The Best Hotels to Book in Tainan City, Taiwan

Hainan City offers much to explore
Hainan City offers much to explore | © Chon Kit Leong / Alamy Stock Photo
Claire Turrell

Catch a bullet train to the coast to find Taiwan’s oldest metropolis, Tainan City, known for its street food, Taijiang National Park’s mangrove forests, night markets, temples and now – thanks to the local Hanlin Tea Room – bubble tea. Local delicacies also include oyster omelettes, beef noodle soup and zongzi. There are plenty of places that you can use as a base from which to do your exploring – from five-star hotels to boutique stays that even include their own bookstores – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Silks Place Tainan, for tech-forward hospitality


Sleek outdoor pool area at Silks Place Tainan lit up at night
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Like the city itself, Silks Place Tainan is a blend of old and new – from the timeless calligraphy brush-inspired lamps in the 255 rooms to the robot that does the room service deliveries. While it’s convenient for business, it’s also great for leisure. Enjoy the outdoor infinity pool, the artisanal tea classes and pottery workshops or take one of its city tours – while the youngsters visit the Kids’ Club that comes with PS4 consoles, a foosball table and miniature ride-on cars.

2. UIJ Hotel & Hostel, for a vibrant atmosphere

Hostel, Hotel

UIJ Hotel and Hostels large outdoor terrace at night with string lights and assorted seating
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UIJ could be one of the friendliest hotels around. Guests are encouraged to hang out at the on-site bookstore, swap recipes in the kitchen and chat about their travels on the terrace when the sun goes down. Rooms include king-size suites, doubles and bunks. Musos will be thrilled to know that two of the suites come with turntables and vinyl records, and tech fiends will celebrate the fact that every room – including the bunks – features USB chargers.

3. Queena Plaza Hotel Tainan, for Balinese luxury


Gigantic outdoor pool at Queena Plaza Hotel Tainan with row of palms and loungers
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The Queena Plaza is a hotel with Balinese-style vibes, and within six acres (2.4ha) of lush gardens, you’ll find waterfalls, streams and even a mediation pavilion here. It’s sure to put you in the mood for romance, which is probably why the hotel also has a Wedding Pavilion. If you’re in need of some pampering, step into the vitality massage pool at the Ocean Shine Gym Club. Hungry? The hotel has six restaurants, including a book café that serves English high tea, a European-style bakery and a teppanyaki restaurant.

4. HOTEL COZZI Ximen Tainan


Sleek bedroom with king-size bed, plush striped neutral carpeting with desk and seating area
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Cartoon lovers get excited – Hotel Cozzi has collaborated with the Cartoon Network to bring you 54 themed rooms, including Adventure Time, the Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears suites that come with cartoon murals and character pillows. Parents who want to win points can take their kids to the Funky Field outdoor playground, where your tots can drive electric BMWs around a race track and ride a train to the Animal Music Park and the Powerpuff Girls’ Sand Pit. Or, simply visit the Cartoon Network café. If you prefer a non-themed room, you can find elegant king and single-bed suites complete with drip coffee.

5. Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan, for curated luxury

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Large heart-shaped rooftop pool at Shangri-Las Far Eastern Plaza Hotel lit up at night
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Even without a heart-shaped pool, you’re sure to fall in love with this luxury hotel. Within the 333 rooms, there are nine different room types – including the presidential suite that features butler service, a home-theatre system and a hot whirlpool bath. The hotel also includes a florist, health club and a salon and spa by Japanese beauty gurus, Shiseido. Book the 160 acupressure massage designed to revitalise your mind, body and soul by focusing on 160 acupressure points. Bliss.

6. Wehome Motel, for the romance lovers

Love Hotel

Sumptuous bedroom with red silk wallpaper, dark wood floors large bed and black satin fabric sofa
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A romantic hotel for loved-up couples, these decadent suites are set to impress – from the silk-walled bedrooms to the TVs that divide the lounge and bedroom and spin so you can watch whenever you want. Each en-suite features a jacuzzi that looks onto a courtyard garden. The Crystal Diamond Suite is the largest of the 32 rooms – here, a jacuzzi takes centre stage in the bathroom, and the lounge comes complete with a karaoke system.

7. Lakeshore Hotel Tainan, for central relaxation


Modern hotel room in neutral tones with two large beds, desk and large window overlooking the city
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Within this new downtown hotel, you’ll find an outdoor swimming pool, sauna complex and a chic Italian bistro that serves up artisan pizzas. The 536 rooms with plump dove grey sofas, double or king-sized beds – as well as an abundance of fluffy towels and toiletries – are an inviting place to rest your head. Nearby, you’ll find the Tainan Art Museum and the 300-year-old Shui Xian Gong Market.

8. The Place Tainan, for an artistic paradise


Stylish bedroom with large bed, light floors and dark wood walls
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Art meets travel at this downtown hotel – the playful monochrome suites include the Projection Box room, which has an 80-inch projection screen for guests to play games or watch movies. And the Enjoy Suite comes complete with a birdcage. This arty hotel also features the 6789 Gallery that showcases the works of local artists, as well as the Ganching Shop that sells items created by local designers and craftsmen.

Stuck on where to go? Discover our guide on getting off the grid in Taiwan, or see where to stay in Kaohsiung. For more options, discover these boutique hotels in Taipei and book now on Culture Trip.

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