Hualien Hotel Guide

The Best Neighborhoods & Where To Stay In Hualien

Welcome To Hualien

Squeezed between the mountains and the sea, Hualien is a lovely oceanside town on the east coast of Taiwan. About 2 hours south of Taipei, Hualien is the jumping-off point for Taroko Gorge National Park and numerous other outdoor adventures.

Hualien Layout at a Glance

Most of Hualien follows a rough grid pattern with primary roads going East-West and North-South. Zhongshan Road bisects the city from east to west and is the primary road to know in Hualien. Most things of importance are within 3-4 blocks of Zhongshan Road and there are always taxis driving up and down this wide road. Don’t know which way to go on Zhongshan? If you see giant green mountains in front of you, you are walking West! It’s that easy.

We believe these are the three best neighborhoods in which to stay in Hualien. Beibin, Downtown, Train Station. Each are good for different reasons as we will outline below.

Neighborhoods To Stay

Beibin

This oceanfront neighborhood along Beibin Street (actually two one-way roads a block apart) offers a growing collection of boutique hotels and guesthouses right by the ocean. Beibin Street begins at Zhongshan Road and is only 5-6 blocks long so it’s impossible to get lost (see map below). Beibin is a very short walk from the Dongdamen Night MarketBeibin Oceanfront Boardwalk and Nanbin Waterfront Park. The seafront bicycle path goes directly in front of Beibin street as well, making this area a great jumping off point for bike rides. If you want to be by the sea and within short walking distance to downtown restaurant and shopping areas, this is a wonderful neighborhood.

Downtown

The Downtown area can loosely be defined as the area of Zhongshan Road from the sea to Linsen Road and 4 blocks on either side (see map below). This is the area where you will find the primary shopping areas, most of the restaurants, Dongdamen Night Market, the outdoor craft markets and food vendors, several small walking roads and more. This is also the area with most of the banks, coffee shops, all the bars/nightlife and more. Really, if you want to walk from your hotel to do stuff, being in downtown is the best place to be. Most of the bars are along Linsen Road.

Train Station

This budget friendly area around the train station is where you will find most of the hostels and inexpensive accommodations. That being said, you are a hearty 20-30 minute walk into downtown for most of the action. Not ideal in hot summer heat or in the rainy season. Taxi’s to downtown are only $100 TWD each way but of course these can add up if you do it a lot. There are some decent restaurants in the train station area but nothing compared to the variety in downtown. If price and proximity to trains is your priority, there are hundreds of inexpensive places to choose from in this neighborhood.

Budget Hotels

Byeyer Hotel

Price: $       Average Review: 4.5/5

While staying at Byeyer Hotel Hualien, you’ll be centrally located in downtown Hualien City, just a short 1-minute drive from the Hualien Dongdamen Night Market and 12 minutes from Chishingtan Beach. Amenities include an on-site restaurant, free WiFi, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage. There is also free self-parking available onsite and a complimentary airport shuttle.

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Azure Hotel

Price: $          Average Rating: 4.8/5

The Azure Hotel is centrally located in the downtown area of Hualien City, just a 4-minute walk from the Japanese General House. Featured amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs, a fitness center, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. You can also get a roundtrip airport shuttle or train station pick-up service for an additional charge.

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Lakeshore Hotel Hualien

Price: $             Average Rating: 4/5

A great option for families, the Lakeshore Hotel Hualien is in the downtown area, overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the east and hills of green to the west. Guests can enjoy exclusive access to the on-site sauna and Kids’ Haven. Additional amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and a gym.  All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with cable/satellite channels, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and a mini bar. Guests can enjoy local cuisine served daily at the modern on-site restaurant.

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The Leaf Inn

Price:$           Average Rating: 4.9/5

The Leaf Inn provides a welcoming and comfortable place to stay while in Hualien, with express check-in and check-out features, free Wi-Fi and a coffee bar included. Staying at the inn is fun for the whole family, as kids will love the play area and adults can plan sightseeing trips with help from the friendly staff at the inn’s tour desk. Each room offers air conditioning, a rain shower, a flat-screen TV and comfy slippers. Enjoy a unique dining experience at the on location restaurant or relax in the cozy lounge bar.

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Lishiuan International Hotel

Price: $$         Average Rating: 4.0/5

The Lishiuan International Hotel is a short walk from the Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum in the downtown area.  The hotel has a rooftop terrace and free Wi-Fi, as well as valet parking and a free shuttle service. Additional amenities include fitness classes, a coffee bar, and 24-hour room service. All rooms are air-conditioned and the hotel provides a variety of in-house dining options with both the Tastefulness Cafe and Karaoke Lounge.

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Midrange Hotels

Follow The Cloud B&B

Price: $$           Average Rating: 5/5

With a stay at Follow the Cloud B&B, you’ll be right on a river, and within a 10-minute drive of Chishingtan Beach. Amenities at this beautiful B&B include complimentary Wi-Fi, express check-in, express check-out, and a roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours). Each room is equipped with air conditioning and a private terrace for taking in beautiful views. Each stay also comes with a complimentary breakfast.

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Kaho Hotel

Price: $$            Average Rating: 4.3/5

With a stay at Kaho Hotel in downtown Hualien City, you’ll be within an easy 5-minute drive of Tzu Chi Cultural Park. Featured amenities at the Kaho Hotel include express check-in, express check-out, luggage storage, as well as a complimentary roundtrip airport shuttle. Each room is uniquely furnished and comes complete with a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Dine at the on-site restaurant or relax in the bar and lounge.

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Full Kind Hotel

Price: $               Average Rating: 4/5

The Full Kind Hotel in downtown Hualien City, is an 11-minute walk from Beibin Park Beach and 0.7 miles from Nanbin Park Beach. Each room at the 4-star hotel has a beautiful city view, and guests can enjoy full access to a fitness center and to a restaurant. Private parking is available on-site. Popular with couples, all guest rooms at Full Kind come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, an electric tea pot, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. Full Kind Hotel also offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast.

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Aria2 Home

Price: $$         Average Rating: 5/5

You’ll find Aria2 Home in downtown Hualien City, an easy 10-minute walk from Hualien Railway Station. The  Aria2 offers cozy and welcoming guest rooms. The homestay has a sun terrace with views of the mountains. Free parking is also available with advance reservations. Each guest room is designed in a different style and features a flat-screen TV and refrigerator. Certain rooms include a seating area, balcony, or terrace. Each private bathroom comes with cozy slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can also enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant.

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Sea Dragonfly

Price:$$               Average Rating: 4.5/5

The Sea Dragonfly in nearby Shoufeng is within a 15-minute drive of central Hualien. These beautiful apartment-style accommodations feature amazing ocean views close to Hualien. The featured amenities include luggage storage, an elevator, and coffee/tea in a common area. There is also free self-parking onsite. Each room offers free Wi-Fi, a flat screen tv, and a complimentary breakfast. You can also dine in the on-site restaurant for your convenience.

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High End Hotels

Gaeavilla Resort

Price: $$            Average Rating: 4/5

The Gaeavilla Resort in Hualien offers a completely unique and immersive experience that you’ll never forget. The resort offers a plethora of amenities from its mind-purifying teahouse to the yoga room and organic spa. Not to mention the health enhancing food served at the on-site restaurant. Each room is designed with tranquility in mind and features free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen tv, and private terrace or balcony.

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Arch Villa

Price: $$            Average Rating: 4.3/5

At the Arch Villa, in downtown Hualien City, you’ll be an easy 15-minute drive from Chishingtan Beach and Hualien Dongdamen Night Market. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and refrigerator in a common area. There is also free self-parking available onsite. Find solace in the garden, relax in a shared lounge, or take in the amazing views from your private terrace at Arch Villa.

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Hualien Farglory Hotel

Price: $$$             Average Rating: 4.8/5

As one of the most famous hotels in Hualien, the Farglory Hotel in nearby Shoufeng offers a variety of rooms set against lush hills overlooking the ocean. The hotel is intricately designed as a Victorian palace, and each room features a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. During your stay enjoy free WiFi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, and 3 on-site restaurants. Guests can also pamper themselves at the hotel’s spa with massages, wraps, and aromatherapy. Free airport shuttles are also available as the resort is 20 minutes south of Hualien.

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Fleur Villa

Price: $$           Average Rating: 4.7/5

A stay at Fleur Villa, in downtown Hualien City, means you’ll be within just a 15-minute drive of Hualien Dongdamen Night Market and Chishingtan Beach. Featuring mountain views, Fleur Villa has accommodations with a balcony and a coffee machine, the property boasts a terrace and free private parking. The air-conditioned villa consists of 3 separate bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with toiletries provided and a living room. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is also provided. The nearest airport is Hualien Airport, which is just 2.5 miles from Fleur Villa. There is also free self-parking available onsite.

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Bluesky Puyuma B&B

Prince: $$                  Average Rating: 4.3/5

The Bluesky PUYUMA B&B in nearby Ji’an township is within a 15-minute drive of Central Hualien and Hualien Dongdamen Night Market. The featured amenities at this unique B&B include luggage storage, an elevator, and free self-parking onsite. Each room is designed in a uniquely fun way, including a fun Hello Kitty themed room. Every room has a private bathroom, as well as a terrace or balcony. You’ll also have a flat-screen TV and access to complimentary Wi-Fi.

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So Much More To Discover in Hualien!

Map of Neighborhoods

*Map Not To Scale – From the train station it is a 20 minute walk to Linsen Road and a 30-35 minute walk to the Dongdamen night market,

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Get ready for the clinking of games and the steam and sizzle of food vendors as you stroll through the corridors of the lively Dongdamen Night Market and immerse yourself in local Hualien “nightlife”

Opened in 2015, the Hualien Night Market is the largest (and certainly most entertaining) market on the East Coast of Taiwan. Also known as the Dongdamen Night Market, the sprawling wide-laned marketplace is a must visit experience when spending an evening in Hualien.

With over 400 vendors at the night market, the amount of food on offer is incredible. And it isn’t just Taiwanese food either, you can find items from mainland China, America, Thailand, Japan and numerous other regions as well. Due to the enormous amount of food on offer and the variety you can sample, it is an easy place to get a unique, inexpensive dinner.

Along with food, you will find entertainers including singers, guitarists, drummers, dancers and more. Visitors can eat and drink while enjoying the musicians croon hit cover songs, traditional aboriginal songs and the occasional original ballad. There are also several sections of the night market featuring carnival style games such as dart throwing, ring toss or crossbow shooting. You may even be lucky enough to win a prize while there!

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Traveling During Covid-19: A Taiwan Guide

In a typical year, Taiwan is an exciting destination in Asia to visit. Its city’s beautiful skylines, night markets, natural beauty, temples, quirky cafés, and museums draw in visitors worldwide. Taiwan is a destination that everyone should experience at least once.

However, the past few years have not been typical travel years. COVID-19 has impacted travel across the globe. Quarantines, closures, and restrictions have become the new norm in almost every country. Health advice about COVID-19 in continually changing, but we’ve got the latest information for you. 

So, what about Taiwan?

If you’re interested in visiting there, stay tuned. This article will provide an overview of everything you need to know about traveling to Taiwan and COVID-19.

Is It Safe To Visit Taiwan During Covid-19?

Taiwan is one of the most secure places in the world when it comes to COVID-19. The island has done better at curbing COVID-19 than almost any other nation in the world. There have been a total of 9 million COVID-19 cases in Taiwan as of January 6, 2023, with 15,455 deaths from the pandemic. 

COVID-19 CASES IN TAIWAN

As of January 5, 2023, there have only been 9,007,371 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic. 8,547,547 of these people have recovered from the coronavirus.

VACCINE

Taiwan began vaccinating its residents in March of 2021. Taiwan has administered 64,721,772 vaccines as of January 6, 2023. Roughly 91% of the country’s population is now vaccinated. 

General COVID-19 Regulations In Taiwan

As of December 5, 2022, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that, due to the increase in the number of inbound travelers, it plans to adjust the eligibility criteria for the government’s program to cover the medical expenses of people diagnosed with COVID-19 during their isolation period (based on the nationality/National Health Insurance status at the time of diagnosis). The adjustments about eligibility will take effect on January 1, 2023. 

The government will cover medical expenses related to isolation and treatment of R.O.C. nationals, non-R.O.C. nationals that are enrolled in the NHI program, and employed foreign nationals in Taiwan during their isolation period.

Non-R.O.C. nationals not enrolled in the NHI program will not need to pay their medical expenses during their isolation period if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 in Taiwan.

Taiwan has lifted the face mask mandate for outdoor settings. However, you should still wear a mask if you experience COVID-like symptoms or when social distancing isn’t possible. 

WHO CAN ENTER

As of January 6, 2023, if you’re entering Taiwan on a direct flight from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), you must take a saliva-based PCR test on arrival at the airport. 

From January 6 on, if you’re flying from China to Taiwan (including from China to Taiwan transiting through Hong Kong and Macau), you must also present a PCR test taken within 48 hours before boarding your flight or a rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 hours before boarding. 

If you test negative, you can go to your accommodation for 7 days of Self-initiated Epidemic Prevention. If you test positive, you’ll need to isolate and practice self-health management until you test negative, or 7 days have passed since the last day of your isolation period. 

If you’re traveling from locations other than China, you don’t have to do any testing or quarantine, but you will need to undertake 7 days of Self-initiated Epidemic Prevention. The Self-initiated Epidemic Prevention period can take place in a private residence, provided it meets the criteria.

ISOLATION PERIOD

As of January 6, 2023, Taiwan still requires any visitors to the country to do a 7-day self-initiated epidemic prevention. This self-initiated prevention can take place in a home or a residence of a friend or family member that meets the requirement of the one person per room. This rule means you should have a separate bathroom for the self-initiated prevention. 

If a residence for quarantine fails to meet the requirement of one person per room, the arrival can stay at a quarantine hotel but cannot stay at a general hotel. 

Tourism In Taiwan During COVID-19

Within the country, people are free to move about with little to no restrictions and no curfews. Masks are no longer required in public spaces and the tourist experience is intact for those living in Taiwan.

TRANSPORTATION

Flights are still running between Taiwan and many international destinations. There are no restrictions on public transportation within the country, and everything is operating on its regular schedule.

TOURS/TOUR SITES

Many tours and tourist destinations are still operating in Taiwan with increased safety measures. These protocols include masks and social distancing.

RESTAURANTS

Dining, restaurants, night markets, and street food are open for business. Many places look like they did pre-COVID. There are robust options for those looking to dine out in Taiwan.

NIGHTLIFE

Taiwan still has nightlife and celebrations. Most recently, the island held numerous Lunar New Year celebrations. Taiwan even successfully held a famous EDM music festival, ULTRA Taiwan, last November.

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