Off the beaten path
We stayed here as Xincheng is the closest town to Taroko Gorge. It's a lot quieter than Hualien, basically a small farming village. The host is extremely kind and welcoming, and the room (we stayed in the private room, which is a modified shipping container) was definitely unique. The window has a beautiful view of the mountains, and you can watch the sun set from the rooftop. Worth a stay if you're looking for something peaceful, close to Taroko Gorge National Park, and with quirky but comfortable decor. One note about Xincheng: The restaurants close very early, so you might want to cook in the kitchen here!