Kaohsiung used to be just known as a huge industrial city with chemical factories all over the district. However, thanks to its government and other private endeavours, it’s currently setting out to prove that it has more to it than what meets the eye. Together with its big factories are now small airy cafes, museums, art hubs, and parks. Kaohsiung is well on its way to being a metropolis that’s not just economically progressive but also culturally and socially progressive as well.
Kaohsiung is a city meant to be explored by bike. It has wonderful safe streets that’ll take you from the mountains to the sea. After all, Kaohsiung also just happens to be the Harbor Capital of Taiwan. If you’ve been out for a day of exploring, you’ll know how important it is to have a good accommodation to crash in so you’re well-rested for the next set of escapades. Here are a couple of new accommodations that have been given the thumbs up by Booking.com:
If you’re looking for that Instagram-worthy shot of clean lines, muted colors, and black and white murals on the wall, Traveler Kitchen will be perfect for you. It’s a small, comfortable setup with 12 Basic, Economy, and Business rooms, plus a Deluxe and Family Suite, all with private bathrooms (a luxury if you’ve been trekking or roaming around the whole day.) Every hostel or bed and breakfast always has their own set of quirks. For Traveler Kitchen, that’s their lighting. Every room and common area has a quirky set of light fixtures — the cloud hanging overhead, the 3-piece terrarium, the marbles, and more. As to location, Traveler Kitchen is found in the Zuoying District in Kaohsiung, and is just an 8-minute walk from Rueifong Tourist Night Market. You’ll appreciate this after a drinking session on the streets, and you have to stagger your way back to the bed. Kaohsiung Arena is just a 5 minute walk away. Ciqing Palace is a 14 minute walk. And if you’d like, you can also walk to the Museum of Fine Arts, which is a leisurely 27 minute walk from the hostel.
Address: No. 302, Xinzhuang 1st Road, Zuoying, 813 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Price: from 58 USD / ~1,777 TWD
If you’re an art lover or you want to take a quick trip to Cijin Island, La Me Hostel is one of the most strategic places to stay . It’s just a 3 minute walk from the Pier-2 Art Centre, a once abandoned warehouse that has since turned into one of the most thriving art hubs in Taiwan. Also, just a 5 minute walk away is the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and the 40 hectare (98.8 acre) Neiwipi Cultural Park. The Gushan Ferry Pier, the jump off point to Cijin Island, is also only 2 kilometers (1.24 mi) away. La Me is an industrial combination of wood and metal and plays with strong geometric patterns as accents in the fixtures. Rooms have their own kettle and their own bathroom. But most of all, the Wi-Fi (very important so you can check in with loved ones to let them know you’re alive and well) is better than even a four or five star hotels. All areas of the hostel are Wi-Fi-ready.
La Me Hostel
Address: No. 11, Lane 37, Guangrung Street, Yancheng, 803 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Price: from 17 USD / ~520.87 TWD
If you’re going to do a bit of work during your trip, the Paper Plane Hostel has the most beautiful view of Kaohsiung in its common areas where you can find good working desks and comfortable pillows, with windows overlooking the industrial city. As with any hostels, they offer shared rooms and double rooms. The shared rooms have bunk beds with individual sockets and curtains for privacy, which surprisingly doesn’t feel cramped. The hostel is just 2 kilometers (1.24 mi) away from Liouhe Tourist Night Market where you can relax at the end of the day, drink a beer or two with friends, or try some of the offerings such as the snake soup and Taiwanese sausage. Another night market, Rueifong, is also just a kilometer away.
Paper Plane Hostel
Address: 10F., No. 287, Boai 1st Road, Sanmin, 807 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Price: from 23 USD / ~704.71 TWD
While it is categorized as a hostel, D’well looks more like a full-service hotel, but caters to more practical functionalities of a hostel such as a clean laundry area and shared bathrooms. D’well also offers free breakfast or supper (depending on what you request) and tea. Unbeknownst to a lot of people, when you only need the room for a couple of hours, the management is willing to give a discount, so you don’t have to pay the full rate. The best part about D’well though is its location. It’s just 2 minutes away from the MRT station, which makes it a good base when you want to travel to different parts of Taiwan. Several department stores and food stands are found just beside the hostel. If you want to stay in though, the shared lounge is pretty decent and is a good way to meet other travelers.
Address: 3 Floor, No. 211, Sanduo 3rd Road, Qianzhen, 80655 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Price: from 15 USD / ~459.59 TWD
You’ll love the rustic, industrial, minimalist feel of this bed and breakfast. It almost seemed like they tried to match their visual identity to that of the bigger industrial community in Kaohsiung. The color scheme from the beddings to the light wood seems to be specially curated for that cool effect with pipes used as ladders and lighting fixtures that look like they were straight out of a factory. See Ya B&B also has a functioning restaurant attached to it so you won’t have to go out, especially after a tiring day of being out and about. If you want to cook your own food, they also have a shared kitchen. Like many areas in Xinxing, See Ya B&B is close to the Liouhue Tourist Night Market. In the morning, you can rent one of their bikes and go to Museum of History, just a kilometer and a half away (~1 mi), and the Pier-2 Art Centre is just 2 kilometers (1.24 mi) away.
See Ya B&B
Address: No. 14, Yuzhu 1st Street, Xinxing, 800 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Price: from 43 USD / ~1317.50 TWD
Discover Southern Taiwan
Kaohsiung is one of the biggest and most entertaining hubs in Southern Taiwan. Because it is a constantly growing city, it always offers something new. Other than the old favorites, such as the night markets and museums, you also can spot new restaurants wherever you go that are owned by Taiwanese Millennials that are changing the landscape of this fishing and industrial city. It also is a great home base for when you’re traveling outside of Southern Taiwan. With these accommodations, you’ll find a comfortable enclave that will help you rejuvenate until the next leg of your journey.