I cannot conceive of who would rate this small budget hotel as Very Good or Excellent. Admittedly I only saw one room but unfortunately I saw it for three nights. Our room was small with a small tired bathroom. It had a plastic chair, mini fridge and flat screen television. It was a living-out-of-a-case place as there was nowhere to put any clothes. I booked three nights for A$127 total on Agoda. Breakfast was included and was served in a small, stark basement room. It was modest and not geared to westerners i.e. butter for the toast was by request and there were no knives, only spreaders in the jam and peanut butter dishes.
I had contacted the hotel directly by e-mail some weeks before arriving and arranged for two 5 hour tours with an English speaking driver and car for TWD2500 each tour. When we arrived we were told that it was TWD2800 for a 4 hour tour with no English speaking driver. It was not until I requested the English speaking gentleman in the office to read the e-mail, that he agreed that we had arranged 5 hours for TWD2500. There was however only the Mandarin speaking driver available so we still did not get what we had agreed to pay for. This was very disappointing. It actually did not matter with the Taroko Gorge tour. The driver just stopped and pointed us at where we were supposed to hike and we had a great day. The east rift valley tour however was a total waste of time and it was difficult being unable to communicate at all with the driver. The one thing we did learn is how different the interests of eastern and western tourists are. The warning here is to be very clear on what sites you wish to visit.
Apart from the tours however, the young English speaking gent in the office was very helpful in assisting us with our onward travel arrangements and even went to the local 7Eleven to purchase our train tickets.
In summery this small budget hotel is in a good central location, the one English speaker on staff can be very helpful and it is cheap. It is not however, in my opinion, a Very Good or Excellent hotel.
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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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