Last Updated on August 15, 2020 by queenie mak
Taiwan attracted more than 11 million tourists last year. That is quite an impressive number! And I can understand why. The country has many excellent attractions, delicious food and a ton of things to do and see.
And many of those travellers visited Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. With the growth of tourism, many new hotels and hostels are popping up all over Taipei. Which means there are too many types of accommodations to choose from. Maybe too many.
This is why I am writing a post on my recommendations for where to stay in Taipei, Taiwan. I’ve stayed in each one of these accommodations listed below and would highly recommend each one.
Before you visit Taipei
Before you go to Taipei, 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 Taipei and learn about other attractions in Taipei.
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Taipei Accommodation Culture
Taiwan has many different types of accommodations. From hotels, hostels, guest houses, to Airbnbs, there is something for every kind of traveller.
But 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 Taipei. And the terms hostel and hotel are used interchangeably.
Here are some tips about Taiwanese accommodation culture:
- The majority of the cheap hostels in Taipei are near Taipei Main Station.
- There are many excellent solo accommodations in Taipei. Most of them are hostels but there are many budget-friendly hotels scattered around Taipei 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 hostels. So you may find Taiwanese solo travellers, older travellers, and entire families.
- From my experience, Taiwanese people are very polite and a bit shy and like to keep to themselves. I’m always the one saying, “ni hao!” (hello in Mandarin) And sometimes they would smile back. Don’t take it personally if they don’t say anything or smile back.
How to find the best Taipei hostels and hotels?
There are so many options when it comes to accommodations in Taipei. Probably a bit too much if you ask me.
However, I always trust Agoda, one of the best sites for booking hotels, guesthouses, and hostels. I’ve never had any issues with my bookings.
And most of all, Agoda has the most competitive prices that I have seen anywhere else. They have the best price guarantee.
The website has a huge database of accommodations in Taipei.
Where to stay in Taipei Taiwan
Below are my favourite places to stay in Taipei. I’ve stayed in all of them which is why I can recommend them to anyone who is looking for accommodation in Taipei.
Star Hostel Taipei Main Station
Address: 4F, No. 50, Huayin Street, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan 103
Rate: NT$550 for a single bed in an 8-bed female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)
Located near Taipei Main Station, Airport MRT Station, and walking distance to Ximending, Star Hostel is one of the best budget hostels in Taipei.
Even though it is called a “hostel”, there are 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 you need.
And it doesn’t matter which type of accommodation you choose; breakfast is included as well.
The hostel organizes daily social activities, whether it is a movie night or video game night. Plus, the hostel kitchen doubles as a bar at night serving local craft beer, including a pineapple cake flavoured beer by the Alchemist.
Star Hostel: One of the best hostels in Taipei
Star Hostel is my favourite place to stay in Taipei! I LOVE the cozy common space and the overall design aesthetics. The bed is super comfortable, and the bathrooms are always clean.
I stayed at Star Hostel in early 2018 and decided to stay there again during my trip in 2019. The quality of the hostel is just as good as it was a year and a half ago.
And many travellers know how great Star Hostel is. The hostel is always at full capacity. So if you know, you will be travelling to Taiwan and want to stay at Star Hostel, book well in advance so you will not be disappointed.
Star Hostel: Easy to meet other travellers
Star Hostel is perfect for any solo travellers who want to meet other Taiwanese travellers and international travellers. The clientele is a mix of the two.
And if you value a hostel or hotel with an excellent common area, then you must stay at the Star Hotel. The common area includes several big tables for eating or working. And it has two unique platform areas where you will find a greenhouse and a treehouse (see the main photo).
Meander 1948 Hostel – Taipei Main Station
Address: No. 42, Taiyuan Road, Datong District, Taipei City 103
Rate: NT$500 for a single bed in an 8-bed female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)
Meander 1948 Hostel is a 3-star hostel and one of the newer accommodations near Taiwan Main Station, Airport MRT Station and walking distance to Ximending.
There are three floors of guest rooms where there is a mix of dormitory beds and regular guest rooms. The reception is behind the hostel coffee shop on the ground floor. And the hostel has laundry facilities and free walking tours.
The dormitory bed is comfortable, has two different sets of lights and a privacy curtain. And just outside of 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. The common area has a kitchenette, reading area, a balcony with a few tables and a mezzanine level with a hammock style net-bed.
Meander 1948 Hostel: Best gourmet breakfast in a Taipei hostel
For a hostel, Meander 1948 Hostel really goes above and beyond in terms of services and breakfast.
The staff is very friendly, and they speak perfect English. After check-in, they will give you a tour of the hostel and tell you all the information you need.
And the hostel serves a gourmet breakfast every morning! They have a rotating breakfast menu at the coffee shop where you can pick 1 out of the three options. After you order your food, go up to the second-floor cafe area, and they bring you your gourmet breakfast! It is some of the fanciest breakfast I’ve had in a hostel. But the complimentary breakfast does not include a drink.
The breakfast is included in the price, even if you are staying in the dormitory rooms.
Meander 1948 Hostel: Luxurious private dorm rooms
Meander 1948 Hostel is an excellent choice for any solo female travellers, especially if you are unfamiliar with hostel living. The dorm room is spacious, the bathroom is clean, and the overall look and feel of the hostel is very welcoming and comfortable.
The hostel is probably on the higher-end in terms of comfort and luxury. I have never stayed at a nicer hostel than Meander 1948!
Bouti City Capsule Inn
Address: No. 7, Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Road, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan 10046
Rate: NT$550 for a single bed in a female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)
Bouti City Capsule Inn is a 2-star hotel that has many dormitory rooms, an excellent common area, a shared kitchenette, and a bar.
For the price of a dorm bed, you get a comfortable single bed with a privacy screen and a large locker for all your belongings. Plus, you get a basic breakfast with include Taiwanese tea eggs, toasts and a variety of beverages.
And the hotel is conveniently located close to Taipei Main Station, Airport MRT Station and walking distance to Ximending.
Bouti City Capsule Inn: Cheap accommodation in Taipei
I stayed at Bouti City Capsule Inn in early 2018 and loved my stay. So when I returned to Taipei at the end of 2019, I stayed there again. The dorm rooms and bathrooms are kept in good condition and are both very clean.
But most of all, I like the common area on the ground floor because there are many large tables where I can do a bit of work. The space is comfortable and welcoming.
Bouti City Capsule Inn: Walking distance to Ximending
Bouti City Capsule Inn is suitable for any travellers who want a clean and comfortable bed to stay for a few days. The dorm bed is very affordable, and you can expect a comfortable stay.
Plus, if you want to be close to the best food and nightlife, Ximending is only 5 minutes away.
Flip Flop Hostel – Garden
Address: No. 122, Chang’an West Road, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan 10310
Rate: NT$400 for a single bed in a 6-bed female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)
Flip Flop Garden Hostel is also near Taipei Main Station and Airport MRT. The hostel has many types of rooms, but the majority of the rooms have dormitory beds.
On the ground floor, there are several shared common areas. There is a shared kitchen, a big dining room, a game room and a beautiful courtyard.
The price of a dorm bed includes an excellent breakfast.
Flip Flop Hostel: Upgraded dormitory bed
The individual dormitory bed is very well-designed. Each unit has a shelving unit where there is a shelf for your cell phone, a light and a locked compartment for your belongings. The designer really thought about maximizing the design for the vertical surface while making the dorm bed functional and cozy.
Flip Flop Hostel: Upgraded dorm bed that doesn’t cost a lot
Flip Flop Garden Hostel is excellent for any solo traveller who wants a cozy dorm bed and not paying too much for it. The individual dorm bed functions like a tiny home – it has all the storage and functions you would need for a bedroom.
Taiwan Youth Hostel & Capsule Hotel
Address: No. 11, Qingdao W. Road, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan 10041
Rate: NT$550 for a single bed in a female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)
Taiwan Youth Hostel & Capsule Hotel is a popular hotel that attracts many international travellers. The 2-star hotel is close to Taipei Main Station and MRT Station.
The hotel has separate boys and girls dormitories where each area has a large room for dorm beds, a spacious bathroom and a luggage area.
Each dormitory unit has a comfortable single bed, a shallow table/desk, a hanging rod and a locker (behind the bed) that is big enough for a carry-on backpack. And there are sufficient electrical outlets to charge all your electronics.
There is a shared kitchenette, a dining area, and a big common space for travellers to hang out.
If you want more comfort, you can upgrade to the double bed dormitory room bit a bit more money.
Taiwan Youth Hostel & Capsule Hotel: Small desk in dorm bed
I really like the table feature in the dormitory unit. Sometimes I would work inside my little cubby before going to sleep or put on Netflix movies.
The one downside of having such a large dormitory space is the noise. When you have many travellers going in and out at every hour of the day, it can be quite noisy. So use the complimentary earplugs!
Taiwan Youth Hostel & Capsule Hotel: Cheap hostel in Taipei
It is easy to meet other travellers at the Taiwan Youth Hostel & Capsule Hotel because of the clientele and the spacious common area. Perhaps most travellers don’t want to hang out in their little dormitory pods; they will spend more time in the sitting area.
We Come Hostel
Address: 2F, No. 26, Gangu Street, Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan 10343
Rate: NT$400 for a single bed in a 4-bed female dormitory (check Agoda for current rate)
Choose either a single room or dormitory room at We Come Hostel. For the price of a dorm bed, it includes a comfortable single bed with privacy curtains, a simple breakfast and the use of the spacious common area.
Located not too far from Taipei Main Station, the hostel is also close to Dadaocheng District, a retro neighbourhood with many converted old houses that are filled with retail stores and cafes.
We Come Hostel: Eclectic common area
I really enjoyed hanging out in the common area at We Come Hostel. The sitting area is filled with eclectic furniture, flat-screen tv and a functional kitchen. The space is very welcoming and comfortable.
Plus, I really like being close to Dadaocheng District. It is one of my favourite neighbourhood in Taipei (because I love traditional architecture and the idea of converting old homes into modern retail spaces).
We Come Hostel: Close to Dihua Street in Dadaocheng
We Come Hostel is perfect for any solo travellers with a tight budget but want a comfortable bed for a few nights. Plus, it is an excellent location for exploring Dihua Street in Dadaocheng and the night markets in the area, including Ningxia Night Market and Yansan Night Market.
Address: No. 101, Sec. 3, Minsheng E. Road, Songshan District, Taipei City 10544, Taiwan 10544
Rate: NT$1,600 for a single room on the female-only floor (check Agoda for current rate)
Kafnu Taipei is one of the few coworking hotels in Taipei. It has a restaurant on the ground floor, several floors with hotdesks and meeting rooms and several levels of single rooms and dormitory rooms. There’s even a workout studio space and
Located in Songshan District, the hotel is located in a shopping and business neighbourhood. The area is not as touristy, but it is close to MRT stations, tasty eateries, and excellent coffee shops.
There are other Kafnu hotels, including Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bengaluru, and Sydney.
Kafnu Taipei: Coliving and coworking space for digital nomads
The hotel is brand new, so everything is spotless. Plus, the design of the sleeping quarters and the coworking spaces are very cohesive. The overall look and feel to Kafnu is very calm and serene.
Moreover, I really like the idea of a coworking hotel where it is a place for sleep and a place for work. You don’t have to travel very far to get to your “office.”
Kafnu Taipei: Excellent workspace for digital nomads
Kafnu Taipei is excellent for any travellers who work while they travel. Ask any digital nomad, and they will tell you they need a proper desk and great wifi. And Kafnu has it all!
I have more detailed information about Kafnu Taipei. Read more about my impression of the Kafnu: coliving and coworking hotel in Taipei.
Address: No. 139, Section 1, Xiyuan Road, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan 108
Rate: NT$1,500 for a standard double room (check Agoda for current rate)
Monka Hotel is the best budget boutique hotel in Taipei. Located next to Lungshan Temple in Wanhua District, the hotel has everything you need for a short-term stay.
The 3-star hotel has 3 floors of guest rooms where each room is designed in an industrial minimalist design aesthetics. The rooms are newly renovated and are well-designed.
Even though there aren’t any public areas for travellers to hang out, the rooms are so comfortable that you really don’t want to leave.
Monka Hotel: Best budget boutique hotel
I love the minimalist design of Monka Hotel. Even though the standard double room is quite small, every design detail is functional and well-designed. And the price is very affordable for a boutique hotel.
Monka Hotel: Private room without the price tag
If you have been travelling for a while and want some privacy and luxury of a hotel, then you must stay at Monka Hotel. You don’t need to pay a lot for a wonderful stay at Monka.
If you want to know more about Monka Hotel, I wrote an entire hotel review. Click here to read more about the boutique hotel.
Kimpton Da’an Taipei
Address: No. 25, Lane 27, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan 106
Rate: NT$6,000 for a king superior room (check Agoda for current rate)
Kimpton Da’an Taipei is a modern contemporary hotel in the residential neighbourhood in Da’an District. There are many excellent eateries and retail stores in the area where you can walk to. Or if you want to explore other parts of Taipei, just 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 and an open bar, and a fantastic restaurant, The Tavernist, on the top floor.
The king superior 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: Best luxury boutique hotel in Taipei
Kimpton Da’an Taipei is the best hotel in Taipei! I love all the design detail of the hotel! As an ex-interior designer, I really appreciate a well-designed space where every detail is catered to a traveller.
And as a guest, you can rent a bike and tour around the city on two wheels for free! The retro bike is really cute!
Moreover, the hotel has complimentary snacks and drinks during Wine Hour every day in the lobby. What a great way to unwind and relax!
Kimpton Da’an Taipei: Modern comtemporary design
Kimpton Da’an Taipei Hotel is ideal for anyone who wants to stay in a modern contemporary hotel; someone who appreciates modern design and doesn’t mind paying for a luxury room.
However, the room is not cheap! But sometimes a girl needs to stay somewhere really nice to really treat herself!
Where will you stay while you are in Taipei?
Finding solo Taipei accommodations is very easy. But finding a hostel or hotel that is clean, comfortable and affordable will take a bit of research.
But I’ve done all of it for you! I stayed at each one of these places myself and would recommend anyone travelling solo to stay at one of these hostels or hotels in Taipei.
And it is easy to book all your accommodations through Agoda. It is my only accommodation booking website I use, and I trust it 100%!
I hope you find these recommendations helpful for your next trip to Taipei!