Reached this hotel early at 12pm plus and was told that room was not ready. So we went for lunch and it is ready by 230pm. Staff is friendly and the room is clean. We stayed in a family room for 4 nights. Location of the hotel is good if you do not have children, you can walk to the heart of the town, night market and even train station.
There is a 7-11 nearby. a small shopping centre with food court and a taxi station. The staff from 7-11 recommend a taxi driver to me to bring us around. Well it was my 1st time there so why not try. Price was a little high as compared to other drivers, booking taxi there range from $2500-$3500. I was charge $3500 which i think part of it will be a kick back for the staff in 7-11.
Finally we met the driver in the morning and we are late but he waited patiently and he is an old man in the 60s.
As usual he start to ask if we have been to Hualien and where do we want to go. He is a nice old man and very patient likewise to his driving. So he plan our very 1st outing in Hualien and went to 七星潭, Taroko. Best part is he help me book a restaurant which is operated by the tribes. It is a very quite place with no tour bus and crowds, really very enjoyable lunch.
Most of the time he will offer to entertain my 4yr old son which me and my wife can enjoy looking at scenery.
So for our 2nd day outing , we decided to ask him to bring us out again since he us really friendly and introduce a lot of Hualien history to us. As usual he will bring us to some of the places which do not have tour groups visiting and it is really nice.
For those who are new to Hualien do book this uncle , Mr Zhong 0920-730773 if he fit your budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cullinan hotel is well-positioned in Hualien City, Cullinan Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Hualien City. With its location just 1km from the city center and 8km from the airport, hotel attracts numerous travelers each year. For those of you who want to venture out, Pine Garden, Hualien Train Station, Meiluen Shan Nature Park are just some of the attractions available to visitors.Cullinan Hotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy elevator, car park, airport transfer, tours, family room.48 rooms spread over 7 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home and modern comforts such as desk, complimentary bottled water, bathtub, mini bar, television. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Cullinan Hotel hits the spot in many ways. ... more less
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