Where to Stay in Taichung: Accommodations & Hotels You’ll Love!

Taichung is one of the most interesting cities in Taiwan. Culture, cuisine, creativity – it’s got it all.

Better yet, Taichung is still not so busy with tourists, who tend to stay in Taipei.

However, Taichung is rather spread out, and there is no central MRT system like in Taipei that makes it easy to zip around.

There are public buses, but it can be confusing to figure out, especially if you’re only there for a few days (I ended up relying on Uber on my time there out of frustration/laziness).

So picking the best Taichung neighborhood is essential to maximizing your time in Taichung!

a reflecting pool in front of a lit up taichung store in a plaza in downtown taichung at night, with all the city lights on
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Otherwise, you’ll spend either a lot of time or money on transit.

Think about what you want to see during your stay in Taichung.

Whether you’re interested in exploring the Instagram heaven of Rainbow Village, the foodie hotspot of Fengjia Night Market, or tasting the delicious pineapple cakes at Miyahara, there’s a spot for you!

This guide to where to stay in Taichung will help you pick the perfect Taichung accommodations close to what you want to see!

Note: This post was written in 2019 after my trip to Taichung, and was given a thorough update in June 2023 to remove and replace hotels that had closed over the years due to the pandemic, and also to ensure the recommended hotels maintained a high-quality rating. Enjoy! 

My Top 3 Picks for Taichung Accommodations


The Splendor
✔️ Rooftop pool
✔️Some rooms with their own Jacuzzi


The Place Taichung
✔️ Unique architecture & interior design
✔️ Some bathrooms with soaking tubs & skyline views


Inhouse Hotel Grand
✔️ Funky lobby with fun amenities like pool table
✔️ Pool & fitness center

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Where to Stay in Taichung: Neighborhood by Neighborhood

West District

This Taichung neighborhood was once mostly rural, but the rising population led the government to change those farms into a residential area.

This is the second smallest district in Taichung which is divided into 25 villages with a population of around 115,000.

Popular attractions include:

  • Taichung Shiyakusho
  • National Museum of Natural Science
  • National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
  • Taichung Prefectural Hall Park
  • Da Dun Cultural Center.
  • SOGO Department Store, the most popular mall in Taichung

Budget: Stray Birds Taichung Hostel

Stray Birds Taichung Hostel is strategically situated near the artsy spots, museums, and malls in the West District.

The hostel has very clean and quiet rooms, which are either shared or private.

If you are worried about privacy in a hostel, don’t stress — there are cubicles that separate each bunk bed!

Outlets are installed basically almost everywhere – it’s a millennial/Gen X-ers dream!

Congee (Chinese rice porridge) and toast are served daily for breakfast, but if you want to try something else, then there are many delicious cafes nearby the hotel.

You can also relax in their huge lounge and make friends over board games, puzzles, and DVDs.

You should note that all the bathrooms are shared, but there is a separate dry area where you can sit and fix your hair or do make-up.

If this is something that does not bother you, then it is a very budget-friendly place to stay in Taipei!

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Mid-range: Green Hotel

The name itself tells you that its main theme: it’s extremely environmentally-friendly!

In fact, Green Hotel won first place in Taichung for having the lowest carbon-emitting hotel!

Both the exterior and interior of the hotel are modern and touches of nature are visible everywhere — including the leaf motif in the design.

Their room configurations are simple and neat, with all of the amenities you need like a TV, refrigerator, and work desk.

If you need some assistance, then they have a 24-hour service desk that can help you with any tours, concierge service, or luggage storage.

The bathroom walls are made from clear glass but they have curtains to cover it if in case you need to.

Instead of walking to nearby locations, you may borrow their bikes for free and check out nearby attractions like the National Museum of Science, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the Calligraphy Greenway!

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Luxury: The Place Taichung

A trendy hotel with an unforgettable architecture in an ultra-hip neighborhood?

The Place is the ultimate Taichung accommodation for design geeks and people who want a unique stay!

With its unique design featuring colorful geometric cubes that appear to spin off the top of the building, The Place is an Instagram dream… but it’s also just a plain nice place to stay!

The rooms are quite unique, extremely minimalist in their design with bright white linens and walls that reflect back all the light that streams in through the large, uniquely shaped windows.

Small pops of bright, primary colors offset the otherwise white rooms and make the rooms extra aesthetically pleasing.

The interior also has great common areas that pay attention to design and detail, making it a joy to hang out at this hotel, whether you’re in your room or in the lobby or restaurant.

The bathrooms too are very modern: look for ones with a bathtub or even a spectacular city view!

Check rates, availability, reviews and photos here!

East District

Once home to many factories, now this is one of the premiere shopping areas in Taichung.

For souvenir items and gifts, you can shop at the Taichung Central Department store.

This area also houses over a dozen temples; one of them is the famous Lecheng Temple, which pays tribute to the sea goddess Mazu.

Dongsheng Bridge can also be found here, and it is filled with beautiful LED lights at night.

Here are a few sights within walking distance of this Taichung neighborhood:

  • Taroko Mall
  • Carrefour
  • Miyahara Dessert Store
  • Taichung City Hall
  • Chenghuang Temple
  • Zhongxiao Road Market
  • Lecheng Temple
  • Dongsheng Bridge

Budget: MINI Hotel (Taichung Station Branch)

If you are traveling with a mini budget, then MINI Hotel is perfect for an East District accommodation!

Of course, don’t expect huge beds and spacious areas — the hotel brands itself as a mini hotel and is proud to be so!

That said, it’s not for claustrophobic people!

However, its private compact rooms are perfect for solo travelers as well as couples who don’t mind staying in close quarters.

What you will love the most is the view from the rooftop of the hotel where you can sit and relax in the coffee table chairs — good if you need a break from your mini room!

They have colorful themed walls in the hallways alongside wooden furniture that are inspired by vintage pieces.

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Mid-range: Old School

Unlike the name suggests, Old School is rather new on the Taichung hotel scene — it was opened in 2017, so most of the facilities still have that new feel.

It is an excellent choice due to its short distance to night markets, malls and the Taichung Railway Station (only a 6-minute walk).

The interiors are modern and the lobby has clear glass panels that showcase the outdoor garden — it’s very Instagrammable!

The rooms are where you see where the hotel drew its inspiration, with a shabby chic look, wooden furnishings, and white sheets.

But that said, it has modern touches, like its USB charging ports — so convenient for charging devices and freeing up space on your adapter!

Foodies will be thrilled with their breakfast because they also serve tasty local breakfast food (not just boring Western continental breakfasts)!

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Luxury: Inhouse Hotel Taichung

At first glance, the Inhouse Hotel Taichung may seem like a boring old office building, but the interior will surprise you — it honestly looks gorgeous inside!

From the moment you step in, you’ll feel luxurious, with its elegant lobby with sparkling chandeliers and beautiful marble floors.

The moment you walk in, they will welcome you with a warm cup of tea. It’s that kind of personalized luxury!

The hotel has a wide array of rooms that have stylish interiors, all huge and cozy, with a private bathroom and tub.

They have a fantastic buffet breakfast included, which will get you excited to get out of bed and start your day.

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Central District

The smallest but busiest neighborhood in Taichung, this neighborhood was once the main center of business and industry in Taichung, though that’s changed a little over time.

Most of the buildings here date back to the Japanese-occupied era, making it one of the earliest-developed areas in the city.

Due to this, most of the roads are narrow, and it is quite difficult for new businesses to get established.

One of its night markets, Second Market, has been in operation since 1917!

A delicacy you shouldn’t miss are its suncakes, which are pastries made from malt, stored in fancy boxes, and given as gifts (or eaten all by yourself — I won’t judge).

Budget: Loosha Hostel

The budget-friendly Loosha Hostel has both private rooms (standard twin) and dormitory type rooms (with options for female-only rooms or mixed gender).

Common areas include a shared kitchen and lounge available 24 hours, where you can make use of their fridge, toaster, and microwave.

There are also fun ways you can connect with your fellow travelers, enjoying their provided board games, ping-pong table, and pool table.

If you are going to book a shared dormitory room, be aware that the bathrooms are a bit far away.

If this bothers you, then it is best to get a standard room with a private bathroom.

In particular, solo female travelers reported feeling safe, because the ladies’ dormitory rooms are separated and has a keycard feature before you can access the room.

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Mid-Range: BlueSky Hotel

The décor of the hotel is mostly inspired by vintage pieces, bringing you back in time to another era.

Combining vintage and modern elements — think a lobby inspired by vintage suitcases meets modern and sleek rooms — BlueSky Hotel is a great mid-range hotel in Taichung.

From its vintage suitcase wall to its Art Deco inspired elevators, BlueSky Hotel is a favorite among Instagrammers!

The rooms are modern, each with their own en-suite bathroom that is updated with trendy subway-tile walls, modern showers, and well-stocked with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

They serve free breakfast and you can choose from Asian or Western food — either served fresh and hot every morning!

Note that some rooms do not have a city view, so you would need to check before you book.

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Luxury: Green Hotel – Midori

Another branch of the popular Taiwanese sustainable hotel chain, Green Hotel, the Green Hotel Midori location is also a great choice for where to stay in Taichung.

This hotel also incorporates vintage charm into its modern design, with elements like rotary phones and wall sconces.

But the primary element is its modernity, including its glass-encased bathrooms (with privacy curtains), some of which have deep soaking tubs to relax in.

Enjoy a variety of rooms, but their nicest is their superior quadruple room, which has city views to die for!

Note: Choose your room type carefully, as there are some rooms without windows and some without soundproofing, though all these cons are noted when booking.

Check out availability, reviews, prices, and photos here!

North District

The North District lies between the Central and Beitun districts.

You’ll find many universities and schools in this area, and it’s considered one of the best areas to live and study in Taichung.

There’s the Yizhong Street Market, which is not as big as Fengjia but still has fantastic selection, where you can find some awesome snacks like the traditional Feng ren shaved ice (a great summer treat if you’re visiting Taiwan this time of year)

Some of the other popular tourist spots within walking distance of the North District are:

  • Taichung Confucian Temple
  • Taichung Martyr’s Shrine
  • Taichung Park
  • National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

Budget: Dream 12 Hotel

Design, design, design is what Dream 12 Hotel is all about.

This budget-friendly hotel has an eye for flair — just look at its wavy, floor to ceiling wooden bookcase in the lobby!

You don’t have to sacrifice budget to also have a beautiful place to stay.

The rooms are small but compact — even though they’re quite small, they manage to fit in a plush little couch for a seating area.

The small rooms are livened up by green plant details, which make this budget-friendly hotel all the more homely.

Check prices, availability, reviews, and photos here!

Mid-Range: Lailai Hotel

Lailai Hotel is a great mid-range hotel, with simple and elegant rooms, with massive windows that offer wonderful views of Taichung, day and night.

Despite being in a busy street intersection in Sanmin Road, the rooms are very quiet.

While it doesn’t offer an in-house restaurant, there’s plenty of great places to eat nearby.

There’s a night market that’s just opposite the hotel, perfect for adventurous eaters!

They also have relaxing wellness facilities like steam rooms, hot tubs, and a sauna!

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Luxury: Inhouse Hotel Grand

Yes, I’ve recommended it before, but I’ll do it again: the Inhouse Hotel group has some of the best luxury boutique hotels, in many of the best locations in Taiwan!

Another such location is the Inhouse Hotel Grand in the North District of Taichung.

The lobby is luxurious and eclectic, where wooden chairs, floral-print carpets, and indoor potted bonsais all work together in harmony.

Their rooms are similarly beautiful, with a French flair, offering peace and quiet with soundproofing as well as relaxation with their large bathrooms and soaking tubs.

This hotel includes the use of amenities like swimming pool, fitness center, and even free parking!

There is also something for everyone on their breakfast, but it is mostly continental style.

Keep that in mind if you are looking for local fare — you may want to go out and explore the cafés and restaurants outside instead!

This is also a great accessible hotel choice in Taichung: they have great facilities for guests with disabilities, including supports like Braille, emergency cords in the bathroom, and wheelchair accessible rooms.

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Xitun District

The word Xitun means Western Village, and the Xitun Road at the heart of the neighborhood is one of the older roads in Taichung.

This is the place to stay for foodies (and this is where I stayed when I was in Taichung!) — as the very popular Fengjia Night Market is in this district!

This area also has lots of themed shops and cafés, which are one of Taiwan’s quirkiest contributions to café culture!

Budget: Fengjia Tonight Hostel

The location of the hostel is basically in the Fengjia Night Market itself!

The rooms are simple, suitable both for solo travelers as well as couples, with pretty painted pink walls and white sheeted beds with modern bathrooms — quite lovely!

This hostel has limited amenities, but its location couldn’t be better.

Plus, staying near Fengjia will make it easier for you to explore everything without any hassles coming home.

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Mid-Range: 28 Shu Xiang Hotel

Combining natural and artificial décor elements in the lobby and public areas, 28 Shu Xiang Hotel is quite an elegant place to stay.

While the lobby is rather trendy, the rooms have a more pared-back, a minimalist style.

The coolest thing is that all rooms have a balcony so you get to see a great view in the morning or evening!

The lounge has some snacks and drinks that you can enjoy when you feel like relaxing for a bit — and breakfast in included in your stay!

Their outdoor area is really nice: picnic area, outdoor al fresco dining area, sun terrace, and a balcony.

Note that it is important to make your booking ahead of time, as the location is excellent and its one of the highest-rated hotels in town!

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

Luxury: La Vida Hotel

Named for its verve for a life well-lived, La Vida Hotel oozes happiness!

The hotel’s lobby is an aesthetic wonder, with beautiful interior design made of wood, ironwork, and stone — plus a huge garden wall with hanging plants outside!

There are standard, business, and quadruple rooms, each with a mini fridge, 46-inch smart TV, and modern bathrooms with a walk-in shower, bathtub, and bidet.

There is a variety of food (from Asian to Western dishes) that you can choose for breakfast; this means you will not get tired of seeing the same menu being served daily!

It is also close to the Fengjia Night Market so you can get some local drinks and food to try and mix up your luxury with some budget-friendly local culture!

Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here!

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