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“Hidden heaven with lots of charm” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leader Village Taroko
Ranked #14 of 128 Hotels in Hualien
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Hidden heaven with lots of charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

When we turned up at dark night wasn't expecting too much just a place to sleep the night but right away the friendly and helpful staffs and the charming Taroko Tribe deco of the hotel gave us a boost. Facilities might be lacking but the rest more than make up for it. Make sure you go see the cultural performance at night time, performed by staffs and locals so much fun and pation into their acts even you don't understand Chinese you would sure have fun there.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Vincent L
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Leader Village is very quiet and serene, located inside the Taroko Gorge National Park. It's within walking distance to Swallow Grotto, one of the best short walks in the park. The resort also has a shuttle service to take visitors to different areas of the park at a reasonable cost. Cabins are simple but still have amenities:TV, hot shower, mini fridge and safe are all included. The nightly cultural dance is a bit kitchy. Meals are buffet style - go early for the best selection. Recommend to stay for two nights to really explore and enjoy the park.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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1 Thank brione b
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Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
104 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Good resort, truly simple and blissful. Beautiful, dreamy like environment. Blends perfectly with the environment and nature. Quiet and away from the city. There are nightly cultural Taroko dances and musical performances by the resort staff/folks. Enjoyed every moment of it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank P O
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Singapore
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

Forget about staying at Hualien city and doing a day trip to Taroko.......stay at Leader Village in Taroko - I am very certain that you will appreciate the waking up to chirping birds and fresh mountain air. When I was there in early Dec 12, the experience of clouds wafting by was certainly uplifting to a city dweller like me!

The booking website that I used (got a confirmation email after the booking and paid when I reached the hotel - they accept cash or credit card):

http://www.leaderhotel.com/blw/leadervillage/e-contact-us.html

The rates are very reasonable, we paid NT$12,000 for the 8 of us for the night, including the set dinner (do opt for the set dinner as it was extraordinary - we opted for the meat option which was exciting, but they do have a vegetarian option) and breakfast. Incidentally, the following day, I did visit the other few accommodation options in Taroko e.g. Liwu and Tienhsiang and I did not regret my choice of Leader Village at all.

The nightly show at 8pm (free of charge) was really simple and unpretentious, not those commercialised ones that are cringeworthy. I think it showed off the Taroko tribe and the other Taiwanese tribes pretty well.

Breakfast was average but did not bother us a bit as the positives overwhelm the breakfast quality.

On the last day, the receptionist helped us with the luggage from the room to our waiting van, and guess what, she refused to accept a tip from us...

Tell you what, go stay in this gem of a hotel and I think you will know what I mean!

Room Tip: The rooms are all cottages on flat ground - look at the file photo at the top of this page and you g...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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1 Thank Thaddydaddy
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Singapore, Singapore
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128 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

This property is set amongst the mountains so we were treated to amazing views, nature and fresh air at every moment. The wooden lodges added to its rustic charm. The nice thing was that you would be in nature but still enjoy amenities you would expect in a city hotel: hot water, heating, wifi, TV, complete set of toiletries, comfortable beds/ bedding etc.

While meals would not be considered as 5 star quality, the food portions were generous. The all Taroko tribe staff were very warm and attentive, and we could see that they were proud of their unique heritage.

A stay here would not be complete without going on walking trails in the compound as well as in the surrounding Bulowan area. We found the Bulowan tourist information nearby helpful in introducing the available trails to us. They also air an informative documentary on Taroko walking trails/ sights we could follow.

Settling here for 2 nights, away from noise/ pollution, automatically brings down one's blood pressure.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SGPTaiTai
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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1 Thank kangtan
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Auckland, New Zealand
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87 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
4 Thank NZFamilyTravellers5
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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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