Laundry is a bit expensive and you have to pay extra for the soap.

    Reviewed May 24, 2017
    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
    8.4
    Excellent
    Ying from Singapore
    Group
    Twin bed
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

    Smoking area is at the entrance”

    Every night we are greeted with many smokers at the entrance, playing games, eating snacks and laughing away. Most of them don't look like they are staying there. Staff is always not around during the day and you will need to make a phone call to find the staff, which is very inconvenient. Besides that, the hostel provides value for money tours and beds are fairly clean, although having a small table in the room will be good.

    Reviewed December 18, 2016
    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
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Patricia from Taiwan
    Group
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in September 2016

    everything Was perfect”

    they offer different day-trips, my friend and I did the taroko tour and the River tracing one. Both Of them amazing! the staff is really nice and helpful. showers clean. the only inconvenient, breakfast is not inlcuded.

    Reviewed September 11, 2016
    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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