It was our first, my wife and I visit to Taiwan.
Hualien was our first night stay of our Taiwan itinerary.
We reached Hualien at about 4pm, after a gruesome yet adventurous rail ride from all the way from Kota Kinabalu 6am flight. After checked in and entered our room, we were dumbfounded for a few seconds. The view of the Ocean/Sea is unbelieveable beautiful. Plus with the windy breeze and sound of continuous wave. The combination was outstandingly unbelieveable and couldn't really express in words to express the emotion at that time.
The checked in process was quick, very quick. We especially my wife were having a bit of difficulties catching up with the words of the Staff (Lady) as our Mandarin is not exactly on par with Taiwanese Mandarin. Other than that, the service provided was superb with greeting or feedback regarding our stay, almost everytime we passed by the Entrance. Also, the Receptionist help us to make reservation for our Return train ticket to Jiufen via Ruifang.
Our room, Honeymoon was very clean and well-designed with Blueish and White color to reflect the nature Ocean and Sailor theme. Our room also has a balcony facing Chi-Hsing Tan, gated by a Double-Sealed Glass Slide-Door and with additional Mosquito Net. Very thoughtful. We slept throughout our stay with the glassdoor open while with Mosquito net. It was a remarkable experience with nature, yet able to sleep on a clean, comfortable sheets of bed and pillows.
The Hotel is situated 20 minute taxi ride, away from Hualien City. Each ride cost between TWD180 to TWD200. We weren't sure about Public Bus. As the Hotel is also known as Vacation Hotel in Chinese, obviously it is a place to relax and get away from City routine and life. Though the Hotel is just right beside Chi-Hsing Tan (七星潭, a stone beach), there is no water activity normally have in Sand Beach. However, the Hotel provide free Bike for Guests and there are bike route along the coast to explore and spent the day. We took a short bike trip on the morning of our last day in Hualien. It was a unique experience with strong cold wind, sunny weather and bit sweaty. The elderly staff was very kind when we request for the bike. He took a estimate measurement of our height against the whole bicycles inventory, to see which suit us better.
Honestly, I was a bit skeptical of Vacation Beach Hotel at first, but Hotel Bayview no doubt was the right choice. We will definitely come back.
Thanks Hotel Bayview and your wonderful staffs.