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Our itinerary :
Taipei – 3 nights
hualien – 2 nights
Sun Moon Lake – 2 nights
Alishan – 2 nights
Taipei – 3 nights
Hostel/Minsu reviews of our stay
|Flip Flop Hostel – Taipei
FFH is located about 6 minutes walk from Taipei Main Station. This is important to me because transport is critical for a good travel plan.It is clean and modern hostel with kind of backpacker atmosphere. Surrounding areas you find many small eateries and shopping malls. Price :
TWD 550 for a bed in the all female dorm. TWD 600 for twin sharing room with shared bathroom. Price is for per person. No breakfast.Getting here :
From Exit 8 of Taipei Main Station – exit through Caesar Park Hotel – walk towards the traffic light with diagonal crossing – cross to the opposite side – see MacDonald – walk straight – see Mos Buger – turn right and about 50m is the FFH which is not too prominent.Will I go back again : Yes because the location is very good.
|Star Hostel – Taipei
This is a modern and hip hostel that make you feel you will like it once you step in. Nearest MRT station is Zhongshan. Surround ing areas are full of eateries and malls. Clean and comfortable with TV. Clear rubbish daily. Even change your wet towel. Comes with simple breakfast with fruits.
US$16.70 for a bed in the all female dorm. US$24.30 for twin sharing room ensuite. Price is for per person.
Getting here :
From Exit 3 of Zhongshan Main Station – walk straight till you see shop named Wa Obi and a wooden door. About 3 minutes walk.Will I go back again : Definitely
|Hualien 11 Minsu – Hualien
Located about 10 minutes walk from the rear exit of Hualien train station. Can arrange with owner, Lisa to fetch you.Very big room which are lovely decorated. Attached bathroom with TV. This is a minsu where you will stay with the owner. Price :
TWD 400 x 4 for 2 double bed room though we are only 3 people. No breakfast.Getting here :
Arrange pickup from train station with owner. Will I go back again : Yes
|Laurel Villa – Sun Moon Lake
Located about 6 minutes walk from the Visitor Info Center, I consider this was the best minsu of our stay in Taiwan although it was also the most expensive.It has the full features of a 4-star hotel but with a very homely personal service. We love this place very much. Breakfast was served promptly and you can request for second helping. We bought the ‘ferry and dinner’ for TWD300 per person which was very worth it. Simple home-cooked food that was deliciously good and a refreshing change from the oily and deep-fried food of Taiwanese snacks.
TWD 3080 (weekday) and TWD 4080 (weekend) for a family room for 3 people. Getting here :
We took the public bus from Taichung HSR station and reached the Visitor Info Centre of Sun Moon Lake after about one and half hour. From here walk straight down and you will see Starbuck Coffee at one end. Turn right where there are many restaurants and hotels. LV is just about 100m down the road.Will I go back again : Yes
|Shin Shin Guesthouse – Alishan
The only reason why we stayed in this guesthouse was solely due to its location. Just next to the 7/11 store where the public bus from/to Chayi bus-stop is. Quite old and need some housekeeping.
TWD3200 (promotion price for 2 nights) for a family room with attached bathroom. No breakfast.Getting here :
Just next to the 7/11 storeWill I go back again : No