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“the best host ever”
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Taroko Lodge
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Taroko Lodge is all you can wish for if you come to this neck of the woods to explore breathtaking Taroko National Park. Host Rihang Su is amazing! From very swiftly answering our booking inquiry, reserving without security deposit, picking us up from the station, giving us a comfy room an, lots of advice it was all perfect. The best: Rihang took us to the head of the trail, picked us up again, suggested a fantastic bike ride, made sure we got to the right starting point and, incredibly, took us all the way across the fantastic mountain ridge to the west side and Sun Moon Lake (which was rather disappointing after the great Taroko experience). Rihang also drove his guests to Hualien for many dinner choices - the PERFECT host! we highly recommend him!

Room Tip: we stayed on the ground floor, right behind e veranda - nothing left to be desired
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Christiane O
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This lodge is in close proximity to the ocean and gorgeous Taroko National park . The host drives you up to the mountain, and provides you with bikes so that you can bike down 100 km through breathtaking scenery.
Accommodation is spacious, clean, with air conditioning and shower, a western type property.
We enjoyed staying there very much. Rihang Su is a fantastic host. Thanks.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank NatureLoverN
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The main reason I chose homestay over a luxury hotel is that you can experience the real life of the local people. Taroko Lodge doesn't really have a luxury bathroom with bathtub or a carpeted hotel room. The room serves all the basic needs and it is clean. Taroko Lodge is near all the Taroko trails but it is not near the Hualian town. There are some local eatery around and a 7-11. There is nothing much around the area when the night falls. If you want to have some night activities, then you should chose to stay in Hualian town instead. Rihang is a exceptional host. He brought us eat local food and drive us to 7-11 to purchase all the snacks. We book a 1 day tour with him and he brought us around Taroko. He took good care of the old people in my group and try to accommodate to whatever request made. This really made my job easier.

I would say Rihang did a very good hosting. Although it was only a 2 day 1 night trip, I can feel his sincerity. I would come again to Taroko for more intensive trekking. I would definitely stay in Taroko Lodge again.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Really great host Rihang Su made the difference during my girlfriend and I's stay at Taroko Gorge. He picked us up at Hualien Train Station since he was in town anyway, and on the way to his wonderfully tucked away lodge, he stopped to let us have a nice view of the sea coast which NE Taiwan is famous for. While communication could be challenging at times, Rihang was able to understand most of what we said, and wanted us to enjoy our stay. Lodging for one room was 2000 NTD per room, and bike rentals were 350 NTD per day. (This may be subject to change) While it may be a little bit steep for the true budget traveler, it is on par with the cost of hotels in Hualien, and is a bargain with Rihang taking care of you, and driving you to dinner and to the train station. I will remember my visit to Taroko fondly due to my stay at Taroko Lodge.

Another person staying at the lodge did have some trouble sleeping since you could hear the neighbor's roosters crowing very early, so if you are a light sleeper you may want to bring some ear plugs.

Room Tip: We stayed in the side house that was built by the pond for a little more privacy. You do have to be...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank travel_fish_80
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

We got pick up at shing chang station and we were given a quick tour if the surrounding . Since there was a big group Rihang was very thoughtful to put us at the cottage :-) it is very comfortable we were able to use bike for free to go to the park. And we applied hiking permit in advanced fir a nuce hike . And the best must do is get the bike and had rihang drive you to the end of the park and ride back!! it is onky 700ntd per person and you won't regret doing it :-) as you can hike and easier to ride from that direction and can stop anytime for pictures :-) we are glad to listen to rihang'S advice and did it. As that was the highlight of our stay!
Rihang is so passion abiut his job and tried very hard to make everyine haopy. We are very inspired by his passion and happiness. He even drove us out for better dinner chices without charging us fir the transpirtation. Taroko gorge is amazing and if you can book with Rihang's place (Taroko lodge) do so. You won't be disappiinted :-)
O.s. His english might not be good but he trys!! should nit be an big issue :-)

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sunshinelpc
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Stayed 2 nights in early April with our 3 kids aged 9, 7 and 5. From the moment we were picked up at the Xincheng station to the moment we were dropped off there for our departure, Rihang was there for every single need we had and really made this trip special - he is the reason this property gets 5 stars. He really went out of his way to make sure everything went as we would like and took us to places we would never have got to ourselves. We did two bike rides with all the kids, one along the ocean front for an hour or two, and the other one a bigger adventure riding 25km all the way down Taroko Gorge. This is a very cool way to see this incredibly scenic part of Taiwan. Rihang followed us all the way in his car for safety on the tight roads, and really made sure we got the most out of the trip. He looks after his bikes and has a good range to choose from. The lodge itself is in a pretty setting a little way away from everything, but close to the gorge, and Rihang was there to take us wherever we needed to go with an unfailingly cheerful demeanour. It's not luxury accommodation but it was great for a family and you'll probably get to know the other guests as well, since Rihang has a way of bringing everyone together. Overall a fun and relaxing stay, and some great memories of a place where everything ran smoothly, with many thanks to our host.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Mark L
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for three nights last week in order to do some hiking and biking in the gorge. We are fairly independent travelers who like to explore on our own, but without Rihang's help and enthusiasm we would not have seen nearly as much as we did in such a short time. Having been in situations before where hospitality can become overbearing, I was worried at first that his idea of what we should do would overrule our own plans, but that was not the case at all. Rihang exists to make your visit as fulfilling as possible for you. He picked us up from the train station with his wife, and took us to the lodge, which is 5 minutes by car. We dropped our stuff off and he immediately drove us north across the river to the beach so we could have a short hike. We had only just met him, and while communication was never a problem during our stay, we didn't yet have unwavering faith in Rihang's advice, and unfortunately did not follow his directions correctly and missed out on the best part of the hike. (Walk ALL the way to the end of the beach - there is a beautiful staircase there going all the way up to the highway!) For the other days, thanks to his amazing planning, we were able to see most of the sights in the gorge and go on several amazing hikes (not for the faint of heart).

Rihang also sorted out all of our hiking permits for the Jhuliu Trail and Dali/Datong Trail and did it in impressive fashion. My friend forgot to email him our name and passport information, so Rihang just MADE THEM UP when he applied for our permits, so they were ready for us. He is a guy who gets things done!

About the lodge itself, another reviewer here complained about the bathroom. While it could be improved, it was clean, and the "open" design of the shower is typical for Taiwan - other hotels of similar cost that I stayed in had similar designs. Additionally, this is NOT a hostel! Another reviewers criticism of the price seemed to be grouping Taroko Lodge into hostel-style accommodation. I have never stayed in a hostel where the owner gives us personal service, even driving us around for free to 7-11, to dinner, and that includes such a delicious breakfast. We were the only ones staying during our time there and we were in the first floor room on the left hand side of the house, which has two queen sized beds, which are very comfortable. Overall, WITH bike rental, hiking permits (Jhuliu wasn't exactly cheap) and even the cost of a hot pot dinner in Hualien, our total cost per person per night was only $50 USD. And there were numerous other things that Rihang could have (and definitely should have) charged us for but didn't. (Free bananas from his property for hiking snacks!) We almost considered giving him a tip, but I decided that sending him more business with a glowing review would do fine.

I am very, very glad that we stayed here. If you want to stay near Taroko and hike or cycle, this is the place for you, whether a family, group of friends or even a single traveler. And if you are a cyclist, this is the place for you (no need to haul your bike from abroad - which I have done once). The bikes are in very good condition, and Rihang even has proper road bikes for rent (he keeps those upstairs). The lodge would also be a fantastic place for retreats or even family reunions or group trips. I will consider it in the future - it makes me want to come back, even though I feel I've already seen the sights. There aren't many places I've stayed that I feel this way about.

Room Tip: The first floor room with two large beds is very comfortable.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Taroko Lodge

Address: No.35-5 Minzhi, Xiulin Township, Hualien County 97252, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien County
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 251 Specialty Lodging in Hualien County
Price Range: $67 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taroko Lodge …… The Lodge environment is an independent natural and lovely park Close to the Taroko National Park Simple and comfortable room B & B Welcome to Taroko gorge in Cycling and Hiking … Taroko Gorge is called a hand-hewn from the road, but also Taiwan’s first road across the Central Mountain Range. Let the world a glimpse of the beauty of Taroko scenery. ... more   less 

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