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Monkey Surfing Backpackers Hostel
No.5-1 Jinfeng Street, Hualien City, Hualien 970, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #10 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
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“Excellent Hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights. I called the morning before I arrived to book a spot and they had space available.

The hostel is really nice - nicest one I've been in. The rooms have ~10 beds (5 bunk bed units) with wooden frames and thick, comfy mattresses. Each room has a bathroom with a shower and a toilet, so you can have a private shower. Sharing the bathroom 10 ways when the hostel is full could be a problem, but when I was there only about 5 guests were sharing my room and I never had to wait for the bathroom. The room has aircon and fans, and even a balcony.

The main (living) room downstairs was really nice - it has a big area for hanging out with comfy lounges. It has a kitchen and free water, coffee and tea.

The staff couldn't have been better. They were super friendly and very helpful. I became good friends with one of them in the 2 days I was there. They told me where to go & helped me book a train and call a taxi. They let me store my luggage there all day on the day I checked out.

One note - if planning on staying on a Saturday night, be sure and book ahead! I would have stayed one more night but couldn't because I didn't plan ahead!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Wuhan, Hubei, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I just couldn't enjoy the experience more! Anson took us for food, gave us excellent trip advises and we had really nice talks! That was why I lived here for three times! It was cheap and nice.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: No.5-1 Jinfeng Street, Hualien City, Hualien 970, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
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Ranked #10 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
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Number of rooms: 4
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