Where to Stay in Taipei: An Insider’s Guide

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One of the hardest parts of planning a trip to a huge city like Taipei is choosing a hotel. This is certainly the case when trying to decide where to stay in Taipei!

Unlike some major Asian cities, Taipei doesn’t really have a backpacker’s neighborhood, nor does it have one particular area that sounds out as the absolute best. Taipei’s top sights are spread out, but thankfully they are all connected by the MRT, so you don’t have to worry too much!

In this article, I’ve chose seven of the coolest and most convenient neighborhoods to stay in, and for each one, I’ll explain what kind of traveler it is most suitable for. These are areas that I would personally love to stay in as a visitor, but each one for different reasons.

I’ve lived in Taipei for over 10 years, and I’ve stayed in or visited many of the below Taipei hotels for the purpose of reviewing them or recommending them in I’ve written articles over the years, including for CNN and several travel magazines in Taiwan.

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– Read about the best months to visit Taipei in my guide to when to visit Taipei.

The 7 Best Places to Stay in Taipei

1. Around Taipei 101 (for the best upscale options)

2. Zhongxiao East Road (for shopping and restaurant choices)

3. Around Taipei Main Station (for convenience)

4. Ximending Neighborhood (for young, LGBT-friendly, and artsy vibes)

5. Dadaocheng Neighborhood (for history & culture)

6. Around Da’An Park (for park lovers, cafés, and international/student vibes)

7. Beitou Hot Spring area (for hot springs)

Insider’s tip: Because the Taipei MRT is so comprehensive and efficient, you can’t really go wrong when choosing an area to stay. Just make sure your hotel is close to an MRT station!

1. Best Hotels around Taipei 101

Grand Hyatt, the best luxury hotel near Taipei 101
Taipei 101 and surrounding buildings

Taipei 101 is Taipei’s most iconic landmark, dominates Dong Qu (Eastern District), one of the newest sections of the city.

Even if you don’t visit the skyscraper to ride the world’s fastest elevator up to the Taipei 101 Observation Deck (reserve your tickets online or skip the lines with a priority pass), you may also visit the area to climb Elephant Mountain for the best views of the city, or one of these easy hikes in Taipei. Taipei 101 is also free for Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass holders.

The area around Taipei 101 also features world class shopping & restaurants, while Tonghua Night Market is widely considered a very “local” night market despite its proximity to the glamorous shopping district (see here for my detailed guide to Taipei’s best night markets). Some of Taipei’s best night clubs are also found in the area.

Unsurprisingly, the 101 area has the best selection of upscale hotels, but luckily there are also some great budget options available.

Best hostel around Taipei 101

Space Inn, the best hostel around Taipei 101

Space Inn Xinyi (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is, as the name suggests, a space themed hostel. Expect neon lights and futuristic designs, but with super clean rooms, comfy beds, great lockers, and everything you need for a cozy and safe stay. It’s a couple minutes’ walk from Tonghua Night Market. Here’s a detailed review of the hostel.

Best mid-range hotel around Taipei 101

Sparkle Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a mid-budget option with an exceptional location practically connected to Taipei 101 and the MRT.

Best luxury hotel around Taipei 101

Grand Hyatt, one of the best luxury hotels in Taipei
My daughter looking at Taipei 101 from Grand Hyatt Taipei (see what camera I use here)

Grand Hyatt Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is my number #1 recommendation near Taipei 101, as we stayed there recently and had a fantastic stay. I especially recommend it for families because of the Family Adventure Package. Read my detailed review of our stay at Grand Hyatt Taipei to find out all about it.

Le Meridien Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) and Humble House Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) are two other luxury choices that are very close to Taipei 101.

Click here to search for other other hotels around Taipei 101 on Booking or Agoda.

2. Best Hotels on Zhongxiao East Road

Best hotels on Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei
Zhongxiao E. Road literally buzzing with energy

Also considered a part of Taipei’s Eastern District, Zhongxiao East Road is a main thoroughfare of Taipei and one of its liveliest streets. The road runs above the MRT blue line from Taipei Main Station all the way to the eastern reaches of the city, but the section from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT to Taipei City Hall MRT are the most happening.

While the Taipei 101 area is unapologetically glamorous, Zhongxiao East Road and the many lanes running off it feature a balance of luxury boutiques and budget-friendly shops. The area also has what is probably the city’s highest concentration and widest variety of amazing restaurants, from cheap street food and smoky BBQ joints to sushi and fine European dining.

If you like staying where the action is at, this area is probably for you! Notable sights along the road include Huashan Creative Arts Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and the popular Eslite Dunnan bookstore.

Staying in this area is also convenient for taking the bus to Jiufen, one of the most popular day trips from Taipei. If you are familiar with it, see my guide to Jiufen.

Best hostel on Zhongxiao East Road

Star Hostel Taipei East (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is the best rated hostel in the area, but it’s full every time I check, so do book well ahead! It is located very close to Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT in a neighborhood full of great shops and restaurants.

Best mid-range hotel on Zhongxiao East Road

Jungle-like interior of ArTree Hotel Taipei

ArTree Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a fairly new boutique hotel that combines nature and technology; it looks pretty normal on the outside, but conceals jungle-like spaces on the inside. Note that it is not right on Zhongxiao E. Rd. but a few blocks north, near Taipei Arena MRT. There’s a great indoor market and food court at the bottom of it, where I used to always eat when my wife ran a school right across the street from the hotel!

Best luxury hotels on Zhongxiao East Road

Kimpton Da An Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a brand new addition to the luxury/boutique hotel scene in Taipei. I’m biased, but also proud to say that I worked with Kimpton writing several articles about Taipei for their blog (such as this one) after they announced they were coming to Taiwan, and I’m very pleased to see the positive reviews pouring in from the first guests staying at their hotel!

Buffet at W Hotel, one of the top luxury hotels in Taipei
My wife Emily at the Kitchen Table lunch buffet at W Hotel

W Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) also absolutely needs a mention here. This is without a doubt Taipei’s hippest, funkiest luxury choice. Lady Gaga (obviously) stayed here when she was in town. I was lucky enough to tour the hotel’s facilities and rooms when I covered the hotel for CNNTravel, and my friends and I regularly go there for fancy cocktails by the 10th floor lobby pool.

We also love the weekend buffet at Kitchen Table restaurant (photo above). The W is just outside Taipei City Hall MRT, within walking distance of Taipei 101.

Click here to find other great hotels on Zhongxiao East Road on Booking or Agoda.

3. Best Hotels around Taipei Main Station

North Gate, a budget area to stay in Taipei
North Gate of the Old City, a short walk from Taipei Main Station

For ultra convenience, considering staying in one of the many accommodation choices around Taipei Main Station.

As the city’s main transportation hub, here you’ll find the main TRA (regular train) and HSR (high speed rail) station, the intersection of the red and blue MRT lines, the Airport MRT, and Taipei bus station. This makes it super convenient if you are making day trips from Taipei or continuing on to Taichung, Taroko Gorge, Alishan, or Sun Moon Lake!

The streets just south of Taipei Main Station are full of restaurants & cafés, while the second floor of the train station building has a great food court.

The following attractions are within walking distance: National Taiwan Museum (including the dinosaur exhibit in the Land Bank Museum), 2-28 Peace Park, North Gate, and Camera Street. Also, Ximending (#4 below) and Dadaocheng (#5 below) are within walking distance.

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Best hostel around Taipei Main Station

Old Door Hostel and Bar (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is the best rated hostel around Taipei Main Station (only 1 minute away on foot, just north of the station) and one of the best hostels in Taipei. It is small in size and the staff are extremely friendly. They’ve also got good beer!

Best mid-range hotel around Taipei Main Station

Dream Home Inn/Taipei Main Station Homestay (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a great option on the south side of the station, only two minutes away. Rooms are bright and nicely decorated, and everyone raves about the super friendly host. Book early!

Best luxury hotel around Taipei Main Station

Palais de Chine, the best luxury hotel at Taipei Main Station
Taipei Main Station is visible on the righ

Palais de Chine Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is without a doubt the number one choice for a centrally located luxurious stay, including Taipei’s only 3-star Michelin restaurant.

Click here to find other great hotels near Taipei Main Station on Booking or on Agoda.

4. Best Hotels in Ximending

Ximending, one of the best areas to stay in Taipei
The funkiest neighborhood in Taipei

Ximending, or Ximen, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Taipei. This pedestrian-only shopping district is famous for its quirky shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, LGBT-friendly scene, street art, history, and some of the best street food in Taipei.

For more details about what makes Ximending so cool, see my article on 25 weird things to do in Ximending and my Ximending food guide. The neighborhood is only one MRT stop southwest of Taipei Main Station

Besides the neighborhood itself, Ximending is within walking distance (or 1-2 stops on the MRT) of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Bopiliao Historical Block, and Longshan Temple, the city’s most important temple (see my guide to the best temples in Taipei).

Many traditional Taiwanese festivals also take place in the surrounding streets of Wanhua District.

Best hostel in Ximending

Next Taipei Hostel Ximending (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) gets my vote for being smack in the middle of the Ximending pedestrian zone, being clean and professional, and offering free coffee and tea to guests.

Best mid-range hotel in Ximending

Amba, one of the best places to stay in Ximending

Via Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) and Amba Taipei Ximending (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) tie here as two great boutique hotels right in the Ximending shopping district. Via is closer to the MRT, while Amba has a really cool exterior (see photo above) and is just around the corner from Ximending Movie Street.

Click here to find other great hotels in Ximending on Booking or on Agoda.

5. Best Hotels in Dadaocheng

Dadaocheng, where to stay in Taipei for history lovers
A famous Starbucks in a colonial-era building in Dadaocheng, with Taipei City Hotel built on top of it.

Along with Ximending, Dadaocheng is another of my favorite neighborhoods in Taipei. Follow my free walking tour of Dadaocheng and Dihua Street to explore the area.

The neighborhood has been a center of trade along the river ever since Taiwan became the capital of Taiwan, and some of Taipei’s oldest and most interesting tea shops, temples, markets, and colonial architecture can be found here, especially along Dihua Street, the oldest street in Taipei.

You’ll need to walk 5-10 minutes to reach these hotel choices (from Zhongshan, Shuanglian, or Daqiaotou MRT stations), further than most others in this article, but you’ll be rewarded with a memorable stay in a highly atmospheric neighborhood— some choices below are even in colonial-era buildings.

Ningxia Night Market, one of the city’s best (see my guide to Taipei’s night markets) is also nearby.

Best hostel in Dadaocheng

We Come Hostel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a very highly rated hostel located near the southern end of Dihua Street.

Best Budget Hotel in Dadaocheng

Jianshan Hotel, one of the best budget hotetls in Taipei

Jianshan Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) offers budget-friendly doubles and I strongly recommend it for its nostalgic vintage look and historical atmosphere.

Best mid-range hotel in Dadaocheng

OrigInn Hotel, one of the best mid-range hotels in Taipei

OrigInn Space (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is another super atmospheric choice decorated with vintage antiques. It is located in a historic building at the southern entrance to Dihua Street. The building is owned by the Lin Family, a wealthy family that was important in the early development in the city and owns several historic mansions and buildings in Taipei.

Click here to find other great hotels in Dadaocheng on Booking or on Agoda.

6. Best Hotels around Da’An Park

Da An Park, the best area to stay in Taipei for park lovers
My friend and daughter at Da’An Park

Enormous Da’An Park is Taipei’s answer to Central Park in New York. The city’s largest park is the perfect place to hang out and have an afternoon picnic or beer. Rooms at my mid-range recommendation below offer awesome views of the park from above.

Da’An District is also home to some of the most important universities in Taiwan, so the area is popular among students, and you’ll find a never-ending supply of cute cafés and eateries around here.

Near Da’An Park, Yongkang Street is a popular foodie street (the homeland of both mango shaved ice and Din Tai Fung, Taipei’s most famous restaurant: pre-order your meal here!)

The area west of Da’An Park is also a religiously diverse community, with many churches and the Taipei Grand Mosque, as well as some beautiful wooden Japanese-era homes, some of which house great cafés and tea houses, centered on Qingtian street.

South of Da’An Park, you can also find Shida Night Market and Gongguan Night Market.

Best hostel around Da’An Park

Dongmen 3 Hostel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) offers both Japanese-style private capsules and regular dorm bunk beds, some of which even offer street views. If you’ve never stayed in a capsule hotel, this would be a great place to try! It is located close to the entrance to Yongkang Street.

Best mid-range hotels around Da’An Park

Dandy Hotel, a great Taipei hotel with a view of Da-An Park
View of Da-An Park from Dandy Hotel

Dandy Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) I first visited Dandy Hotel years ago when researching the best hotels in Taipei for a CNN Travel article, and I still strongly recommend this modern business hotel for its epic views looking over Da’An Park.

Inhouse Residence, a very stylish hotel in Taipei
Handsome room at Inhouse Residence Taipei

Inhouse Residence (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is an exceptionally stylish boutique hotel also within walking distance of Da’An Park and very close to Shida Night Market.

Click here to find other great hotels around Da’An Park on Booking or on Agoda.

7. Hotels in Beitou Hot Spring Area

Beitou, the best area to stay in Taipei for hot spring lovers
Steaming Hell Valley in Beitou

Beitou is Taipei City’s only MRT-accessible hot spring resort village. The hot springs in the area were first developed by the Japanese, and many beautiful Japanese wooden buildings and bathhouses remain. Here’s my super detailed guide to Beitou Hot Spring.

To be clear, Beitou would not be a convenient place to stay for touring Taipei. However, if you are a hot spring lover, or you are looking for an weekend escape from the city, this could be a fine choice.

Due to the proximity to the city, the hotel options here are on the pricier side, but all of them come with your own private hot spring bath in the room. If you’d just like to try visiting and soaking for a few hours, I’ve listed all the best hot spring options in my Beitou article linked to above.

Best budget hotel in Beitou Hot Spring Area

Kyoto Hot Spring Hotel Beitou, Taipei
Having a soak with my kids at Kyoto Hot Spring Hotel

Kyoto Spring Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / rTripAdvisor) is the only decent budget choice in the area. It’s a simple place with clean, modern tubs (see photo above), and we often go here just for a soak as it is only place I’ve found that has reasonably priced private hot spring rooms with windows that even have a decent view.

Best mid-range hotel in Beitou Hot Spring Area

Chyuan Du Spring Resort (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a little old, but we stayed here once when I son was only a few months old purely for the great location right by Xinbeitou MRT and Beitou Hot Spring Park, and because our room came with a free Wii video game system rental! We also had our own private dry sauna as well as the usual hot spring tub.

Best luxury hotels in Beitou Hot Spring Area

Fancy food in a Beitou Hot Spring hotel
Gourmet food in Beitou, meant to be eaten after a fancy soak

Villa 32 (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is the most exclusive and expensive choice in Beitou and is 16+ only.

Asia Pacific Hotel Beitou (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a large family-friendly resort perfect for a weekend getaway.

Grand View Resort (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor), Gaia Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor), and Radium Kagaya (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) are other fine choices, all well-known for their hot springs and restaurants.

Click here to find other great hotels in Beitou on Booking or on Agoda.

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