This hotel was nice. A friend and I stayed for three nights in July 2012. The room was spacious and clean, and after a couple weeks of dorms, hostels, and bamboo mats it felt luxurious. If you are used to fancy Western hotels then you might not be so impressed.
The staff were very friendly, and promptly sent someone to the train station to pick us up. The breakfast is included. It is nothing too fancy but gets you started for the day.
Other reviewers commented that this hotel is too far from the city center, but I didn't find it a problem and enjoyed walking around. Note that there is a large blue sign with "hotel c-j" written on it and an arrow pointing the way, located on a main street. We wandered around a lot coming back the first night, until realizing that this sign was there. Look out for that from the main road and then the hotel is easy to find.
They do have free bike rental, however, the bikes are not well maintained. I rode one with loose breaks. On the ride home, one brake completely came undone. Luckily I was able to slide it back in, but it really wasn't safe. I brought this to the attention of the man working there and he did seem concerned, so hopefully that bike will be taken out of rotation until fixed. So, if you check out a bike, ride around the block and inspect it before you take off on the bike path, and request another one if the brakes and gearshift aren't working.
There is wifi, but we had the same problem as others with getting a consistent signal in the room. It would come and go, and we had to sit in one spot. So if you need a consistent signal in your room for doing work, then maybe this wouldn't be a good choice. The wifi in the lobby worked well, though.
There is also a kettle and small fridge in the room, and some complimentary snacks in the lobby.
Overall I really enjoyed our stay there. At the time I booked it, it was the least expensive I could find in the area, and for two of us only slightly more than we would have paid for a hostel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are conveniently located near the city center and the Far East Department Store, 10 minutes from the railroad station and 25 minutes from the airport, near public transportation, and with plenty of free parking spaces. It is only 5 minutes walk to the city's center and main shopping district, and near the entrance of Na-Bin Park; in addition, the starting point for city's bicycle route is right outside the hotel. From our hotel, it is very convenient for taking a leisure walk or bicycle ride to see the beautiful city of Hualien and its coastline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- c Est Jeune Hotel
- c Est Jeune Hualien