Located on the mountainous eastern coast of Taiwan, Hualien County is the largest county by area in the country. Home to numerous magnificent scenic attractions, such as the famous Taroko Gorge and Qixingtan Beach, Hualien is certainly a highly recommended destination to visit in Taiwan. Situated between the impressive Pacific Ocean and the majestic Central Mountain Range, Hualien City is a good base for tourists to enjoy the county’s natural landscapes and fresh air.
Recently, I stayed at 500KM Home in Hualien City to check out its surrounding picturesque sights. It was such a cosy homestay experience that I can’t wait to share with you here. Read this article to find out why 500KM Home in Hualien City is highly recommended!
The 5-storey 500KM Home looks modest and unassuming from its exterior, but pass through its entrance, and you would find a warm and cosy-looking common lounge. You can rest and relax on the nostalgic teak wood furnishings over an aromatic cup of coffee or tea. Chat with the amicable host - the Tsai family over anything under the sun, including travel tips about the best places and timings to catch the most awesome scenery in the county. Feel free to scribble your thoughts or comments about the home on the huge green wall behind the TV, to add to the artistic atmosphere it evokes. Coupled with the warmth of the host, you would certainly feel right at home in the atmospheric common lounge.
Address: No.106, Beibin Street
Price: from 56 USD
Smoke alarms Fire extinguishers Internet services Non-smoking rooms Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Tour desk Cashless payment available All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
Comfortable guest room and essential amenities just like home
Guest rooms are located on the second to fourth floors of the house, with a choice of twin, triple or quadruple rooms based on your personal needs. Rooms may be compact at about 18 square metres (193.75 square feet) for the twin-sharing room, but they are well-equipped with amenities you would appreciate. These include clean towels and toiletries in the neat bathroom, hangers, an elegant dressing table with cosy chairs, flat-screen TV with cable channels and even a standing electric fan, just in case the summer heat is too much for you to bear.
Needless to say, in a highly tech-savvy country like Taiwan, complimentary Wi-Fi service is the norm for the provision of accommodation amenities in the country. At 500KM Home, you would be pleased to know that there is a dedicated network on each floor of the building, so the internet connection is definitely stable and strong. Of course, at the end of the day, we all look forward to a good night’s rest on a comfortable bed and rest assured the beds at 500KM Home are comfortable to sleep on. Furthermore, should you need to wash your dirty laundry during your stay, feel free to use the washing machine and liquid detergent located on the rooftop too. Just treat 500KM Home exactly like your own home and feel comfortable in it!
Simple yet delicious breakfast to kickstart your day
While 500KM Home is a simple bed & breakfast concept with no posh on-site cafes or restaurants, you would be surprised to find pleasant surprises for breakfast every morning. Breakfast is prepared with fresh local seasonal ingredients daily, and the host takes pride in ensuring you wake up to a simple yet authentic local breakfast. Not only does it smell good, look visually appealing, but it certainly also tastes great. If you are craving for some particular local delight, let the friendly host know and you may be in for a surprise the next morning!
Great location to enjoy the best of the city
Located along Beibin Street which is just one street away from the sea, enjoy beautiful sea views right from the comfort of the bayfront or sunrise room. You can also soak in the gorgeous views of nature at the open-concept rooftop while enjoying the sea breeze. Welcome the first ray of light either in the comfort of your sea-facing room or head up to the rooftop to catch that gorgeous moment.
Furthermore, 500KM Home is only about 10 minutes on foot to the lively night markets and commercial district down the street, where you can shop and eat to your heart’s content. If you find walking too tiring, you can also ride on one of the bicycles in the home for free to roam around the city. The famous Qixingtan Beach is a 20-min drive while Taroko National Park is a 40-minute drive away from the B&B. If you are planning to explore other parts of Taiwan by rail, Hualien Railway Station is a short 10-minute drive away, and Mr Tsai can pick you up at the railway station or send you there for your next leg of the trip as well. In short, 500KM Home is strategically located for you to enjoy the best of the city’s nature sights as well as modern conveniences.
A home away from home
500KM Home is the perfect option for travellers who wish to enjoy the conveniences of staying in the city while trying out a cosy homestay hosted by hospitable locals. The Tsai family is so warm and approachable that you would certainly feel comfortable staying with them. Not only does the host provide useful tips to roam around the city, you can also ask them for help with booking of local tours. Furthermore, they would even go the extra mile to bring you out to fascinating sights in Hualien, so that you would leave the city with awesome travel memories.
With such impeccable services and rooms to stay in, 500KM Home certainly makes guests feel at home despite being away from home. Prices start from a reasonable 1,600 TWD (52.60 USD) per night for a twin-sharing room, certainly affordable even for budget travellers. I am confident you will enjoy the cosy homestay at 500KM Home like I did. Do check them out for your next trip to Hualien!