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“Best in Gorge!” 5 of 5 stars
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Leader Village Taroko
No.231-1 Fushih Village, Sioulin Town, Hualien 972, Taiwan   |  
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Ranked #10 of 122 Hotels in Hualien
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hilo
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3 reviews
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“Best in Gorge!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a true Aboriginal experience and the staff feels like family. Set in the mountains and very romantic. Forget the pool and tennis court choose a rare opportunity to stay in a true spiritual village. AMAZING!!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

I found this place courtesy of Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. Both had glowingly positively reviews of Leader Village, but our experience was a bit more measured.

Pros
The hotel is in a stunning location tucked away in the mountains, and is conveniently located near the trailheads if you have a car.

The rooms have a lovely, simple, faux-rustic style. The "faux" part of that is evidenced by creature comforts such as heated beds (really lovely on a cold night), rain-type shower heads as well as hand-held shower heads, televisions, electric kettles, refrigerators, and wifi. Each room has a little front porch with comfortable seating, and it's a pleasant place to relax when not out on the trails.

The food is quite good, especially the barbecued meat (typically pork). The breakfast and dinner buffets are generously varied, so it's easy to find something (or many things) to enjoy.

Management puts a lot of effort into education about aboriginal culture, which is a welcome attempt to address cultural homogenization.

Cons
It's very, very noisy. Many of the cabins comprise 2 rooms; every time your neighbor talks, sneezes, turns on the TV, and opens or closes the bathroom door or front dorm you can hear it. See also my comments about the nightly performance below.

We stayed for 3 nights, and our room was never really cleaned. The trash was emptied and the water bottles replaced (a big plus), but the used tea cups and mugs were never cleaned, and the floor was never swept. We didn't care that the linens and towels weren't replaced (there's no need during a multi-night stay), but it seemed that very little effort was put into housekeeping. Perhaps too much of the staff's energy was directed to...

...The nightly performance. The performances using traditional instruments were fun and educational, and the workers were talented and charismatic. If I were more fluent in Mandarin (in which the entire show was conducted), I probably would have found the short lectures on aboriginal culture and local wildlife fascinating. However, we were expecting the show to last maybe 20, 30, or even 40 minutes. We weren't expecting it to last...almost 1 1/2 hours. There was some kind of bonus performance afterwards, which was loud and thwarted any attempts at sleep. We avoided the shows for the next two nights, but might as well have attended them because they took place in the theater right outside our cabin. One of them involved a long stretch of thumping techno-house music. I would have appreciated if the nightly performance were reduced to about a third of its length, or if it took place in a more sound-proofed space.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Stayed in Grandview Chief Suite for 2 nights (2 adults and 2 children). All my email queries prior to our stay were promptly answered by Jonathan, the Manager. He also helped us to arrange for transport from Hualien Train Station to Qingshui Cliff. We liked the service of the driver and booked him to tour Taroko.

Resort is beautiful and view is fantastic. Room is of good size and beds nicely heated up with heated blankets. Most of the furniture and decorations in this resort are by Taroko Tribe and employees are of Taroko Tribe (except for CEO and Manager).

Although the service is not fantastic, the food is not fantastic, the cultural show is not fantastic but all the staff tried their best. Overall, it was a wonderful experience for my family - staying in a lodge within Taroko and in the company of the Taroko people.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank YTRex
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Hamburg, Germany
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My husband and I stayed two nights in the grandview chief suite. The suite was spacious with two bathrooms and a verandah, a great place to relax with a beer after a day of walking. The room was nicely decorated with indigenous woodwork but did not have a lounge (only cushions to kneel) so there was no place to sit indoor.

While the hotel is located in a beautiful national park, it was not so tranquil as I expected it to be. In the morning, we were woken up by some early risers (members of a tour group) who were chatting outside of their cabins while waiting for the breakfast buffet to open. At night, there was always performance/entertainment which can be heard throughout the village. So if you are after a quiet getaway, you may be disappointed.

Another tip: A car is needed to travel around the national park. A one-day private tour for two costs NT$1400pp. It is offered by a private company but sold via the hotel. Note that some attractions may be closed for repair or because of risks of rockfall so gather information from the visitor centre before you start your day and be flexible with your itin.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Miss_Yellow25
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Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We took the train from Taipei, a 2 hour journey. We arranged for the hotel to pick us up from the train station. Our driver was a young aboriginal man and an excellent driver. In fact all the hotel workers are aborigines. From the moment we arrived at the hotel, we loved it. We knew that it would not be 5 stars but the setting was so picturesque that it made up for it...and it got better and better. We loved the cabin rooms furnished in Japanese style which look out to a big green oval. Dinner was yummy and the most delicious barbeque pork ever. Then after dinner the hotel staff put on a cultural performance for the guests. If you could understand Chinese ( which we did ) it was most entertaining. No worries of tour groups at this hotel as it only has 37 rooms. The whole experience was exactly what we wanted to see in Taiwan...to get out of the cities, to see the nature and the culture of the aborigines. The next day we hired a tour guide to take us through Taroko gorge and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have the time, this is the trip to do in Taiwan.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Christine C
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights on our recent visit to Taiwan and I must say this is a stunning place to stay. The staff are all tribals and actively encourage guests to sample and enjoy the awesome natural setting during their stay.

Prices are very reasonable for what you get, and the restaurant serves incredibly good food comprising mainly of tribal dishes.

There are walking trails inside and around the resort that visitors will love, and the staff perform nightly song and dance shows that showcase their tribal culture. I was rather impressed and touched by the pride they seemed to take in their culture, and the effort they were putting in to keep it alive.

This is THE place to stay while visiting Taroko!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Abhishek S
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
59 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This wonderful aborigine village is a wonderful place to stay and learn about the history and culture of the Taroko people, the people whom the gorge is named after. The rooms are in huts, and the beds have electric blankets, so they were pretty warm and cosy. Meals can be a little pricey at this place, and I think there isn't anywhere else nearby that you can get food at. Breakfast is provided so no worries.

However, the highlight was the nightly aborigine show that they put up (free). The staff will play traditional instruments and sing songs in the Taroko language. You can tell that the staff are not professional singers or musicians, but they really put their heart and soul into it. They even got their chefs, waiters and guests to join in a dance! It was really heartwarming. At the end, they played a video showcasing the daily lives of the taroko people in the past. The video was well shot and very interesting. The entire night show was almost 2 hours long, afterwhich they still laid out traditional games for children to try out. I really applaud the effort and sincerity of the staff there.

The place is fairly big and has mini trails around the area, so if you have time in the morning you can explore the area, and take photos of the traditional huts, etc.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Delakroix
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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): $$
Number of rooms: 260
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