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“Excellent villa with aboriginal style” 5 of 5 stars
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Leader Village Taroko
No.231-1 Fushih Village, Sioulin Town, Hualien 972, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #3 of 100 hotels in Hualien
Taipei, Taiwan
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent villa with aboriginal style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

This is my favorite villa in Taiwan. Hotel provides kinds of paid shuttle back and forth to train station and tourist spots, and it is absolutely worth to have a stay here. Staff are shy but very welcoming and willing to help. Food is very great by simple cooking style with kings of local special products like wild pork, mushroom, and sweet potato. They also provide free aboriginal show every night. We have two nights stay and contents are different. It is a lovely villa with international hotel standard and I definitely will come back again!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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hilo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is a true Aboriginal experience and the staff feels like family. Set in the mountains and very romantic. Forget the pool and tennis court choose a rare opportunity to stay in a true spiritual village. AMAZING!!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

I found this place courtesy of Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. Both had glowingly positively reviews of Leader Village, but our experience was a bit more measured.

Pros
The hotel is in a stunning location tucked away in the mountains, and is conveniently located near the trailheads if you have a car.

The rooms have a lovely, simple, faux-rustic style. The "faux" part of that is evidenced by creature comforts such as heated beds (really lovely on a cold night), rain-type shower heads as well as hand-held shower heads, televisions, electric kettles, refrigerators, and wifi. Each room has a little front porch with comfortable seating, and it's a pleasant place to relax when not out on the trails.

The food is quite good, especially the barbecued meat (typically pork). The breakfast and dinner buffets are generously varied, so it's easy to find something (or many things) to enjoy.

Management puts a lot of effort into education about aboriginal culture, which is a welcome attempt to address cultural homogenization.

Cons
It's very, very noisy. Many of the cabins comprise 2 rooms; every time your neighbor talks, sneezes, turns on the TV, and opens or closes the bathroom door or front dorm you can hear it. See also my comments about the nightly performance below.

We stayed for 3 nights, and our room was never really cleaned. The trash was emptied and the water bottles replaced (a big plus), but the used tea cups and mugs were never cleaned, and the floor was never swept. We didn't care that the linens and towels weren't replaced (there's no need during a multi-night stay), but it seemed that very little effort was put into housekeeping. Perhaps too much of the staff's energy was directed to...

...The nightly performance. The performances using traditional instruments were fun and educational, and the workers were talented and charismatic. If I were more fluent in Mandarin (in which the entire show was conducted), I probably would have found the short lectures on aboriginal culture and local wildlife fascinating. However, we were expecting the show to last maybe 20, 30, or even 40 minutes. We weren't expecting it to last...almost 1 1/2 hours. There was some kind of bonus performance afterwards, which was loud and thwarted any attempts at sleep. We avoided the shows for the next two nights, but might as well have attended them because they took place in the theater right outside our cabin. One of them involved a long stretch of thumping techno-house music. I would have appreciated if the nightly performance were reduced to about a third of its length, or if it took place in a more sound-proofed space.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Stayed in Grandview Chief Suite for 2 nights (2 adults and 2 children). All my email queries prior to our stay were promptly answered by Jonathan, the Manager. He also helped us to arrange for transport from Hualien Train Station to Qingshui Cliff. We liked the service of the driver and booked him to tour Taroko.

Resort is beautiful and view is fantastic. Room is of good size and beds nicely heated up with heated blankets. Most of the furniture and decorations in this resort are by Taroko Tribe and employees are of Taroko Tribe (except for CEO and Manager).

Although the service is not fantastic, the food is not fantastic, the cultural show is not fantastic but all the staff tried their best. Overall, it was a wonderful experience for my family - staying in a lodge within Taroko and in the company of the Taroko people.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My husband and I stayed two nights in the grandview chief suite. The suite was spacious with two bathrooms and a verandah, a great place to relax with a beer after a day of walking. The room was nicely decorated with indigenous woodwork but did not have a lounge (only cushions to kneel) so there was no place to sit indoor.

While the hotel is located in a beautiful national park, it was not so tranquil as I expected it to be. In the morning, we were woken up by some early risers (members of a tour group) who were chatting outside of their cabins while waiting for the breakfast buffet to open. At night, there was always performance/entertainment which can be heard throughout the village. So if you are after a quiet getaway, you may be disappointed.

Another tip: A car is needed to travel around the national park. A one-day private tour for two costs NT$1400pp. It is offered by a private company but sold via the hotel. Note that some attractions may be closed for repair or because of risks of rockfall so gather information from the visitor centre before you start your day and be flexible with your itin.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We took the train from Taipei, a 2 hour journey. We arranged for the hotel to pick us up from the train station. Our driver was a young aboriginal man and an excellent driver. In fact all the hotel workers are aborigines. From the moment we arrived at the hotel, we loved it. We knew that it would not be 5 stars but the setting was so picturesque that it made up for it...and it got better and better. We loved the cabin rooms furnished in Japanese style which look out to a big green oval. Dinner was yummy and the most delicious barbeque pork ever. Then after dinner the hotel staff put on a cultural performance for the guests. If you could understand Chinese ( which we did ) it was most entertaining. No worries of tour groups at this hotel as it only has 37 rooms. The whole experience was exactly what we wanted to see in Taiwan...to get out of the cities, to see the nature and the culture of the aborigines. The next day we hired a tour guide to take us through Taroko gorge and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have the time, this is the trip to do in Taiwan.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights on our recent visit to Taiwan and I must say this is a stunning place to stay. The staff are all tribals and actively encourage guests to sample and enjoy the awesome natural setting during their stay.

Prices are very reasonable for what you get, and the restaurant serves incredibly good food comprising mainly of tribal dishes.

There are walking trails inside and around the resort that visitors will love, and the staff perform nightly song and dance shows that showcase their tribal culture. I was rather impressed and touched by the pride they seemed to take in their culture, and the effort they were putting in to keep it alive.

This is THE place to stay while visiting Taroko!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Hualien
#4 Romantic Hotel in Hualien
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