No.13, Jieyue St., Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan 970
10 mins drive from Hualien Railway Station but freak not as the minsu owner, Mr Andy Lee, will fetch and send you to the train station. At night, he drove us to the city for our meals and when we're done, gave him a call and he came to pick us back to his minsu.
We had 3A+3C and Andy kindly offered us his Sunrise Family Room with a loft (NT2800 with breakfast). There are 2 double beds below and 2 single mattress up the loft. One double bed mattress is soft whereas the other is hard. The minsu is around 4 yrs old (?) so do expect some wear and tear but overall the room is clean.
Equip with towels and toiletries. Generally well kept and clean.
Bread with fruit jam, sandwich with egg, cucumber and meatfloss, toast, coffee/homemade soy milk, some fresh fruits
All above served in one breakfast serving. We stayed for 3 nights but the breakfast remains the same. On our 3rd morning, Andy arranged for some porridge for my kids but they are fine eating the same bread consecutively.
We made used of his minsu's washing machine. Unfortunately there weren't enough space for us to air our laundry in the common area. Since we were staying in a room with stairs, we hung them on the stair railings overnight and they were 80% dry the next morning.
Just 5 mins walk to the beach! However, you need to walk through a "forest" to get to the beach. We spent slightly more than an hour at the beach, relaxing. The kids were busy looking out for the finest pebble they could find to bring home. Definitely kept the kids well occupied.
If you have young children, you can bring them for a walk to his backyard where he rears some live stock. We saw some chickens, goats, a rabbit and a turkey. My children had the chance to witness Mrs Lee slaughter a chicken. That was an eye opener for city kids like mine.
Also, he has 2 dogs, Niuniu and Pangpang. Take note that the former is quite temperamental and tends to bite people she is not familiar with. My son's hand was "bitten" by her but thankfully it was just a light scratch. She attempted to bite DH too but the strange thing was, she was on very good terms with DH the day before but tried to bite him the next day. As we have a dog ourselves, DH was able to control her and she doesn't make any other attempt to "attack" DH. So my advice is do stay away from her to avoid getting bitten. There is a pond with fish foot spa but we didn't try.
Free WIFI in lounge areas.
One of the nights we had very early dinner at 5pm so the kids were hungry by 9pm. We got some bread and homemade soy milk from their helper. The next day over breakfast, Mr Lee explained that they have cup noodles too, in case we need some food at night.
Owners are very hospitable and made us feel very much at home. We truly enjoyed our stay @ Hualien Bay Minsu!
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