Taipei is an exciting city unlike any other: it has endless shopping and restaurants, a thriving arts and entertainment scene, and beautiful historical architecture and temples influenced by Japanese and Chinese culture. Depending on where in the world you live, it can be expensive to travel there. However, once you arrive, there are plenty of budget hotels to choose from, each with its own unique personality. Save your money for shopping at the night markets or a film at the cinema by staying at one of these options, and you might be surprised at how well you stick to your vacation budget!
If you’re looking for an almost other wordly sleeping experience, Taipei may be the place for you. This is because one of the features at many budget accommodations in Taipei are sleeping capsules–small spaceship-like spaces with a bed, a pillow, and not much else. Guests crawl into the capsules and can sleep in the bluish light that makes you feel like you’re traveling the galaxy. It’s an exciting experience, but perhaps not for everyone. If you’re claustrophobic, the Inn Cube also offers regular double and triple bedrooms for travelers. This interesting hotel is affordable and within walking distance of many of the sights of the Zhongshan District of Taipei!
Inn Cube - Minquan
Address: 1F, No. 31, Fushun Street, Zhongshan District, 104 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 38 USD/1144 TWD
The Pacific Garden Square B&B provides absolute comfort in the exciting Sanchong District of Taipei! The rooms at this hotel all offer private bathrooms as well as a kettle, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. The rooms are warmly decorated with whimsical touches like wall decals and cute throw pillows that make no two alike. Some of them even have sitting areas to relax after a long day of sightseeing before getting in bed. The Pacific Garden Square is within a couple of miles of everything there is to see in the area, like the Taipei Confucius Temple and the Ningxia Night Market. This spot is the perfect home away from home for a trip to Taipei!
Pacific Garden Square B&B
Address: No. 16, Section 4, Sanhe Road, Sanchong, 241 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 33 USD/994 TWD
The Art Inn is right in the center of the exciting Ximending district of Taipei, and its name speaks to the district’s roots in theater. Outside your door you’ll have access to enough shopping, restaurants, and entertainment to last you for days. There are also pieces of Taipei’s history nearby, like the Red House theater and Qingshan Temple. The Art Inn is the perfect spot for the budget-minded traveler. It has everything you will need, like air conditioning, an airport shuttle, and luggage storage, along with some nice perks like chic decor and an on-site bar, all while remaining a great value for your money.
Address: No. 10, Lane 83, Section 2, Hankou Street, Wanhua District, 108 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 25 USD/753 TWD
The Sofu Hotel has room options for any configuration of travelers. The room styles range from tradition doubles all the way to a Family Junior Suite, with three double beds. They even have Japanese-style rooms with the beds on the floor. All of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms and televisions to make your stay feel even more homey. It’s the perfect jumping off point to see the Banquiao district of Taipei and all of its best sights, like the Mengjia Lungshan Temple, dating back to 1738; the Lin Family Mansion and Garden, which is Taiwan’s best example of a traditional Chinese garden; and multiple night markets like Nanya and Huaxi Street. Banquiao also has excellent public transportation options to get you back to the Sofu Hotel for the night.
Address: 7Floor, No. 96, Guanqian East Road, Banqiao District, Banqiao, 220 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 39 USD/1174 TWD
The One Plus One Hotel is a convenient location for travelers arriving in Taipei. Located just a fifteen minute walk from Taipei’s main train station, it’s also only a ten minute walk from the Ximen MRT subway station. This location gives you the perfect balance of being close to Ximending’s shopping and restaurants, without being overwhelmed by the crowds and late night noise of the area. The One Plus One strives to give its guests the utmost comfort, by providing private bathrooms and a sofa with each room, as well as free WiFi and air conditioning.
One Plus One Hotel
Address: 3F, No. 34, Kunming Street, Wanhua District, 108 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 48 USD/1446 TWD
Located right in the heart of the bustling Songshan district, the Hotel Lee-Chan looks more like a luxury hotel than a budget accommodation. The rooms are all uniquely decorated with ornate wallpaper, colorful bedspreads, and even architectural features like columns. All bathrooms are ensuite and some are even equipped for the disabled. The Hotel Lee-Chan is the perfect home base for exploring the Songshan district. If you like shopping, visit the Wu Fen Pu garment wholesale area or the Raohe Street night market. For beautiful nighttime sights, stop by the Ciyou Temple or the colorful Rainbow Bridge.
Address: 7-8F., No. 656-1, Section. 4, Bade Road, Songshan District, 105 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 38 USD/1144 TWD
The Taipei Discovery Hostel looks more like a quirky hotel than a hostel! True to its name, the hostel’s lobby is full of things to discover, with books lining the walls and charming artifacts like rotary phones and telescopes serving as decoration. It’s a wonderful gathering spot for the guests to chat about their travels, and the dormitory style sleeping arrangements add to the sense of community. The beds are arranged into bunks, but they have separators between them which gives travelers a sense of privacy while they sleep. Each night’s stay also includes complimentary breakfast. Located in the popular Zongshan District and a short walk from the Taipei Film House, the hostel is a great value for the budget-savvy traveler!
Taipei Discovery Hostel
Address: 5F, No. 21, Section 2, Minquan East Road, Zhongshan District, 104 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 19 USD/572 TWD
The Michi Hotel has a welcoming vibe that is reflected in its rooms and its staff. The rooms are all cozy and colorful, with cute touches like cartoon character throw pillows sure to put a smile on the face of even the most weary traveler. Reviewers point out the friendliness and knowledgeability of the staff as one of the perks of this accommodation. Other features include public computer and WiFi access, private bathrooms with every room, and electric kettles. This hotel has the perfect spot in Ximending, located just a short distance to shopping and eateries as well as close to subway stops and the main train station too.
Address: 2F, No. 34, Kunming Street, Wanhua District, 108 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 48 USD/1446 TWD
Finding a budget hotel that has excellent reviews can be nearly impossible, but the Queens Hotel II is one that fits both categories perfectly. This chic hotel looks pricier than it is, with a beautifully decorated lobby and bright rooms. The hotel has touches that set it a step above other budget hotels, like a friendly staff, electrical outlets that work with international plugs, and even soundproof rooms. The Queens Hotel is located in the Datong district, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Taipei which has become revitalized in recent years. Its roots are in dried food sales, and these establishments are now alongside coffee shops, craft stores, and art galleries. There are also many museums nearby like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theater Museum, and the Customs Museum, making the Queens Hotel the perfect base for sightseeing.
Queens Hotel II
Address: 4F-2, No. 163, Nanjing West Road, Datong District, 103 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 43 USD/1295 TWD
The NYS Loft Hotel has a trendy vibe that compares with any of the hippest hotels in major metropolitan cities! From the colorful Beatles-themed lobby to the intricate shower tiles to the rustic wooden headboards, the NYS Loft combines industrial touches with sleek luxury in a way that shows off Taipei’s cutting edge design. The rooms come in configurations that fit any group size and accommodate for private and shared bathrooms. The hotel has its own restaurant on site, but being in the Zhongzheng district and close to the Ximending shopping area there are plenty of options to eat, see, and do right outside.
NYS Loft Hotel
Address: 3F, No. 1, Nanyang Street, Zhongzheng District, 100 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 55 USD/1656 TWD
Hotels in every neighborhood, for every budget
There is so much going on in Taipei that you might think of the hotel as just a place to lay your head at night. However, you can choose a hotel that serves more than just a utilitarian purpose and provides a unique experience. These accommodations prove that your hotel can be one of the highlights of the trip, all while remaining comfortable and affordable.
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