If you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably a bit overwhelmed when it comes to deciding where to stay in Taipei, Taiwan. It’s a huge, sprawling city of over 7 million people, and there so many different neighborhoods in Taipei, each having its own personality. There’s sparkling Ximending with its neon lights, Shilin with its famous night market, Xinyi with its classic sights like Taipei 101: each Taipei neighborhood offers something different than the next.
However, choosing the best area to stay in Taipei is a little less daunting when you consider the fact that nowhere in Taipei is really that far away. Thanks to the excellent and ridiculously efficient MRT system (seriously, it makes this girl who survived a decade of NYC’s MTA want to cry, it’s so good) you can get to all of the best Taipei districts in minutes, for around 50 cents a ride. This perfect transportation system makes traveling between neighborhoods easy, making every location in Taipei honestly a pretty good one.
So, if you haven’t quite figured out where to stay in Taiwan’s vibrant capital city? I’ve got your back. I’ve done the research, culling reviews of the best hotels in Taipei from various sources and checking maps to make sure my suggestions for where to stay in Taipei are in good locations. I’ve picked the best Taipei hotels and hostels in each neighborhood, culminating in this ultimate guide to my top recommendations of the best places to stay in Taipei.
I’ll break this post down by neighborhood, giving a quick preview of the different districts in Taipei and why you’d want to stay in each Taipei neighborhood, what sights are there, and what kind of traveler it’s good for. This way, you can pick the best district to stay in Taipei for your interests and desires. Then, I’ll give you three options for Taipei accommodations in that neighborhood, so you can find the best place to stay in Taipei for your budget.
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Where to Stay in Taipei: Neighborhood by Neighborhood
Best for: luxury seekers, people who want to stay in the heart of Taipei, business travelers
If you’re looking for the best place to stay near Taipei 101, you’ve got to pick Xinyi. This is where you’ll find the hottest restaurants and hotels to stay in Taipei. Though of course, with the near-perfect location comes higher prices, so if you are on a strict budget, this may not be the best Taipei neighborhood for you.
From Taipei 101 to Elephant Mountain, Xinyi offers a bit of everything, from soaring skylines to nature escapes. From the metro you can be up Elephant Mountain mere minutes, with some of the best views of the Taipei area at your doorstop. Meanwhile, there are plenty of world-class restaurants just a short walk from wherever you end up staying in Xinyi, so you can rest assured that an excellent meal is never more than a few minutes’ walk away. For first timers, it’s the best location to stay in Taipei, in my opinion.
While Xinyi isn’t exactly the best neighborhood to stay in Taipei for budget travelers, that doesn’t mean there aren’t deals to be found. Space Inn Xinyi is one of those exceptions! With male, female, and mixed dorms, this is the perfect place to stay in Taipei for solo travelers who want to be in the heart of the action. Just a few minutes’ walk from the metro, all of Taipei is at easy reach, and Taipei 101 is a short walk away, as well as the Tonghua Night Market for foodies on a budget!
Guests love the large shared bathrooms – with plenty of toilets and showers (9 of each for the ladies, at least) plus several sinks and hair dryers. As someone who used to live out of a hostel, I can see how this would be a huge perk as a traveling woman – I hated always having to wait for an empty bathroom! The rooms are clean and comfortable, offering warm blankets, comfortable pillows, plenty of sockets for each bed (at least 2), reading lamps, shelves next to each bed, and lockers. There are complimentary tea and coffee and a 24/7 front desk to help with all needs and provide security. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
For an affordable Taipei lodging option near the Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain) metro and within easy walk of all of Xinyi’s best sights (just a 10 minute walk to Taipei 101!), I’ve got your back. There are plenty of good hotels in Taipei City Center, but it’s hard to find something on a budget. If that’s you, you’ll want to consider Place X Hotel if you want an affordable private room in Xinyi without spending a fortune. With a vibrant, colorful lobby, the hotel offers a wide variety of room configurations ranging from doubles, triples, quads, and family rooms. All rooms have A/C and en-suite bathrooms, so it’s a great option for travelers who want a little bit of privacy.
However, there are a few downsides to note: the rooms do not have windows as it’s a basement-level hotel, and many guests complained about the breakfast. If neither of those things bother you, guests loved the cleanliness, location, and price enough to consider Place X Hotel a good place to stay in pricy Xinyi. Check out reviews, prices, photos, and availability here.
While mid-range and budget options are slim in Xinyi, you’re spoiled for choice in the luxury department! But if I had to pick one, I’d pick the W as the best hotel to stay in Taipei near the Taipei 101 building, specifically the Xinyi district. I’ve stayed in W Hotels twice and always loved my experience, especially since I love how they blend luxury and quirky in a way that feels unique, not stuffy – and with the W tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, they definitely don’t give off that vibe.
W Hotels are artsy, trendy, colorful, and chic, and The W Taipei is no exception. With 5 star amenities, including the WET outdoor pool with poolside bar, the luxe AWAY spa, and the hip on-site bar Woobar, the 400-square-meter FIT gym with state-of-the-art equipment, the chic restaurant YEN… you basically would never need to leave your hotel, but of course you will, because you’re in the best area of Taipei. Check prices, reviews, photos, and availability here.
However, if you prefer a more classic take on luxury, there are some perfect options for you as well. The Grand Hyatt in Taipei offers prestige and unparalleled 5-star service, and Le Meridien Taipei is a perennial favorite among luxury hotel lovers and is widely considered to be the best hotel in Taipei.
Best for: people who want a quiet place to stay in Taipei, a more residential side to the city
Da’an is right next to Xinyi but the vibe couldn’t be more different. Long a favorite with the expat community in Taipei, Da’an has a nice blend of residential buildings and quiet businesses catering to a foreigner-friendly crowd. The biggest part in the city, Da’an Park, is right in the heart of the neighborhood, offering a buffer between the business of Xinyi and the peacefulness of Da’an.
There are no hostels in Da’an so if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget I would not recommend this neighborhood. However, if you’re looking for a cozy yet cheap hotel in Taipei, Chaiin Hotel is a great option with plenty of affordable rooms on offer. With easy access to the Dongmen MRT and a 5-minute walk away from happening Yongkang Street, it’s a fantastic location.
All rooms have A/C, private bathrooms, desk areas, and flat-screen TVs, although note that the most basic budget rooms do not have windows. rooms. Perks like bathrobes and slippers, an electric kettle, and a mini-fridge all make this budget hotel feel more luxe. Check out reviews, prices, photos, and availability here.
For a glamorous yet affordable place to stay in Taipei’s quiet Da’an district, I recommend inhouse residence. Just a few minutes’ walk from the lovely and non-touristic Shida Night Market, and a short walk away from Da’an Park, inhouse is a great option for travelers who want to see a less touristic side of Taipei. Rooms are well-designed, with large and cozy beds, plenty of warm wood tones to give a comfortable vibe. The en-suite bathrooms are sleek and modern, with soaking tubs as well as showerheads.
However, one thing to note is that it is a bit of a walk from the nearest MRT station – about 1 kilometer or 10 minutes away. If you don’t mind a brief walk to access the metro, then this is a wonderful hotel for you if you want to stay in one of the coolest parts of Taipei without spending a fortune. Check reviews, prices, and availability here.
For a glamorous place to stay in Taipei not far from Da’an Park, I recommend Chez Nous. This gorgeous, trendy hotel is just two stops away from Taipei 101 and a short walk from one of my favorite streets in Taipei, Yongkang Shopping Street (where you’ll find the original branch of Din Tai Fung), one of my favorite Taipei shopping districts. There’s also an on-site bar and restaurant if you don’t feel like exploring the neighborhood or just want a lazy meal in after a full day of exploring Taipei.
Rooms feature A/C, hardwood floors, flatscreen TVs, and basic kitchen amenities like coffee and tea makers and a mini-fridge. All rooms have a seating area (some even have a duplex, two-story option!); some rooms even have a gorgeous private terrace area. Rooms are beautifully furnished with lovely wood accents and vibrant blues, creating a calm oasis away from the bustle of Taipei. Bathrooms are the true epitome of luxury, with marble floors and even soaking tubs with gorgeous brass accents on the knobs, as well as walk-in showers. For the quality and the price, it’s one of the best hotel deals in Taipei. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Good for: staying in the heart of the action, young people and Instagram lovers
The heart of one of Taipei’s most attraction-filled areas, Zhongzheng is a great area to stay in Taipei if you are after its most photogenic sights. Home to the complex which houses Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the National Concert Hall, this square is iconic Taipei and it’s a must-visit on any Taipei itinerary.
I included Space Inn on the Xinyi section of this post, and so it’s perhaps no surprise that I’m also recommending their other branch, this time located in Zhongzheng near Ximending. With A/C, self-service laundry, soundproofing, and cooking areas, this hostel has anything you need for a short or extended stay. Dorms are available in separate sex or mixed sex options.
Each bunk has a privacy curtain and outlets so you can have your own little oasis in your bunk. Guests have reported very clean rooms and common areas, especially the bathrooms, and that it’s a nice and peaceful place to stay (not a party hostel by any means). If you want a convenient place to stay in Taipei at the crossroads of the major transportation hubs and cultural sights, and NOT want to pay a fortune, check out prices, reviews, and availability here.
For a relaxed yet elegant place to stay in Taipei near Zhongzheng’s main attractions, I’d recommend Midtown Retreat. Keep in mind, though, that this is a 2nd-floor apartment converted into several rooms and as such, there are not many of the standard hotel amenities like a receptionist or elevator, and not every single room has a window. It’s one block from the Shandao Temple metro, and close to both Taipei Main Station and Liberty Square
With spacious rooms with comfortable beds, A/C in every room, private bathrooms, and basic kitchen amenities, it’s a really great place to stay when you’re on a budget as long as you don’t mind the more apartment/Airbnb style set up and don’t need the hand-holding of a concierge/receptionist. Check prices, photos, reviews, and availability here.
For one of the fanciest hotels in the Zhongzheng area, I highly recommend the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel. While it has great name recognition as part of the Sheraton brand, it’s also just a dang nice hotel in a lovely neighborhood midway between Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Taipei Main Station MRT. It’s right next to the lovely Shantao Temple and its accompanying MRT station, so it’s truly a lovely location.
The hotel offers 5-star luxury in the heart of it all, with great amenities like a day spa, fitness room, outdoor pool, and literally nine dining options (not like you need them in a city as fun to eat in as Taipei, but y’know, options are sweet!). There’s a helpful concierge desk who can help you with any pressing Taipei questions and with making needed bookings.
While the facilities throughout the hotel are great, the rooms offer next-level luxury and privacy. The rooms themselves are inspired by both Chinese and modern elements, providing ample workspace in the spacious rooms. The bathrooms have a bathtub (holler!!) excellent toiletries, and bathrobes for you to feel like a baller in. Check out prices, reviews, photos, and availability here.
Good for: travelers who want a slightly off the beaten path place to stay in Taipei close to their favorite sights
Just north of bustling Wanhua district and its Ximending neighborhood, Datong is relatively quiet by comparison and in that lies much of its charm.
If you want a more local and quiet feel, without the crowds that come with Ximending or Xinyu, then this is the choice for you. Many of the best attractions are still within a short walk, but you can also easily escape the noise.
The best place to stay in Datong, Taipei on a budget is LuckyOne Hostel, which offers a fantastic location as well as lovely aesthetics at an affordable price that will make any backpacker very, very happy. This is one of the better cheap accommodations in Taipei and should be on the short list for any budget traveler.
The hostel is very well-designed in a way that I wish more hostels were — simple things like the top bunk being high enough that the person on the bottom bunk can sit comfortably, reading lights and outlets next to each bed, etc. have all been considered in the design. Check rates, availability, and reviews here.
For an affordable yet private place to stay that’s a big step up from a hostel (without costing much more) I recommend Bayman Hotel in Datong. It’s still close to the Taipei Main Station MRT (about a 10-minute walk) but it’s in a more residential and relaxed neighborhood where you can unwind and get a feel for the real Taipei. There’s a great night market nearby if you’re curious to try one of the most essential things to do in Taipei!
The location is great and the price is fantastic for what you get: private rooms and modern bathrooms (some even with bathtubs) and comfy beds with reading lights next to each bed, plenty of outlets to charge overnight without inconveniencing yourself. The furnishings are simple but for the price it can’t be beaten. Check out prices, reviews, and availability here.
This isn’t the fanciest neighborhood of Taipei, but that does mean that you can get an excellent luxury hotel for a fraction of the price of the more upscale ones you’ll find in Xinyi and Songshan. I love the quirky, unique Play Design Hotel, which won the iF 2018 award for hotel design, so it has serious claim to being one of the best hotels in Taipei, Taiwan. There are only 5 rooms, so it is a really small and unique property, yet it’s reasonably priced for the quality and scarcity of rooms.
The concept is the intersection of design and hospitality, connecting travelers to local designers. Each room is furnished by Taiwanese designers, who make the space unique. Even better, there’s an on-site gallery where you can buy unique design works created by the designers who collaborated on this hotel! The rooms are really spacious, with seating and living areas as well as sleeping areas, each uniquely appointed with local designer touches. It’s simply too hard to describe how cute and unique this place is, so check out the photos and reviews here.
Best for: people who love design hotels, business and luxury travelers, artsy people
Songshan is the area roughly above Xinyi and its skyscrapers and to the side of the fun shopping district of Zhongxiao. It’s a great choice for business travelers and people looking for a slightly more creative variety of options when it comes to where to stay in Taipei.
There are lots of design hotels in this neighborhood as it’s inspired by the Songshan Creative and Cultural Park which is at the heart of this neighborhood. In fact, one of my top Taipei hotel recommendations for Songshan is in the park itself! It’s also close to other essential sights like Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and it’s not far from Raohe Night Market, which is often considered one of the most ‘authentic’ local night markets.
This isn’t the cheapest area of Taipei, but there are some hostel options, namely Hostel Jiizu. There’s a range of options from dorm beds to economy doubles and deluxe quadruples, so there’s something to suit virtually all budgets and group sizes.
It’s a little bare bones, especially in the dorm and economy rooms, but it’s clean, well-located, safe, and quiet. For the price and location, it’s hard to find anything that offers similar quality at this price point. Check out reviews, prices, and availability here.
Mid-Range / Luxury
For a super unique place to stay, check out arTree hotel, which is essentially the world’s classiest treehouse meets a 5-star hotel. With the greenest lobby and dining area you can imagine, completely inspired by a canopy of trees, this hotel is designed beautifully while still being in the center of Taipei just a few minutes’ away from an MRT station.
Meanwhile, the rooms are entirely modern, with all the luxury amenities you’d expect: deep-set bathtubs, air conditioning, epic city views, delicious in-restaurant dining options, an upscale bar, a fitness center, a spa, the works! For how creative and high-quality his hotel is, the prices are really quite affordable. Check rates, availability, and reviews here.
Want to stay in one of the most creative Taipei neighborhoods with tons of luxe perks at your fingertips? Look no further than Eslite, which offers up luxury meets a dash of artsy creativity. Located in Songshan Creative & Cultural Park, this 5-star hotel is one of the best hotels in Taipei, beautifully appointed with tons of amazing details like unending shelves of books in the lobby (swoon!).
With perks like private balconies, enormous beds, sunken bathtubs, in-room sound systems, you can stay in style at Eslite without paying an insane amount. Check rates, availability, and reviews here.
Good for: young people who want to stay in the heart of the action in Taipei, people who love bright lights and buzzy areas
Often compared to Shinjuku in Tokyo or Dotonbori in Osaka, this is where the young people in Taipei come to walk around, eat, and hang out in the neon-light glow of Ximending.
The larger district is called Wanhua, but people are generally more familiar with the Ximending area which surrounds the Ximen MRT station. This is a great option for being centrally located in the heart of the action, but it can be a little crowded.
If you can laugh off the name, the best place to stay in Ximending, Taipei is the affordable Ximen Duckstay Hostel. It has an amazing central location in Ximen, one of the most bustling neighborhoods of Taipei in the evening.
The rooms are small but well-designed, with designated places to keep your luggage to keep the floor clear, privacy curtains, reading lights, etc. There’s also a hostel bar so it’s good for solo travelers who want to socialize, as Taipei doesn’t have the best bar scene. Check rates, availability, and reviews here.
The trendy Cho Hotel has one of the best locations in Taipei, a two-minute walk from the Ximen MRT and the Red House theater. It’s a design hotel, so expect a fun and aesthetically pleasing environment. There are lots of lounge areas where you can relax and enjoy the creativity of the space. It almost feels like a very artsy friend’s house with all the different rooms to lounge in and explore.
There are a variety of rooms, ranging from basic double (windowless) for a very affordable price all the way up to luxury quadruples which are great for families or groups of friends traveling together. No matter the room type, the rooms are clean and cozy, feature cool murals, and have modern en-suite bathrooms. For the price point, it’s a great choice in Ximending/Wanhua. Check out prices, reviews, and availability here.
Another arm of the inhouse hotel family, the Ximen location of inhouse Boutique Hotel is an excellent choice for people looking for a luxury place to stay in Taipei’s Wanhua district. Just 300 meters from the Red House, it’s in a prime location, and the hotel is incredibly funky and cool, perfectly designed for lovers of unique places to stay rather than standard cookie-cutter hotels.
Tucked away in an alley off of the main road, you won’t have to deal with the noise pollution of Ximending which can admittedly be quite loud sometimes. The theme of the hotel is inspired by the Red House Theater which it’s near, so the hotel tries to recreate the glamor and nostalgia of the 1940s and 50s, featuring gorgeous marble flooring from India as well as hand-crafted mahogany furniture. The rooms are really large and spacious with high ceilings and lovely lighting, bringing you back to a bygone era. It’s definitely a unique choice for where to stay in Taipei. Check prices, photos, reviews, and availability here.
Taipei Main Station
Best for: people who want to be at the heart of Taipei’s transportation options and are planning multiple day trips, people on a short stay to Taipei
While not in and of itself the most fun neighborhood in Taipei, for its ease of access to virtually everywhere in the city and beyond, Taipei Main Station is unparalleled.
Perfect for people who plan to take advantage of the city’s many day trip options, or just for people who are doing a quick visit to Taipei and want to stay central, I love Taipei Main Station’s convenience as it’s rarely more than 20 minutes away to anywhere I want to be in Taipei city center.
For a budget-conscious yet fun place to stay near Taipei Main Station, I highly recommend the funky Morwing Hotel – Culture Vogue. It has extremely affordable private rooms with A/C just a 5-minute walk from the Main Station, perfect for all travel opportunities.
The rooms are quirky and colorful, with themes that veer a bit on the strange side of things (room designs encompass everything from Milan to Le Petit Prince to anime characters to Santorini…), but hey – for the price and the location, it’s hard to find fault! Guests agree, giving it high points for its location, cleanliness, price, and friendly staff. If you value location and comfort over aesthetics, it’s a great choice. Check prices, reviews, photos, and availability here.
If you’re looking for an affordable yet beautiful and trendy place to stay in Taipei Main Station’s vicinity, I highly, highly recommend citizenM North Gate. That’s because Taipei is home to one of my favorite affordable hotel chains, citizenM (I stayed with them in Shoreditch, London and loved it!).
I love booking rooms with citizenM because I know that I’m going to get a well-designed room at an affordable price, without having to pay for a bunch of luxuries I won’t use. The design is fun and quirky, with a real sense of personality that is missing from many hotel chains. You always know when you are stepping into a citizenM and I love that. The location is also great. Check rates, availability, and reviews here.
To be as close to Taipei Main Station as possible without, y’know, actually sleeping in it, I recommend Caesar Park. This glam 4-star hotel has all the amenities you need in the perfect location. There’s an on-site restaurant and spa, so it’s a great place to unwind after a long flight to Taipei when you need to recover from jet lag, as it’s only one hour door to door from Taoyuan Airport.
The room decor isn’t super modern (think carpets and bland curtains), but it’s quite comfortable and spacious. If you want a super design-focused hotel, there are better options (check the offerings in Songshan) but if you just want a clean, luxurious stay in one of the best locations in Taipei, Caesar Park is a great choice. Check prices, reviews, photos, and availability here.
Best for: hipsters and nightlife seekers
Bordering Songshan and Datong, the Zhongshan neighborhood is the perfect place to stay for trendy travelers who love funky boutiques (and fast fashion), quirky and Instagrammable cafés, trendy restaurants, and sleek bars and nightlife options.
Whereas Taipei can generally be a bit of a quiet city after dark, Zhongshan is the exception as this is where many of the city’s best bars can be found as it’s sort of the unofficial nightlife district. It’s also the most LGBT-friendly neighborhood in the city (side note: the country of Taiwan just celebrated marriage equality, yay!) so this is a great place to stay in Taiwan for LGBT travelers as well as anyone hip, fun, and tolerant.
There aren’t too many hostels in the area, but if you want to stay in a budget-friendly place in Zhongshan I recommend 4Plus Hostel. Housed in a quirky mint-green building, on the inside the hostel is quite comfortable. The lounge areas aren’t anything special but the rooms are really well-done.
Each bunk in the female dorm and 4-bed dorm has a privacy curtain, USB charging ports, outlets, and reading lamps: the recipe for a perfect hostel set up. Note that the 6-bed mixed dorm doesn’t have quite the same nice setup, so keep an eye out and check the photos of your room type before booking. Check out reviews, prices, photos, and availability here.
If you want to stay in affordable luxury in Taipei’s fun Zhongshan district, I’d pick Green World Grand NanJiang. With a straight-up glamorous lobby that will make you shocked at how affordable the hotel is, this is one of the best options in the trendy nightlife and shopping district of Zhongshan.
We’re talking spacious rooms, huge bathrooms with bathtubs included, and a fantastic breakfast spread including dumplings…. brb, booking myself in now. With a fantastic location close to the MRT, it’s a wonderful place to stay in Taipei. Check rates, availability, and reviews here.
The Hilton brand is synonymous with luxury everywhere, and that’s definitely no exception for the lovely Doubletree By Hilton Taipei Zhongshan. With everything from twin rooms to king suites, there’s something for everyone in this hip hotel.
The rooms are your standard luxury hotel offering – crisp white sheets, comfortable beds with fluffy linens, great views, TVs, the works. Some rooms have extra perks, like the corner king suite with a soaking bathtub with incredible views of Taipei. But even the standard rooms are quite lush and welcoming. The hotel has all the amenities you’d expect from a four-star hotel, including a fitness center, on-site restaurant, and concierge service. Check rates, availability, and reviews here.
Best for: foodies and budget-savvy travelers who don’t mind spending a few more minutes on the MRT to get more bang for their buck
The biggest (and in my opinion, best) night market in the city can be found in Shilin, and the neighborhood has basically become synonymous with its night market. But even by day, it’s a great area to stay in Taipei: quiet as it’s away from the main hustle and bustle of downtown, but bursting with businesses and shops at all hours of day. It’s also close to the the buses to Yangmingshan National Park, one of my favorite city escapes from Taipei, which leave from the Jiantan MRT.
This was my first stop where I stayed in Taipei, and I highly recommend it to foodie travelers who want to have one of Taipei’s best night markets literally on their back door. Yes, it’s touristic, but that means you won’t have issues communicating with vendors and you’ll be able to try all the Taipei must-eats all under one (non)roof.
If you want an affordable place to stay near Taipei’s best night market, Mono Hostel is the best choice for sure. It’s located in between the Jiantan and Shilin MRT stations, so there are plenty of transportation options nearby.
The dorms are well-designed with reading lights, outlets, and shelves dedicated for each bunk, as well as nearby lockers. All have privacy curtains too, which is a great touch. The bathrooms are huge and spacious – not the dingy hostel bathroom of your nightmares. Generally, it’s an incredibly clean and inviting place to spend your time and it’s a great choice for where to stay in Taipei if you’re traveling alone or on a budget. Check out prices, photos, reviews, and availability here.
For a nice place to stay near Shilin Night Market, just 600 meters away, check out Uinn Business Hotel. While the name suggests a boring business hotel, stepping into the lobby will shake all the mental images of dull cookie-cutter hotels away as the design is really colorful and ultra-modern.
The rooms are well-lit and colorful, with funky wallpaper and white linens to give the room personality without clutter. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are modern. Each room has a flatscreen TV, kettle, and private bathroom, as well as bathrobes and slippers to use in the hotel. The soundproofing is excellent so it is a really quiet place to stay despite being in a busier part of town – great that you can be near the night market, but that it won’t keep you up all night! Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Just a few steps from the Jiantan MRT station, a short walk from the Shilin Night Market, this is the best place to stay in Shilin. The Tango Hotel has a few locations around Taipei but it’s the Shilin location that catches my eye. The hotel has a lot of perks that other top hotels in Taipei don’t have, like an outdoor swimming pool (great in summer when Taipei gets crazy hot). And if you’re visiting in a season when using the outdoor pool is a no-go, there’s also a jacuzzi!
The rooms are gorgeously designed, minimalist without being too bare. Mostly done in shades of white, neutral, and black, there is a very elegant look that complements the hotel’s location with views of the greenery outside perfectly. Some rooms even have terraces with mountain views of Yangmingshan National Park, and some rooms have jacuzzi bathtubs (can this be a thing in every hotel from now on, please?). For the quality of the hotel, it’s a fantastic price, and all because you’re just a few more stops out of Taipei city center on the MRT. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Best for: people who really want to relax and not feel like they’re in a city, people who want a spa and wellness experience
If you’re looking for a wellness-inspired getaway while in you’re in Taipei, Beitou is the obvious choice: it’s one of the best places to stay in Taiwan for health and relaxation. While easily connected to the rest of Taipei by MRT, the neighborhood of Beitou offers plenty of spa hotels all boasting natural mineral-rich waters which come from geothermal activity from the volcanic landscape of Taiwan. The best example of said activity can be seen at the incredible (and incredibly foul-smelling!) Hell Valley, where water so hot it nearly boils as it meets the air floats beautifully into the sky above.
A hostel in the middle of a luxury hot springs destination? It surprised me too! But the On My Way Hostel in Beitou looks amazing for travelers on a budget who still want to get their feet wet and enjoy the Beitou hot springs area without spending a fortune on a luxury hotel.
With lots of shared common space including a lounge area and kitchen and bright, clean, cluttered dorm rooms, On My Way provides a social atmosphere in a less touristic part of town that is conveniently close to some of Taipei’s hot springs, which can be enjoyed for free or for a small fee. Check out prices, reviews, and availability here.
If you don’t want to stay in a hostel (same) bud don’t have the budget for the 5-star Grand View Resort (same), there’s definitely plenty in the middle for you to enjoy in Beitou! The 4-star Beitou Hot Spring Resort is a fantastic option for travelers who are on a bit of a budget, but also want to splurge a little bit on a one-of-a-kind experience. I mean, how often can you stay in a hotel where you have your very own steam room and hot spring tub in your room (for under 200 dollars a night, no less)?
To me Beitou Hot Springs Hotel strikes the perfect balance of luxurious yet attainable, great for a special stay if you’re not someone who typically splurges on luxury experiences. There’s a hot spring bath, jacuzzi, and massage center on site so you can relax in or outside of your room. The on-site Chinese restaurant serves up incredible dishes, including a complimentary breakfast with dim sum! As a budget-savvy traveler, who knows when to save and when to splurge, It’d be my personal choice for where to stay in Taipei’s Beitou area. Check prices, reviews, availability and photos here.
By far the best hotel in Beitou, Taipei is Grand View Resort. It is the only five-star resort in the Beitou area, making it a no-brainer for a luxury wellness stay in Taipei. It’s located a 10-minute drive from the Xinbeitou MRT, but there is a free shuttle that can bring you there and back as needed.
Located in the heart of Taipei’s hot springs area, this beautiful resort was designed by the same architect as the Taipei 101, Li Zuyuan – yup, that’s some pretty baller accolades and reason enough to stay there in my mind. The on-site restaurant is run by a chef trained in culinary arts in Paris, who can prepare both Chinese and French cuisines with a skillful hand.
Despite how luxurious the hotel is, it keeps a restrained hold on its aesthetics with a focus on natural touches and neutral colors. The interiors are framed with timber and there are gorgeous cypress trees on the property. You can relax in the white sulfur hot springs, the spa, or at the pool, or work up a sweat at the fitness center. But best of all, every single room has its own private hot and cold spring so that you can bathe in total privacy. It’s not a cheap hotel in Taipei, but it is truly world-class luxury. Check photos, reviews, prices, and availability here.