We booked a room for four. It was spacious, with a great view with the sparse array of Taroke Gorge front in our face! However, the basic amenities might be lacking compared to 3-star hotels. The bathroom had bad ventilation so it stank up once someone crapped in the toilet. Towels provided were only in the size of a face towel. There is no wardrobe, only a slots to hang against the wall. The most inconvenient part was having to climb up to the 4th storey where the room was located. Especially since my father had difficulty walking, the climbing portion was a huge minus. We didnt expect such, until we got there. Breakfast is provided, but it's only so-so. A plus point, is that it is accessible to a night market nearby, about 10 mins walk.
The minsu also provides tour options, because the man of the house, named Ah Bao, is a tour guide/ cabbie himself. While this allows convenient arrangement, we didn't enjoy the tour as much, compared to another cabbie that we hired when we were touring Yehliu/ Jiufen. Mainly because Ah Bao wasn't very comprehensive in introducing the place when he took us around. Although he told us to take our time, his tone and actions made him seem very impatient and we felt as though we had to rush about.
Though the entire experience wasn't that good, it wasn't that bad either. However, if I were to tour Hualien again, I would try another minsu and book another cab/ tour myself.
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