We stayed in Hotel Bayview twice, for a total of 3 nights and truly enjoyed our stay here. Before our trip, many people told us that Hualien is merely a rest stop for a trip to the Taroko Gorge and nothing more. I would beg to differ after my awesome stay in Hotel Bayview, the 3 nights in Hualien are certainly well-spent!
The hotel in general is very well maintained and clean. The rooms and bathrooms are deserving of 5-star status, but you are only paying the price of a budget hotel in Taipei! The service from the staff is also great - we stayed here with a break of one night in between when we went out of Hualien. When we came back, our luggage that we previously placed in the hotel for storage was waiting for us nicely in our room! Breakfast was a simple buffett with Taiwanese porridge and some finger food.
Location-wise, the hotel is a 15 minutes taxi ride (TWD350 fixed for a return journey) from the night market or the town centre, but there is lots to do within the vicinity of Hotel Bayview. For one, it is located right smack on Cisingtan beach, which presents great views of the Hualien coast and the Pacific Ocean. The hotel provides free bicycle rental, which I strongly encourage you to make use of to explore the Cisingtan coastal area. You will be rewarded with great views as well as delightful seafood at the Hualien Fishing Harbour (just a relaxing 1 hour bicycle ride away)!
If you are intending to stay in Hualien, look no further than this!
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