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Reviewed July 2, 2016

We stayed here for 6 days with an 18 month old and it was absolutely fantastic.

The bnb feels like home the minute you step in, you are made to feel very welcome. There is a sense of comfort and peace to the house, giving it an aura of restfulness that is very refreshing. When you have had enough of resting, there are bikes provided for your use free of charge (there is even a bike with a child seat).

There is great attention to detail and it shows everywhere - there was a baby bath tub and a stool prepared for us to bathe the toddler in, the breakfast menu varied everyday with a view of giving you a culinary overview of what Hualien has to offer (home baked organic breads, selection of local deliciousness like salty soy bean pudding, dumplings, fresh mango, lychee, dragon fruit etc). Between the summer sun and the child, we generated a ton of laundry, and viola! There was a huge washing machine which sorted everything out in a blink. Recommendations for what to see are made with a lot of thought of what was manageable for us with a young child.

Staying here is like staying with family who look forward to your visit, and welcome you with open arms.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Munichgal
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Reviewed April 16, 2016

There is a reason why this cosy B&B continues to garner outstanding accolades from fellow reviewers - it simply is the BEST B&B we have ever stayed in our 10-day trip to Taiwan. The owners , Ah Shin and Niu Niu, are passionate about what they do and it shows in every detail, such as the clean and well-equipped rooms, lovely breakfast they prepare each morning and the warm hospitality extended to all their guests. Their sincerity shines through as they offer helpful tips and advice on the best bites and must-see places in Hualien. This welcoming B&B was one of the highlights of our trip, and we are definitely going back there. The bubbly and friendly Ah Shin and Niu Niu made our stay very pleasant; all the other B&Bs we stayed at paled in comparison.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank CTbadger07
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Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

The best part of our stay at 象个家民宿 is the very warm and friendly hosts Ah Shin and Niu Niu, their lovely homemade breakfast and very homey decor. The hosts strikes me as genuinely wanting their guests to feel at home and to be equipped with the necc knowledge (their food map was really useful) to be able to enjoy the famous shops and night market in downtown Hualien. The minsu is a bit far off from the city, but the advantage is that its quiet and peaceful with views of vegetable patches and mountains just outside the balcony. They also clean our rooms and replace our towels on a daily basis. We were also lucky to have met a very friendly Taiwanese family from Taitung who was staying at that Minsu. We learnt so much about Taitung during out breakfast interactions, and am inspired to make Taitung part of my itinerary for my next Taiwan trip. The only bit that the hosts could consider improving is to look into providing a bigger dressing table in the room and another ledge for toiletries in the bathroom. Currently there is not enough place to put your stuff. Nevertheless, Ah Shin, Niu Niu and ah gao (the very tame and sweet doggie) Thanks for making my stay so enjoyable!

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Yvonne_mamacat
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Reviewed March 31, 2016

This place is a well decoration gem with hospitality to match. The B&B is run by two ladies (Niū Niū and Xīn Xīn). They are very helpful and would give you all the instructions you need to visit the neighbouring attractions. The problem I have is that it is not very accessible for seniors. If you are given a room on the 3rd floor, then you have to haul your luggage up 3 flights of stair. So be warned if you are physically weak. The way it is decorated would appeal to the young generation (kawaii generation). On the practical side, the room lacks table surface to put odds and ends. It also lacks electrical outlets for plugging multiple electrical devices (laptops, smart phone charger, camera battery charger etc).

The overall experience is positive.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed January 29, 2016

I've been liasing with them since before coming to Taiwan and they have been very helpful throughout. We did not stay for long as we were stuck in a jam before reaching Hualien due to it being on 1st Jan (New Year) and everyone was out since the weather was great. Also due to some train tickets issues, we had to leave very early in the morning.

But the few hours were still great given their hospitality and friendliness while hosting us. Abit far from the town area but taxis aren't that expensive here to take you to this home. Although we came in a little late into the night (9pm), they were still there to welcome us and bring us to our room. The extra bed was already set up and we had a quick tour of the home before settling into our room. We had to run errands at the supermarket and they suggested my 2 friends to borrow their bicycle - if not it would've been a long walk.

Next morning, we took a lift from them to the train station as it was too early in the morning to hail any cab/taxi.

Overall, I know from the start of my liaising with them on how genuine their service is (and we haven't even met yet!). It was a pity many things played a part and didn't allow us to do a proper tour of Hualien and stay a little longer. Definitely will come back to Hualien again and to your guesthouse the next time. Thanks again for all the help and accomodation. Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Juraimi J
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