We booked a superior double room at Classic City Resort and we arrived from Cingjing after touring the Taroko Gorge (spectacular!).
The hotel decor is modern but simple and there is a police station located just beside it. Breakfast is located on the second floor and offers quite a spread. The hotel is a city hotel so it does not have a swimming pool. It is about 10 minutes walk to the Hualien train station which was one of the main reasons why we chose it.
We did not find the staff friendly as we had problems asking for directions or a request for a change of room as we were given different reasons by two different staff.
We experienced the magnitude 6.3 earthquake which struck Hualien on 31 October 2013. The epicenter was reported to be about 45km away from the city on land. It happened around 8pm. The floor started shaking before the building began swaying. We ran down to the hotel lobby and light fittings were swinging. When we asked the hotel staff their comment was that it was a normal experience. We experienced a few other aftershocks throughout the night (25 were reported).
In summary, what we liked:
1) clean and simple room decor
2) location close to Hualien Station
3) good breakfast spread
What we disliked:
1) unfriendly and unhelpful staff
2) small room
3) area is prone to earthquakes so being in a tall building may prove to be dangerous
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated near Hualien train station, a quiet urban tranquility lets you experience the energy of Hualien but yet feeling free and relaxed. Fashionable European designs completed with friendly and attentive services, completing your home away from home experience. ... more less
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