Last Updated on February 28, 2020 by queenie mak
There are many excellent accommodation options in Taichung, Taiwan. And one of the best places to stay in Taichung is Norden Ruder Hostel.
Even though it is called a “hostel,” it is not your typical hostel! It feels like a high-end hostel but with the luxury of a boutique hotel.
In terms of aesthetics, the hostel is modern, and a hint of Scandinavian feel to it. The minimalist design concept sets the tone for the entire space.
When I was researching for accommodations in Taichung through Agoda, I was drawn to the photographs of the hostel right away. And I knew I wanted to stay there and I’m so glad I did.
It is not the cheapest hostel in Taichung. But for comfort and design, it is well worth the money. It definitely fits into any solo traveller’s budget.
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Norden Ruder Hostel Taichung
Address: 12F, No. 123, Jianguo Road, Central District, Taichung, Taiwan 40043
Rate: NT$800 for 2-bed female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)
Location of Norden Ruder Hostel
Located in Central District, Norden Ruder Hostel Taichung is a few minutes from Taichung Station. It is directly across the street from the transportation hub.
The hostel’s common area is located on the 12th floor. The reception, kitchen, dining tables and other tables are all on the 12th floor while guest rooms are on levels 8 through 12.
Just outside of the hostel, there are several bus stops where the majority of the buses will stop. And having close proximity to bus stops is very convenient in Taichung. When you use your EasyPass or iPass to take the bus, your bus ride is free when the journey is less than 10km.
Dormitory guest room
Each dormitory guest room has a platform bed, a few shelves, a safe and a nightlight. It is pretty compact. And each room has a window and sufficient air conditioning for those hot summer nights.
It doesn’t sound like there is a lot in each room, but it is actually enough for most travellers. There are so many places in the hostel to hang out, so it really doesn’t matter that the room is small.
The space may be “small” as a room, but it is significant for a dormitory room! Usually, a dormitory room means you get a lower or upper bunk bed. And there may be a privacy curtain, a shelf and a nightlight. So the dormitory guest room at Norden Ruder is actually pretty spacious.
There are other types of rooms at Norden Ruder Hostel, including a standard double bed, standard twin, triple and quadruple room. If you are travelling with friends or a spouse, you can find a room type that will suit your travel needs.
A shared bathroom for a 2-bed dormitory
For every two dormitory rooms, there is a shared bathroom between the two bedrooms. So only two people share the bathroom.
Even though the bathroom is shared, you are only sharing it with another person. Some hostels will have a few bathrooms, and they are shared amongst everyone on the floor. Sometimes it could be up to 20 people!
As for the bathroom itself, it is clean and spacious. The shower stall has shower gel and shampoo for you to use.
Various Common Areas
Once you are on the 12th floor, which is also the same floor for the reception, you can find many areas that are used as shared spaces where you can hang out.
First, you will see the open kitchen, which is quite impressive. The kitchen has several large counters for food preparation, dinnerware and flatware, free coffee and tea and water dispenser.
Next to the kitchen, there are a few dining room type seating and a long dining table.
Behind the shoe changing area, there is a small nook with beanbags, a lounge chair, another round table with chairs and a bench table facing the windows.
The bench table facing the windows is my favourite area to hang out. I love the comfortable seating, the view at night and just the overall comfort of the space.
And all of their furniture is Muji furniture. Muji is my favourite Japanese brand. They make everything from furniture to a variety of household goods. And they also manufacture other goods like clothing, toiletry and food.
Plus, there are laundry facilities on the 9th floor.
The staff at Norden Ruder Hostel Taichung
The team at Norden Ruder Hostel is very friendly and helpful. They were able to explain many things to me and showed me the space. And they can speak English, so there are no issues in terms of language.
I didn’t have any particular questions or requests as I’ve already been in Taichung for a while.
But overall, I thought they were courteous and welcoming.
My overall impression of Norden Ruder Hostel Taichung
I can’t say enough how much I love Norden Ruder Hostel! They are one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in ever! And I’ve stayed a lot of hostels throughout my travelling career!
Moreover, it doesn’t feel like a hostel at all. It has a boutique-y, Scandinavian and minimalistic feel to the space. The hostel didn’t feel crowded because there is such a big common area for all the travellers to use.
I highly recommend any solo travellers to stay at Norden Ruder Hostel in Taichung. It is not the cheapest hostel but also not very expensive either. You will enjoy the clean and minimalist space and the view of the city from the 12th floor. Check Agoda for the current rate and other reviews.
Want to learn more about other accommodations in Taichung?
Throughout my time in Taichung, I stayed at many places to see what accommodation options there are in Taichung. I wrote an entire post about where to stay in Taichung. If you want other suggestions, take a look at that post.
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