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“Perfect Place for Taroko Gorge”

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Leader Village Taroko
Ranked #15 of 129 Hotels in Hualien
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Perfect Place for Taroko Gorge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

I stayed 1 nite at the hotel and I must say this is really a beautiful place. The design of the lodge blends in perfectly with the environment. The free performance performed by the hotel staff and children from the tribal people while not 100% professional is entertaining and very genuine. We really enjoyed it over the most professional dancers at the formosan aboriginal village.

One down side that you may wish to take note while considering this hotel is that the standard lodges are quite small. We are a family of 2A2C so we have four super single bed and it fits exactly from one end of the room to the other. In front of the bed is just about 1m of walking space with the main door and toilet door on each side. Having said that, it does not bother us 1 bit but may be an issue for others.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 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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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
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87 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

We had a great 2 nights at Leader Village. Very conveniently located high up in the mountains in the middle of Toroko Gorge. Rustic peaceful setting in bungalows with an indigenous tribe village feel to it. Bungalows are roomy, with fridge, mattresses on floor, flat screen TV, bathroom with excellent shower and all necessary bathroom supplies (toothbrush, soap, etc.). Staff service was good - on the last day I forgot my coat and the hotel phoned the taxi driver and we turned around to go pick it up. We booked the room at the information centre at Hualian Train Station that morning and everything was ready for us when we arrived. We went there by Toroko Tourist Shuttle, which drops you off in Buluowan where the hotel is located. You have to walk a little (about 5 mins) to get to the hotel from there. Or the hotel can arrange pick up and drop off from the airport / train station (200 NT pp). Our breakfast and dinner was included as a special weekday deal. Dinners were filling and offered us a good tasting of tribal food. However, I did not find breakfast that inviting. There were lots of dishes, but toast was the only Western offering. There was boiled sliced ham and cheese but this was of the very processed cheap variety - and was inedible. The hotel can arrange tours through the Toroko Gorge or one way pick up and drop off at places throughout the gorge. This allows you to spend time at each place doing the walks without rushing. We took the Toroko Tourist Shuttle however. Just one tip with the shuttle: it is probably not worth getting the all unlimited tide ticket of 250 per day (unless you are just spening 1 day in the gorge) as you would prbably not use this amount. It is better to just get single ride tickets between destinations. This also allows you more flexibility to catch the other tourist buses around that operate at different times. The hotel also arranges a "show" at night. This is quite informative and amusing as all the hotel staff take part and show case their talents. Although cheesy we quite enjoyed it as the staff seemed to be really getting into it! They also offer a "nature trail tour" although we only saw a frog and a snail on ours. Altogether the staff in this hotel really try to do their best for you and inform you about their culture and we really enjoyed our stay because of this and the lovely location.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Holualoa, Hawaii
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87 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

The setting is perfect and the staff in unbelieveably helpful. Deciding to enjoy the views on the porch, I went to pull out my Kindle only to discover I had left it on the train. Not only did the front desk staff track down the train, conductor and cleaning staff to find it, they had it delivered to me the next day! That was amazing! The food was good, the views spectacular, and the rooms quite nice. Getting to enjoy the sound of the waterfall, the birds and butterflies, and the helpful staff made this a perfect place to stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a wonderful view.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Singapore
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

Imagine living in a nicely furbished wood lodge surrounded by mountains around you. You can hear the birds chirping in the morning, while you lie in comfort in the air-conditioned wood cabin. It is a nice place for relaxation. The hotel is solely run by the aboriginal tribe (taroko tribe) and the people are all very polite and friendly. Tribal performances are conducted every night, and there is also a guide to take us to the trail at night to introduce various species of plants, insects and animals. If you want to visit the taroko gorge, the hotel can arrange a guide to take you on a day trip. THe food is excellent! We had wild boar and lamb, and everything is fresh and taste really good! If you want to visit the taroko gorge, spend a bit more and stay at least one night at Leader village, it is definitely worth it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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USA
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254 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

I did not stay here; rather, during my tour of the Taroko Gorge, I had lunch here, and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed it! We had BBQ fish and a bunch of other local delights, to include bamboo rice...which was QUITE interesting! Additionally, there are just some STUNNING views of the mountains from the site. I cannot speak for the comfort of the rooms, but you REALLY cannot beat the location...ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!

Room Tip: Treat yourself to a meal in the restaurant; it's DELICIOUS!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Woodbridge, Australia
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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116 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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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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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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