Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mini Voyage Hostel 花蓮民宿小旅行迷你旅店

Although Mini Voyage Hostel was not our initial choice of accommodation for our night in Hualien, I was glad that I decided to stay with them in the end.

It occupied an old shoplot facing a main road. Refurbished, it did not feel a bit old. In fact, I quite liked the minimalist exterior and interior.

Their shared living area was comfortable and had a shelf with travel materials and also books for exchange.

Right in front of the reception counter, there was a postbox in traditional red. I found out that they also provide postage service for guests - pass them your mail and they will post it for you. 

The kitchenette, though small and basic, was sufficient.

For anyone wanting to stay here, please keep this in mind: They do not have an elevator. We climbed their stairs, which were narrow and steep so just be a little careful. I found it interesting that every level had a number. A lane number. For example, we were on the 3rd floor, which was called Lane 39.

Every floor had a corner equipped with a water dispenser, a fridge and teabags.

And of course the tea would be local Taiwanese tea ;)

Our room was an M-sized room, meaning for three persons. The design of the bunk bed reminded me a lot of the rooms in Roomies Penang. Their rooms are classified according to size, whereby the XS and S-sized rooms are for two person, and L-sized for four. They also have rooms for girls only that sleeps three and mixed dormitories that sleeps six.

Unlike most hostels I have been to, Mini Voyage provides clean towels, snacks, mugs, room slippers and a hairdryer in the room. Convenient much! 

Their bathroom was an all-in-one and I really liked how their shower had strong water pressure.

Also, unlike the B&Bs that we have been staying at over the past few days, Mini Voyage, being a hostel, did not provide breakfast. One big plus point though - just a road and a field apart from Hualien Station.

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