Mistro is a stellar example of a homestay. From the moment Clair picked me up from the train station, I felt immediately comfortable and at home with the hosts and the accommodations.
The house itself is a well-kept and clean building. The kitchen and living room area are on the ground floor, and there are bout two rooms on each ascending floor. The rooms are pretty standard - bed, mini fridge, TV, wireless internet, air conditioning, and a bathroom.
The neighboring area is quiet - great for those who enjoy being away from the business of the city, but it may be a bit boring for those who enjoy being at the center of action. The downtown area is about a ten minute cab ride, Taroko is about a 50-minute drive, and I would estimate the beach to be about a 15-minute drive.
Personally, what made Mistro stellar for me were the hosts - Clair, the owner, and her sister Clara. Clair is extremely hospitable and knows much about the surrounding area. Also, she has excellent English skills and it is easy to connect with her as she is knowledgeable about both Eastern and Western culture. Her sister Clara is just as knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and helpful. I had quite an unexpected emergency I had to handle ASAP, and Clara was nice enough to drive me around town and act as a translator as I ran my errands.
My qualms about Mistro are minimal and based on personal preference. Although I am not a particularly sensitive sleeper, I noticed that the mini fridge is quite loud and I had to unplug it to fall asleep. Another slight (personal) discomfort were the small windows, thus causing a lack of natural light or air.
Overall, Mistro is a great homestay -- perfect location for those who like quiet, clean rooms, and hospital hosts. I'll definitely be coming back!
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- Also Known As:
- Mistro Homestay Hotel Hualien