Where to Stay in Taipei in 2024 (by area & budget)

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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 other major cities in Asia, Taipei doesn’t really have a backpacker’s street or district. 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 best and most convenient neighborhoods to stay in. 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. However, I’ve stayed in or visited many of the below Taipei hotels for the purpose of reviewing them or recommending them in articles, including for CNN and travel magazines in Taiwan. I’m constantly updating this article to make sure the hotels I recommend are still open and that my readers and Taiwan Travel Planning group on Facebook have good experiences at them.

If you’re planning to stay in Taipei semi-permanently, then see my guide to how to move to Taipei. Also check out my similar guide to where to stay in Kaohsiung.


– See my guides to the best hostels in Taipei and best luxury hotels in Taiwan.

– Which app to use for booking hotels in Taipei? I personally prefer Booking, but others like Agoda. Find out why in my guide to the best apps for Taiwan.

– Read my Taiwan travel guide, FAQs about Taiwan, and recommended Taipei itinerary.

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

The 7 Best Places to Stay in Taipei

1. Around Taipei Main Station (most convenient)

2. Ximending (most popular)

3. Around Taipei 101 (most upscale)

4. Zhongxiao East Road (for shopping and restaurants)

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)

Do you need to stay around the airport for an early/late flight? Then see my guide to the best hotels near Taoyuan Airport.

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 TRC (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 neighborhood just south of Taipei Main Station is full of restaurants, cafés, and cheap hotels. The second floor of the train station building has a great food court. The huge network of underground malls and streets below Taipei Main Station can be a maze, but the neighborhood south of the station provides the quickest access to the MRT.

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

Also see my hotel recommendations in the next section (Ximending), which is only 1 MRT stop or 10-15 minutes’ walk from Taipei Main Station.

Best hostels around Taipei Main Station

A hostel common room with large windows, plants, and an enclosed wooden sitting room
Lovely common room at Star Hostel Taipei Main

I’ve personally stayed at both of the following:

Star Hostel Taipei Main (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is my most recommended hostel not just in this area but in all of Taipei. It’s super clean, friendly, well-run, and bright and open, thanks to the large windows at the front of the common room.

They’ve also got a range of private rooms with private bathrooms and breakfast is included for all guests. Minimum booking is two nights (note: there’s a second branch, Star Hostel Taipei East – see below). It’s a short walk from the Airport MRT station and Taipei Main Station.

If Star Hostel is full, Old Door Hostel and Bar (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is another decent option in the same neighborhood. It’s not as nice, but it’s even closer to the Airport MRT and Taipei Main Station. It’s literally a few steps from an entrance to Taipei City Mall (an underground shopping street), which will connect you to those two buildings.

As the name suggests, there’s a small bar here. It’s super friendly and good chance to meet other travelers or locals who come here. You even get one free drink when you check in. Although I didn’t hear any noise from the bar when I stayed in the dorm, that might depend on the night and who is staying there.

Best mid-range hotels around Taipei Main Station

A view looking down at Taipei at night, with large Taipei Train Station building, long road full of cars, and skyscrapers in the distance
View from my room at Roaders Plus (with Taipei 101 on the right!)

APause Inn (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is a budget-friendly hotel very close to Taipei Main Station. Rooms are a little small, but breakfast and unlimited tea and coffee are provided.

CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is very close to Taipei Main Station. It is very new, clean, cozy, and colorful. It also has family rooms and connecting rooms for bigger groups. If it’s full, there’s also a Branch I and Branch II.

Roaders Plus Hotel (see on Agoda / Booking) has the most epic views you’ll find around Taipei Main Station. Rooms are in the 24th the 35th floors. They’ve also got some great family rooms, a children’s playroom, and free snacks at check in. This is a great option for anyone with or without kids! Breakfast not included. Note that there’s also a Roaders Theme Hotel, run by the same company but on lower floors of the building, and another Roaders in the neighbohood.

Also see Star Hostel Taipei Main in the hostel section above, which has decent private rooms in the mid-price range.

Want a more “exotic” experience? Try staying in Taipei’s most famous love hotel!

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 right

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. 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.

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.

Besides being a really cool neighborhood, Ximending is only 1 MRT stop or 10 minutes’ walk from Taipei Main Station, so it is also super convenient. It is a large number of hotels spanning all budgets, but especially cheaper ones. It also has some like this one which offer rooms for only 3 hours for taking a rest. There are also several hotels with 24-hour front desks for very early/late check in (click the 24-hour desk option on the Booking map feature to find them!)

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 Bangka 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 hostels in Ximending

Ximen Wow Hostel (see on Agoda / Booking / Hostelworld / TripAdvisor) is super conveniently located, right in the walking district of Ximending. Yes, that means no traffic outside! It’s friendly, laid-back, and cozy. Read the reviews first – some say it’s a little crowded and not the tidiest, so it does have lower reviews than the next option or the hostels I recommended around Taipei Main Station.

Dan Hostel丹居青旅 (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is also a well rated and convenient hostel in Ximending. It is 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. However, it is expensive for a hostel.

Note that hostels and hotels in Ximending tend to raise their prices quite a bit on weekends.

Cheap Hotels in Ximending

A budget hotel room with white bed, turquoise headboard, and large window with trees outside
My budget room at Ximen Garden Inn

It’s possible to find a private hotel room in Ximending for almost as cheap as a hostel bed. Some of the really cheap ones are borderline sketchy, but I recommend the following.

Ximen Garden Inn (see on Agoda / Booking) is a low-budget and super conveniently located hotel in Ximending. It’s north up the main road from exit 6 (the most popular exit) of Ximen MRT, in the direction of Taipei Main Station.

There’s 24-hour self-check in and free luggage storage – perfect for anyone arriving or departing Taiwan very early or late. I had a decent stay here – nothing to complain about, but the room felt old. It overlooked some trees and a very main road, with a bit of traffic noise (I barely noticed it). You get what you pay for.

Welove Meworld Inn (see on Agoda / Booking) This is a typical, basic, cheap hotel in Ximending. The walls may be a little thin (you’ll probably hear your neighbors) but at least it’s cheap. It’s straight west down the main road from Ximen exit 6. There’s also a 24-hour front desk.

Best mid-range hotels in Ximending

A hotel room with sink and mirror on left, rack with white robe on right, and bedroom in background
My room at AMBA Ximending

Amba Taipei Ximending (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor) is one of my favorite hotels in all of Taipei. The location on a pedestrian street in Ximending is great. Staff are super helpful. The room itself feel compact but luxurious for the price. There’s even free laundry machines! I personally can’t say enough good things about this hotel. Note: there’s also an Amba in Zhongshan and another in Songshan.

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.

Green World Zhonghua (see on Booking / Agoda / TripAdvisor) is a large, family-friendly hotel between Taipei Main Station and Ximending. One of the pluses of this hotel is that it has some connecting rooms with doors between them, suitable for people traveling in groups. Read the reviews first – not everyone loves this hotel.

Ximen Airline Hotel (see on Booking / Agoda / TripAdvisor) is a airline-themed hotel! This includes corridors with airplane windows, airplane decorations, and more. It’s just down the street from Ximen MRT exit 6, which is super convenient.

Luxury Hotels in Ximending

Westgate Hotel (see on Booking / Agoda / TripAdvisor) is a nicer, modern hotel just around the corner from all the action in Ximending, and only a few steps from Ximen MRT exit 6.

Clean and super convenient, this one’s a gem for those looking for a higher end hotel, in a neighborhood that is otherwise known for its cheaper (and older) accommodations. “Ximen” literally means “West Gate”.

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

Best Hotels around Taipei 101

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

Taipei 101 is Taiwan’s most recognizable 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 Taipei 101 or one of these other 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

With many hostels closed due to COVID, there are few left in the Taipei 101 area. One that’s still around is Formosa 101 Hostel (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor). This is not one of the best reviewed hostels in Taipei, so do read the reviews first. However, this is probably the cheapest accommodation in Taipei that has a view of Taipei 101 – check it out from the rooftop.

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 / official site) 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 / TripAdvisor / official site) and Humble House Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / TripAdvisor / official site) 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.

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 / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is the one of the best rated hostels in Taipei, along with its Taipei Main branch. This one is located very close to Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT in a neighborhood full of great shops and restaurants.

The dorms here are female only, but there are also some lovely double and quadruple rooms with their own private bathrooms and available for males or females.

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 / official site) is a relatively 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 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.

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 / 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.

Best Budget Hotel in Dadaocheng

Jianshan Hotel, one of the best budget hotetls in Taipei

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 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. This area and hotel are popular among Japanese guests for its historical vibe.

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

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

Looking down the aisle of a dorm room, with curtained capsule pods on either side and window at the end
Mixed sex dorm with huge capsules that I stayed in at Dongmen 3

Dongmen 3 Hostel (see on Agoda / Booking / HostelWorld / TripAdvisor) is my second favorite hostel in Taipei after Star Hostel. The capsules here are huge and very private, with locker below for storage. Staff are very welcoming, and there’s a small cafe connected to lobby – it smells so nice every time you walk through.

The location is super convenient only a few steps (literally) from Dongmen MRT and very close to Yongkang Street, which has tons of great restaurants. Chiang Kai Skek Memorial Hall is also walking distance.

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.

Best Luxury Hotels around Da’an Park

Fullon Hotel Taipei (see on Agoda / Booking / 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

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

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 mid-range hotels 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.

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

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.

For a truly luxurious getaway, consider spending the weekend at Tienlai Hot Spring Resort in Yangmingshan National Park!

3 thoughts on “Where to Stay in Taipei in 2024 (by area & budget)”

    • Because this website is my job and I get paid by affiliate marketing. Setting up individual affiliate relationships with every hotel I recommend is far too complicated and time consuming. You can Google the hotels websites all by yourself if prefer to book direct (heads up, only major hotels will have English websites). Moreover, if you book with hotels directly in Taiwan, some issues could include: they may not speak English, they will want you to make an ATM deposit transfer to hold them room (this is how locals book rooms, but it is not easy to convenient for travelers to do this), there’s a clear cancelation policy on Booking (if you book direct, every hotel may have different rules and they may not be clearly stated, or you may get screwed over if you end up wanting to cancel or change the booking). Finally, most hotels in Taiwan will want to communicate via LINE app to handle direct bookings, which may not be convenient for travelers. On Booking, it’s all right there for you on one platform. Also note, the vast majority of travel blogs do the same as me, for the same reasons.


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