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Sleeping Boot Backpackers
No.73 Jinfeng Street, Hualien City, Hualien 970, Taiwan   |  
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Taipei, Taiwan
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10 hotel reviews
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“Nice hoster!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights. The host is really friendly which guided us the hualien details like Taroko and the city ect. You can get all the information from the Host. The place is really quite and just 20 minutes away from the train station. It's not a place easy to found though one the main way. Just remember there's a ham shop nearby and you will get there!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Manila
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Visited feb '12.

My stay here was really really short cause I wanted to squeeze Taroko in my limited time. Its a 5-10min walk from the train station. I had a little trouble finding the place cause I didn't notice that I passed by it already and it wasn't easy to ask around in English but good thing a group of Americans overheard me asking and told me to walk back.

The place looked really nice and clean. The dorm room was simple but good enough for me. Shower was clean with shampoos and hair dryer for use. The owner was very friendly and helpful too.

A little tip, the walk from downtown to the hotel is really long so a bike can be useful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I had some problems to find the location but fortunately the owner saw me and came to rescue me. He was very helpful both personal and via e-mail and make my stay at Hualien very convenient.

I didn´t spend much time at the hostel but the IKEA beds are a big plus. You will need a good sleep after hiking Taroko so I highly recommend to stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Hangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Not so easy to find the front door when first came, but the inner space was a nice surprise!! This hostel was just fun & refreshing. Best of all was the owners - they couldn't be more friendly, helpful, energetic, and cheerful!! Useful brunches could be found easily on the shelves. Not so many rooms, which was somehow good, cos everyone got along very well just as family. Very open & cheerful lobby. Nice chat with the staff. The only thing that might be called a problem was the distance to main traffic : 20mins walk from Hualien Train Station. Meanwhile, the location was still good, right at the halfway from train station to city centre.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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29 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The first thing to mention is that the owner was very helpful even with going out of his way to take me to the station, ensure my luggage was dealt with correctly as well as previously identifying good spots to eat, laundry, best trails and other transport arrangements.
There are lots of tourist brochures and maps available at the hostel in all languages.
The decor is pretty minimal with stripped floor boards which makes it seem bright, clean and airy. Slightly IKEA-like
The location is a little out of the way but no worse than rival hostels - ten minute easy walk from bus/train station - less into centre of town.
Therefore a good base for spending time walking in Taroko N.P.

Room Tip: Choice of dorm or single room - dorm was v quiet and spacious enough
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Vancouver, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This hostel is in a great location; only a 10 minute walk from the train station. It is exceptionally clean and I loved the tiled shower room, with plenty of hot water. Fixtures and furniture are very modern. Storage lockers with keys make for good security when you are out. The manager is very friendly and will give you a map of the city and advise you regarding your visit to the Taroko Gorge Mountains. You can also walk to the downtown shopping area from the hostel very easily. There are wonderful restaurants all along the main street that leads to the downtown area, as well as boutiques, bakeries, cafes. Hualien is a city with a population of 110,000 and has it's own night market, parks, downtown shopping district.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
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5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stayed at Sleeping Boot for 2 nights in Hualien, and the experience has been very pleasant. Our stay starts when our host Paul sits us down, and introduces to us all the essential sights and directions within the small sleepy town. Then, he goes on further to introduce us to the rest of the guests staying with us later that night, and stays around to promote interaction and make conversation. He was also very fast to provide advice when we needed to book accommodations at other cities, surrendering reviews and information whenever he could. The location itself is very close to the train station, and within walking distance to some of the more popular streets in town. The cleanliness of the hostel was actively maintained by a cleaner, who drops in almost daily. The location's exterior is quiet, and tranquil, facing the mountains and avoiding the morning sun. I have nothing bad to say about this hostel, and look forward to staying there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: No.73 Jinfeng Street, Hualien City, Hualien 970, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
About usWelcome all of you to come over our hostel in Hua-lian ,Taiwan.We are not only offering the clean bed and environment , but also providing the communication area for you to get know the other travelers who come from everywhereSleeping boot Backpackers is a new hostel popular with independent travelers. We offer you budget accommodation in the best location in town. We are located at Address:No.73., Jinfeng St., Hualien City, Hualien County 970, Taiwan., which is near to Hualien Main Station and only 10-mins-walk form sleeping boot backpacker to Hualien Main Station and downtown Hualien. We provides:*Free sheet and blanket *FREE hair dryer & shampoo & shower gel*FREE air condition (summer only)*FREE Locker*Free computer, Internet and wireless*Free self-service kitchen, dining area- electrical stoves, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster , drinking water, utensils, and more. *TV for watch CABLE-TV in Lobby*Travel information Communal Area -Our lobby is for communal use. This area has kitchen, dining area, lounge area where you can relax and watch the street life down below, and Internet terminals. Rooms– You have a selection of rooms when you bunk at Sleeping boot Backpackers hostel.Options are 8 mixed dorm, 4 mixed dorm(with wash room/ air condition inside) . 2 mixed dorm (with wash room/ air condition inside),and single room(with wash room/ air condition inside) We welcome you to visit Hualien Backpackers - sleeping boot. We will do our best to ensure that you will have the very best stay in Hualien, and will find in us a home away from home! ... more   less 
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