I'm really glad we decided to stay at the Hotel Bayview instead of one of the hotels in downtown Hualien. The easy access to the beach, the free bike rental and paved bike paths, and the rooftop swimming pool all contributed to a relaxing visit with lots of fresh air and time outdoors. The Hotel Bayview is definitely a family hotel - expect to hear children running around, talking excitedly, and occasionally crying. The one negative to the area - not the hotel - is the lack of cafes and restaurants. We caught a cab into town every night for dinner. As other reviewers have noted, the staff are truly excellent and can arrange a variety of activities and tours of Taroko Gorge. I will definitely come back to the Hotel Bayview the next time I'm in Hualien.