This is the second post in a series about the hotels where we stayed while visiting Taiwan.
Our stay at the Parkview Hotel was a last-minute booking, the result of a desperate call to see if the hotel had any availability after we arrived in Hualien at the homestay/bed-and-breakfast where we had made reservations. We realized the homestay was not what we expected. We opened up our Lonely Planet Guide and found the Parkview Hotel. We were surprised when we called to find that the rate was only NT$2999/night (about US$90). That was not even close to the rate listed in the Lonely Planet guide. We later learned we probably received a special rate because of Ghost Month, since traveling is apparently taboo during the month.
If we had to plan our trip again, we would have spent an extra day or two in Hualien at the Parkview Hotel. The manager spoke excellent English. They arranged a private tour of Taroko Gorge for us with a local taxi driver. The breakfast was included in the room rate, and offered several Western options. The hotel provided wireless Internet access. There was a laundry room on the first floor where I was able to do our laundry. The amenities offered on the hotel property were enough that if we returned with our children, we would not need to leave the premises to enjoy our vacation. I could go on and on. . .but instead I will just post a couple of photos of the hotel.