X

Home to the world's greatest Hostels

30,000 properties, 180 countries Over 3.5 million guest reviews 21 million bookings

Formosa Backpackers Hostel Reviews

206 Jian Guo Road, Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan

Reviews & Ratings Explained

86%

Rating
629 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

The rating percentage is calculated from customers who booked within the last 12 months.

All ratings and reviews are based on the feedback and opinions of the customers who submitted them and do not express the opinions of Hostelworld.com. This way, you get an up-to-the-minute opinion of just how good a hostel really is.
Read our review guidelines »

  • Show:

60%

Hostel was dirty. Room smelled bad and so did restrooms. Bed was nice though. Staff was also nice and quite helpful. Didn't see much of an atmosphere while we were there.


74%

Very good value for your money. Some rooms are very nice, others more basic, but all are functional and clean. Airconditioning is switsched on and off by the staff, and runs only at night starting around 9 pm. But the rooms also have fans that you can control yourself. The hostel runs a caffee with very nice furniture and many English books to read. There is a small place in the fridge where travellers can store food, but no shared kitchen facility. The owner is friendly and speaks English.

  • 15th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
we share dorm room air-condition start turn it on on 7:30 til the morning.and we have new coffee bar and library on the first floor for the guests.we try our best for our guests,and they can enjoy their stay with us.

94%

Good location, pretty close to both the "downtown" area and the train station. Nice common room, though quiet while we were there. Our private room had its own patio, which was also nice.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you, we are very happy to know that you had great time to stay with us,and we hope to see you again,and enjoy your traveling.

86%

Made to feel very welcome by Chen Stayed 5 nights, it was so clean and quiet a nice change after the noisy backpackers in Taipei John and Helen

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you John, we are really happy to know that you and Helen are enjoy your time stay with us, keep on good work for our guests,and have great traveling,Bon voyage!!

91%

I really liked it there even I didn't stay long time. Thank you!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you Efe, It was great to know you like it here,and we hope to see you again and stay longer with us.

80%

We stayed at the hostel while it was being renovated, so our rating is biased due to the construction work. Unfortunately there was no working WiFi at the top floor and on the ground floor there was no internet connection. The rooftop terrace was amazing! Nice view over the city and a cool breeze.


89%

great staff! they have bikes you can borow and the location is not to far from the train station.would

  • 2nd Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


83%

Nice hostel with helpful staff and not too far from all attractions. Though I would say that a bar is advertised though really there is not the atmosphere of a bar, guests didn't really seem to sit in common area and if they did everyone was on their laptops and no one was drinking, but if you come to Hualien for Taroko Gorge I think it's great as you can get a good night sleep to get up early for hiking.


74%

It's been very social at the hostel also due to a movie night. Beds been okay only that whenever you turned it made loud noises and well the shower curtain should get exchanged as is really doesnt look good anymore.

Owner Comment (Hide)
we run backpackers movie night every 2 weeks,and we try to sharing good film with everyone,and we will change new shower curtain for the bathroom.

91%

A great backpackers. Located close to train station. Friendly fellow travelers stayed here, and the English speaking staff were very friendly and very helpful. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and tidy. The common area was great- couch with blankets and a library of books to read after a long day out. There is a movie night on Saturday night which was fun. The staff are able to organise day trips for you (I did river trekking, and it was a highlight of my stay). Would highly recommend.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you James,it was really nice to meet you and we are glad that you enjoy your stay with our backpacker :) we hope to see you again in taiwan and enjoy your time in the island.Bon voyage!!

86%

A really nice experience. Good location and nice staff

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you Bryce,it was really happy to know that you have really nice experience stay with us,and we hope to see you again in taiwan,enjoy your traveling and bon voyage my friend.

94%

We ended up staying two nights, it was a wonderful place to spend more time. The staff is helpful and very friendly. They have a massive library and several instruments. The rooms are clean and decorated with a lot of love.

  • 11th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

It is a nice place to stay in Hualian. The staff was very friendly, if anything they will always help. The last floor has a terrace for the rooms that are in that floor and it is very calm up there. The only problem was that in the morning they were cleaning other rooms and the noise woke us up (before we wanted to).

  • 6th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Nicaragua
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you Heberto,it was really nice to meet you,and we will try to keep our work improving for our guests.we hope to see you again in Hualien and bon voyage!!

83%

Really happy with this hostel. The staff were all wonderful, and at least the woman that we interacted with spoke really good English, which was helpful, since my Mandarin is pretty poor. The rooms are very simple, but the lobby/lounge area always seems to have people hanging out in it and there's a nice selection of drinks at the bar. There's a bathroom with a shower on every floor and I never had to wait to use one.


100%

Nice place a bit far walk from train station!! Good place to meet people!




View all Hualien Hostels

Please give us your feedback