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8.5
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8.4
Excellent
Location rating score
Excellent location - 50 meters from city center
Popular neighborhood
  • O'rip Hualien290 m
  • Hualien Guo-an Post Office300 m
  • Holy Temple390 m
  • Hualien Martyrs Shrine460 m
  • Mingyi Elementary School610 m
  • Meilun Riverside Japanese-Style House620 m
  • Tianhuitang630 m
  • Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park810 m
  • Tzen's Mochi Shop810 m
  • Honey Bee Town Shop820 m
  • Newly renovated
    Free Wi-Fi

    Monkey Surfing Backpackers Hostel

    No.5-1, Jinfeng St, Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan, 97051 - See map

    This property is in high demand!

    Last booked 7 hours ago

    "The rooms are well lit, with balconies attached, and clean well maintained bathrooms."
    Jacob - July 6, 2018
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.9 rating for cleanliness
    Excellent comfort
    8.9 room quality and comfort
    Excellent service
    8.6 rating for service
    Excellent facilities on premise
    8.3 facilities on premise
    • Located in heart of Hualien

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Laundry service

    • Safety deposit boxes

    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
    9.3/10
    Room comfort score
    8.9/10
    Room size
    30 sqm.
    Better than
    99
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    Better than
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    Better than
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    Bigger than
    94
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    of Hualien properties
    Value for money8.9
    Distance to city center0.2km
    Location rating8.4
    Nearest airportHualien Airport (HUN)
    Distance to airport4.8 km

    Rooms available at Monkey Surfing Backpackers Hostel

    8.9
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 5 bunk beds
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    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 5 bunk beds
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    Double Room
    Double Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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    What people love about Monkey Surfing Backpackers Hostel

    • 6.0
      Review score
      Location

      "Convenient location..."

      Paul

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      January 2, 2018

    • 7.2
      Very good

      "Nonetheless, I really enjoyed staying here."

      Hind

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      May 7, 2017

    • 7.2
      Very good
      Cleanliness

      "This hostel is very nice, clean & quite."

      Hind

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      April 27, 2017

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    9.2
    Exceptional

    "This hostel was in a good location (near a nice Taiwanese br..."

    Andrew

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    February 26, 2018

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    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping
    4 mentions
    Food & Dining
    2 mentions
    Breakfast
    1 mention

    What they offer

    6.0
    Review score

    "Owner is nice."

    Paul

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    January 2, 2018

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    Food and dining

    Nearby restaurants

    American cuisine
    American cuisine
    Sarlee's Cafe/Bakery/Restaurant
    430 m American
    New Yorker Steak House
    510 m American, Steakhouse
    ENOCH Steakhouse
    810 m American, Steakhouse
    Asian cuisine
    Asian cuisine
    Niufanqie Hot Pot
    130 m Asian, Taiwanese
    A One Thai & Asian Cusine
    230 m Asian, Thai
    Hua Lian Xiang Wonton
    250 m Asian
    Chinese cuisine
    Chinese cuisine
    Wei Jia Xiang Peking Roast Duck
    330 m Chinese
    Azure Banquet
    580 m Chinese
    Dong Hai Lou Hong Kong Style Seafood
    770 m Chinese, Seafood

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    Reviews of Monkey Surfing Backpackers Hostel from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.4
    Excellent
    From 228 reviews
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    Rating via Agoda8.5
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    Cleanliness8.9
    Facilities8.3
    Location8.4
    Room comfort and quality8.9
    Service8.6
    Value for money8.9
    High score for Hualien
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    9+ Exceptional (71)
    8-9 Excellent (49)
    7-8 Very Good (33)
    6-7 Good (8)
    <6 Below Expectation (17)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jacob from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Welcoming Staff.,Great Value :) ”

    I stayed here for five days and then extended my stay three more. Annie the hostel manager is incredibly welcoming and very helpful. She gave me lots of great tips on things to do around Hualien. The rooms are well lit, with balconies attached, and clean well maintained bathrooms. There is a kitchen that is available to use, and free washing machines. Overall I had a great stay! Thanks Annie! :)

    Reviewed July 06, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Leong from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    The hostel is centrally located in town”

    However, this fact only applies if you have rented a bike or a hired a driver as the train station and Dongdaemun market is a 15-20min walk away. Else, taxis are easily available even as early as 4am in the morning if you plan to go for a early morning excursion at Taroko Gorge such as going for a marathon event.

    Reviewed December 06, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    NGUYEN from Vietnam
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    Nice staff, quiet place, great for motorbike travellers”

    Clean and tidy house. Lovely frontyard. Facility instructions are clear. 5 mins by motorbike to city center. 2 mins by motorbike to 24h laundry.

    Reviewed January 01, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Andrew from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

    Great location, cool vibe”

    This hostel was in a good location (near a nice Taiwanese breakfast place and a park), definitely had a surfing vibe to it, was fairly clean, and had nice and helpful staff. The only negative thing is that the water gets turned off at night and there was some funky water at one point, but this might have been because of earthquake damage.

    Reviewed February 26, 2018
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Sarah from United States
    Family with teens
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in January 2015

    Loovely”

    Location, comfort, atmosphere

    Really enjoyed this hostel! Very central location, right near the train station, local food street and a really cool temple. The rooms were very comfortable and the hostel decor was very cool, great atmosphere. Very good for a clean and quiet nights rest.

    Reviewed January 08, 2015
    8.7
    Excellent
    Grey from United States
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in March 2014

    Clean, awesome surfers hostel”

    Comfortable beds, awesome communal area, and many amenities

    I had a really good time here. It's a well established hostel with everything you'd expect if you're a traveler - including more! The free laundry+detergent was a nice bonus (no dryer though, so do it early!), and the staff was really friendly. The caretakers English wasn't that strong but luckily there were plenty of other bilingual travelers. I had a great time, and hope to come back someday!

    Reviewed March 30, 2014
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Ting from China
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2013

    I love this Hostel!”

    1. fantastic decoration; 2. lovely staff; 3. clean rooms

    This was the first time for me to live in a hostel and Monkey really surprised me. The rooms and beds are clean, the decorations are really fashion. Thanks Monkey for providing me an unforgettable memory in Hualien!

    Reviewed December 19, 2013
    8.7
    Excellent
    Man from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 4 nights in May 2013

    unforgettable memories”

    friendly staff, comfortable atmosphere, nice design

    it was my first time travelling alone and i met a lot of wonderful people during this trip. Im so glad i chose Monkey which made my stay so enjoyable. The staffs were friendly, we had drinks at night at a local bar. There is a living room downstairs where some of us chat together planning activities. But some sights are quite difficult to reach, if there is enough people, i think booking a cab is more suitable, lucky for me there were some local people that knew how to ride motorbikes which agrees to bring me alone. The hostel is quite hard to find ( for me ) it took me 40 mins to walk from the station to the hostel, though i heard some people took even longer. But if you knew the correct route, it only takes about 15-20mins. i recommend booking bicycle for a few days. The ones near the station were expensive! i managed to borrow one from those motorbike shops which is a little cheaper. With this cost and this standard of stay, Monkey is definitely worthwhile!

    Reviewed August 21, 2013
    7.2
    Very good
    Edwin from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    Character”

    I only stayed 12 hours in the dormitory(mainly to rest after travel) so my comments are limited to this short experience. Property is a little far from the train station(over 1km) but easy to find with Google Maps and only a single backpack. The place is dated but has character with lots of rules stuck up on the walls, along with perhaps the owners personal collection of bits & pieces. The dormitory has a musty smell. Recommend if you are easygoing, travelling light and not looking for 5 star comforts. The hostel was empty when I was there, did not meet any traveller at all in my 12 hour stay.

    Reviewed September 28, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Tseng from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in November 2014

    Nice place”

    I have been here many times. Clean beds, nice staff, great location. Always the best place to stay, no matter you are traveling alone or with friends, it will be the best choice.
    Reviewed September 12, 2015
    8.7
    Excellent
    HETING from Taiwan
    Couple
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in October 2014

    Monkey Surfing Backpackers Hostel”

    good
    Reviewed October 22, 2014
    8.7
    Excellent
    WONG from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

    Hualien has a very nice night market”

    Good design, easy and friendly hostel

    I will definitely come back to this hostel on my next cycling in Taiwan! I've met many friends from Taiwan here and this was the best thing I had!

    Reviewed March 14, 2014
    9.7
    Exceptional
    TAN from Malaysia
    Group
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in August 2013

    Nice Budget Hostel”

    Clean, comfort & friendly staffs

    Low price budget hostel to stay. Worth to stay. Friendly staffs serving us while arriving the hostel. Clean room and comfort bed.

    Reviewed August 26, 2013
    6.0
    Paul from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2017

    It was ok, but just ok.”

    Convenient location... But cigarette smells linger around if you have smokers staying there. They smoke outside by the front gate but the open air layout wafts much if it back in the place. Owner is nice.

    Reviewed January 02, 2018
    7.2
    Very good
    Hind from France
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in April 2017

    Nice but a bit far from the station”

    The hostel is cosy, quiet & clean with nice decoration but a bit far from the train/bus station (between 15 & 20 min on foot). If you have a car or scooter you will be fine. But if you are walking & taking the shuttle bus to explore the Taroko gorge (that starts at 7 am) you might find it a bit far. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed staying here.

    Reviewed May 07, 2017
    7.2
    Very good
    Hind from France
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2017

    Very nice hostel but a bit far from the bus station”

    This hostel is very nice, clean & quite. The decoration is also cool & my dorm was comfy, spacious & with a balcony. It is still between 17 & 20 min away by foot from the train/nus station. Which was a bit far when I had to walk everymorning to catch the 7 am bus to explore Taroko National Park. It's ok if you have a car or scooter. Annie, the hostel manager, was very kind. I would recommend this place to anyone with pleasure.

    Reviewed April 27, 2017
    3.7
    YI-YANG from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 5 nights in March 2014

    Not as good as I thought”

    Loctation is good, public area is quite cute

    no food supply, blanket is not warm enough, employee has bad attitude

    Reviewed March 24, 2014
    8.4
    Excellent
    Youchen from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 4 nights in October 2016

    This is a very comfortable place. ”

    Monkey surfing Hostel is close to the center of Hualien city. With a bicycle, you can travel to many places in Hualien.

    Reviewed October 30, 2016
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Chak from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in August 2015

    Perfect place for backpacker”

    Nice setting, nice host, nice place
    Reviewed September 07, 2015
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Li-Ju from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in February 2015

    Nice”

    Bed
    Reviewed February 07, 2015
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