Taipei is the capital of Taiwan. It has so much to offer travelers from all over the world who come here to see this progressive city. Every district in Taiwan seems to be a different country with its own subculture, dialect, and tourist attractions. The districts are subdivided into two. These are the Central Districts which include Wanhua, Datung, Zhongshan, Daan, and many others. Then there are the suburban districts, which include Beitou, Shilin, Neihu, Nangang, and Wenshan.
The main difference between the two is not so much the infrastructure, but really, the speed of everyday living. The suburban districts, compared to the central districts, still seem to be slightly holding on to the skirt tails of the leisurely lifestyle as compared to the fast-paced urban lifestyle of those in the Central districts. Because Taipei is the cultural, financial and administrative center of Taiwan, it’s only natural that many tourists converge there as well. If it’s your first time in Taiwan, here are some recommended accommodations based on their review score and price from booking.com:
Originn is a museum of all things that hipsters hold dear - a renovated heritage building that’s now been transformed into a classy hodgepodge of 60s Nordic furniture, music played from vinyl records and a nice English-speaking staff that makes you feel right at home. The lounge is also one big co-sharing space, where it’s easy to talk to fellow guests or walk-ins. There’s always a fresh batch of coffee in the downstairs coffee shop and a nice selection of books in the common room. The staff appears to have anticipated everything, including the noise on the street for those whose rooms are facing the main road. During check-in, they immediately hand out earplugs, which make your stay immediately more relaxed. For antique collectors, you’ll also find that the owners have well-curated pieces strewn all over the place for sale. Originn Space is just 700 meters (2,296 feet) from Ningxia Night Market and the Taipei Bus Station is near here too. Art aficionados will appreciate that the Film House is just a kilometer (0.6 miles) away, and for artists who love to sew, there’s an excellent collection of textile shops just around the corner.
From its name alone, you basically know what type of crowd this hostel/hotel attracts. The whole hotel is full of bright, punchy colors. Everything from its bedrooms and bathrooms is decorated to add energy to anyone who stays there. Privacy also seems to be a top priority in this hostel/hotel. The capsules are really solid wooden blocks that usually filter all the noise from outside. Each capsule has its own mirror, locker, hanger and small desk too. For those who prioritize their security (and what traveler doesn’t) the police station is just beside the property. The hostel/hotel is also just a two-minute walk from Taipei Main Station. For the rate that this hotel offers, the proximity to the city is really a bargain.
The hostel seems like a setting for one big video game. Uinn is clean, pristine, with almost a futuristic set-up that offers travelers their much-needed privacy, even if you’re bunked in one of their mixed dorms. The best part about the cubbies is their well-designed plug-ins. They already have individual ports for chargers but also include your own TV (which features a lot of internet channels). There are privacy blinds that allow you to be completely isolated if need be for quality rest, a luxury for any traveler who needs some shut-eye for the next day’s events. A lovely touch is the shared toilets, designed so that you have a fully working toilet all on your own with a sink, toilet, and bath all in one unit. Apart from this, they also give you all bathing toiletries including towels and slippers, etc. It’s almost like staying in a hotel.
Address: No. 38, Section 3, Chongqing South Road
918 meters (0.6 mi) from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
The best thing perhaps about Banana Hostel is its location. It is walking distance to a lot of important Taipei landmarks that travelers need to check off their bucket lists, including the Chiang Kai-Shek Museum and the Night Market and shopping area on Yizhong Street. Just a kilometer (0.6 miles) away (which is easily reachable if you rent a bike from the hostel) are the following: Shida Night Market, Jianguo Jade & Flower Market, and Daan Ecological Park. Plus, for those who want to have a convenient home base to go back and forth to as they make their way to other parts of Taiwan, it is just a one-minute walk away from Dongmen Station. Banana Hostel also has a great view of the city from its sun terrace on the top floor. As a bonus, because it wants to live up to its name, the hostel also offers free bananas together with your breakfast and sometimes banana cakes too. Yum!
Address: No. 7 Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da'an District, 106 Taipei, Taiwan (see map)
Price: from 18.00 USD
Access: 1 km (0.6 miles) from Daan Park
Contact: +886 980966646
You know that feeling after a day of being out and about on your feet? You’re tired. You’re hungry. You just want to pass out in a soft, comfortable bed somewhere that’ll engulf you in slumber. Well, Apartment 10F seems to know the feeling too. Their beds are so inviting, they feel to be the be-all and end-all of this place. Each cubby is provided with its own light and curtains. Some of the beds even have an amazing view of the city from the 10th floor. The whole place used to be a clothing warehouse until the owners had the brilliant idea to transform it into a hostel, and why not? The location is perfect for it. It’s only a 7-minute walk from Taipei Main Station and a 10-minute walk from Ningxia Night Market and Dihua Street. The free breakfast doesn’t scrimp either. It offers a small buffet of fruits, bread, and some waffles and toast, energy boosters for another day out in Taipei.
Address: 10F, No. 1,Section 1, Chongqing North Road
1.71 km (1.1 mi) from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Receive genuine Taiwanese hospitality
Every district in Taipei prides itself with a particular specialty. The idea is to catch an impression of each one so you get a good picture of what Taipei really is like. Luckily, the transportation system and urban planning is so effective that it’s really quite a joy to go around the districts. Accommodation and transportation almost have a synergistic relationship, especially with the accommodations mentioned earlier. You’ll definitely get a bang for your buck, and a smile on your face because of the convenience they offer. Not to mention that most of them feature Taiwanese hospitality at its brightest.
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