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“Great minsu with very personalized service & great decor; home away from home!” 5 of 5 stars
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Manado Hostel
No.64 Fujian Street, Hualien, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #11 of 85 Specialty lodging in Hualien
New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great minsu with very personalized service & great decor; home away from home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

We booked for 2 nights thru agoda and just checked out of the minsu(B&B). Xiaowei picked us up for free from a local eatery after we arrived at hualien, and suggested a quick stop at a local fruit store to buy some local papaya and dragonfruits..we ate them the next day they were very sweet!
We spent the next 2 days at the local eateries, night market and hiring a driver to bring us around..
The minsu arranged for us a local guide with a spacious 5 seater mini van to bring us around for a very reasonable price..
Overall, the minsu has a very homely feel to it, great decor and very friendly lady owner and staff... we were even offered pomelo and fruits every evening when we hung out at the dining area to chat!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Hostel was really nice, owner friendly and helpful and all. Beds were comfy, rooms were great, breakfast was lovely. However I was slightly disappointed as we didn’t receive the same kind of very extremely great service (free pick up from train station, free tour around) that others had mentioned they previously had. It might have been that the owners were busy (hostel seemed fully booked), but still, it was just nice, not amazing. If you’re looking to book a taxi for a day tour, but only have 2 people, you can ask xiao wei to help you see if other hostels/bnbs have others who want to share a taxi. She was helpful and found two others to share a one-day tour cab so it ended up being much cheaper. The location of this hostel is a bit far from town, so if you’re looking for somewhere convenient, this might not be the place.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

Delicious breakfast. Tidy and nice room. Shower is good too. Within walkable distance from the city centre, so able to enjoy the peaceful environment of Hualien but not far from the shopping and eating places.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We checked in December 11th 2012.

I have traveled to dozens of countries, stayed in hundreds of hotels. This is without doubt, the best of them all! The hostel was not built for money it seems, it was built by love of the owner Ms. Wong.

You can see the loving details everywhere, from the little pots of plants and orchids, to the parrot and sugar-gliders she keeps, and the spotlessly clean interior and very tasteful decor. She even makes special pumpkin-soy bean drink for breakfast, served in a unique bottle!

This is more like sharing someone's home, than staying in a commercial hostel. God bless the kindness of Ms Wong. May the world have more people like her to make it a better place.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We planned a one-week trip to Hualien, and booked two nights at Manado Hostel (美那多民宿) based on Trip Advisor's review, just to experience the minsu (民宿) experience in Hualien. And Manado did not disappoint.
Just before our arrival, I sent email to Manado asking for suggestion on the best way to travel from the train station to Manado, given there were five of us and a few luggage bags. The owner, Ms Wang (王秋凉小姐) offered to pick us up and drive us to Manado. We later found out there are Toyota Wish taxis in Hualien and they are not very strict about the number of passengers to take (whereas in Taipei they abide by the rule of maximum four pax per taxi). So it was out of her kindness that Ms Wang provided the transport to us.
The hostel is bright, colourful, pleasantly and tastefully decorated. We booked a quad room (for four) with one additional headcount, but Ms Wang let us choose between this room and a larger room for six. We opted for the larger room, and she waived the rate difference! The room given to us is spacious and very comfortable. Breakfast was simple but delicious. My wife especially loves the pumpkin-soya bean drink. Both Ms Wang and her assistant, Xiao Wei (小薇) were very warm, chatty and helpful. Given our initial rough plan (we booked a few accommodations in Hualien on different days), they helped us plan our detailed itinerary for the entire week (not just the three days we were with them) and arranged for transportation and chauffeur to drive us on days that we planned to visit Highway 9, Highway 11 and Taroko Gorge. With their arrangement, we also went for a river tracing (riverking.com.tw/) trip and enjoyed it. They even dished out discount coupons and VIP cards for us to use at shops and hot-spring houses. Such helpful people!
I remember sipping coffee on the ground floor after returning from the river tracing trip and chatted with Ms Wang. She recounted her experience in China before returning to Hualien to start Manado. She spoke like an old friend, sharing her stories and feelings freely. With the surrounding, the 30 minutes there made me feel like I was visiting a close friend.
In conclusion, Manado is more than just a well-decorated house - it houses friendly and helpful hosts who treat guests genuinely as their friends. Their mission (which they try really hard to accomplish) is to make your stay at Hualien (not just at Manado) enjoyable and memorable. Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012 via mobile

美那多,美丽的住宿,那么热情的招待,多营养的早餐。Manado, wonderful homestay, wonderful services and provide good breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 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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Address: No.64 Fujian Street, Hualien, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #11 of 85 Specialty lodging in Hualien
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