Sorting out where to stay in Taipei can be a challenge. As in any sprawling Asian city, the sheer volume of Taipei hotels can be overwhelming and send your head into a spin before you’ve even arrived in Taiwan.
To help you sort through the mess, I’ve handpicked the best neighbourhoods & hotels in Taipei for independent travellers. You’ll find my recommendations split into three different price points: budget, mid-range and luxury. All of hotels I’ve listed are centrally-located and perfectly-positioned to help you tackle the most interesting Taipei attractions with ease.
Let’s see what Taiwan’s capital has in store…
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Where to stay in Taipei: A complete guide to the best hotels, neighbourhoods & areas
When choosing where to stay in Taipei, there are a handful of main districts you’ll want to look at. The best areas to stay in Taipei for travellers include:
Not that excellent accommodation options don’t exist outside of these areas. As a traveller, though, you’ll want to stick close to the action and stay close to the most convenient transportation links.
Staying in one of these districts does that, allowing you to get nearly anywhere you want to go in Taipei in a hurry thanks to the amazing MRT.
✔ Best area to stay for first-time visitors
The nucleus of the city centre, Zhongzheng District will probably be your first point of contact when you start exploring Taiwan’s capital. This central neighbourhood is home to Taipei Main Station, the city’s main transportation hub. That alone should put this central neighbourhood on the radar when picking out your Taipei accommodations.
Overall, in and around Zhongzheng is my top choice for where to stay in Taipei. Not only are there plenty of great accommodation options here, but it’s also the most central district for getting around to Taipei’s most interesting attractions during your stay.
Attractions in Zhongzheng: Liberty Square, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei Botanical Garden, 2/28 Peace Park, NanJiChang Night Market
Recommended hotels in Zhongzheng
You’ll notice that the accommodations market in the Zhongzheng area features mostly budget to lower mid-range properties. If you’re looking for true luxury on your stay, including some of the top 5-star hotels in Taipei, you’ll need to look in places like Xinyi or Zhongshan.
Want to get close to all the fun on your stay? Here are a few of the top picks in Zhongzheng…
- Taipei Sunny Hostel: A budget hotel, that despite its name, features good value private rooms with private bathrooms in a central location. Ximending is just 10 minutes away by foot.
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- Roaders Hotel: Inspired by road trippin’ and taking cues from the wild wild west, this delightful 3-star hotel oozes with character and is easily one of the coolest places to stay in Taipei. Lies close to both Taipei Main Station and the Ximending area.
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- Cosmos Hotel Taipei: A 4-star hotel that offers large elegant rooms that shun Asia’s reputation for cramped quarters. Hotel is located just steps from Taipei Main Station.
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- Taipei Garden Hotel: One of the only 5-stars in Zhongzheng, this hotel features large modern rooms, including some with incredible views to Taipei 101. It’s also conveniently located between two metro stations and just 10 minutes by foot from Ximending.
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✔ Best area to stay for shopping, nightlife & food
Like Zhongzheng, Wanhua District is a great option for figuring out where to stay in Taipei. The northern swath of Wanhua, Ximending, is one of Taipei’s most interesting areas for urban explorers. Wandering through the streets around Ximending, you’ll uncover some of the city’s best shopping and restaurants. It’s a buzzing and hip area that Taipeiers cherish.
The southern section of Wanhua couldn’t be more different. Whereas the Ximending area is bathed in neon lights and buzzing with youthful exuberance, Wanhua feels like the Taiwan of the past. What you’ll find instead is an area steeped in history and a little rougher around the edges. Either way, you won’t find it boring!
I’d recommend staying in Wanhua (and Ximending) for foodies and culture lovers. All the fantastic restaurants, interesting night markets, and unique historic sites definitely set Wanhua apart as one of the top places to stay in Taipei.
Attractions in Wanhua: Red House Theatre, Ximending, Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodles, Huaxi Street Night Market, Guangzhou Street Night Market, Wanhua Night Market, Longshan Temple, Qingshan Temple, Bopiliao Historic Block
Recommended in Wanhua
Like Zhongzheng, accommodations in Wanhua are mostly spread between the budget and mid-range with the latter being the neighbourhoods true speciality. With the hip vibes of Ximending in its midst, it’s probably not surprising that Wanhua’s home to some of the best boutique hotels in Taipei.
Don’t know where to start looking? Here are some recommendations for where to stay in Wanhua…
- Energy Inn: A small modern 3-star hotel in a central location. The comfortable rooms feature endearing wall art that brightens up your day. Ximen MRT is just 5 minutes away by foot.
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- Cho Hotel: A cozy central hotel peppered with rustic & retro touches that give it a cool artsy vibe. The location, just two minutes from the heart of the Ximending area, is simply perfect for any stay in city.
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- WESTGATE Hotel: With over a dozen skydiving Buddhas to greet you in the lobby, you’ll be instantly charmed when you stay at this 4-star hotel. The modern rooms here are both classy and spacious. Ximen Station is, quite literally, steps away.
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✔ Best area to stay for mid-range & luxury travellers looking to shop
The well-to-do of Taipei are no strangers to Xinyi District. Driven by the massive drawing power of Taipei 101, Xinyi’s sprouted a whole host of restaurants and upscale malls that have made it, not only a great place to wander around, but one of the top places to stay in the city.
Compared to the Wanhua, Datong or Zhongzheng areas, Xinyi is decidedly more modern. For more traditional Taiwanese accommodation options, you’ll probably need to look elsewhere.
I’d recommend staying in Xinyi to mid-range and luxury travellers who aren’t afraid to spend on their comfort. Xinyi isn’t known for its budget-friendliness, but in return, you’ll get a chance to experience some of Taipei’s best shopping, food, and accommodations first-hand.
Attractions in Xinyi: Taipei 101, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Eslite Bookstore, Elephant Mountain, Din Tai Fung, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Recommended hotels in Xinyi
Don’t come to the Xinyi area expecting a barrage of hostels and budget guesthouses for your stay. Accommodations in Xinyi, especially near Taipei 101, are geared more towards mid-range, luxury and business travellers than to the average backpacker. Loosen up your purse strings and you’ll quickly find some of the absolute best luxury hotels in Taipei including the vast majority of the city’s top 5-star hotels.
Ready to start dabbling in the ultimate Taiwanese luxury? Here are a few of top picks for where to stay in Xinyi…
- Grand Hyatt Taipei: A splendid 5-star hotel that’s a perfect storm of modern design and classic Asian elegance. The evening view of Taipei 101 from the Grand View rooms is simply stunning.
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- W Taipei: Another home run from one of the top-rated luxury hotel chains on the planet. Rooms are spacious & sexy with swoon-worthy city views shining through floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooftop pool and lounge are perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
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- Eslite Hotel: Avid readers will love this delightful 5-star hotel located steps away from Taiwan’s largest bookstore. Rooms feature city-view balconies, a rare find in the Taipei accommodations scene.
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✔ Best area to stay for classic Asian luxury in a more traditional urban neighbourhood
Once the epicentre of Taipei’s hotel industry, Zhongshan District has, in recent years, fallen out of favour for the swanky modern hotels of Xinyi. There’s still a huge contingent of accommodations hanging out in this area though including the highest concentration of luxury hotels in the city.
I’d recommend staying in Zhongshan to anyone looking for a classic Taipei luxury experience in a more traditional neighbourhood. While Zhongshan lacks the polished look of the glitzy commercial district of Xinyi where most of the other top luxury hotels in Taipei chill out, the older architecture and more local residential feeling of the Zhongshan area will give you a different appreciation of the city if you choose to stay here.
Attractions in Zhongshan: Dajia Riverside Park, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Story House, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Xingtian Temple, Martyr’s Shrine, Shuangcheng Street Night Market
Recommended in Zhongshan
Most of what you’ll find in Zhongshan starting from the lower mid-range and rocketing into to some of the top luxury hotels in Taipei. While they won’t necessarily be cheap, you might find that the top 5-star hotels in Zhongshan are a slightly better value than similar hotels in Xinyi.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few top picks for where to stay in Zhongshan…
- Chill Roof Hotel: A quirky design hotel that’s one of the most unique you’ll find in Taiwan’s capital. Rooms here defy the usual cookie-cutter standard, throwing together distinctive elements so that each has a look all to its own. Super chill place to stay, just like the name implies.
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- The Grand Hotel: Inspired by traditional Chinese palaces, this timeless luxury hotel epitomizes the Asian 5-star hospitality experience. The elegant rooms are well-appointed with regal Oriental finishes that blend seamlessly with the modern fixtures and amenities. Truly a unique and iconic Taiwanese experience.
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- The Okura Prestige Taipei: One of the very best “classic” 5-star experiences in the city. From the moment you enter the lobby to the moment you check out, the grace of this delightful hotel is obvious. The heated rooftop pool and the two prestigious on-site restaurants are just a few of the perks awaiting when you choose to stay at this Zhongshan favourite.
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✔ Best area to stay for a breath of fresh air in the city
Home to the “Lungs of Taipei,” Da’an District has become one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the city for its prestigious green-space.
Home prices have skyrocketed here in recent years, and with much of the new building focusing on upscale residential development, the accommodation scene in Da’an isn’t quite as full as it once may have been. If you can find a good hotel here though, it’s a worthwhile area to stay.
I’d recommend staying in Da’an to anyone looking for a quieter mid-range alternative to Zhongzheng. The district is still well-connected to the rest of Taipei with several MRT lines running in all directions, making scooting around the city a breeze. There’s also a handful of tasty night markets in the area as well as interesting shopping areas that are popular with trend-setting youth.
Attractions in Da’an: Da’an Forest Park, Tonghua Night Market, Shida Night Market, Wistaria Tea House, Yongkang Street
Recommended hotels in Da’an
With the high property values, it shouldn’t be surprising that most of the top accommodations options in Da’an hover in the mid-range and above. The level of quality in this area is high though, and what you’ll find slides in with some of the very best hotels in Taipei.
Want to see what Da’an has to offer for your stay? Here are a few top choices in Da’an:
- Nihao Café Hotel: A bright and cozy hotel set in a quiet corner of Da’an. The on-site café serves up some primo coffee and snacks.
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- Hotel Eclat Taipei: An ultra-stylish hotel with a dash of European elegance. Rooms are spacious and offer luxurious extras like rain shower heads and electronic bidets. The closest MRT station is just 5 minutes by foot.
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- Hotel Proverbs Taipei: From inside to out, this impeccable 5-star hotel prides itself on big first impressions. A subdued rustic appeal fused with ornate ornamentation gives each room a unique grace that’s impossible to quantify. Simply a delightful place to stay.
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The best hotels in Taipei: Our top picks for every budget
Taipei Sunny Hostel
Address: No. 92-2 Huaining Street, Zhongzheng District
If you’ve outgrown dorm rooms and are willing to splurge for private accommodations, Taipei Sunny Hostel (more of a guesthouse than a “hostel” despite its name) is your top budget hotel choice for your stay in the centre of the city.
Unlike many Taipei hotels, Taipei Sunny Hostel is only a couple years old and the modern design reflects it. It’s a curious mix of sleek Euro-inspired minimalism with retro industrial twists. The rooms and common areas are clean and well-maintained.
The ultra-central Taipei Sunny Hostel is located less than 10 minutes by foot from both Taipei Main Station and über-hip Ximending. Within mere minutes popping out of the guesthouse you’ll be wandering among some of the city’s tastiest street food, restaurants, and shopping. Taipei Sunny Hostel is a 20- to 30-minute walk through Wanhua District to Huaxi Street Night Market, Longshan Temple, and Bopiliao Historic Block.
The closest MRT station, NTU Hospital Station, is a less than a three-minute walk through 2-28 Peace Park from Taipei Sunny Hostel.
Ximen WoW Hostel
Address: No. 42 Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District
Although you won’t find private rooms at Ximen WoW Hostel, the central location of this clean and simple hostel will keep you smiling during your stay in Taiwan’s capital. The hostel’s design emanates a rustic-meets-industrial vibe that gives Ximen WoW Hostel a character all to its own.
The dormitories at Ximen WoW Hostel are equipped with AC, an absolute non-negotiable if travelling to Taipei in the summer, and a seating area to check your email with free WiFi or relax. The true gem in this hostel, though, is the terrace where you can chill and chit-chat with other travellers over a beer after a long day of sightseeing.
With less than a five-minute walk from Ximen WoW Hostel, you’ll find yourself at the Red House Theater, a multi-purpose creative hub for Taipei’s artistically-inclined. If you want to experience Taiwanese culture with a side of street food, tough out the 20-minute walk to Longshan Temple and Huaxi Street Night Market to dazzle at the city’s most popular temple and munch out at its undisputed quirkiest night market. Ximen WoW Hostel is also only a block and a half away from Ay Chung Flour-Rice Noodle, the most famous mee sua (Taiwanese wheat flour noodles) joint in Taipei.
From Ximen MRT Station, Ximen WoW Hostel is a two-minute walk. Take Exit 6 at the MRT station and turn right on Hanzhong Street. Ximen WoW Hostel is two blocks up on the left side of the street.
Address: B1, No. 51 Hengyang Road, Zhongzheng District
The ultra-funky Space Inn truly lives up to its name. This cosmic backpacker joint would fit in just as well on the SS Enterprise as it does within Taipei’s accommodation scene. From the space-age rounded chairs to the glowing neon overhead lights in the common area, it’s not hard to see why Space Inn is one of the coolest places to stay in Taipei on a budget.
The rooms at Space Inn are all dormitory-style with shared bathrooms. Plop yourself into the shared games room for a quick game of foosball or air hockey to unwind after a day of scouring the streets and stuffing yourself with delicious Taiwanese food.
The centrally-located Space Inn is a two-minute walk from 2-28 Peace Park, home of the National Taiwan Museum and one of the best places in Taipei to grab some fresh air. Ximending, a popular shopping and entertainment area, is just 5 minutes away by foot in the opposite direction. Two of Taipei’s most popular night markets, Huaxi Street Night Market and Ningxia Night Market, are within a 30-minute walk of Space Inn.
Ximen MRT Station, at the heart of Ximending, is only a 5-minute walk from Space Inn straight up Henyang Road. Taipei Main Station, to the northeast, is a ten-minute walk. If arriving by air, Space Inn even offers an airport shuttle service upon request.
Address: No. 38, Lane 25, Kangding Road, Wanhua District
A bright and airy reception area greets you as you enter Energy Inn in the city’s Wanhua District. Few hotels in Taipei are as versatile as Energy Inn, catering to anyone from backpackers and families to mid-range business travellers.
Of the hotel’s 27 rooms among the most popular are the value-laden female-only and mixed dorms. The real star of Energy Inn’s dorm is choosing between your typical hostel bunk bed or a double bed. It’s certainly not a luxury backpackers can often get!
If you’re willing to move up the ladder to stay in the more expensive queen room (still an excellent value for Taipei), soak away your stressors in the Japanese-style Taiwanese cypress wood bathtubs or take in the city’s evening sights and sounds on the balcony.
Located just blocks away from the city’s famous Ximending area, Energy Inn is perfectly positioned to take in the nighttime buzz in Taipei. In about 15 minutes by foot to the southwest, tackle your Taiwanese food cravings at Wanhua’s night market trifecta: Wanhua Night Market, Huaxi Street Night Market and Guangzhou Street Night Market. Also nearby in the same direction lies Longshan Temple and Qingshan Temple, two must-see religious sights in Taipei.
It’s only a 5-minute walk from Ximen MRT Station to Energy Inn. Take Exit 1, hanging a left onto Chengdu Road. Walking three blocks up, turn right on Kunming Street. Energy Inn’s street, Lane 25 Kangding Road, is the first left off of Kunming Street.
Main Inn Taipei
Address: No. 12, Lane 21, Zhengzhou Road, Datong District
You can’t help by be impressed by Main Inn Taipei. This modern hotel is the perfect storm of budget-friendliness and elegance, offering something for every type of independent traveller on their stay in the Taiwanese capital.
From the large Superior and Elegant Rooms to the mixed and female-only dorms, all 18 rooms at Main Inn Taipei are clean, comfortable, and offer superb value in a city with climbing accommodation costs. Stay caught up with your social circles with Main Inn’s free WiFi, available in every room or keep up your cooking skills in the expansive common kitchen area.
Sitting just one block north of Zhongzheng in Datong District, Main Inn is accessible to both the area’s biggest tourist attractions. Ningxia Night Market, my personal favourite night market in Taipei, is less than 15 minutes by foot. Twenty minutes in the other direction, you’ll find yourself scouring the restaurants and boutiques of Ximending, the city’s hippest shopping area. Truthfully, with Taipei Main Station just around the block most of the city is at your fingertips with a short jaunt on the MRT.
From Taipei Main Station, it’s less than a 10-minute walk to Main Inn. The easiest way is to travel from the station into the Taipei City Mall, exiting at Exit 17 onto Zhengzhou Road. Turning left out of the exit, Lane 21 (Zhengzhou Road) will be the next street to the right. Walk up the lane to find Main Inn.
Taipei M Hotel – Main Station
Address: No. 64, Section 1, Hankou Street, Zhongzheng District
Splurging in the upper mid-range, few choices in central Taipei are better than Taipei M Hotel. This 285-room modern hotel caters to both independent and business travellers who want to relax & stay close to all the action.
Even without leaving the hotel, you’ll find everything you’d ever need at Taipei M Hotel. Catch up with your family on the free WiFi or burn some calories in the fitness centre.
At the end of the day, soak up the city from above while you relax on the outdoor swings and loungers at the sun terrace or unwind with a cold drink at the hotel bar. There’s even a buffet restaurant on site. (Just don’t let that stop you from exploring Taipei’s amazing food scene!)
To grab late night eats in the Ximending shopping area, you’ll only need to stroll about 10 minutes by foot from Taipei M Hotel – Main Station. Ningxia Night Market is a simple twenty-minute walk straight up Chongqing Road. Follow Chongqing Road for about 30 minutes in the opposite direction to escape to Taipei Botanical Garden, the most relaxing spot in the heart of the city.
From Exit 8 at Taipei Main Station, turn left and follow Zhongxiao West Road. When you reach Section 1, Chongqing South Road turn left. Taipei M Hotel will be two blocks up on Hankou Street to your right.
Nihao Cafe Hotel
Address: No. 4, Alley 5, Lane 147, Section 3, Xinyi Road, Da’an District
The cozy NiHao Café Hotel occupies a space of its own in the Taipei accommodations scene. Bright and airy rooms with natural light, not exactly a given in this city, are the norm here.
Nihao Café Hotel offers twin, double, triple and quadruple rooms that are perfect for solo travellers, couples and families. Staying at Nihao Café Hotel comes with the added bonus of sipping on toothsome speciality coffees at the green, garden-like café. After a day of sightseeing, you’ll revel in the chance to relax here with a good book.
Breathe in the “Lungs of Taipei,” Da’an Forest Park, just ten minutes by foot from NiHao Café Hotel. Thirty minutes (or two subway stops) in the opposite direction soars Taipei 101, one of the city’s absolute must-sees. If you’re up for an even bigger adventure, a 45-minute walk through both Da’an and Xinyi District will take you to the Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail. Brave the monstrous staircase to absorb yourself in the finest outdoor views of Taipei City.
Cross over both Fuxing S Road and Xinyi Road from Daan MRT Station. Hang a right at the first street—Lane 147, Section 3, Xinyi Road. Turn left at the first alley. Nihao Cafe Hotel will be a couple buildings over.
Just Sleep Hotel Ximending
Address: No. 41, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng District
Finding a more comfortable bed in Taipei than Just Sleep Hotel Ximending is nearly impossible. This upper mid-range/luxury hotel in the heart of the Ximending area prides itself on its modern design and famously-restful Wellspring Beds installed in every room for a chilled-out stay.
Each room includes a flat-screen TV, coffee machine and personal safe for your most precious belongings. The rooms at Just Sleep Hotel Ximending are bigger than most in Taipei, giving you much needed space to relax in a city where elbow room is at a premium. Your reservation at Just Sleep Hotel Ximending also includes access to a self-service laundrette. (A service that minimalist-packing independent travellers will no doubt cherish!)
To get the most of staying here, start your morning off at the on-site Just Cafe with a tasty organic breakfast and a sip of tea or coffee.
When you stay at Just Sleep Hotel Ximending, you’re just minutes away from some of Taipei’s most popular restaurants and shopping. The Red House Theater artistic hub will be in your grasp in less than 10 minutes of walking. The city’s most exciting night markets within walking distance are Ningxia Night Market (about 25-30 minutes northeast) and Huaxi Street Night Market (30 minutes).
From Ximen MRT Station, it’s a quick 3-minute walk to Just Sleep Hotel Ximending. Pop out Exit 5, continuing north on Section 1, Zhonghua Road. The hotel is on this main road about four blocks up.
Address: No. 68, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District
Smack-dab between ultra-hip Ximending and Taipei Main Station, Roaders Hotel is a stylish and comfortable base to explore Taipei to the max during your stay.
From the western-inspired common area to the modern and sleek guestrooms, the design of Roaders Hotel is what sets it apart from other hotels. Slink back a drink or two at the “saloon” for a taste of the wild west in the heart of Taipei. Or choose a healthier path and work off your Taiwanese food belly at the fitness center while the kids make new friends in the children’s play area.
Cross over Zhonghua Road and wander among some of the city’s yummiest restaurants in Ximending. From Roaders Hotel it’s a 25-minute walk to Ningxia Night Market, a favourite traditional night market in Taipei. Bopiliao Historic Block and Longshan Temple lie about 20 minutes walking distance to the southwest.
From Ximen MRT Station, alight at Exit 5 onto Section 1, Zhonghua Road. Walk north, turning right 4 blocks later at Section 1, Hangkou Street. Roaders Hotel is one block up on the corner Yangping S Road and Hangkou. The walk should be only about 5 minutes long.
Hotel Relax III
Address: No. 34, Huaining Street, Zhongzheng District
Hotels in Taipei don’t get much more central than Hotel Relax III. This relative newcomer to the accommodations scene is a perfect mix of beautiful design, convenience, and value in the heart of the city.
On offer at Hotel Relax III are cozy and quiet (soundproofed!) rooms that give you everything you need to make your stay in Taipei as comfortable as possible, from air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs to personal safes and free WiFi. The rooms here are bright and spacious, with many featuring city views.
If you can’t find a room here (it is a hugely-popular hotel in Taipei!), the equally sleek Hotel Relax II is located half a block up the street.
The true advantage of Hotel Relax III is not just that it’s within walking distance of the city’s top attractions. It’s the proximity to Taipei Main Station and the bus station that make it the perfect place to stay in Taipei.
Within 4 minutes walking, you’ll find yourself relaxing in 2/28 Peace Park, one of central Taipei’s better green spaces. The Ximending shopping and entertainment area, perfect for late-night snacking, is also a mere 10 minutes by foot from Hotel Relax III. Also worth checking out within walking distance is the Huashan 1914 Creative Park, a hip and happenin’ artistic hub. Walking to Huashan 1914 from Hotel Relax III should take no more than 25-30 minutes.
If you find yourself wanting to explore beyond Taipei on a day trip, the bus depot and train station are just minutes away to get to other nearby destinations quickly and easily.
From Taipei Main Station, it’s about a 5-minute walk to Hotel Relax III. First, exit the station at Exit M6 onto Section 1, Zhongxiao Road. Walk west three blocks, and hang a left on Huaining Street. Hotel Relax III is two blocks south on the corner of Huaining Street and Section 1, Hankou Street.
The Okura Prestige Taipei
Address: No. 9, Section 1, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District
No hotel in Taipei will capture your heart as much as The Okura Prestige Taipei. Located in Zhongshan District, this 5-star luxury hotel takes your comfort to the next level during your stay with its world-class service and impeccable design.
The rooms at The Okura Prestige Taipei are built for pure relaxation, offering plenty of space with impressive vistas unto the city and cloud-like beds that you’ll sink all your troubles into.
Escape Taipei’s heat and humidity by cooling off in the rooftop pool, gaping at the massive city views around you. Two on-site restaurants help tackle your hunger in style, whether it’s dazzling at upscale Cantonese cuisine at Toh-Ka-Lin or fine Japanese cuisine at Yamazato Restaurant.
Along Section 1, Nanjing E Road, it’s less than a 15-minute walk to the gate of Ningxia Street Night Market. For art fans, the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei is even closer, taking less than 10 minutes by foot.
With Zhongshan MRT Station so close, you can quickly hop from The Okura Prestige Taipei to several attractions. Start your morning off with some local eats at Shuanglian Morning Market (1 stop north) before heading to Yuanshan MRT Station (3 stops from Zhongshan) to check out Bao’an Temple, Confucius Temple and Taipei Expo Park.
The Okura Prestige Taipei is a 3-minute walk from Zhongshan MRT Station on the Red Line. Turn left onto Section 1, Nanjing W Road after leaving Exit 3. Cross Section 2, Zhongshan N Road. The hotel will be on your lefthand side.
Address: 10 Zhongxiao East Road, Section 5, Xinyi District
It’s hard to find anything wrong with a W hotel, and W Taipei is no exception. Located in the heart of Xinyi District, W Taipei is a sleek and modern hotel that leaves you more relaxed than when you arrived.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms let you soak in massive views of Taipei while you rest after exploring the city. Snag one of the pricier Spectacular and Fantastic Suite King Rooms to fall asleep with tender evening glow of Taipei 101 outside your window.
Drained by Taipei’s summer heat? Cool down at the luxurious outdoor pool with incredible vistas over Taipei or squeeze your tensions away at the W Taipei’s exclusive AWAY® spa.
If you’re all street-fooded-out, settle down with some nouvelle Chinese fine dining at YEN, W Taipei’s own restaurant run by celebrity Hong Kong chef, Wo Hoi Ming. Cap your night off with a cocktail at the trendy Woobar Night Club, popping out for some fresh air on the WET® Deck open terrace.
The closest attraction to W Taipei is National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, located less than 10 minutes away. From W Taipei to Taipei 101, the city’s biggest tourist attraction, bank on an easy 15-minute walk south. To sample some of the city’s top street food and teppanyaki, head to Tonghua Night Market. The trip to Tonghua should be no more than 30 minutes by foot.
A little more complicated is the 30-minute trek from W Taipei to the Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail. Grab a map and find your way to the trail where you can scale up the seemingly never-ending staircase to sponge up the views over Taipei City.
It’s little more than a 1-minute walk from Taipei City Hall MRT Station to W Taipei. Simply exit the station onto the southside of Section 4, Zhongxiao E Road and turn right. The hotel will be the next building to your right.
Regent Taipei Hotel
Address: No. 3, Lane 39, Section 2, Zhongshan N. Road, Zhongshan District
Listed as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Conde Nast Traveler, The Regent Taipei Hotel is as luxurious a home-away-from-home as you’ll find anywhere.
The Regent Taipei often feels less like a city hotel than an urban resort. Eight world-class restaurants pepper the hotel including the fine dining restaurants Mihan Honke (Japanese) and Silks (Chinese). To rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing, pamper yourself at the Wellspring Spa, a relaxing getaway in an otherwise hectic city.
To truly appreciate the beauty of the Regent Taipei, step up to the rooftop pool, heated all year round, and stare unto the breathtaking views of the city centre and beyond.
Stroll for less than 20 minutes from The Regent Taipei Hotel to enjoy the Taiwanese food extravaganza at Ningxia Night Market. Or hop onto the MRT at nearby Zhongshan Station, heading 4 stations up to Jiantian to wander into Taipei’s night market granddaddy, Shilin Night Market.
Even closer via MRT (Yuanshan Station) is Taipei Expo Park, full of museums and pavilions you can’t help but want to explore. At the same station exit, two of Taipei’s most beautiful temples, Bao’an Temple and Confucius Temple, lie just two blocks away.
The closest MRT to The Regent Taipei is Zhongshan. From station Exit 3, head east on Nanjing West Road. Cross Section 2, Zhongshan North Road and turn left. The Regent is three laneways up.
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Address: No. 2, Songshou Road, Xinyi District
With the country’s biggest landmark staring you down from across the street, it’s not hard to see why you’d want to spend your nights at the Grand Hyatt Taipei. Every amenity you’d expect from a world-class 5-star hotel sprouts up in full force at the Grand Hyatt.
The hotel’s modern design fuses Chinese elements, giving its rooms a sleek look all to its own. In the Grand Hyatt Taipei’s more expensive rooms and suites, unwind to the glow of Taipei 101 from outside your window.
After a long day of urban exploring, dip into the outdoor pool or steam your cares away in the sauna. Top it all off with a nightcap and a snack at Cheers or ZIGA ZAGA, two of the Grand Hyatt’s bars.
With Taipei 101 breathing down its neck, Grand Hyatt Taipei is uniquely placed for tackling Taipei’s biggest drawcard as quickly as possible. Also in the area, in the basement of Taipei 101, is Din Tai Fung, the arguably top place in the city to snack on xiao long bao.
To the north, it’s about a 10-minute walk to National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. About five minutes further, you can visit the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, an interesting innovation hub full of quirky and hip art exhibits.
From the Taipei 101/World Trade Center MRT Station, bank on a 5 minute walk. When you exit the station, turn left on City Hall Road, walking north past Taipei 101 to Songshou Road. The Grand Hyatt will be the first building to your left.
Hotel Proverbs Taipei
Address: No. 56, Section 1, Da’an Road, Da’an District
The boutique 5-star Hotel Proverbs Taipei fuses modernity and elegance like no other luxury hotel in the city. Every room style echoes a blend of contemporary, retro and classic elements that give each a unique character from others.
Included are typical amenities: flat-screen TVs with satellite, free WiFi, toiletries, and a coffee makers. In all but the Urban Room, you’ll be greeted by a large soaker tub to melt away your stress.
The main on-site restaurant, TK Seafood & Steak, grills up prime wagyu beef and in-house dry-aged beef along with fresh locally-sourced seafood. You can even bring your own wine with an uncorking fee of NT$600.
After a long day of exploring Taiwan’s capital, nothing at Hotel Proverbs Taipei impresses more than heading up to 12th-floor outdoor pool to float around and admire the city from above.
The Hotel Proverbs Taipei isn’t as central to the city’s most popular attractions as most of the other hotels listed. The closest major site by foot is National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, about 25 minutes away. Liaoning Street Night Market, one of the lesser-known night markets in Taipei, takes just 15 minutes to reach walking.
The Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station, however, straddles two lines, including the MRT line to Taipei Main Station. On the Blue Line you can quickly get to Taipei Main Station, Ximending and Longshan Temple. The Brown Line, running north and south, ends at Taipei Zoo Station where you can hop onto the Maokong Gondola for a relaxing day hike in the tea fields outside the city.
From Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station, Hotel Proverbs Taipei is less than a 5-minute walk. Take MRT Exit 4 onto Section 4, Zhongxiao E Road. Turn left onto Section 1, Da’an Road, walking past Liugongzhen Park to the corner of Lane 52, Section 1, Da’an Road where you’ll find the hotel.
5-minute walk from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station, private bathroom with hot tubs, free mini bar, expensive, sleek room design, recommended for couples
Summary: The best places to stay in Taipei
Depending on what you’re willing to spend, any one of the 15 hotels above will suit the bill. Here’s a quick summary: