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“Small, affordable charming place, friendliest owner” 5 of 5 stars
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Is-Life B&B
No.8 Lane 2, Guoxing 4th Street, Hualien City, Hualien 00970, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #12 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
Albertslund, Denmark
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“Small, affordable charming place, friendliest owner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We stayed in Is Life minsu in june 2014. Its very 7 minutes walk from Hualien train station, and close to scooter rentals and cafees.
The owner Lilian was super friendly, sending us a text if she should pick us up at the station, and sticking a note on our door the following morning saying that the weather should be ok for the tour to Taroko gorge we enquired about when we arrived.
The rooms are nice and everything is neet. The only downside was that the wifi was limited to the common area (with free tea and coffee)

The hostel also offered bicycles for riding around Hualien.

I would recommend this place any time, especially because the owner was so warm and welcoming.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

A lovely modern purpose built house in an idyllic garden a couple of miles North of Ramsey, The bedrooms are huge with lovely views across neighbouring countryside. Upstairs the guest accommodation consists of two bedrooms, one twin and one double both with excellent en-suites. On the ground floor one enters a light spacious hall off which to the left is a large dining room with open access to a comfortable lounge, both of these rooms have access to the garden which is full of luxurious well established shrubs. Entrance from the road is between slate block walls to ample parking space.
Andrew and Nicky Pattinson are experienced hosts who quickly make one feel at home. Andrew has designed and built the house by extending on an old bungalow and their combined good taste makes for an extremely interesting and very pleasant lodging. They are both kind and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. We spent such a happy holiday week there that we were sad to leave. Takes a bit of navigating to reach from the airport, but their directions are good. The breakfast menu is good and the food beautifully presented.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had a nice stay at this guesthouse, the room was spacious and had a four poster bed! The owner lent us bicycles and also gave us information on what to do and see. If you book this hostel though, you need to make sure you give the correct arrival time as she might not be in. This is what happened to us, but we managed to call her and she was back within half an hour. Hualien was an unmissable trip in Taiwan and we loved cycling to the coast and exploring the local food.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hangzhou
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Lilian and Her Older sister tried their best to accommodate everyone from Taiwan or other countries.

The Minsu is only with 5 minutes walking distance from the Hualien Railway Station. It is very easy to found based on their direction on Internet. Or you could arrange the pick up before your arrival.

The room is very clean and tidy, Please take off your shoes before step in.

Local food shop or convenience store is also walking distance,.

Night market might takes longer time to reach but Hualien city is just a small area.

Please be aware, the train ticket is very hard to book during the summer season, if your schedule is from Taiwan to Hualien or Hualien to other place down south, do book your train ticket at least 4 days in advance.

For make everyone easy to find the property, their website shows below:
www.is-life.com.tw
Owner is Lilian Wang/Wang Guanlin(Chinese Pronunce)

During our stay, we booked two major activities:
One is the white water rafting, the total journey of 24 km and took 4 hours from the begining to the end. It made us really exciting when fighting with the waters.

The other one we booked with them is the culture tour, Mr Zhang Weixiang is is not just a driver, but also a professional guide could help with managing your trip near Hualien area.

He could speak very good Chinese, Hokian, and Local dialects, but no good English, if you are Chinese tourist, I think he is the best person. For book the trip, you could contact him:
E-Mail: ellen620911@yahoo.com.tw
Tel: +886-989544427/982763230

I hope I could help more independent travellers when they travelling to Hualien.

It is an amazing island!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My friends and I stayed 1 night at this minsu. As we set out from Cingjing to Hehuanshan then Taroko Gorge, dinner at Hualien City, by the time we reach the Minsu, it's already about 10pm.

The location of the minsu is pretty near Hualien train station. However, if we were to find it ourselves, I think we will have difficulty finding it because it's nested a few turns in a housing area. Luckily, we hired a driver for that day and he brought us right to the door step.

We stayed on 3rd floor. As there's no lift, we had to carry about big luggages up the stairs. Luckily, we are all strong girls. We fell in love with the room immediately when we stepped in. It's so spacious and nicely decorated. It's also very clean!

After unloading the stuff in our room, I went around the house to check out the whole minsu. It's so nicely decorated with handicraft pieces done by the minsu owner herself. There were also brochures and travel information readily available at the ground floor for travellers.

Though the stay was short and our interaction with the minsu owner was brief, we can still feel her helpfulness and sincerity. We checked out the next morning, pretty early at about 8am. She was already up, ready to send us off. She apologized for not able to play good host to us because of our brief stay, which is actually not her fault because we checked in so late and checked out so early!

Initially, we had wanted to walk to train station in the morning to catch our train to Taipei. But it's drizzling, so the minsu owner helped us call for a cab to send us there.

It's such a pity we only stayed here for such a brief while. Would love to spend more time at this pretty minsu if I come over to Hualien the next time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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37 reviews 37 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

My friend and I stayed 1 night at this minsu at Hua-lien. Friendly and helpful owners who provided map for easy navigation around the estate. Room is cozy and very clean. Location is about 10 mins walk from Hualien train station. Follow the instructions given closely or you may miss the entrance.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

we arrived in hualien in the morning and they let us check in early. the place was very homey and i loved the area at the base of the staircase where u put ur shoes--they placed wooden planks on top of pebbles so u felt like u were stepping into a spa/resort.

we got the room for 6 with 3 double beds on the floor. the so-called 'japanese' style with the low coffee table. there was also a common area just outside our room which had a dining table, fridge, water dispenser and sink. basically all u would need in a home, really.

the most unique thing about this place was that they had many beautifully decorated hand-written information booklets placed around the bookshelves (which were stocked with books, though we were enjoying ourselves too much outside to be in our rooms reading). there was also an autograph book of sorts on the dining table where you could leave parting messages for the owner. it was interesting to flip through all the past entries and we wrote one before we left as well.

the ppl at the reception were very helpful and patient, offering advice on where to go and what to do. they even provided transport to the train station, which was a godsend as it was raining heavily due to the typhoon.

all in all, the place was very comfortable, the staff friendly and the price very reasonable as well. i definitely recommend this place

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.8 Lane 2, Guoxing 4th Street, Hualien City, Hualien 00970, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #12 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
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Number of rooms: 5
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