From Hualien train station, taxi fare was NT150 to the hotel. Stayed 2 nights for NT5,800 which is a really great bargain.
Being new, it has a great modern quality room: clean bed, bathroom, nice big TV. The japanese toilet bowl was a nice touch, having a built-in seat warmer is a luxury when the weather is cold.
As for location, ask for the local map from the reception. There are plenty of great food stalls and local products store to spend the night walking the nearby streets.
We had a 6am train to catch to kaoshiung (the other slots were fully booked. lesson learnt: booking 2 days earlier wasn't enough) and arranged for a morning call. The hotel staff didn't make the call, we overslept, the taxi driver left and we were in a panic mode. At the reception, the staff responded immediately by grabbing the hotel car keys, escorting us to the car, and speeding off to the train station. Made it in 10 mins with 5 mins to spare. Love the service recovery.
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- The Arsma Hotel is a landmark urban resort that provides elegant and convenient accommodations and services. The hotel is proud of its neo-classic ornaments and a spacious lobby with a gorgeous chandelier that beautifully lit the entire place. We are confident that our elite customers will savor luxurious and attentive services when experiencing Arsma with us.Our hotel has 126 well-appointed guest rooms that provide the utmost comfort to the satisfaction of our distinguished guests. With stylish lighting and exquisite furniture, the rooms are all characterized by uniquely splendid ambience that carries you away. Upper-level rooms feature marvelous views from the Central Mountains in the West, to the Pacific Ocean in the East. You will have the opportunity to indulge yourself in the magnificence of natural beauty just by staying in your room. We hope to make and share memories with you while your stay at Arsma. ... more less
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