When it comes to choosing accommodation in Taipei for solo travellers, there are many hostels and hotels to choose from. Maybe too many! Taipei accommodations range from budget hostels for travellers who want to pay minimally and to bougie boutique hotels for travellers who want a bit of luxury.
If you are looking for Taipei accommodation and wondering where to stay in Taipei, look no further. I have a few suggestions for you. I’ve stayed at each of these accommodations listed below and highly recommend each one. I also included my honest opinion for each hostels and hotels so you can pick the right accommodation for you.
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Taipei Accommodation Culture: what you need to know
Before you search for accommodations in Taipei, look at my post on 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 Taipei and learn about what to do in the capital city on your own.
As for Taiwanese accommodation culture, here’s what you need to know:
- The terms hostel and hotel are used interchangeably.
- Whether you stay in your own room or a dorm bed, it costs a bit more to stay during a weekend than on a weekday.
- Book ahead for weekend stays if possible 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 hostels. So you may find Taiwanese solo travellers, older travellers, and entire families.
Best areas to stay in Taipei Taiwan
Finding accommodations in Taipei is quite easy. But deciding which area to stay is another question.
Here is a quick summary of the different areas in Taipei you should consider staying and the hostels and hotels you can find in each area:
|Areas in Taipei||Characteristics||Taipei Hostels and Hotels|
|Datong District||* near Taipei Main Station and Taoyuan Airport MRT Station|
* Most budget-friendly Taipei accommodations
* many old neighbourhoods including Dadaocheng
|* Star Hostel Taipei Main Station|
* Meander 1948 Hostel
* OrigInn Space
|Zhongsheng District||* Taipei’s commercial center with many restaurants and shops|
* excellent for nightlife
|* Bouti City Capsule Inn|
|Da’an District||* mix of shops and restaurants in residential and commercial neighbourhood |
* numerous shopping areas
* Yongkang Street
|* Kimpton Da’an Taipei|
|Wanhua District||* Taipei’s oldest neighbourhood|
* many local eateries, night markets, shops and historical buildings
|* Monka Hotel|
|Songshan District||* northeast end of Taipei|
* financial center
* out of the hustle and bustle
|* Waterfront Hotel|
Where to stay in Taipei: best hostels in Taipei
1. Star Hostel Taipei Main Station
Located near Taipei Main Station, Taoyuan Airport MRT Station and within walking distance to Ximending, Star Hostel Taipei Main Station is one of the best budget hostels in Taipei.
Even though it is called a “hostel,” it has both shared accommodations and private rooms. Choose between a double guest room with a desk and an ensuite bathroom or a comfortable bed in a dormitory room. The hostel has a shared kitchen, a lovely common area, great wifi and wonderful staff who speak perfect English and can help you with anything.
And breakfast is included no matter which accommodation you choose.
The hostel organizes daily social activities, whether it is a movie night or a video game night. Plus, the hostel kitchen doubles as a bar at night, serving local craft beers.
Star Hostel Taipei Main Station: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: excellent common space, overall design aesthetics, bathrooms are always clean, centrally located
- Lowlights: challenging to book last minute
Star Hostel Taipei Main Station Address: 4F, No. 50, Huayin Street, Datong District, Taipei
Rate: NT$750 for a single bed in an 8-bed female dormitory
2. Meander 1948 Hostel – Taipei Main Station
Meander 1948 Hostel is a 3-star hostel and one of the newer accommodations near Taiwan Main Station, Taoyuan Airport MRT Station and within walking distance of Ximending.
There are three floors of guest rooms with a mix of dormitory beds and regular guest rooms. The hostel has laundry facilities and free walking tours. Plus, the price includes a gourmet breakfast every morning.
The dormitory bed is comfortable, with two lights and a privacy curtain. And just outside the bed, there is a locker for your belongings. It is big enough for a carry-on backpack. Or if your luggage is too big, there is a dedicated space where you can store your luggage.
On the 4th floor (top floor), there are additional guest rooms and a common area which includes a kitchenette, a reading area, a balcony with a few tables and a mezzanine level with a hammock-style bed.
Meander 1948 Hostel: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: excellent hostel if you want to ease into hostel living, gourmet breakfast included
- Lowlights: small communal areas, not enough bathroom
Meander 1948 Hostel Address: No. 42, Taiyuan Road, Datong District, Taipei
Rate: NT$925 for a single bed in an 8-bed female dormitory
3. Bouti City Capsule Inn
Bouti City Capsule Inn is a 2-star hotel with many dormitory rooms, an excellent common area, and a shared kitchenette.
For the price of a dorm bed, you get a comfortable modern pod with a single bed with a privacy screen. There is a large locker for all your belongings and the price includes a basic breakfast with Taiwanese tea eggs, toast and various beverages.
Best of all, the hostel is only 5 minutes away from Ximending where you can try many Taiwanese food and enjoy the nightlife. And Taipei Main Station and Taoyuan Airport MRT Station aren’t too far either.
Bouti City Capsule Inn: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: cozy modern dorm pods, great common areas, walking distance to Ximending
- Lowlights: too many pods in one room (noisy)
Bouti City Capsule Inn Address: No. 7, Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Rate: NT$879 for a single bed in a female dormitory
Taipei Accommodation: best boutique hotels in Taipei
1. Monka Hotel
Monka Hotel is the one of the best budget boutique hotels in Taipei. The hotel is next to Lungshan Temple in Wanhua District and has everything you need for a short-term stay.
The 3-star hotel has 3 floors of guest rooms designed with industrial minimalist aesthetics. The rooms are newly renovated and are well-designed.
Even though there aren’t any public areas for travellers to hang out in, the rooms are so comfortable that you really don’t want to leave.
I wrote a proper review of Monka Hotel here if you want to learn more.
Monka Hotel: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: affordable boutique hotel, modern contemporary room, lots to do in the area
- Lowlights: 1-person elevator, no common area
Monka Hotel Address: No. 139, Section 1, Xiyuan Road, Wanhua District, Taipei
Rate: NT$1,915 for a standard double room
2. OrigInn Space
OrgInn Space is a tiny boutique hotel near Dihua Street in Dadaocheng and is also close to Taoyuan Airport MRT Station and Taipei Main Station.
The first floor is open to the public where patrons can enjoy coffee or tea and shop for a variety of home decorations. Second floor has three guest rooms and shared bathrooms while the third floor has two ensuite units.
I like this boutique hotel because I appreciate all the thoughtful touches that were in the guest room. There was a tea set and instructions on how to make tea, scented herbs put by the headboard to promote restful sleep, a record player, an electric diffuser and so many more details to be discovered.
OrigInn Space: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: retro furniture, all the thoughtful details in the guest room, 1-minute walk to Dihua Street
- Lowlights: shared bathroom is outside of main building and is super hot during summer, expensive for a room with shared bathroom
OrigInn Space Address: No. 247, Nanjing W Rd, Datong District, Taipei
Rate: NT$3,000 for a standard double room with shared bathroom
3. Waterfront Hotel
Waterfront Hotel is a modern boutique hotel located in Songshan District and is in walking distance to Raohe Night Market. They offer sevearl types of affordable accommodations including standard room, Japanese style room and river view rooms.
The hotel also has a lounge area with compliementary coffee and snacks and coin-operated laundry services.
I chose the deluxe balcony room because I wanted to see the quieter side of Taipei. The balcony has a wonderful view of Rainbow Bridge over the Keelung River. The view is especially nice at sunset and at night.
Waterfront Hotel: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: spacious guest room, 2-minute walk to Raohe Night Market
- Lowlights: not much else to do in the area
Waterfront Hotel Address: No. 112, Songhe St, Songshan District, Taipei
Rate: NT3,000 for a deluxe balcony room
Where to stay in Taipei: Best luxury hotel in Taipei
1. Kimpton Da’an Taipei
Kimpton Da’an Taipei is a the best modern contemporary hotel in Taipei. Located in the residential neighbourhood of Da’an District, the area has many excellent eateries and retail stores. Or, if you want to explore other parts of Taipei, hop on the MRT at Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station, which is just 2 minutes away.
The hotel has 129 rooms, a spacious lobby with a cozy sitting area, an open bar, and a fantastic restaurant, The Tavernist, on the top floor.
The king essential room has a comfortable king bed, sitting area, open closet and a spacious bathroom. The room is modern and well-designed with the most luxurious materials and finishes.
Kimpton Da’an Taipei: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: best luxury boutique hotel in Taipei, high-end finishes, free bike rental, complimentary snacks and drinks during Wine Hour
- Lowlights: high-end hotel means high-end prices
Kimpton Da’an Taipei Address: No. 25, Lane 27, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei
Rate: NT$6,000 for a king essential room
Which accommodation in Taipei are you going to book?
Finding solo accommodation in Taipei is very easy because there are a ton of options on Agoda but it will take a bit of time to sort out all the available options.
Which is why I created this post because I’ve done all the work so you don’t have to wonder where to stay in Taipei. I stayed at each of these places myself and would recommend anyone travelling solo to stay at one of these hostels or hotels in Taipei.
I hope you find these Taipei accommodation recommendations helpful for your next trip to Taiwan! Let me know in the comments if you are staying in one of these hostels or hotels or if you find out excellent accommodations in Taipei.
Thank you for reading my Taipei accommodation post
You might also like these other posts on solo travel in Taiwan:
Introduction to Taiwan
- Things to know before visiting Taiwan
- How and where to buy a Taiwan prepaid SIM card
- How to spend 3 weeks in Taiwan
- 22 must-eat food in Taiwan
- Top 10 must-try Taiwan 7-11 Food
Northern Taiwan posts
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- Dadaocheng Taipei: what to do, buy and eat on Dihua Street
- 9 Places to eat breakfast in Taipei
- Top 21 food to try in Ximending in Taipei
- 7 Best day trips from Taipei
- A complete beginner’s guide to Beitou Hot Spring
- How to travel from Taipei to Jiufen
- Bitoujiao Trail: short and easy hike from Taipei or Yilan
- Monka Hotel: affordable Taipei boutique hotel
- Kimpton Da’an Hotel: best luxury boutique hotel in Taipei