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Top Deals: Budget Travel Guide to Hualien City & East Coast

Taiwan’s naturally resplendent eastern coastline centres around Hualien City, where a harbour and glamorous Philippine Sea coast meet cultural museums, tranquil gardens and a variety of night markets and restaurants. Hualien is a treasured escape from the more touristy areas of Thailand and is the perfect hub for exploring the East Coast.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve tracked down the most budget-friendly hotels around Hualien City and the East Coast. Put your tight travel budget at ease by booking one of these popular and affordable hotels with impressive on-site facilities for dining, leisure and pampering.

Lakeshore Hotel Hualien

Lakeshore Hotel Hualien
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Looking for ocean views? Lakeshore Hotel Hualien offers a variety of room types with panoramic Philippine Sea vistas. The Double Room has a number of layouts, most of which have private balconies. Choose A Great Bed of Honorable Sea View or the Yanbo Suite for a window-side bath. Families can opt for the Deluxe Sea View Family Room with two queen-size beds.

Unwind or work out in Lohas, which has a small pool, saunas and a gym, or kick back in the Traveller Salon. Kids will love the arcade games and rides in the Video Game Room, while everyone can indulge in seasonal ingredients served during the breakfast buffet and enticing dinners at Mola Mola Western Restaurant.

Hotel Highlights 

  • Within 900 metres from Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum.
  • Large windows capturing views of Hualien in all the rooms.
  • Across the street from the popular First Floor Cafe.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 94 – USD 170
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: No.142, Jung Mei Rd., Hualien, Taiwan

Arsma Hotel

Arsma Hotel
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HotelsCombined visitors rate Arsma Hotel highly for its prime location near some of Hualien’s best boutiques and shopping centres. Catering to business and leisure travellers, the hotel has a business centre with newspapers and computers, a Kids’ Club with crafts and a ball pit and a well-equipped gym overlooking the city centre.

The Standard Double and Standard Twin rooms are ideal for budget-savvy travellers with their LCD TVs, mini bars, bidet toilets, work desks and king-size beds (in the Doubles). You can upgrade to a Standard Double overlooking the Philippine Sea or splurge on an Arsma Suite for a separate living room. Don’t forget to taste local products from neighbouring towns at the on-site Tianxiang Natural Health Foods Corner. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • About 300 metres from the Hualien Railway Culture Park and Dongdamen Night Market.
  • Sumptuous desserts and fresh coffee at Arsma Cafe.
  • An exclusive VIP Lounge for loyalty guests.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 97 – USD 307
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: No.68, Bo’ai St, Hualien, Taiwan

Best Hotel Hualien

Best Hotel Hualien
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Expect contemporary comfort and sophistication at Best Hotel Hualien, where you can save your travel dollars on a Classic Room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a separate bath, work desk, separate seating and an LCD TV. All the rooms come with complimentary breakfast, including the Happy, Classic, Deluxe and Luxury family rooms.

The business centre offers facilities for photocopying, faxing and printing, while the gym is ideal for a quick workout. There’s also a children’s playroom with toys and a tranquil Zen garden with a water feature and lush greenery. Visit the Landscape Cafe for an alcoholic or hot beverage throughout the day. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • The spacious living area and wide beds in the five-person Happy Family Room.
  • About six minutes’ walk from Hualien Station.
  • Within 300 metres from Showtime Cinema Hualien and neighbouring cafes and restaurants.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 59 – USD 96
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: No.151, Guolian 5th Rd., Hualien, Taiwan

LEALEA Garden Hotels – Hualien

LEALEA Garden Hotels – Hualien
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Located near the peaceful Tianbushengtai Park, LEALEA Garden Hotels – Hualien offers a modern oasis for an affordable price. The Superior Double is a great option for bargain hunters with a mini bar, LCD TV, work desk and a comfortable bed. Large groups can opt for the Deluxe Family Room, which has two double beds and lounge seating.

Fresh and local ingredients take centre stage at LEALEA Hall, where you can indulge in a hearty breakfast buffet or taste fresh seafood at night. Along with an on-site laundromat and comfortable reading room, the hotel offers a well-equipped business centre and gym.

Hotel Highlights 

  • Surrounded by numerous restaurants, including Wuming Breakfast Restaurant and He Jia Huan.
  • The spacious lounge room, antique furnishings and 10-seat dining table in the LeaLea Presidential Suite.
  • Cardio machines and free weights in the on-site gym.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 72 – USD 111
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: No.33, Linsen Rd., Hualien, Taiwan

Park City Hotel – Hualien Vacation

Park City Hotel - Hualien Vacation
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The central Park City Hotel – Hualien Vacation offers an impressive range of facilities for a budget hotel, including a business centre with high-speed Wi-Fi and Mac computers, a kids’ club with toys, puzzles and books and a well-equipped fitness centre. You can also take care of any dirty clothes in the laundry or sit down for a game of chess in the Chess Room.

All guest rooms enjoy a quality of service and comfort, including high-quality pillows, mattresses and quilt sets. The Standard Room offers the best value for money with its double bed, LCD TV, fridge, tea sets and bath products. The Park Deluxe Room has a suspended TV, while the Family Deluxe Room can accommodate four guests. 

Hotel Highlights

  • The city vistas, separate living room and stylish work desk in the Deluxe Suite.
  • Within two kilometres from the seaside Nanbin Park.
  • The diverse breakfast buffet at Park Café.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 62 – USD 139
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: No. 231, Zhonghua Road, Hualien, Taiwan

Byeyer Hotel

Byeyer Hotel
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You’ll be hard-pressed finding more central and budget-friendly accommodation than Byeyer Hotel. The stylish hotel complements its location with contemporary Superior Rooms featuring LCD TVs, fridges, work desks and heavenly bedding. The Japanese Style room has futon beds, while the Family Room has two oversized double beds and a rain shower.

Focused on aesthetic arts and LED green energy technology, the hotel boasts state-of-the-art technology for environmental sustainability. You’ll find lounge seating, an extensive book collection and electronic dart machine in the lobby, while the restaurant dishes up an enticing breakfast. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • The rotating LCD TV, exposed-brick walls, spacious bath and lounge seating in the Byeyer Suite Room.
  • A short walk from highly-rated eateries, including Yellow Car Fried Spring Onion Pancake and Yi Nuo Cafe.
  • Within a 15-minute walk from the Hualien Martyrs’ Shrine.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 59 – USD 112
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: No. 361, Zhongshan Rd, Hualien, Taiwan

Azure Hotel Hualien

Azure Hotel Hualien bedroom
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The towering Azure Hotel Hualien captures some of the best city views from its upper floors. It’s also blessed with a wealth of on-site facilities, from the foosball table and Wii in the Kids’ Club to the state-of-the-art cardio machines in the gym. There’s also a Pet’s Hotel for your furry travelling companion, a salon adorned with local artwork and a lush outdoor garden.

Ideal for large groups, this hotel has comfortable triple, quadruple and five-person rooms with modern in-room entertainment and large windows. You can also save money with the Superior Double or upgrade to the Classic Double for a queen-size bed. The kids will love the themed rooms, such as the Fairy Tale Room, Princess Room and Forest Room, which come with toys and fun bedspreads. 

Hotel Highlights

  • The hearty buffet breakfast at Fresh Bar.
  • Simple shuttle bus services and spacious parking areas.
  • About a five-minute walk from the historic Manor House.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 67 – USD 120
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 590 Jong Jen Road, Hualien, Taiwan

Parkview Hotel Hualien City

The first-ever luxury resort in Hualien City, the extravagant Parkview Hotel Hualien City is nestled between the ocean and the immaculate Hualien Golf Course. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the affordability of accommodation here, such as the entry-level Superior Room with wide windows and additional seating. There are also multiple family room options and opulent suites.

On-site dining is highlighted by the traditional dishes at The Garden Court Western Restaurant, delectable Cantonese cuisine at The Village Chinese Restaurant and seasonal fare at Matsu Japanese Restaurant. Enjoy a Signature Journey Massage or Healing Stone Body Massage at the day spa or stay active with a swim in the pool, bicycling and indoor rock climbing. 

Hotel Highlights

  • Go-karting, transparent tube slides, children’s toys and virtual reality entertainment in Play Island.
  • The indoor squash courts, sprawling lagoon-style pool and billiards room.
  • The separate living room in the Deluxe Suite.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 88 – USD 195
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: No. 1-1, Hualien, Taiwan

3d Sunflower Embossed B&B

3d Sunflower Embossed B&B
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Positioned a few streets away from Hualien Station, the unique 3d Sunflower Embossed B&B is renowned for its ever-changing 3D artwork that brings aquatic and marvellous worlds to life. The artwork extends from the lobby into the various rooms, such as Embossed Double embossed carvings and dreamy scenery. There are also rooms for four or six people and the Embossed Double VIP with a nautical theme.

Art lovers will enjoy exploring the bed and breakfast while discovering its variety of 3D paintings that adorn the walls. Zhongliu Memorial Park, about 550 metres away, provides a tranquil retreat for a picnic or stroll. You can also wander to the tree-filled Tzu Chi Cultural Park or visit nearby restaurants, such as Yipin Fang Breakfast Restaurant. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • An array of fascinating 3D artwork in the rooms and lobby.
  • Comfortable themed rooms catering to up to six guests.
  • Surrounded by local restaurants and noodle shops.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 36 – USD 127
Guest Rating: 9
Address: No.94, Fuji Rd., Hualien, Taiwan

Fullon Hotel Hualien

Fullon Hotel Hualien
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How often do you find a 5-star hotel on a list of budget hotels? Fullon Hotel Hualien is first of four and although you might pay a little extra, the entry-level rooms suit almost every budget. Let’s start with the prime location overlooking Hualien Harbor and the Philippine Sea, which can be admired from the expansive pool. We can’t forget the exotic Chinese and Japanese flavours served at Arcadia Café or the pool table and foosball and ping pong tables in the Recreation Center.

The cosy Standard Room has city views and a work desk, while the Scenic Room trades the cityscape for ocean vistas. The family rooms cater to four guests with two queen-size beds and lounge seating. Don’t miss a pampering and naturally-based spa treatment at La Fontaine Club.

Hotel Highlights 

  • Chef-selected local seafood and fruit in the private VIP dining experience.
  • Japanese-inspired rooms and suites with tea rooms and netted beds.
  • Music and custom-made cocktails served in the stylish bar.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 74 – USD 195
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: No. 51, Hualien, Taiwan

Tienhsiang Youth Activity Center

Do you prefer to stay out in Taiwan’s beautiful countryside? Book one of the suites at Tienhsiang Youth Activity Center, where you can relax among the verdant nature of Taroko National Park. The activity centre has access to a variety of walking trails through the national park, along with a Roman-style hot spring and a convenience store. You’ll find delicious Chinese food at Idas Restaurant and Italian cuisine and coffee at Tabido Cafe.

All of the accommodation has complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and air conditioning, including the entry-level Cozy Double Suite with two single beds. Groups will find comfort and space in the quadruple suite options, including one with views over the national park.  

Hotel Highlights

  • The separate living room and antique furnishings in the VIP Top Suite.
  • Easy access to popular walking routes, such as the Baiyang Trail and Huoranting Trail.
  • Social facilities for meeting fellow travellers.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 80 – USD 109
Guest Rating: 8
Address: No. 30, Tienshiang Rd., Hsiulin Township – Hualien City, Sioulin Township, Taiwan

Just Sleep Hualien Zhongzheng

Just Sleep Hualien ZhongZheng bedroom
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Just Sleep Hualien Zhongzheng is just shy of a perfect rating among HotelsCombined visitors, who often talk highly about the spacious rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast. These rooms come in a variety of types, including the affordable Superior Room with a private balcony and wall-mounted TV.

The Superior Room comes with a deep-soaking bath, while the Kid Themed Room has two double beds and a range of toys. Start the day right with the Double Veggie Buffet utilising fusion cuisine, before venturing outside to explore the restaurants and shops at the nearby A-Zone multipurpose park. Kids will also love the ball pit, sandbox and toys in the Just Play area. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • The separate living room and two queen-size beds in the Corner Suite.
  • You can browse thousands of books while sipping coffee in the Just Read section.
  • Free round-trip shuttle services to Hualien Station.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 108 – USD 167
Guest Rating: 9.5
Address: No.396 Zhong Zheng Road, Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien Farglory Hotel

Farglory Hotel Hualien
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Hualien Farglory Hotel is surrounded by seemingly endless tropical jungle and overlooks the ocean from about 220 metres above sea level. The expansive resort houses five restaurants and bars, including Cantonese and Taiwanese cuisine at Oriental Garden Restaurant, fresh pastries at Love Bakery and signature cocktails at The Piazza KTV Bar.

There are 400 opulent guest rooms and suites, which all have views of either the mountains or the Philippine Sea. The most affordable is the Superior Room with a double bed or two twins, while spending a little more on the Deluxe Room adds panoramic ocean vistas. The Family Room is ideal for groups with its lounge seating, ocean views and three beds. 

Hotel Highlights 

  • Fresh seafood and authentic Japanese dishes at Akikusa Japanese Restaurant.
  • Numerous recreational facilities, including a shopping arcade, the luxe Belle Spa, children’s playroom, Jacuzzi and indoor pool overlooking the water.
  • Within a 10-minute drive from the dolphins and sea lions at Farglory Ocean Park.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 129 – USD 281
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: No.18, Shanling, Yanliau Tsuen, Yanliao Village, Taiwan

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No Financial Stress While Holidaying in Hualien

Hualien is one of the world’s best holiday destinations for budget travellers, offering a range of city, coastal and countryside accommodations for travellers seeking affordable hotels. The most popular budget-friendly hotels in Hualien all typically have on-site dining, multiple leisure facilities and upgraded room and suite options for those wishing to splurge a little.

Where do you want to stay and save in Hualien City? Let us know in the comments below.

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Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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