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“Comfortable tranquility in a stunning gorge”

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Leader Village Taroko
Ranked #15 of 129 Hotels in Hualien
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Woodbridge, Australia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable tranquility in a stunning gorge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

Sadly we could only stay one night due to road closures in a typhoon, But we would love to stay longer in Leader Village and the Taroko Gorge, which has to be one of the most picturesque spots in Taiwan. The cabins are charming and comfortable, and the surroundings stunning. We sat for hours on our verandah watching distant waterfalls plunge into the jungle. The Truku people who run it are very friendly and helpful, put on a music and dance show after dinner, and lead nightime nature watch forays into the jungle. The chinese food is mediocre, but excellent steaks etc can be ordered off the a la carte menu. Beer is good, but very limited choice of wines - one red (good) and only sweet white. More fresh fruit and an egg bar would be an improvement at breakfast for Western tastes.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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116 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

i found this place to be very beautiful and calming, surrounded by majestic mountains. Sound of nature can be easily heard. At nights, you can join the walkaround around the hotel premises (cool, clear and fresh air) and also join the performances.

The folks who run hotel are multi talented. it is much like a village tribe/clan, and they serve multiple roles like cook, clean, prepare, check-in, dance/sing/perform. You can see the great camaraderie amongst the clan

What i didnt like:
1. Found the hut to be a little small for 4 (2 young kids 8 and 9)
2. location was little secluded, so you would most likely need a car (although another family took the cab)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Wilmington, Ohio
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

Very secluded which means without a car you can only take one or two hikes. The food is very ordinary at best and tasteless. Over cooked buffet or pre cooked items predominate. On the up side staff is very friendly

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Taiwan
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40 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

We went to Taroko National Park for two days and decided to stay inside the park instead of downtown Hualien this summer. Although we have been Taroko before, we do not know there is such a beautiful and small village suituated on Bruwan plateau and surrounded by mountains. Bruwan, meaning “echo,” which used to be a tribal village of the Taroko aborigines. The current village is quite small with only about 30 cabins; nevertheless, it provides 5-star food, service and hospitality. Best of all, we enjoy the tribal dance and singing performance at night on the court yard. During daytime, we saw lots of birds and butterflies. It is very convient for hiking on the several trails nearby.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

This is a great place to stay in Taroko. The mountain setting can't be beat, and the dinner buffet is excellent.- we had multiple helpings of the BBQ wild boar, BBq sweet potato and pork bone soup. There is a free evening tribal performance which is a little cheesy (put on by local teenagers) but still entertaining nonetheless. Room and bedding is comfortable, if you don't mind sleeping on the floor. Service was excellent.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Baden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

We had a Grand Tribal Suite, which was one half of a cabin. The cabins are cosy and quite spacious. The furniture is quite minimalistic with a low table and 4 cushions on the floor as well as 4 rather narrow, single beds. Large TV with good reception, but the WiFi (free) was rather slow. There is a veranda outside the room with a table and chairs. Nice to sit outside and relax for a bit.

There was a three-part bathroom with separate toilet room (bit cramped), separate shower room (bit cramped) and a wash basin between the two, with a curtain to the main room – which made the whole setup rather noisy, especially as there were 4 of us. The cabins are not sound-insulated so you can hear everything going on outside and in the other half of the cabin next door. It is was very noisy when the ubiquitous busload of Chinese mainland tourists got up at 6.30 and then went to breakfast at 7 . It was nice and quiet at 8, but then we had to get up!

The staff are young, friendly, cheerful, enthusiastic and professional. Most of them speak excellent English (which is rather uncommon in Taiwan). They exuded happiness and worked together as a very efficient team. In fact, they were the best hotel staff we met in the 6 hotels we visited (all 4 or 5 star).

Buffet dinner was included in price, and it was the best meal we had during our 2-week tour around the island. Everything had English labels. There were all sorts of interesting aboriginal dishes and everything was very tasty, especially the barbequed pork – which was brought in by torchbearers! Breakfast was not so good, mainly because of the busload of Chinese tourists had decimated it by the time we got there.

A highlight was the 2-hour show with singing and dancing (including a modern dancing boy group). Everyone was wearing traditional costumes. Although everything was in Chinese, it was most enjoyable and very professionally presented. Apparently they do the show every evening, but it feels like it’s the first night – everyone is enthusiastic and doing their best with lots of giggling, especially if something goes wrong. The audience enjoyed it and there was a great atmosphere. The two solo singers had beautiful voices.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in the hotel with its unique insights into aboriginal culture. We can definitely recommended this beautiful venue in the middle of the mountains.

Room Tip: We had a Grand Tribal Suite, which was one half of a cabin. The cabins are cosy and quite spacious...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2012

Situated among the mountain, there is this plane where the Leader Village was situated.
It is situated very near to the Taroko Gorge. There is an information center within a short walk away. We took a package with room and dinner. During dinner the light was switched off as the 'wild bore hunting ceremony' was performed. At 8pm there was a tribal dance performance.
Various instruments, songs and dance was performed.
This is the right choice for our stay at Taroko.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Leader Village Taroko
Address: No.231-1 Fushih Village, Sioulin Town, Hualien 972, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Hualien
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Hualien
#6 Romantic Hotel in Hualien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Leader Village Taroko 3*
Number of rooms: 260
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