Last Updated on April 20, 2020 by queenie mak
Are you a solo traveller who likes a bit of luxury and privacy when it comes to accommodation? If you are travelling to Taipei, Taiwan, make sure to check out Monka Hotel Taipei, one of the best boutique hotels where you can get a comfortable room at an affordable price.
I’ve stayed in many different neighbourhoods in Taipei but mostly around Taipei Train Station and Ximending. But I thought I would try out the small boutique hotel in Wanhua District.
Wanhua District is historically known as “Monga” or “Monka”. As the oldest neighbourhood in Taipei, the area has a lot of charm and many attractions that are worth discovering. So don’t dismiss the little boutique hotel because you may just fall in love with it!
Before you visit Taipei
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Address: No. 139, Section 1, Xiyuan Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Rate: NT$1,500 for a standard double room (check Agoda for current rate)
Location of Monka Hotel in Taipei
The 3-star boutique hotel is located in the southwest corner of the city, in Wanhua District, the oldest neighbourhood in Taipei.
The neighbourhood has many old monuments including Lungshan Temple, Qingshui Temple, Bopiliao Historic Street and the Red House Theatre.
Wanhua District is also Taipei’s oldest garment district. Plus the Guangzhou Street Night Market, Huaxi Street Night Market or also known as Snake Alley Night Market is also in close vicinity of the hotel where you can find wholesome good Taiwanese food.
Public transportation is easily accessible from Monka Hotel. The closest MRT station is Longshan Temple Station (4-minute walk), and the nearest train station is Wanhua Station (7-minute walk).
Guest room – standard double room
I choose a standard double room as I am someone who doesn’t mind small spaces. The room is small but efficient and cozy.
The room has a double bed with two nightstands and lights. Near the door, there is a unit that includes a hanging rod, a cupboard full of coffees and teas, a cubby with a kettle and a fridge below. There is a flat-screen tv hanging on the wall. And you can see Lunghsan Temple from the window.
And it has a compact ensuite bathroom — more on that in the next section.
The hotel also provided two free bottled water, instant coffee and teabags. And the wifi is quite good, and the air-conditioning is very cold.
Monka Hotel only has a few guest rooms per floor. And there are 3 floors in total. Choose from the smallest standard double room to a quadruple room. Check Agoda for different types of rooms and to get the best rate online.
Private ensuite bathroom
As mentioned already, the guest room has a newly renovated ensuite bathroom. It includes a standing shower, a toilet and a sink. The hotel provides all the toiletries just in case you forgot yours at home.
Even though the bathroom is small, it is spotless and has everything you need. Nothing to complain about!
Public spaces at Monka Hotel
Unfortunately, Monka Hotel is a small boutique hotel which means it doesn’t have any facilities that other hotels offer.
What this hotel lacks in public spaces, it makes up for it in the quality of the guest rooms. I thought the guest room is designed well, and the hotel provides everything you need for a short term stay.
And there is a stunning staircase (from the perspective of someone who used to work as an interior designer) that will take you to all three floors. But if you don’t want to climb up to your room, you can take the one-person elevator.
The staff at Monka Hotel
The staff at Monka Hotel is friendly and helpful. They speak English, so you don’t have to worry about the language barrier.
I was in and out of the hotel for only one night; I didn’t have any special requests like airport transfer, etc. But I am sure the hotel staff will accommodate any special requests.
And since it is a small hotel, there are only a handful of people working at the hotel. I spoke to the two gentlemen at the front desk at different times of the day. And I noticed there are a few cleaning ladies (who also take care of the hotel right behind Monka Hotel called Lungshan Hotel). Everyone was friendly and courteous.
My overall impression of Monka Hotel
As a solo traveller, I value affordability and comfort when it comes to choosing accommodation. I don’t mind staying at a hostel, but once in a while, I like to stay at a boutique hotel to enjoy comfort and privacy.
Monka Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels with modern contemporary fixtures and minimalist aesthetics. And the room (and the hotel) is very new and clean. And best of all, it doesn’t cost a lot to stay at Monka Hotel.
I loved how Monka Hotel is in an old neighbourhood. It has so much charm and character while the hotel is modern and clean. Definitely a contrast between the hotel itself and the surrounding area.
I really enjoyed my stay at Monka Hotel in Taipei, and I would recommend it to any solo travellers going to Taipei. Check Agoda for the current rate and other reviews.
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