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 – otherwise, you’ll spend either a lot of time or money on transit.
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 base for your Taichung adventures.
Where to Stay in Taichung: Neighborhood by Neighborhood
Most of the activities in the entire district are mainly cultural and educational. The area was once mostly farmlands, but the rise of population led the government to change those farms into residential areas. It is the second smallest district in Taichung which is divided into 25 villages with a population of around 115,000.
Popular attractions include the Taichung Shiyakusho, Shenji New Village, National Museum of Natural Science, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung Prefectural Hall Park and the Da Dun Cultural Center. It is also home to the most popular shopping center in Taichung, SOGO Department Store.
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, that you may choose from. If you are worried about privacy in a hostel, don’t stress — there are cubicles that separate each bunk bed.
Previous guests reported they that they were able to access their gadgets anywhere because outlets are present almost everywhere – a millennial’s dream. Safety and security is a priority in their facilities: every gate in each story is locked, and lockers are available in every room.
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, because they have things to keep boredom at bay, like board games, puzzles, books, 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! It has won first place in Taichung for having the lowest carbon-producing hotel.
Both the exterior and interior of the hotel are modern and touches of nature are visible everywhere (aside from the leaf motif scattered all over the place, giving another meaning to the green name).
The hotel believes that nature has its own way of giving a stress-free and relaxed atmosphere that gives positive energy to their guests. They have multiple room configurations that are simple and neat with most 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, luggage storage or a simple task like photocopying or faxing.
The bathroom walls are made from clear glass but they have curtains to cover it if in case you need to. There is a designated area for smokers because the entire property is non-smoking. 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 Landis Taichung (Hotel ONE Taichung)
The hotel is on the top of the Shr-Hwa International Tower (considered as the tallest building in Taichung), so expect picturesque views of the city especially at night.
They have 202 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites that are inspired by the warm colors of fall, warm wood tones as well as yellow and orange details. The beds are comfortable with gorgeously quilted headboards.
Each room has a multi-function workstation, a 40-inch-wide TV and a multi-channel surround sound that you can connect to your laptop. You can also book meetings at their business center – perfect for business travelers! You will notice an iPad in the room which can be used to control the lights and A/C. And of course, a minibar is present in all their Deluxe Studio rooms.
The hotel is a perfect combination of technology and style! Other features are a bar, restaurant, café, currency exchange center and fitness center inside the location. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
This district used to be home to many factories like sugar, rubber, iron, textile, and other food-related products. Traditional crafts and products are still quite popular here. For souvenir items and gifts, you can shop at the Taichung Central Department store.
It houses 21 temples; one of them is the famous Lecheng Temple, which is a place to pay tribute to the sea goddess Mazu. Dongsheng Bridge can also be found here, and it is filled with beautiful LED lights at night.
Budget: MINI Hotels
If you are traveling with a limited budget, then this is the right choice for something that’s in the East District. Do not expect huge beds and spacious areas, because the hotel prides itself on being a mini hotel.
I would not recommend it to claustrophobic people! It has private compact rooms which will be perfect for solo travelers and good for couples who don’t mind staying in close quarters.
Guests have recommended it to other travelers because the location offers easy access to all sorts of attractions, like the Taroko Mall, Carrefour, Miyahara Dessert Store, Taichung City Hall, and Taichung Chenghuang Temple. The Zhongxiao Road Market can also be reached by foot in 15 minutes, you can try all sorts of foods from Japanese to local, and they are in some stalls with long lines of people waiting for their turn to buy. (Pro tip: always line up behind some locals! The food will be fresher and the Taiwanese are serious foodies, so they won’t wait for no reason!).
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 look and 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 façade garden. Some even say that the hotel is very good for those taking pictures for their Instagram!
The rooms somehow give you a shabby chic ambiance with its wooden furnishings that matches the pure white sheets. You can tell how modern the hotel is by its USB charging ports — which makes it very convenient if you forget to bring your universal plug adapter. They also have a private indoor parking lot for free.
Foodies will be thrilled with their breakfast because they also serve tasty local breakfast food (not just boring Western continental breakfasts)! What guests loved the most is their service and can-do attitude of all the staff. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Luxury: Inhouse Hotel Taichung
At first, you will notice outside that the Inhouse Hotel Taichung resembles an old office building, but the interior will surprise you, because it honestly looks gorgeous inside. The lobby has a luxurious feel, 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 elegant stylish interiors which are complemented by teak wood and polished details. The rooms are also huge and cozy, with a private bathroom and tub, plus all toiletries are available.
You are also provided with a mini-fridge so you can store some food, and you may also request for groceries to be delivered directly to your room for an additional charge. They have a fantastic and filling buffet breakfast included, helping you start your day. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
It is the smallest but the busiest neighborhood in Taichung. It used to be considered as the center of businesses and industry in Taichung, and that’s the reason why a lot of people still work or live here.
Most of the infrastructures and roads date back to the Japanese 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 establish. The government is trying their best to find new ways on how to develop the city while maintaining the rich culture and local industries to thrive.
One of its night markets, Second Market, has been in operations since 1917. A delicacy you shouldn’t miss are suncakes, which are pastries made from malt, stored in fancy boxes, and given as gifts (or eaten all to yourself — I won’t judge).
Budget: Loosha Hostel
Loosha Hostel has both private rooms (standard twin) and dormitory type rooms (either for females only or mixed). Common areas include a shared kitchen and lounge available 24 hours, where you can make use of their fridge, toaster, microwave and water dispenser and recreational materials like board games, table tennis, and pool.
Luggage storage and laundry are also available. If you have brought a car with you, parking fees are at NT$ 100 (around $4 USD) per day. You can stay at the hostel for only $20 USD per night in one of their sleek dormitory rooms. The breakfast is quite fancy for a budget hostel, and guests were surprised!
If you are going to book a shared dormitory room, be aware that the bathrooms are a bit far. If this bothers you, then it is best to get a standard room with a private bathroom. Solo female travelers felt safe because the ladies’ dormitory rooms are separated and has a keycard feature before you can access. I would definitely recommend this to female backpackers. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Mid-Range: P&F Hotel
The hotel integrates elements from the past into its modern architecture. The rooms are spacious and have simple neutral tones.
People traveling for business, who do not wish to spend so much but need a professional and quiet atmosphere, will enjoy the working desk as well as the overall quiet, professional vibe of the hotel. The ensuite bathroom is also complete with free toiletries and hairdryer. They serve free breakfast and you can choose from Asian or Western food — either served fresh and hot every morning!
A short walk away from the hotel, you can check the Shin Sei Green Waterway at night and see the beautiful romantic dandelion lamps lit across the river.
A good thing about the hotel is that it is surrounded by a couple of 24-hour convenience stores, so if you get hungry late at night, you can surely buy something to eat. You can also use their Gogoro (which is a Taiwanese electric bike) if you want to go somewhere and it is free-of-charge; just make sure you have a local license if you are going to drive far! Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Luxury: 1969 Blue Sky Hotel
The décor of the hotel is mostly inspired by vintage pieces from the era of the hotel’s theme. It has eight floors that will bring you back to the time when the first man landed on the moon and the Beatles hits were everywhere on the radios. Truly a blast from the past!
They have beautifully combined old and modern accents (and a little bit of art deco and steampunk) into clean rooms that have closet storages, comfortable beds, and work desks. Some rooms do not have a city view, so you would need to check before you book. Bathroom spaces have dry and wet areas, all with Majolica style tiles on the floor. You may also ask for assistance from their service desk if you need any local tips or for them to help in calling a taxi or figuring out transit.
A pro tip would be to pre-book your stay during their off-peak season because you can avail it for as low as US$ 63 – you get the benefits of a luxury stay with the price of a mid-range hotel! Usual rates of the hotel can go from US$ 80 – US$ 140 per night. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
The North District lies between the Central and Beitun districts. You will see many universities and high schools in this urban district, and locals consider this as one of the best places to live and study.
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 Fengren shaved ice.
Some of the other popular tourist spots in the North District are the Taichung Broadcasting Bureau, Taichung Confucian Temple, Taichung Martyr’s Shrine, and Taichung Park.
Budget: Yizhong Stay
The pride of the hotel is their terrace where you can have a view of the city. The rooms are also soundproof (which is quite hard to find in most budget private rooms) and they have good ventilation and lighting. Guests have loved the cleanliness of the place, from the toilets to the rooms. They have an ensuite bathroom complete with toiletries – you are really making the most out of your budget here! A bonus note for people with allergies: it is hypoallergenic!
A thing to note is that they do not have elevators. If you have brought heavy luggage, then you may ask for assistance from their service desk which is also available 24 hours. Keep in mind that they only accept cash as a form of payment; unfortunately, credit cards are not accepted. Be sure to check your map and the hotel’s address so you will not get lost, because some guests have found it a bit hard to locate. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Mid-Range: Lailai Hotel
The hotel’s location is in an active yet quiet part of the city. The hotel is popular for business travelers, due to its features like function rooms for business meetings, conferences, and seminars. They have simple and elegant rooms with duvet-covered beds and premium pillows. Large windows also help provide sunshine during the morning and wonderful night views of Taichung.
Despite being in a busy street intersection in Sanmin Road, the rooms are very quiet. You can also enjoy the complete fitness equipment of World Gym on the second floor without an additional charge.
Just be reminded, that they do not have an in-house restaurant, but there are plenty to choose from nearby that you may try. The night market is just opposite the hotel and you may want to go for a 10-minute walk to the Confucius Temple Martyr’s Shrine.
They also have superb wellness facilities like steam rooms, hot tubs, and a sauna. If this is your last day of vacation, then you can book an airport transfer at the hotel for an additional fee. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Luxury: Inhouse Hotel Grand
The Inhouse Group of hotels promise an exciting, luxurious and comfortable stay in their boutique hotels, in most of the best locations in Taiwan, this is why I am recommending them again!
Another is the Inhouse Hotel Grand in the North District of Taichung. It is perfectly located near popular attractions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. The lobby has luxurious and elegant decors, and you will notice driftwood chairs alongside vibrant floral-printed carpets and potted indoor bonsais. The soundproof rooms have southern provincial French style with ensuite bathrooms and tubs.
Most of the amenities like swimming pool, fitness center, and parking are inclusive of your stay. There is also something for everyone on their breakfast, but it is mostly continental, so 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.
An accessibility note: they have great facilities for guests with disabilities like Braille, emergency cords in the bathroom, and wheelchair access. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
The word Xitun means western village. History traces that developments all started within Xitun Road, which is now considered as one of the oldest roads. The very popular Fengjia Night Market is in this district. The pork and seafood dumplings from Shuan Shian Pao Cha Dan Shao are a must-try here!
Industries in this location have grown quite well, and so it is now considered as the business center of Taichung due to the Central District’s limited capability for accepting new establishments. Most popular in this area are the shops that utilize old buildings in creating themed shops and cafés, one of Taiwan’s quirkiest but coolest ways to spend time.
Budget: Fengjia Tonight Hostel
The location of the hostel is basically in the Fengjia Night Market itself. The rooms are simple and have enough space for solo travelers as well as couples. They do not have a front desk, but the owner is always around and guests have said that he is very nice. It is important to contact them if you will be arriving later than 9 PM!
They do not provide extra beds (even at a fee) but children are welcome. Credit cards are not accepted (make sure to bring cash with you) but rest assured that the price is really affordable!
The best time to visit night markets are around 9 in the evening. Staying near Fengjia will make it easier for you to explore everything without the worry of missing public transportation. Taichung does not have buses available for 24 hours, so if you’re out late, you will end up needing a cab. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Mid-Range: 28 Shu Xiang Hotel
The hotel is quite stylish, combining natural and artificial décor elements in the lobby and public areas, while their rooms observe a minimalist style. All rooms have a balcony so you get to see some view in the morning or evening. They provide eco-friendly shampoos, shower gels and hand wash.
The lounge has some snacks and drinks that you can enjoy when you feel like relaxing for a bit. Their outdoor area is really nice because it has a picnic area, outdoor al fresco dining area, sun terrace, and a balcony. You will feel like royalty, because breakfast is served straight to your room!
However, they do not have a 24-hour service desk and rooms are limited (only 24 rooms). It is important to make reservations as the location is very good. A lot of the guests loved their stay and mentioned that they feel like the hotel has a heart of its own. Check out reviews, photos, prices, and availability here.
Luxury: La Vida Hotel
The reason behind the hotel’s name is their belief in happiness in life, because they want everyone to enjoy their trip. The hotel’s lobby encourages that happiness, featuring beautiful interior design made of wood, iron craft, and high-quality stone. You will also notice a huge garden wall with hanging plants outside. The hotel focuses on cultivating comfort and creating a quiet environment for you to relax in.
You can choose from standard, business, and quadruple rooms. Rooms are also inclusive of a mini fridge, 46-inch smart TV, walk-in shower, bathtub, and bidet. You can also call your loved ones internationally for free!
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.
Allison Green is a former educator turned travel blogger. She holds a Masters in Teaching and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Her blog posts merge her educational background and her experience traveling to 60+ countries to encourage thoughtful travel experiences that both educate and entertain. She has been a speaker at the World Travel Writers Conference and her writing, photography, and podcasting work has appeared in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, CBC Canada, and Forbes, amongst others. Now based in San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up, she has also lived in Prague, Sofia, and New York City.