We traveled to Hualien last month. I wanted something different from the typical hotel experience for our time in Hualien - and this turned out to be a wonderful departure from the normal hotel! As a group of two young families (with 3 children age 2 or younger!), we were a little apprehensive of a smaller space but this minsu was great. Andy was amazing - he replied promptly to my emails and was very helpful and friendly. Our rooms were good - if there was anything amiss, we just mentioned it to Andy and it was fixed immediately. Breakfast was served in a common area, and they were happy to accommodate for us with a vegetarian meal - and to show us a vegetarian restaurant for dinner. One night after a long day we had a "cup-of-noodle" type meal and Mrs. Chen offered to fix it for us in her kitchen (which we appreciated) as well as gave us a little bowl of some tofu she had just made. They were very sweet to our children and we had the pleasure of being introducedto their grandchildren one evening. Our kids loved to play outside on the porch & in the yard. We used the bikes a couple times and went across the street for a nice walk on the rocky beach. It is not downtown at all (but we welcomed that!) but Andy drive you in at dinner. One evening on our way back from dinner he even went out of his way to pick us up a famous Hualien tiramisu (delicious) - we were amazed at this! Mrs. Chen is an artist and her work is displayed throughout the minsu - beautiful. We would have liked to stay longer....almost did! as we almost missed our train (my mistake) on our last day - Andy rushed us to the station and found us a way to get our tickets fast (in spite of a long line!) Simply put - the Chens were wonderful, incredibly hospitable & friendly...a most delightful home stay experience. THANK YOU!
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