As one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist destinations and the perfect stop off point before a trip to Sun Moon Lake, Taichung boasts a huge range of hotels, guest houses, and hostels. But when you’re traveling on a budget, where are the best places to stay? Well, here are seven of the best and most affordable places that offer budget accommodation in the city.
Located just a short 4-minute walk from Fengchia Night Market, Love I is the ideal base for the budget traveler who wants to wander the stalls of Taichung’s most famous market. This small hotel has nicely decorated private rooms of varying size all of which are pretty cozy and have their own private bathroom. There’s also a communal area where you can relax on futons and watch a bit of TV.
With a shared kitchen and a welcoming atmosphere, T-Life Hostel is the kind of place to stay if you’re looking to meet fellow travelers and make some new friends. They make a real effort at this place to get people talking to each other and the staff are super helpful when it comes to local tourist information. The rooms are basic yet very clean and you’re only a short walk from Tunghai Villa Night Market. There are also plenty of public transport links within easy walking distance.
Lane 62 Hostel
Located in an old apartment building with exposed brick walls, Lane 62 Hostel is one of the most laid back places you’ll find in Taichung. There are mixed dorms and one for females only and a nice communal area with a lounge, plus a fully equipped kitchen. You can also book private rooms at this hostel which is just a short twelve-minute walk from Tunghai Villa Night Market.
Kiwi Express Hotel
There are several of these budget hotels located throughout the city but the one that guests keep raving about is the Taichung Station Branch II hotel. Just steps from the main station Kiwi Express Hotel-Taichung Station Branch II is a modern, small hotel that features both shared and private accommodation. Stay at this place and you get a locker that you can put all your valuables in while you’re out seeing the sights of Taichung. There’s also a self service laundry room and a lounge area with bean bags and futons.
Centrally located and affordable, it’s no surprise that Park Hostel is quite the popular place to stay in Taichung. Only a short walk from local shopping malls and the National Theater, this place is also the perfect for those visiting the National Museum of Natural Science and the Botanical Gardens. It’s a nice secure hostel with a good communal kitchen and comfortable beds with good storage space.
Yizhong Loft Hostel
Just a short walk from Taichung Confucius Temple, Yizhong Loft Hostel is right in the heart of one of Taichung’s most notable shopping and dining districts. There are tons of places to eat right on your doorstep and plenty of public transport links too. The hostel itself provides rooms that are more like those of a small hotel than a hostel so it’s actually great value for money.
Only a ten-minute walk from the sights and sounds of Fengchia Night Market, Tomer Hostel is a quiet place with incredibly stylish private rooms and a central courtyard shared with residents of the building. If you’re looking for comfort and privacy then look no further than this place as the rooms are set up like mini-apartments with staff leaving you to your own devices throughout your stay.