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Where to stay in Taichung, Taiwan as a solo traveller

Last Updated on July 10, 2020 by queenie mak

There are endless options when it comes to excellent and affordable accommodations in Taichung, Taiwan. So whether you are travelling alone, with friends or your spouse, you will find accommodation that suits your style and budget.

Accommodation in Taiwan is excellent for solo travellers because of its affordability and variety. And in Taichung, hostels are more like budget hotels. And budget hostels are more like stylish boutique hotels. There are too many great options! Below are some of the best places to stay in Taichung.

Before you visit Taichung

Before you go to Taichung, take a look at my post on learning all my best tips for travelling to Taiwan. I included a lot of information, including getting a Taiwan prepaid SIM card, transportation around the country and more. And check out more tips on my solo travel guide to Taichung and learn about other attractions in Taichung.
 

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Hotels and hostels in Taichung

I love travelling in Taiwan! And I noticed Taiwan is a bit different from other parts of the world when it comes to accommodation culture, specifically when it comes to staying at a hostel in Taichung. Here are some tips about Taiwanese accommodation culture.

  • Many excellent Taichung hostels are near Taichung Train Station, which is the best area to stay in Taichung.
  • If you don’t want a dormitory room,  there are quite a few budget-friendly hotel options scattered around the city as well.
  • Whether you stay in your own room or a dorm bed, it costs a bit more to stay during a weekend than a weekday.
  • If possible, book ahead for weekend stays because you want to secure the most competitive rate. Also, the vacancy rate is lower during the weekends as many Taiwanese people travel around the country, especially during national holidays.
  • A lot of Taiwanese travel around the country and they stay in budget accommodations. So you may find Taiwanese solo travellers, older travellers, and entire families staying in hostels
  • From my experience, Taiwanese people are polite, shy, and keep to themselves. I’m always the one saying, “ni hao!” (hello in Mandarin) And sometimes they would smile back or walk away. Ha! Don’t take it personally if they don’t say anything back. No matter what the response is, I always say hi!

Need more ideas for visiting Taichung? Visit Taichung Second Market and Miyahara Taichung for the best food in Taichung!

Where to stay in Taichung when you are travelling alone in Taiwan

I pinned all the best places to stay in Taichung on the interactive map. Click on the individual pin for more information. 

The white and aqua exterior of the Shin Sei Bashi Hotel building is quite stunning.
The white and aqua exterior of the Shin Sei Bashi Hotel building is quite stunning.

Shin Sei Bashi Hotel (新盛橋行旅)

Address: No. 26, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung, Taiwan 40042

Rate: NT$500 for a single bed in a female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)

Summary

Located in the old city centre, Shin Sei Bashi Hotel is close to Taichung Station and the main road where you can take most local buses.

Walk up a flight of stairs, and you will reach the reception. The dorm room is located on the second floor, and it has eight beds and two shared bathrooms. It even has a desk area inside the room. The bed is comfortable, and the bedding is clean.

If you want your own room, there are guest rooms on the upper floors. Plus, there are laundry facilities on site.

What I like about the accommodation

The best part of the hotel is the common area outside of the dorm room. Two tables are facing the street where you can people watch. It is a great spot to eat or to do some work.

Plus, I really enjoyed the fusion breakfast gua bao (steamed bun sandwich), which is included in the price of the dorm bed. The hotel gives you a coupon where you can redeem your breakfast at the restaurant downstairs. It was really delicious!

Accommodation is ideal for

Shin Sei Bashi dorm room accommodation is ideal for any solo traveller on a budget and wants to stay close to everything. If you want to splurge, you can get a private room.

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The self-check-in kiosk in the lobby of Chance Hotel.
The self-check-in kiosk in the lobby of Chance Hotel.

Chance Hotel (巧合大飯店)

Address: No. 163, Jianguo Road, Central District, Taichung, Taiwan 40043

Rate: NT$300 for a single bed in a female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)

Summary

Chance Hotel has a backpacker’s dormitory on floor 2 to 4  and private rooms from floor 5 to 11. If you request a female dorm, you will be sleeping on floor 3, which is the all-female floor.

For the price of a dorm bed, you get a basic bunk bed, which has a USB port and a light. And you get a pair of disposable slippers, and a locker to store your valuables. If you forgot a towel, you could buy a disposable towel for NT$20.

Level 4 is a common area with a small kitchen and sitting area.

What I like about the accommodation

The best part about Chance Hotel is the check-in process. You simply scan your travel document at the kiosk and input your booking number, and it will give you a slip where you can collect your key at the front desk. Really easy to use and super convenient as many visitors check-in each day.

Accommodation is ideal for

Chance Hotel is suitable for budget backpackers who want a basic bed and nothing else. You get the barebones. But the price is the cheapest I found in Taichung.

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Ease Single Inn has a spacious kitchen space and a friendly dog.
Ease Single Inn has a spacious kitchen space and a friendly dog.

Ease Single Inn (宜舍單人旅店)

Address: 10F, No. 100, Section 1, Taiwan Blvd, Central District, Taichung, Taiwan 40011

Rate: NT$400 for a single bed in a female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)

Summary

Ease Single Inn has separate sections for guys and girls. And each section has a dorm room and small single rooms.

In the dorm room, you get a bunk bed, a locker, and a basket with a big towel, a face towel, a bottle of water, a toothbrush and a cup. The basket is quite useful when you take a shower.

What I like about the accommodation

The location of Ease Single Inn is excellent. It is within walking distance to Taichung Station and located on the main street where you can take a bus to almost anywhere in Taichung.

Plus, the common area is comfortable and spacious. They have a large dining table and a few round tables along the bench. So if you don’t want to hang out in your dorm room, you can hang out in the common area.

And if you like dogs, the hostel has a friendly little pooch who will follow you (especially if you have food with you).

Accommodation is ideal for

Ease Single Inn dorm room accommodation is excellent for any solo traveller on a budget and wants to stay close to the train station. And if you want a bit of privacy, you can get a single room for a bit more money, but still does not cost a lot.

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Wondering where to stay in Taichung, Taiwan? Choose Norden Ruder Hostel Taichung for a great stay.
The open kitchen at Norden Ruder Hostel Taichung has everything you need for a short term stay.

Norden Ruder Hostel Taichung (路得行旅 國際青年旅館)

Address: 12F, No. 123, Jianguo Road, Central District, Taichung, Taiwan 40043

Rate: NT$800 2-bed female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)

Summary

Norden Ruder Hostel is a new hostel in Taichung. Opened in April 2019, the hostel attracts many visitors because of its prime location, and clean and modern interiors.

The guest rooms are on floors 8 to 12. On the 12th floor, there is a reception area, a large shared kitchen, a long dining table and many other sitting areas throughout the space. And there are laundry facilities on the 9th floor.

But this is not your typical hostel. A 2-bed “dorm room” is actually 2 individual rooms with a twin bed and a shared bathroom in between.

What I like about the accommodation

I love Norden Ruder Hostel because of the minimalist design! All the public spaces and private dorm rooms are designed with a Scandinavian minimalistic feel. Plus, the hostel furnished the entire space with Muji furniture, which is one of my favourite Japanese brands.

Moreover, Norden Ruder Hostel is not your typical hostel, where you have a dorm room with multiple beds and a shared bathroom. Only two “dorm rooms” share a bathroom, which is quite the luxury to only share a bathroom with one other person.

Accommodation is ideal for

For any solo traveller who wants a bit of luxury in hostel living, then look no further. Norden Ruder Hostel is one of the most luxurious hostel accommodation in the city. It has the price tag of a high-end hostel but the comfort of a hotel room.

Norden Ruder is one of my favourite hostels in Taichung! I love the hostel so much that I wrote an entire review on why I think Norden Ruder Hostel is the best boutique hostel in Taichung.

The Star Hostel Taichung Parklane has a magnificent view of Calligraphy Greenway in Taichung.
The Star Hostel Taichung Parklane has a magnificent view of Calligraphy Greenway in Taichung.

Star Hostel Taichung Parklane ( 誠星旅館)

Address: 15F, No. 68, Gongyi Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 

Rate: NT$650 8-bed female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)

Summary

One of the newly opened hostels in Taichung is the Star Hostel Taichung Parklane. Located on the 15th floor of the Green Park Lane Shopping Center, the building has many shops, many restaurants and cafes. You almost don’t need to leave the building! But of course, you do, there is so much to see in Taichung

Besides the great location, the hostel has many common spaces for travellers to hang out, a shared kitchen and excellent wifi. 

What I like about the accommodation

I always go back to Star Hostel Taipei Main Station as it is one of my favourite hostels in Taipei. So I thought I would try the new location in Taichung and I absolutely loved it! 

Star Hostel Taichung Parklane has the same high standard as the one in Taipei. Guest rooms are spotless, the bathrooms are clean, and the common area is welcoming. 

Even though the hostel is quite new, it has become one of my favourite hostels in Taichung! 

Accommodation is ideal for

Star Hostel Taichung Parklane is ideal for any solo traveller who has never stayed in a hostel before. I think it is an excellent way to introduce someone new to the hostel world because Star Hostel is clean and modern. And it feels more like a budget hotel with stylish rooms. 

If you have never stayed at a hostel before, you can choose a private room. Or be brave and stay in one of the dormitories. 

The Mini Hotel has comfortable lofty beds and a clean bathroom.
The Mini Hotel has comfortable lofty beds and a clean bathroom.

Mini Hotel Taichung (Feng Jia Branch)

Address: No. 15, Fuxing N 1st, Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan 40741

Rate: NT$1110 for a double room (check Agoda for current rate)

Summary

Each room at Mini Hotel Taichung is unique and one-of-a-kind! When you book online, you can pick exactly which room you want to stay in.

I chose a double room with a loft bed. I ended up getting two double beds, where both are in the lofty mezzanine area. There is even a sitting area underneath and a spotless bathroom. And can’t forget a little desk in the corner which is useful for doing a bit of work.

What I like about the accommodation

The guest rooms at the Mini Hotel Taichung are all unique and different. Depending on your style, you can choose one that suits you the most.

Plus the breakfast spread is quite good. The buffet-style breakfast has western and local food.

Accommodation is ideal for

Mini Hotel Taichung is ideal for any traveller who wants a quirky place to stay. Each room at Mini Hotel is different so you can choose one that suits your style. Plus the cost of a hotel room doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

And if you prefer to stay in the Central District, they also have another Mini Hotel near Taichung Railway Station. The rates are just as competitive, and the hotel is close to a lot of attractions.

For my travel style and budget, SOF Hotel is the best hotel in Taichung.
For my travel style and budget, SOF Hotel is the best hotel in Taichung.

SOF Hotel (植光花園酒店)

Address: No. 52, Guangfu Rd, Central District, Taichung, Taiwan 40045

Rate: NT$1,700 for a standard double room (check Agoda for current rate)

Summary

Located in the Central District, SOF Hotel (which stands for Space, Order and Form), is the best boutique hotel in Taichung.

The architects repurposed a building from the ’50s and created a modern space that embraced all the existing elements. From public space to private guest rooms, you will see the original concrete building with accents of modern materials like black steel and natural timber.

Guest rooms are on floors 2 to 7, where each room is designed with a minimalist, industrial aesthetics. And the shared spaces include the lounge, garden and terrace.

What I like about the accommodation

I chose the SOF Hotel because of the industrial minimalist design aesthetics. I love the juxtaposition of old and new material where the architect used modern materials and build around an existing building. Even though the building is quite old, all the space sin SOF Hotel feels welcoming and comfortable.

Most of all, the price was really affordable for a boutique hotel. You are paying more for a dorm room, but you are getting a lot more!

In my opinion, SOF Hotel is the best hotel in Taichung. Read my full review on why I love staying at SOF Hotel.

Accommodation is ideal for

SOF Hotel is perfect for any traveller who would want a bit of luxury but without the expensive price tag. And if you have been travelling alone for a while and want some privacy and good night’s sleep, then you must stay at the SOF Hotel! 

Want to take day trips from Taichung? How about a trip to Zhongshe Flower Market or Gaomei Wetlands?

Where will you stay while you are in Taichung City?

Before going to Taiwan, I wondered where to stay in Taichung because I want to stay at a hostel or hotel that is clean, comfortable and affordable. Plus, I want to stay somewhere that is central and has easy access to public transportation.

I was glad to find many excellent hotels and hostels in Taichung! My mind was spinning when I saw all the options on Agoda!

But in the end, I picked several fantastic Taichung hostels and hotels, which I totally recommend for any travellers, especially if you are travelling alone. I hope you find these recommendations helpful.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

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