We travelled in a group of 6 + 1 (a 2-y/o) to Taiwan; drove from Cingjing to Hualien (note: this is something I would NOT recommend), and arrived at 6ish at night.
My friends were shocked - from the outside, it seems like I'd booked a remote place. Their fears were quelled when we went in. Angie and mum have done up the place quite nicely, and it's pretty spacious. There are a few rooms on the first floor, but ours was on the second, all the way at the end of the hallway.
The room we booked was for 6-8 pax. It was a nice size for us, and quite well-designed too. It's like a 'loft', so the family of 3 took the upstairs while the rest of us were downstairs. There's a small sitting area for 2 that overlooks the garden in the aisle-way just before the toilet, and a small balcony. Simple, but nice for us.
The toilet was done very nicely as well - shower, bath tub, plus shelf + hooks for us to put our stuff. There were 8 hooks (very thoughtful!) that were well utilized by us. Angie provided shampoo etc, and was also thoughtful enough to provide baby shampoo as well for the 2 y/o.
It was a comfortable stay; no complaints about the bed and pillows. The 2 y/o slept quite soundly on both nights, so I'd say it's pretty good!
Breakfast was simple & healthy; no complaints at all whatsoever. Fruits, a "sandwich", home-made soy drink ... and at night, when we found Angie at the dining table working on her computer, she invited us to have a special-blend tea that was quite a treat.
This is a beautiful minsu. What I truly appreciate was how
- Angie went out of her way to help my driver friends plan the driving route from Hualien back to Taipei (at this point, the highway between Hualien and Taipei has crashed so DO NOT DRIVE)
- Li MaMa woke up at 3.20am to prepare breakfast for us
- both Angie and Li MaMa made sure we were well taken care of, and bid their farewells to us all at 4.30am
1) Angie gave us personal food recommendations. You must ask her for the steamboat one ... that was YUMMY. I doubt it'll be on tourist maps because this steamboat place is located at the front of someone's house.
2) There are different bath tubs in each room. There's the standard one, and then there's what my friends call the "tub" in which you can comfortably sit. So if you've a party of 2-4, and this matters to you, look at the pictures on the website and then choose your room.
3) DRIVE in Hualien. There's parking space at Casa De Angie.
Casa de Angie is not in the heart of Hualien; it's in Shoufeng, which is about a 20-25min drive into Hualien (my benchmark of Hualien being the train station). To get to Taroko, it's about an hour. Slightly less than an hour to 七星潭 (Seven Star Beach).
My suggestion: Train down to Hualien from Taipei, and then drive around Hualien.
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