Where to Stay on a Budget in Taipei

Quad room in Meander Hostel
Quad room in Meander Hostel | Courtesy of Meander Hostel
Ciaran McEneaney

As one of the more expensive cities to visit in Asia, Taipei isn’t always at the top of the list for the budget traveler, but this lively city full of culture has a lot to offer the thrifty tourist. And far from being a city full of boutique hotels and five-star establishments, there are more than a few budget-friendly hotels right here in the city. Here are five of the best.

1. CityInn Plus Ximending


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This new hotel is right in the heart of one of Taipei’s coolest neighborhoods, Ximending. The entire building is super modern and very well maintained. Some of the rooms feature murals and modern art touches that give CityInn Plus a very chic and stylish feel that often makes guests wonder if the rates they are paying are actually correct.

Rooms from around TWD2150 (US$70)

2. Meander Hostel Wanhua


Shared Kitchen
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Located in the lively district of Wanhua and just a short walk from Ximending, Meander Hostel offers a warm and friendly welcome, with the staff and owners taking pride in keeping the backpacker spirit alive and well in Taipei. The public areas and bathrooms are incredibly well maintained and everywhere is spotlessly clean. The added bonus of staying here is the likelihood of meeting and hanging out with other travelers.

Dorm beds from TWD500 (US$16)

3. Dandy Hotel Daan


Room with a view of park
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Hotels near Daan Park are usually in a much higher price bracket than this unusually named Dandy Hotel. Here, the focus is on providing as clean and modern a living space as is possible without overcharging guests. The décor is incredible, and the fact that you are in Daan where there are great public transport connections and so many things to do just makes the place an ideal find.

Rooms from around TWD2000 (US$65)

4. Flip Flop Hostel Datong


Private room for two
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This colorful hostel is an oasis of calm in the busy center of Taipei. Close to a variety of local sights and public transport links, Flip Flop Hostel is a favorite with backpackers or travelers who just want to save a few dollars and stay in a friendly and safe environment. The rooms are modern and serviced regularly, while the staff are happy to help with local tourist information.

Dorm beds from TWD650 (US$21)

5. Space Inn Hengyang


This futuristic hostel is like something from a sci-fi movie with space themed décor found throughout. Aptly named Space Inn, guests will find a huge kitchen with a variety of appliances as well as a gaming room. The beds are pretty cozy, too, but it’s the décor and location near Ximending that puts this hostel on our list.

Dorm beds from TWD490 (US$16)

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