This was our last hotel we stayed during our 2 weeks in Taiwan. As none of us could drive on the right hand side (we’re from NZ where we drive on the left) so we needed a place central and not too expensive. Plus not a lot of public transports within Hualien (other than taxi) so mostly we have to walk.
The price was reasonable for 4 nights - roughly USD $25/night including breakfast. On the first night, we were in room 201. It has a Japanese feel and reasonably big for 3 adults. However, the moment we step in we didn't like the smell. It was a very disgusting "fishy" smell. We told the receptionist and they provided an air freshener fan to help reduce the smell. We have it turn on the whole night hoping the smell would go away. But it was still there the next morning which we couldn't stand it at the end. We told the receptionist and they told us they will change room for us! The next room was at room 301 which didn't have the smell. The owner even brought us two big packages of Taiwan sweets as an apology.
The great service did not end there. The staff were very helpful and when we ask them about train ticket heading back to Taipei, the owner when out of his way to take us to the train station to purchase our return tickets to Taipei. Furthermore, when we asked him about transport to Farglory Ocean Park he even offered to take us all the way there (roughly 20-30 mins ride). And he offers to take us back when we finish, but we felt bad and instead took a taxi back.
The breakfast is not provided within the hotel, instead you have $50 TWD to spend/person in this other shop (1-2 mins walk). There are a lot of selections and $50 can get be very filling. The owner even helps us to circle which foods are vegetarian.
The only downside is the cleanness. The walls, windows, corners are all dusty, even the floors. This would be a good hotel if they can clean the hotel! Otherwise 10/10 for the best service.
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- Lienfook Hostelry is centrally located, with affordable price, scenic spots beside the main road, convenient for shopping or business trip, and to provide comprehensive services and family intimacy, so that the guests stay home away from home and family sense of belonging, let yourself to enjoy the unique traditional experience to create yourself additional memory to enjoy ... more less
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