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“Homely and relaxing”
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Bayview B&B
Ranked #87 of 1,615 Hualien County B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 July 2013

I booked for two nights at Bayview B&B after reading reviews here on Tripadvisor, and I was not disappointed. Juan was very helpful, and picked us up at the railway station in nearby Hualian, and drove us back there when we checked out. We chose a room with a sea view, and I would highly recommend this, as it costs only a little more. If you are lucky, you will be able to watch a beautiful sunrise, but if the weather is against you, then it is so relaxing just drawing open one of the windows and dreamily staring out towards the horizon at any time, and admiring the sweeping beach and the mountains in the background. You are only a few steps from the beach, and the B&B has unobstructed views. Juan also has a small hotel a stone's throw away in this peaceful village, and a little further back from the beach, but the B&B is small, and therefore homely and relaxing, and his mum looks after the guests with the personal touch if he isn't around. I am sure the hotel is good too, but I'm told the pace up there is a little faster, so it's horses for courses ...
It's only a few minutes by taxi to Hualian city centre, and the B&B booked us a trusted taxi driver each time we went in. Not only did we NOT get ripped off, the taxi driver gave us a discount because we hired him for the return to the hotel, too.
There is a good, friendly village eatery close-by the Bayview, which is right outside their crafts shop. Try their "Manbor Yiu", which is a very popular fish which can only be found in this area. Also try their very tasty local seaweed. I was lucky as my wife is Chinese and speaks some Mandarin, but if you have any problems, just ask Juan at the B&B. I'm sure he'll write down in Chinese what you want
Meanwhile, the B&B has bicycles which guests can use free of charge. There is a cycling path right behind the beach which stretches for several kilometers. Hualien City was not really my cup of tea. Too busy, too many mainland China tourists. So Bayview was for us a great alternative to a city hotel.
But I came here mainly to visit Taroko Gorge, and that truly lived up to its reputation. If you do spend a day at the gorge, you can have it virtually to yourself before around 4.30pm. After that it is a nightmare, clogged with dozens of buses with mainland tourists.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

i had a short stay in wang hai lou while i was in hualien in March 2013.
i had a big room to accomodate 4 adults & 1 toddler. We were welcomed by the beautiful ocean, clean rooms, spacious & friendly lady boss!

the breakfast spread was good. it wasn't expensive food but typical chinese breakfast, but were tasty and had a good variety! the breakfast lady was very friendly as well, and even packed porridge for my toddler :)

you'll be able to watch sunrise from the balcony in the room. after the sunrise, just catch hold of a bicycle (free rental) and cycle along the beach, enjoying the nature & scenery! there are also army airplanes practicing daily nearby the minsu around 9am,but subject to the weather conditions.

we had a good time there!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank JoDanAv
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Very helpful and warm hospitality extended to us who are return guests. Juan fetched us at HL TRA promptly and we had a pleasant conversation during the short 15 minutes car ride to Bayview Lodge. He most graciously allowed us to check in earlier to rest and refresh ourselves before next day's intensive walk along Taroko Gorge's 3 recommended and popular hiking tracks.

Appreciate greatly the complimentary bicycles to ride along the vast and scenic pavements along the beach and most grateful for the washer and hanger facilities to handle dirty laundry after a long day of hiking.

During our 4 days 3 nights stay over the weekend, we had a meaningful and most enjoyable time interacting with the owner Mrs Lin, Juan's mother who shared her enriching experiences with us. In addition, she also helps us to arrange their 'in-house' cabbie Mr Lee (honest & careful driver) who took us to Hualien city on 2 nights for dinner.

Especially enjoyed the scrumptious spread of breakfast served every morning by two great auntie-cooks who double up as our efficient room attendants :)

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bee Hua A
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

Situated in Chisingtan Beach just right in front of the Pacific Ocean which is known as the largest and deepest ocean, Bayview B&B offers the panoramic views of enchanting sunrise in the days and beautiful starry sky in the nights.

Bayview B&B is owned and run by a 3-members parents and son team. Although the B&B is small, it has a lovely family feel. We were warmly greeted and pampered throughout the 2 nights stay by some incredibly friendly and helpful people in the world.

The pristine pebble beach and turquoise blue sea are just within steps from the B&B establishment. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle. We truly enjoy the privacy and quietness as there is basically no human traffic with occasionally local people catching crabs at the beach.

Free bike rentals are available at the B&B. Bike path is fairly smooth and make for nice leisurely rides. The bike path connects the beachside accommodations to the Chisingtan Seawall, the best location to shoot awesome photos.

You can reach Katsuo Museum and Yuanyeh Resort (原野牧场) on foot within minutes. FamilyMart is located right behind the B&B. Traveling to Tze Chiang Night Market and Hualien Town is only about 15-20 minutes car journey.

We had a great stay and will definitely return when we next visit Hualien.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Eugene215
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

We booked very early in order to secure two rooms in this "minsu" as they have only very limited rooms. All rooms are facing the sea and our rooms located on the 3rd floor were very spacious and clean. My friends even got two double beds for the two of them! Although breakfast was limited but still okay to fill the tummy :)

The hotel provided free bicycles to use for their guest and its good to cycle around...Family Mart is just around the corner for all our needs.

Room Tip: All rooms facing the sea front with good view of sunrise.
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank melchew
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

fantastic experience started even before the trip. the son, Juan, who was handling our booking provided quick responses and excellent advises regarding the booking and even how to get there.. even offered an upgrade to a family room with 2 double beds as they were unable to offer a baby cot for my 1.5 year old girl, which i initially rejected, and had requested for a mattress on the floor instead...

when we reached, they came to pick us up from the train station (we informed them of our arrival time when we purchased our train tickets to hualien) and zipped us to the accomodation..

check-in was quick and pretty simple, with a quick briefing of the facilities available, including the free rental of bicycles to cycle around...

the room is spacious, with a balcony that has 2 chairs that look out into the sea... sunrise view is slightly towards the right instead of straight on.. view is really good and you can really look into the horizon listening to the waves hitting against the pebble beach..

breakfast spread is very typical for a chinese breakfast - porridge and some other items like vegetables, fried egg, fries/hashbrown, sausage etc.. on the 4th floor is the balcony which is always open for access, and is a very good spot to see the starry skies

the lady boss is really friendly and an easy person to chat with... when she found out we haven't booked our return train tickets back to taipei, she immediately went online and helped us book the best available tickets (the ones we wanted originally has been sold out) and printed our booking reference to bring to the minimart nearby for collection.. she also advised us on the different options we have to view taroko gorge... she also tried her best to help us arrange for transportation in and out of the place... in short, someone who would go out of her way to help her guests feel at home...

however, one very important note is that there is limited dining options in this area at night as this is like a 'country-side' and they do not have a restaurant in-house...

you won't be disappointed if u managed to book a stay with this place... the only disappointment you would have is not being able to book a room as they only have 5 rooms to let out...

Room Tip: all rooms are good - all face the sea
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank lowaloysius
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Excellent Hotel, Best Stay. Friendly Lady Boss. Facing the beach with amazing sunrise/sunset view.

Family Mart a 5 mins walk behind.

Free bikes from Wang Hai Lou..
Nice breakfast with even room calls to inform us breakfast is ready

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank travellingpassion01
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Address: No. 18, Qixing St., Xincheng Township, Hualien County 00971, Taiwan
Region: Taiwan > Hualien County
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #87 of 1,615 B&Bs / Inns in Hualien County
Number of rooms: 5

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