Only about 5 minutes or by taxi or 15 to 20 minutes on foot from the high speed train station, you could walk right past this very interestingly deceptive spot and not notice it's not the very chic, bohemian bar you thought it was. It's a terrific hostel. As you enter you will pass though the tables out front, kind of like a Parisian sidewalk cafe. You will first be greeted by the lovely and intelligent Nita Lin who manages the place from behind the front desk which also happens to double as a very tastefully decorated bar. Comes in handy if you've had a tough trip. She is as intelligent as she is beautiful. I mean really intelligent. Speaks English very well and is a wealth of information.
There's art and musical instruments which are located in th the middle of the common areas, murals on the walls, a wall for messages written by the many very satisfied customers, wall hangings,. sculptures, surf boardsyou name it. Great little library with shelves of books organized by language. It's hard to describe this place because there so much to see. They serve some great tea. And there's a wide assortment of alcoholic beverages. Not very large but really cozy and welcoming. I only met a couple of people in the common areas but they were really nice.
There are upstairs and downstairs sleeping quarters which I did not check out but the one in which I stayed in had 3 bunk beds on the ground floor. It was a very comfortable room and beds with very comfy chairs and tables and more art. Behind it was a very relaxing garden area which was a great escape from the busy city. The bathroom, next door to this room was a good size with lots of space for hanging laundry or taking your shower. It was stocked with shampoo and conditioner as I recall. Everywhere in the place was clean . Very homey instead.
There's small refrigerator in the common area in case you have left overs. It's a very relaxing place where you can spend the day chatting with Nita or other guests. Or you can take a walk around the surrounding areas where you can avail yourself of many of the nearby restaurants, or do some shopping at the many stores that line the major street a block away. If you take a walk toward the beach (about a half hour walk) (Probably not good for swimming). You will pass many, many stores, selling all sorts of items. But if you get off that main drag there is a multitude of little shops down the side streets with all sorts of bargain priced men's and women's garments. Can't remember the name of the street but I'm sure Nita could tell you how to get there. It's just a short and easy walk. Not difficult to find at all.
As there are very limited accommodations in Taroko National Park, (Stunningly beautiful place) you can catch a bus, in the same parking lot for the high speed train station and enter the park and disembark at various points in the park, take a hike, return to your debarkation point and catch another bus to the next point in the park and take another hike. There are bus schedules at the bus station or at the rangers station near the entrance of the park. So you can catch the last bus back to Hualien, with ease and get back in time for a nice dinner in town.
Return as late as you wish to Formosa because your key will also open the front door. Between this really warm and wonderful place and the woman Nita Lin who manages it I had a terrific time at this hostel.
Not a negative thing to say about this place because it was allll good. I Oh did I mention the rate is terrifically low. I look forward to returning.
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