Formosa has a good location in Hualien, only a cheap taxi ride from the train station - easily walkable but it was raining when we got there. It has a good social vibe - reviews scrawled all over the walls, a piano and guitar, bar/ cafe, lots of great events like movie nights and second hand fairs and, best of all, a huge book shelf! The room and bathrooms are fine - I liked room 1A because the wall is made of glass and it backs onto a charming private back garden.
We were all sick with colds while we stayed there and it was cold and raining everyday, but the hostel adapted to our needs - endless cups of free hot tea, a library of books to keep us entertained, clear directions to good restaurants in the vicinity, and the host spent a lot of time giving us a lot of help and advice. They advised us to take a bus around taroko gorge as it fitted our needs better since it was raining. It is walking distance to a park and a nice night market too. Even after we checked out they let us leave our bags in the hostel and come back and charge our phones before we got the train. They even called a cab for us to take us to the train station. Very grateful for their friendliness and envy their lives in such a beautiful place.
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