After a blissful stay in Kenting (Kending) at Caeser Park Hotel - we drove to the East part of Taiwan - Hualien. The drive was indeed beautiful with the Pacific Ocean towards our right and the mountain ranges on the left. Finally after about 4 1/2 hours of drive (with multiple sightseeing stops on the way) - we reached Hualien and drove up the cliff to reach our Hotel - Farglory. Within minutes we were there at the Hotel and were warmly received by the Concierge and the check in staff. Our room - a large family room that had two large single beds and a large double bed - had one of the most amazing views of the Pacific ocean. Given that the hotel is located on top of the cliff - the views of the ocean become even more amazing. From the ramparts of the hotel - you get a wonderful view of the entire Hualien city - which becomes even more fantastic as the night falls. Its like stars on the ground !!!.
The hotel - a very large complex with victorian style interiors - has wonderful restaurants. The breakfast at the British Garden was fantastic with good spread of delicacies.
Sightseeing around the hotel is one the best that I have ever been to. The Taroko gorge tour was the best and the rugged mountains reminded me of my drive up the himachals in India. Nature has been preserved at its best and though tourists are increasing year on year - the authorities have ensured that nature is kept unspoilt. The river flowing through the gorge - adds to the pristine beauty offered by this natural habitat.
Coming back to the hotel - the service, attention and courtesy received from the staff was world class. This despite the size of the hotel. A simple experience will help understand what I mean by courtesy. Upon checking out and getting into the car - a bell boy (Ben) runs up and hands me over the morning news paper (in English) to read on the way. On the way out... remember. I will not forget this small, simple yet touching experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 381 various styles of guestrooms leaning against the hills and looking out to the ocean, Hualian Farglory Hotel had a capability to provide the best facilities for 1,000 guests simultaneously. Inside fo this intricately designed Victorian style palace, your senses will be brewing with joy every moment.The deep blue Pacific Ocean is the best facility in every guestroom, and the most attentive services are an indisputable fact, which makes the well laid-out modern facilities merely accessories. ... more less
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