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“Cozy environment, fantastic host” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sleeping Boot Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #4 of 152 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
Certificate of Excellence
Jurong, Singapore
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cozy environment, fantastic host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

I stayed for 2 nights at Sleeping Boot.
Arriving on a late night train, I was on my way to the hostel, when I received the first surprise. There was this cyclist who came to fetch me. Turns out to b a staff of sleeping boot who came out to find me..
He was friendly, accommodating and very service oriented. So 2nd day after my trip to Taroko, I came back to be received by the owner, Qi Feng. He was impeccable. He really attempted to bring the guests together by doing an introduction, where possible. This helps break the ice for many of us. And he was really patient in his introductions and recommendation on things to do, and food to eat. I'm leaving Hualian early, since my whale watching tour is cancelled, but it gives me a good reason to be back in hualian and sleeping boot in future.

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Most likely if you are coming to Hualien you are going to Taroko National Park and planning to do some hiking, etc. So having an immaculate, extremely friendly, centrally located and inexpensive place to stay is all you need. I had my own room (I'm 35 and getting a bit old for the dorm experience though all of the other guests seemed absolutely lovely!) which was small but had a comfortable bed and private bathroom (for about $24/night). They have a kitchen that anyone can use and the staff goes out of their way to help you make the most of your visit.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

I stayed for a total of 3 nights at this cosy hostel. The owner Feng made me feel at home almost immediately with great advice on food, traveling and also introducing me with other fellow residents of the place. They have a very good concept of communal area in their living room on the 2nd floor of the hostel. You can get to chit chat and mingle with fellow like minded travelers!

All in all a great hosteling concept!

The location is only a short 5-10mins walk from the train station (if you follow the directions in the website closely)

Room Tip: Stay in a more private room if you are a light sleeper! The big dorms face the main roads and can ge...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Taipei, Taiwan
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97 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights. The host is really friendly which guided us the hualien details like Taroko and the city ect. You can get all the information from the Host. The place is really quite and just 20 minutes away from the train station. It's not a place easy to found though one the main way. Just remember there's a ham shop nearby and you will get there!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manila
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64 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

Visited feb '12.

My stay here was really really short cause I wanted to squeeze Taroko in my limited time. Its a 5-10min walk from the train station. I had a little trouble finding the place cause I didn't notice that I passed by it already and it wasn't easy to ask around in English but good thing a group of Americans overheard me asking and told me to walk back.

The place looked really nice and clean. The dorm room was simple but good enough for me. Shower was clean with shampoos and hair dryer for use. The owner was very friendly and helpful too.

A little tip, the walk from downtown to the hotel is really long so a bike can be useful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dreydel
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Seoul, South Korea
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

I had some problems to find the location but fortunately the owner saw me and came to rescue me. He was very helpful both personal and via e-mail and make my stay at Hualien very convenient.

I didn´t spend much time at the hostel but the IKEA beds are a big plus. You will need a good sleep after hiking Taroko so I highly recommend to stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hangzhou, China
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Not so easy to find the front door when first came, but the inner space was a nice surprise!! This hostel was just fun & refreshing. Best of all was the owners - they couldn't be more friendly, helpful, energetic, and cheerful!! Useful brunches could be found easily on the shelves. Not so many rooms, which was somehow good, cos everyone got along very well just as family. Very open & cheerful lobby. Nice chat with the staff. The only thing that might be called a problem was the distance to main traffic : 20mins walk from Hualien Train Station. Meanwhile, the location was still good, right at the halfway from train station to city centre.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Sleeping Boot Backpackers Hostel
Address: No.73 Jinfeng Street, Hualien City, Hualien 970, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 152 Specialty Lodging in Hualien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A HOSTEL BEFRIENDING THE WORLD Travel, immersion, exchange... Restore your energy and spirits and take the next step of your journey! ualian is a natural place of mountains and sea, Enjoying the breeze of the Pacific Ocean. Huadong Valley, located between the mountains and coast, is full of beautiful countryside scenery, A place where travelers can relax and slow down. Hualian is an easy-going city, traversable by foot or bike, Sleeping Boot is located in the "Golden Triangle" between the train station and city center, a short 10-15 minute walk from the station. We offer reasonable prices and provide visitors with a warm and friendly experience. We love travel and welcome fellow tourists to come and experience a home away from home, Or discover your own corner for daydreaming and contemplation. Our hostel provides not only beds but a clean atmosphere and rooms with air conditioning and great natural lighting, Our guests come from around the world and the simple kitchen and common area give people a chance to socialize. Every person has a different reason to travel, which offers different experiences whether alone or with companions Whether you're here for a short or long stay, we hope you'll fall in love with this place and make it your home in Hualian. Refresh your spirits for the journey ahead! ... more   less 
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