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Formosa Backpackers Hostel Reviews

206 Jian Guo Road, Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan

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84%

Rating
428 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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77%

Very nice staff! Good location...


94%

No problems, everyone great in the hostel, especially Dan, would certainly stay again if I decide to go to Hualian. Thanks for having us!

  • 31st Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

Super friendly staff, great dorm (spaceous, clean, bright and with private garden). Best coffee. in town ;) made with love and care. Take the chance to get a haircut / beard trim from the owner! All the best for the next 10 years, Formosa!

  • 24th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Danke Theresa, it was really great to have you and your friend to stayed with us,and we can celebrate our 10th years anniversary together :) and its good to know that you had good time in Formosa backpackers.yes! we hope to see you again in Hualien !! you are awesome!!

77%

Was locked out when I wanted to check in and had to call several times to get in. No kitchen facilities or free tea/coffee. Staff are super nice and helpful though, the extensive library is pretty great. However there were instances of bed bugs in my dorm and the showers were not very practical/clean. Nice atmosphere though.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you Nevine,we will take your advice, and will keeping hostel clean and tidy,and hope to see you next time in Hualien to see our improving, Bon voyage!!

89%

Good hostel within walking distance from the train station. No outside window in the twin private but there was a window to the hallway. Staff were friendly. Good wifi reception throughout hostel.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you Megan, it was great to have you to stayed with us,hope to see you again in Hualien and have good journey around the island! Bon voyage!!

80%

Nice place and location(10-15 mins walk to the train station), got a little bar didn't try but like the little book area, just lovely. bathroom is clean enough and the bed is ok. If I come back to Hualien will consider to stay again.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank You Cecilia for your comments. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our hostel. You are always welcome back. :)

89%

Good place with friendly staff. Nice comfortable beds.

  • 1st Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


83%

Travellers could get together n have nice conversation. Thanks to here I meet one good friend here. If it is a little bit more cleaner,it will be better.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you Leonie, we are glad that you enjoy your stay in Formosa Backpackers,and we hope to see you again in Hualien :) enjoy your trip in Taiwan.

71%

It is located in 15 minutes from Hua lian station by foot. not that far but not that close. Staff was kind, but cleanliness was not good. I could see spider's web in my room. I think it is because of they have no visitors recently. But if you want to save money, it is good place.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello Juun Lee, we keep our hostel clean and tidy for our guests,thank you for the advice and we will keep on top of it! have nice trip in Taiwan,and hope to see you again in Hualien :)

83%

We enjoyed our stay at this hostel,although it was rainy weather. We had a balcony in front of our room, which we appreciated. It's clean and not too noisy. Like most hostels the walls are thin, so if you have some noisy neighbors you have too endure. It's a little too far from the station, if you are walking with all luggage, but very near the center of the city.

  • 7th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

Super friendly staff, great atmosphere, and the best coffee in town! Thanks!

  • 5th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


83%

Nice hostel, our booking got messed up but the staff managed to sort it out for us. Laid back atmosphere, pretty comfy beds. The bathroom on the ground floor probably needs a better system as it's both a shower for the bottom dorm and main toilet for the hostel - the floor was dirty at times. Provide bathroom slippers or something maybe? Besides that, we had a great stay, it's easy to find and walking distance from the train station.


83%

Enjoyed my stay.


100%

A very chilled and relaxed place, Staff are so helpful and the rooms are very clean. Would come back for sure!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you, it was great to have you stay with us,and we are glad that you enjoy your stay at backpackers,and hope to see you next time in Hualien .Cheers!

100%

This has, by a long shot, been the best hostel we have ever stayed at! The staff were incredibly friendly and gave us the time to help us plan our days. The room and bathroom was super clean as well as the rest of the hostel. Would stay here again for sure, and recommend anyone staying in Hualien to do the same.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello Thank you very much for leaving a positive comment for us. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us in Hualien. We hope you have a great adventure. All the best Formosa Backpackers Hostel

86%

Very helpful staff, comfortable facilities and also good value for money. Recommended

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are very happy to know you enjoy your stay with us,and hope to see you again in Hualien and enjoy your time in the island. Cheers!

77%

The hostel is much further than it seems but the instructions to go there was clear and precise. We tried scooting around that area using the hostel map but found it to be inaccurate. It would be good if there was someone mending to the place as we have had drunk guests making a racket at night. However, the owners were great and helpful and we have never been to a cleaner hostel than that. Be good if we have more toilet as there were four rooms or so on our level and only 1 toilet and 2 shower.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello Janie,Thank you for staying our backpackers hostel and hope to see you again next time in Hualien. We glad to know that our hostel is the most clean hostel you have been to,and we will always keep this place tidy and comfortable. There are more toilets and showers in this whole building,it is in every floors,and we will let all the guests knows when they check in,Happy new year 2014 and enjoy your time in the island. Bon voyage!

97%

I stayed in the double bed room, which was quite spacious for two people. The hostel is very spacious, as rooms are spaced out. Formosa provides flexible service if you want to change dates due to unforeseen circumstances.


83%

Stayed only for a night. We were due to arrive at Hualien later than 10 pm and mailed the hostel in advance. They stayed open waiting for us, which was absolutely great! The hostel has a great common area with a bar. We were glad to have some beer after the long day we had. Great coffee too as advertised. The also have loads of information about trips to take around Hualien. The dorms were quite spacious, comfortable beds and the bathrooms was clean. I will definitely stay there again.

Owner Comment (Hide)
That is great to know that you and your friends are enjoy stay with our backpackers,and also enjoy our beer and coffee :) . Yes, we will keep provide good service and informations for our lovely guests,and hope to see you guys again, have nice time in the island! Happy New year 2014!

91%

Very cosy hostel in downtown Hualien. My friend and I spent one night there to see the Taroko Gorges and the Pacific Coast. It is a pretty nice destination, easily reachable from Taipei. The staff was very friendly and keen to give us travel tips. We also were upgraded to a two-people bedroom whereas we booked a 4-people dorm. I strongly recommend that place !


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