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“Relaxing Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Hualien FarGlory Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.18 Shanling, Yanlian Tsuen, Shoufeng Shiang, Hualien 974, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #28 of 116 Hotels in Hualien
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“Relaxing Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We had a one night stay after our visit to the Taroko Gorge. Due to our early flight on the next day, we decided to stay at this hotel so will be closer to the airport.
This is a very large hotel in terms of rooms available but have no shops to speak of. Our room was facing the city of Hualien. We were lucky enough to see the Chinese version of the F16 doing some sort of manuvering exercise just outside our belcony. It was quite a treat. As the previous reviewer has mentioned, the hotel is very isolated and not exactly in the city of Hualien. (however, Hualien is very small and there isn't much in town anyway.)
The food choices were limited during our stay. We ended up eating at the Buffet for dinner and breakfast due to the closure of the Japanese restaurant. (The only other restaurant available in the hotel.)
During our exploration of the hotel, we found a faily large childcare area with a good size arcade as well as a very walkable and nicely maintained garden area.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

The place is very beautiful, but we were expecting it would be closer to the main town of Hualien (otherwise we would have considered staying closer to the Taroko Gorge). Also, the service of the hotel was great, but not at the restaurants. Because of the isolation, we were forced to eat there. One night Chinese, the other night "Western" buffet. Also, we were surprised that we couldn't get a discount to the theme park below the hill, although having a free shuttle there was helpful. Surprisingly, there is no actual beach below.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

Located on a mountain top, got a excellent view of the ocean and the lower ocean amusement park. The hotel it self is well maintained. Very clean, very big, service was pretty good too. The people working at the front desk may need more English trainings. I volunteered to be a interpreter for a European couple to make request at the front desk because the front desk staff was having trouble understanding them
The buffet restaurant was pretty good. The Japanese restaurant was not bad, The Chinese restaurant was soso.
It's got a really nice pool facility. They got a big outdoor swimming pool and a warm water indoor pool. Its got a really nice ocean view from the balcony of the indoor pool area.

I have stayed in 2 other hotels in the Hualian area. I would recommend this hotel to travelers.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Was looking for restaurant before hopping on the train back to the city. FarGlory is a bit of the drive, but it was totally worth it! My family loved excellent food (Chinese or western) and unbelievable ocean/mountain view. We took lots of photos before leaving beautiful Hualien. The hotel is gorgeous itself. Really blew us away.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Shanghai
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103 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

a resort on the ocean front hillside to the south of Hualien City, 95% focussed on asian customers (combination on Taipei, Mainland China, Japanese), so very little english spoken amongst staff once away from the front desk. Rooms are lovely, well equipped, good amenities, and each with balconies (great for smokers). Restaurant buffet has great selection of clean food.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

This is a hotel for honeymooners and vacationers - it's too far from downtown Hualien to be convenient for a business traveller unless you have a car and driver at your disposal. But for people with time to laze around in a resort hotel that's close to the Ocean Park water park, this is hard to beat. Hualien has few attractions beyond the absolutely spectacular Taroko Gorge, so if you have young kids, the water park is a great distraction and if you're a honeymooner, the Farglory spa and pampering center is appropriate. The only problem is if you are neither a honeymoon couple or a family with young children - you'll find yourself shrinking from shrieking kids and missing your loved one(s) as the newlyweds moon around. But the hotel breakfast is extensive, the hotel views are spectacular (get a room facing east for the sunrise, or west for panoramic views across the industrial fringe of Hualien to the mountains beyond), the lobby decor is trying for Paris and London in the 1890's with limited success, but it's modern, clean, well-appointed and a great location if you want to get away from downtown.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We stayed in this hotel just last week after reading through the blogs and sites about this hotel. Service at reception was ok... lines were fairly short, and they do separate the tourist groups from individual customers, which was a plus. We got the Deluxe room with the ocean view.The view was REALLY nice, and it would have been great except that the weather was sorta lousy due to the typhoon, so everything was really foggy. But anyways, we still liked the view. We had bought the package deal, so two tickets to the Ocean Park were given to us upon arrival.
The room was nice, a little bit old, but fairly neat. However, our room lacked some necessities, such as slippers and bathrobes, but they were sent to us in no time after calling housekeeping. I wouldn't say that the rooms were five star.... it was ok, but if you had your expectations really high after seeing the exterior of this hotel, maybe you would be disappointed. It's a hotel that tries to mimick a Macau/Las Vegas type hotel and tries to include everything in it.. but with lackluster effort. If only they could put more effort into it, maybe it would be a really GREAT hotel.
Cons: Breakfast was all that appetizing. Few selections, but i could take that. I couldn't however accept the fact that there were sooo many flies in the Breakfast area. We told the waiter about it.. but of course flies are tricky, and they do appear near food stalls.. i don't know what they could do about it, except maybe changing the dining area?

All in all, if you really want a 5 star hotel, i would recommend Silks Taroko instead of this one. HOWEVER, if you have small children, do consider this one, as it has a great pool, great access to the ocean park, and sells toys (definitely a plus!)

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: No.18 Shanling, Yanlian Tsuen, Shoufeng Shiang, Hualien 974, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 116 Hotels in Hualien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hualien FarGlory Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 381
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With 381 various styles of guestrooms leaning against the hills and looking out to the ocean, Hualian Farglory Hotel had a capability to provide the best facilities for 1,000 guests simultaneously. Inside fo this intricately designed Victorian style palace, your senses will be brewing with joy every moment.The deep blue Pacific Ocean is the best facility in every guestroom, and the most attentive services are an indisputable fact, which makes the well laid-out modern facilities merely accessories. ... more   less 
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