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“Best minsu!!”
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Echo villa
Ranked #7 of 1,615 Hualien County B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

A MUST stay minsu in Hualien.. !!! It's definitely a minsu with the WOW factor! We stayed in Starbucks room in Dec 2012 for 1 night (regretted not staying for 1 more night!). The room was nicely decorated and the owner ah cheng is very particular about the small things which makes the guests feel cosy throughout the stay. They provides Loccitane shampoo and shower foam.. free minibars (complimentary water and coke).. complimentary pick up service from the train station (in the cute vintage volkswagan van).... 5 star service! Homemade breakfast is simple but tasty..! The only small issue is the location of the minsu.. it is not walking distance to the city and nightmarket.. so we got to take cab everytime we go out.. not a problem for us as the cab there is cheap and ah cheng will help us to get a cab whenever we want to go out. Will definitely stay there again if we visit Hualien the next time!

Room Tip: the online booking system starts 2 or 3 months (can't exactly remember) before your check in dat...
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

When I first booked this villa, I was uncertain of what to expect and not sure if the villa would be as nice as the pictures shown on the website. I was really excited although I had my reservations.
However, upon reaching the villa, I was really really elated and felt that the amount spent was worthwhile. I would say that the price of accommodation is not cheap but given the hospitality and unique design of the villa, it was money well spent!

What attracts me most was the little details of the interior design, every corner of the villa was well designed and displays the interest of the villa owner. When being introduced to the villa, it just makes you go wow, wow and WOWWWW! It's like a whole package kinda thing.

Another plus point about the villa was the location. It puts you away from the bustling city life but at the same time, it is not too far away from city! Taking a cab out to city area where convenience stores and the shopping area are, is relatively near and affordable.

The only thing that you will have to worry about is taking a train from Taipei (or wherever you land in Taiwan) to Hualien and the rest will be well taken care of by the host, Ah Cheng. He provides picking up service from the train station back to the villa and vice versa. And according to your preferences, he will provide suggestions on your itinerary and arrange a driver to bring you around! There are also useful maps and travel guide brochures in the villa for navigating around Hualien.

Definitely coming back again to this place and looking forward to their new branch also in Hualien but along the coast!!

Room Tip: Prefer the 1st level room due to its spaciousness and koi pond
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

Went with hubby to Taiwan for the first time last month (December 2012) for 2 weeks holiday. We stayed at echo villa for the night stay at hualien and it was simply too amazing. It is really a very beautiful glass house and and most importantly, the feeling of being there yourself is just so wonderful. You definitely have to be there yourself to feel it! Really thanks ah cheng (阿呈) for making us feel so much at home.... I love the way how he still maintain the home feel (好像回到家的感觉) despite being so popular. Not forgetting ah cheng's mum delicious breakfast (妈妈的爱心早餐) that was delivered to your room in the morning. Also, thanks to 阿呈recommendation, we got an excellent guide, ah hong (阿鸿) for our hualien trip. Thanks 阿鸿 for bringing us to all the nice places and giving us good recommendation on food that we really must tried since our stay at hualien is quite short. He feels more like a long time friend than a guide. Thumbs up again! :)
Really regret for not planning longer stay at hualien this time round, will definitely visit hualien again and opt to stay longer and also try other rooms at echo villa. :) already looking forward for my next trip! :)
阿呈and阿鸿,到时见!:)

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank JaneBen1979
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Echo Villa was just wonderful! I stayed in 觀星閣 for 2 nights and sleeping under the stars was amazing! I will definitely go back to Hualien just to stay at Echo Villa again! I am missing the yummy breakfast made by Ah Cheng's mom.....

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

Believe every bit of sterling tribute everyone here pays to Echo Villa, Ah 呈 and his father, the person behind the fine piece of architecture that houses the 民宿. In addition to what everyone has mentioned, in terms of the fantastic attention to details, the yummy breakfast etc, I would also have to mention the great running routes the homestay offer, one of which I explored one morning, after going down 国福 (guofu) Street. The scenery came right out of a running magazine, mountains shrouded in clouds, a majestic looking temple, and flowing streams. If you are a runner, this is the place to be man.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

Kevin was really friendly and nice, great service provided, really love the atmosphere and am very pleased overall. Also the view was really great from the glass panels of the villa and I am very appreciative towards Kevin's great attitude that allows us to have a really great time. Awesomeeee!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank Meoooooooow
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

We stayed in Echovilla for 4 nights. The room is very beautifully decorated, cosy and warm, gives us a homely feel. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Echovilla. The owner, Ah Chen, is very friendly, helpful and passionate in his work. He helped us to arrange for driver to pick us up from Cingjing farm to Hualien and stayed at Echovilla. As the main highway is closed for maintenance, we had to go through Taroke mountainous terrain, the driver, Xiao Li, is also highly experienced, knowledgeable and professional in ensuring the journey is pleasant and safe. During our stay in Hualien, Ah Chen and Xiao Li, discussed between themselves and with us the places we wanted to visit and do. They gave us suggestions to do and visit and introduced us to local places to eat. The breakfast provided is also highly commendable; nutritious, tasty and creative. The breakfast is prepared by Ah Chen's mother. As we need to go to a farm in Miaoli province, Ah Chen once again arranged for an experienced driver, Mr Yang, to fetch us. The journey is very long, coupled with the snow condition at Hehuanshan area, which made the road condition slippery, we would like to thank Ah Chen and the driver in fetching us to the farm safely. We have been to other B&B places in Australia, however, our stay in Echovilla has been very comfortable and enjoyable as we can see the love and passion of Ah Chen and his family. As he said, he would like to bring a home feeling to all his guests and he wants all his guests to be his friends. Keep up the good work Ah Chen!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Katherineho
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Address: No. 21, Alley 168, Lane 289, Guofu St., Hualien County 970, Taiwan
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Region: Taiwan > Hualien County
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Ranked #7 of 1,615 B&Bs / Inns in Hualien County
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Echo villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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