My husband already visited Taroko gorge a few years ago and stayed in Hualien. By bus it's still quite a long ride to the national park, so we decided to stay closer to the park this time. The "Crossing the Rainbow Bridge B&B" is pretty close to the park entrance, about ten minutes by bike, but also pretty far away by foot from any restaurant, shop and the train station in Xincheng.
The rooms are great and the prices very good. The B&B looks exactly as on it's homepage which was pretty nice upon arrival because you don't feel like coming to a foreign place. The traditional breakfast is very good, there are free mountain bikes and free wi-fi (but it was often very slow or not available).
The stay could have been really great, but there were a few things that really made us think:
1. In his e-mails Teyra (the owner of the B&B) didn't write that he could pick us up for free from the train station in Xincheng, so we took a taxi to get to the B&B. Upon a arrival he told us that he could have picked us up. However, on our last day he ordered a taxi to bring us to the train station for free because he couldn't drive us.
2. Directly upon a arrival we had to pay the rest of the money. Teyra said that he had forgotten that it was National day and thus one of our three nights would cost 1000 NTD more. After some talking, he finally accepted that we were not willing to pay more. Furthermore, he also said that we only paid 3000 NTD in advance although we actually paid 3500. We showed him our credit card receipt online and had to wait for his wife to come back from Xinsheng with an account statement. Only then could we enter the room.
3. When we wanted to rent a scooter, Teyra offered to drive us to a scooter rental in Xinsheng. We thankfully accepted his offer. He told us that the scooter would be 450 NTD per day. When we arrived in Xinsheng we wanted to go first to the train station (which was next to the scooter rental) to book another train ticket. Teyra seemed to be a bit upset about this but let us out and drove back home. When we went to the scooter rental, the guy said a scooter was only 400 NTD a day. We then asked ourselves if Teyra just mixed up the costs or told us a higher price because he might get a commission from the rental.
4. On our last day we had to bring the scooter back to Xinsheng. Teyra offered to pick us up afterwards and we agreed to meet at a certain time at a specific place. We waited for about half an hour and then decided to walk back (which took us another 30 minutes). Later Teyra came to our room to apologize (he was looking up something on the internet for another visitor and just forgot time).
Although we liked the house, the garden, the food and the room very much, we are not sure if we'd come back. The things that happened just left a bitter after taste to an otherwise nice stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Crossing the Rainbow Bridge” (muda hakaw utux) is the highest practice of Truku personal values. The tribal people refer to the “Rainbow Bridge” from hakaw (bridge) and utux (spirit). The rainbow is the totem symbol of the tribal spirits. In Truku's traditions, only those who observe the moral code of gaya will be eligible to cross the Rainbow Bridge and meet up with ancestors. The theme of the “Crossing the Rainbow Bridge” Bed and Breakfast is based on Truku culture. This landscaping effect combines with traditional culture to produce a deep and elegant cultural introduction. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crossing The Rainbow Bridge b&b
- Crossing The Rainbow Bridge Hotel Hualien