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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! On top of that, several Taipei hotels closed due to the COVID restrictions in Taiwan, so I’ve totally revamped this article to only include ones that are still open and taking foreign guests.
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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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)
Important note: Although Taiwan is totally open for travel from October 13, 2022 with no quarantine, the official rule is that you are supposed to stay in “one person per room with its own bathroom” (family members or people living in the same house can stay together though) for the first 7 days (technically 8 nights, as arrival date doesn’t count). That means hostel dorm rooms and hotel rooms with shared bathrooms are NOT OK yet.
Some hotels may not yet be ready to accept foreign travelers. If you find that any hotel I’ve recommended below declines your reservation, please let me know so I can take it off the list.
1. Best Hotels around Taipei 101
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 for a discount), 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 Observatory is included on the Taipei Unlimited Fun Pass.
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
Please keep in mind that sharing a room/bathroom with strangers is not yet allowed for your first 7 days in Taiwan. This hostel does also have affordable private double rooms, but because the bathroom is shared, they still don’t meet the restriction. If you’ve been in Taiwan for longer than 7 days, it would be fine.
Best mid-range hotel around Taipei 101
Best luxury hotel around Taipei 101
Grand Hyatt Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) is my number #1 recommendation near Taipei 101, as we stayed there recently and had a fantastic stay. Read my detailed review of our stay at Grand Hyatt Taipei to find out all about it. The hotel also has an excellent buffet restaurant.
Le Meridien Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) and Humble House Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) are two other luxury choices that are very close to Taipei 101.
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2. Best Hotels on Zhongxiao East Road
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.
Best hostel on Zhongxiao East Road
Star Hostel Taipei East (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / 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.
Besides the dorm rooms (which are not yet allowed for visitors in their first 8 nights in Taiwan), the hotels has beautiful double and quadruple rooms with their own private bathrooms, making them suitable for your first week in Taiwan.
Best mid-range hotel on Zhongxiao East Road
ArTree Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / 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
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!
W Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) also absolutely deserves a spot on this list. The W 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
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 hostels around Taipei Main Station
Old Door Hostel and Bar (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / 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!
Please note that this hostel ONLY has dorm rooms, which are not allowed for your first 8 days in Taiwan under the October 13, 2022 rules.
Star Hostel (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is another extremely high rated hostel just around the corner from Old Door. It’s very bright and open, thanks to the large windows at the front. They’ve also got a range of private rooms with private bathrooms, so this would qualify as a good mid-range hotel also.
Best mid-range hotel around Taipei Main Station
CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) is very close to Taipei Main Station. It is very new, clean, cozy, and colorful. If it’s full, there’s also a Branch I and Branch II.
Also see Star Hostel in the hostel section above, which has decent private rooms in the middle price range.
Best luxury hotel around Taipei Main Station
Palais de Chine Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) is without a doubt the number one choice for a centrally located luxurious stay, including Taipei’s only 3-star Michelin restaurant. Last time I checked, their rooms were surprisingly affordable, perhaps due to the lack of tourists.
Click here to find other great hotels near Taipei Main Station on Booking or on Agoda.
4. Best Hotels in Ximending
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
Dan Hostel丹居青旅 (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is about as convenient as it gets, just down the street from exit 1 of Ximending MRT and right next to Red House, a popular district of restaurants and low-key, LGBT-friendly bars.
Please note that the hostel only has dorm rooms, so it’s not OK for your first 8 nights in Taiwan.
Best mid-range hotels in Ximending
Amba Taipei Ximending (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) is a great boutique hotels right in the Ximending shopping district. With its unmistakable exterior (see photo above) Amba is just around the corner from Ximending Movie Street.
Inhouse Hotel (see on Booking / Agoda / TripAdvisor) features sleek design with colorful antique-style fridges in each room. It is located just around the corner from Ximending’s movie theater street.
5. Best Hotels in Dadaocheng
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 / Klook / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is a very highly rated hostel located near the southern end of Dihua Street. Besides dorm rooms, it also has budget-friendly private rooms with their own bathrooms, which would be suitable for your first 8 days in Taiwan.
Best Budget Hotel in Dadaocheng
Besides the previous entry, which also has budget-friendly private rooms, Jianshan Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) offers budget-friendly doubles and I recommend it for its nostalgic vintage look and historical atmosphere.
Best mid-range hotel in Dadaocheng
OrigInn Space (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / 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. This area and hotel are popular among Japanese guests for its historical vibe.
6. Best Hotels around 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.
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
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. However, there are no private rooms, so this place is not OK for your first week in Taiwan.
Best mid-range hotels around Da’An Park
Dandy Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / 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.
Best Luxury Hotels around Da’an Park
Fullon Hotel Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) is a 4-star hotel that visitors seem to love. There’s even a roof-top pool. It’s located just a few blocks north of Da’An Park, near the Jianguo Flower and Jade Market. It belongs to the Fullon chain which has similar hotels at Fulong Beach and
7. Hotels in Beitou Hot Spring Area
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 mid-range hotels in Beitou Hot Spring Area
Chyuan Du Spring Resort (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / 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.
Beitou Sweet Me Hot Spring Resort (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is another choice facing Beitou Hot Spring Park that is slightly newer and nicer, but also slightly pricier, than the previous entry.
Best luxury hotels in Beitou Hot Spring Area
Grand View Resort (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor), Gaia Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor), and Radium Kagaya (see on Agoda / Booking / Klook / TripAdvisor) are other fine choices, all well-known for their hot springs and restaurants.