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Leader Village Taroko
No.231-1 Fushih Village, Sioulin Town, Hualien 972, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #3 of 99 hotels in Hualien
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“Beautiful and peaceful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This hotel is located in the mountains of the Taroko Gorge amid stunning scenery. It is off the beaten track, but if you book in advance, they will pick you up from the station in Hualien (about one hour away) and drop you there when you leave for TWD 800 total. The buildings are all wood, the cuisine is the mountain food of the local indigenous people, who give their name to the gorge. It's a good base for visiting the Gorge, all temples and mountains.
The area is popular with Taiwanese and Chinese visitors too, and can get pretty crowded at times. You have to wear a hard hat (which you rent at various locations in the area) because of rockfalls, and there are frequent signs with dire warnings about venomous snakes, giant hornets and wild cattle, all allegedly very dangerous. I did a fair bit of walking in the area (especially the delightful Liu Shui trail) without seeing any of these beasts, so the dangers may be exaggerated.
The evening show put on by the indigenous youngsters who work in the hotel is equally delightful, with a little audience participation, although if you don't speak Chinese few concessions are made on evenings when there are no other non-Asian visitors.
Accommodation is well appointed and comfortable rather than luxurious. A problem with my reservation, made by phone from the tourist office in the station in Taipei, which the hotel was reluctant to honour for the agreed two nights, was fairly quickly resolved in my favour after arrival.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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23 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Location in park is great. Pickup from train was prompt. The views and location are amazing. Our cabin was tidy, comfortable and fairly insect free (all very reasonable for a mountain cabin).

We also booked a car and driver through the hotel to show us around the gorge the next day. The lady who drove us around was nice. Her car a was a bit old, but for a day of sights it worked. Our driver didn't speak english. If this is important to you hire a guide too I guess.

That said, this is not budget accommodation, so I was let down by a few things:

- The food is not so good. We had really salty ribs, bland soup, bamboo rice, slimy salad. The roasted mountain yam was good. Basically the food and dining hall reminded me of being 15 again at camp but with worse food. (At least camp had mac and cheese and taco night :)

- The performance they do each night just ruins the peace and quiet for 2-hours. Unless dance music and subwoofers have a strong connection to the indigenous people of Taiwan, I don't get it.

- Again Taiwan, the mainland tourists are challenging. We were woken up at 6am by a Chinese tour group posing for photos on our porch talking at full volume. For gods sake.

- Breakfast. Again, not so good. Braised cabbage, eggs and corn?, stale cereal.

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So you want to visit the gorge? Stay here. Don't expect peace and quiet, but it could happen. If you're a picky eater load up on snacks either in Taipei or at the 711 train station - beer, ramen, egg or dumplings in a bag (yummy! seriously) - and you're good to go. This is what I did and it saved us from being hungry. I've learned my lesson from staying at lots of places like this - bring your own food and you'll be happy.

Room Tip: They put us right by the main lodge. To get more peace and quiet ask for something further away. Tha...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The two outstanding positive things about this 'aboriginal' cottage hotel in the Taroko Gorge are the location (especially nice on a clear sunny morning) and the wild pig BBQ. Makes you feel at home with Asterix, though the locals are from among the Taiwan aboriginals rather than from Gaul.
The cottages are nice enough, but not very comfortable with their low beds and practically no sitting possibility other than a cushion on the floor and tiny chairs on the veranda. When the place is full, people tend to hang out in groups outside the cottages, which can get a little noisy and can drag on. The food is very nice and the staff too.
There are so called trails which turn out to be disappointingly short and tame. Lots of nice butterflies though.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Situated deep in the Taroko gorge, this group of wood cabins will remind Canadians of times on vacation (I imagine). We arrived quite late in the evening and had a lovely meal, served on a hot stone. We then watched the last part of the cultural show, which was entertaining although we didn't understand any of it! The accommodation is comfortable - thick mattresses on a slightly raised wooden floor. There was a good choice of western and Asian food at the breakfast buffet. We had fantastic weather - bright sun - but I guess if it was raining heavily, then getting to the cabins would be a wet experience (though umbrellas are provided).

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Most interesting stay in Taiwan. Especially that I did not have any aboriginal encounter (likely need to dwell far into the valley for that). That hotel filled this deficit. It was a nice traditional village set in a beautiful flat area surrounded by mountains. You can hear your echo when you shout and the view is even better with the rain. They specialise in wild boar. All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Included show after the dinner- very humorous.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We arrived, after a fantastic drive from Sun Moon Lake, to a very warm welcome.
It has a beautiful setting in the Gorge, lovely views, friendly helpful staff. We went to a cultural show after a lovely dinner, thoroughly enjoying the dancing, singing and information.
It is a great place to stay, and it is wonderful to know that the place is run by the original people of that area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

A brilliant property! Easily the best place to stay in the park and a reasonable price too. Nestled deep in Taroko Gorge on a small clearing. The confortable wooden cabins are well designed and contain all the usual amenities. What makes this place amazing is the location, the friendly, helpful staff, and the feast of a dinner every evening. It was a seriously big spread they put on! The "cultural show" was entertaining, if a little bit kitsch. This was a perfect base for exploring Taroko, and a welcome escape from the craziness of Taipei.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.231-1 Fushih Village, Sioulin Town, Hualien 972, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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#3 Family Hotel in Hualien
#4 Romantic Hotel in Hualien
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