Rose Stone

Homestay in Hualien

Set in a beautifully preserved traditional brick mansion, the Rose is such a maze of corridors, courtyards, chambers and gardens that you'll need to be shown to your room. Despite the old-time atmosphere, rooms offer modern comforts (but avoid the dull tower rooms). Home-cooked meals are served in an elaborately decorated tearoom.

To get to the Rose, drive south down Jung Shan Rd (中山路) to the end and turn right onto County Rd 193 (the last road at the coast). Continue until the Km19 mark. The turn-off for the Rose is just past this on the left. You can't really see the place until you are on top of it and the nearby area does not look promising. A taxi from the train station will cost about NT$230.

There are weekday discounts of 20%.