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Mistro Homestay
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

This is a really good homestay. From the moment we stepped in, the owner, Claire, had been the most helpful. There were a lot of times where she really went out of her way to help us arrange our itinerary, getting transport etc. Her heart was so big, it made hualien even bigger than it already is.

The room is very beautiful as well. Very clean and self contained. The common area on the first floor had free wifi and was very cosy.

Definitely recommend everyone to stay here!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank aquafeb
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

Stayed at Mistro and would definitely recommend it - Claire was a great host, went out of her way to help out guests and help them get oriented to the town. The place is clean and well-maintained, with tea available anytime downstairs. The main floor (common space) has wifi with a good signal. The location is about a 5-10 minute walk from the train station, on a pretty quiet street that's almost all homestays. It's also just around the corner from the river, which has a dedicated biking/walking trail that leads down to a series of nice little parks. I recommend renting a bike or taking taxis to the east side of town - some great restaurants and markets in that area.

Room Tip: One of the larger rooms (I think on the second floor?) has a balcony, might be worth requesting! Note there's no elevator, so if stairs are an issue there is one room on the ground floor.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank C O
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

Was deciding between Mistro Homestay and another minsu, but settled for 2 nights stay at Mistro due to availability. Certainly glad that this was the case. Minsu owner, Claire, responded very promptly to my email queries and she could use English to reply my emails. She arranged for a driver to bring us around, upon our request, and help us to work out the itinerary as to where to visit. She made sure that we were fetched from the train station by the driver and she personally sent us to the train station on the 3rd morning upon departure.
The room was very clean and towels and toiletries provided too. Breakfast was simple but very delicious and the effort she personally put in to serve us was remarkable.
Claire was very friendly and helpful and that made our stay very wonderful. Felt like getting to know another good friend. She booked our return train tickets for us, paid for them first and collected on our behalf. She goes extra miles to help her guests whenever she can.
Thanks, Claire, we will certainly be back again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank leelets
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

My group of 7 chose to stay at Mistro Homestay, due mainly to the positive feedback from this forum, as well as the prompt reply that made our reservation a breeze. We were not disappointed.
The rooms were big and unbelievably clean. From the communal areas, to our own rooms, the whole place is so well maintained that we wished that our own home could be like that. Although all the rooms were booked, we did not feel that the place was crowded at all!
The breakfast provided was wholesome and well presented. It made a good start to the day.
What made the stay most memorable was the hospitality which Claire has shown. Although we did not arrange for pick-up service and contacted her only when we arrived at the train station, she was able to pick us up immediately, making 2 trips for our group. Then she recommended all the places which Hualien city has to offer to satisfy our ferocious appetite. Claire certainly has good knowledge of the shops and eateries in the city. Claire also went out of her way to make recommendations and help us book accommodations for our subsequent nights' stay during our vacation. Her recommendations were good, as they were based from her personal experiences, or from feedback given to her by her guests. We were most touched when she even went all the way to the train station to collect our train tickets, paying out from her own pocket first since we were out when she received confirmation for the availability of our train tickets. That, to us, was service from the heart, especially when she had already spent many hours helping us in the booking of hotels in other parts of Taiwan. Thanks, Claire, for making our stay in Hualien a memorable one.

Room Tip: Both rooms that we had were excellent.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Bee8811
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

Mistro was the first homestay that popped up when my friend and I googled for a homestay in Hualien. We were impressed by the photos of the rooms and the reviews. Glad to say we were not disappointed at all. We decided to reward ourselves and booked the room for 4 even though there were only 2 of us. The room was spacious and really clean. As mentioned by previous reviews, the best part of the homestay is the great hospitality given by Claire the owner. To quote what she shared with us, her motto is to let her guests feel at home as much as possible.

She was really helpful a wonderful host. From guiding us to locate the local must try foodie, booking day tours, preparing breakfast, booking train tickets, sending us to the railway station and even gamely allowing us to try driving her car.


谢谢 Claire, if you are reading this. Hope you fulfill your dream of setting up Cafe Mistro:)

From the two Singapore girls who drove your 小白

  • Stayed: October 2010
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1  Thank Wanlin28
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