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“Warm and wonderful hospitality” 4 of 5 stars
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Black Bear Hostel
No.32-1 Guomin 12th St, Hualien City, Hualien 970, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #38 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Warm and wonderful hospitality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The owner and staff of the hostel are warm and kind and its just wonderful, even though we were stuck and had to stay indoors for 2 days, due to the typhoon. Met many fellow travellers and shared many stories and made new friends. This is a really good hostel to stay at when in Hualien.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Black bear is about 10 minutes walk from Hualien Train Station, perfect for me so I don't have to drag my luggage around. The place is easy to find, with a big signage just along the streets.
I stayed in an all female dorms and they are easy to mingle. Met some Singaporeans here as well! I also like how they have a bathroom in the room itself, than having to head out just for a shower. Though, it would be advisable to bring a multiple plug if you were to charge multiple gadgets, as they don't have many sockets in the room.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The dorm has limited space, but the environment is clean and comfortable. There is a place for you to chit chat and mingle around with other residents at the lobby. I've get to know backpackers from other countries and share our knowledge, feelings, and travelling experiences. It's really a sweet memory!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.32-1 Guomin 12th St, Hualien City, Hualien 970, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Black Bear hostel is only 3- 5 minute walk from Hualien railway station/ the bus station/ the supermarket/the eateries. 7-11 is only 1 minute walk. FREE wifi with very strong reception, FREE breakfast (chicken/pork/bacon hamburger/ham and egg sandwich) and drinks, FREE bottled mineral water/tissues/shampoo/soap/Sheets/ pillowcases/ Linen/quilt, FREE city map/event/tour brochures etc. Every room is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom with hot shower all day. All 10 bed dorms and 6 bed Japanese style dorm also have a private kitchen. Our wooden beds (length188-200 cm) are strongly built with high quality mattresses.Our hostel has daily housekeeping and is located on a quiet and convenient street. It is:1 MINUTE WALK TO :7-11convenient store, Noodle/dumpling bar(Note: you can have 24 hours access of everything at the 7-11 or Family Mart, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, freshly made coffee, ATM, fax, copy service, and public phones)3-5 MINUTE WALK TO :Hualien railway station,The bus stop, Family Mart convenient store, The supermarket, Other coffee shops,Banks, ATM, and all major eatery places, bicycle/car/motorcycle rental shops 5-8 MINUTE WALK TO:The movie theater, KTV, The Baseball courts, The Bowling center10 MINUTE WALK TO:famous pubs, bars and restaurants, Taiwanese pizza alley, The tea house, Mc-Donald's10 MINUTE BICYCLE RIDE TO:The Night marketWe all speak both English and Chinese fluently. We are all very happy to give you directions and suggestions and arrange Day Tours for you if needed. You can also book these tours personally from the travel agency near our hostel. (about 3-5 minutes walk). There are many great surfing spots, waterfalls, lagoons, rivers in Hualien, suitable for cliff diving, swimming, kayaking and white water rafting. It is worthwhile to spend a few days to experience the excitement of Hualien. Check in: 13:00~23:00 ( flexible upon request), Check out: before 11 am(flexible upon request). If you need to check in before 11 am or after 23:00, please email us so that we can have someone waiting for you. Please note that upon arrival full payment is due in cash (NTD). Credit cards and debit cards are not accepted. Payments made on line are non-refundable. ... more   less 
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