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“Still value for money” 3 of 5 stars
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2F, No.132, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei 104, Taiwan (Neihu District)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 183 Specialty Lodging in Taipei
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“Still value for money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This is my 2nd stay in Star Hostel. I must say this time round it wasn't as good as the last time mainly due to the state of the rooms.
Rooms: We were given the "newer" rooms, located in the same block but neighbouring stairwell. Although they were supposed to be newer, somehow the state of the rooms seemed quite tired and old compared to the main stairwell (where the reception is located) I previously stayed in.
Our stay was split into 1 night & another 3 nights. The room given to us (Room 21) on the first night was not very pleasant. It had a musty smell. The toilet was small, damp and some areas had mildew/mold. When we gave feedback, they were polite and said that there were no other rooms available but upon our return stay we could take a look at the room first prior to check-in. When we came back for another 3 nights' stay, we reminded the reception that we would like to take a look at the room allocated first. One of them had a non-chalant attitude and said that we could do that but there were no other rooms available. Another lady was polite enough to inform us that the room allocated had a view and we might like it. Room 45 (still located the "newer" stairwell) indeed was much better. It had windows over-looking the main street, toilet was bigger and didn't have a musty smell. I guess I still preferred my stay previously at the old block. As usual, the stairs can be a pain especially at the end one's trip due to the overbulging luggages! (NB: The rooms chosen were ensuite.)

Service: Other than the one occasion when we got a non-chalant response, all other times were polite, friendly, informative & prompt.

Location: It is very convenient as Zhongshan MRT is just nearby. Shinkong Mitsukoshi, Daiso, Watsons, bank, 7-11 all within walking distance. You can even walk to Taipei Main Station.

Food nearby: The nearest night market is Ningxia, which is still considerably far away about 20 min walk. But sells very good food! There is a dumpling store sells quite delicious dumplings & zha jiang mian. Also, a soya bean eatery which sells good soya bean drink and even better (cheaper than ding tai fung!) xiao long bao. Local market round the corner for fruits. Small stall beside 7-11 for local breakfast such as 蛋饼.

Overall: For the price paid, I must say it's still very much value for money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

The hostel is located on the second storey, so if you have a heavy luggage be prepared to carry it up all the way to your room, depending on which storey you are assigned to.

Staff were really helpful and friendly, always willing to offer advice on what to do in taiwan, and also interact with guests.

Loved the communal living area, really chill and relax after a day out.

Locks are provided for the lockers if you are staying in dorm room :) (i stayed in single ensuite, single and 4 pax mixed dorm)

The area is easily accessible by train, lots of small eateries and cafes located around. Will definitely stay here again on my next trip to taipei :)

Thank you Star Hostel!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Very clean hostel with new bathrooms and a shared communal lounge. Breakfast is do it yourself toast and tea/coffee with some fruit. Free Wifi. Nice helpful staff. As with all hostels there is little soundproofing between rooms so if you get one selfish guest who decides to talk at the top of their voice at 2.30am there is little you can do (however this is not the hostels fault). Great location and not far from the MRT. Great shopping just around the corner. Great for singles and couples, but not families as stairs are open and not suitable for small kids.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in a ensuite room on the same building but another stairway.. Need to carry the lugguage up a long and steep staircase..room was clean with lcd tv, and there was enough security in terms of accessibility..
Near cheap food as well as Taipei main station and Zhongshan station.. Wifi was provided throughout the hostel..

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Another reviewer said that this place feels like home. And I can't agree more. I stayed at Taipei Backpackers' Hostel in Ximending in 2010, and that wasn't too bad. But in comparison, Star Hostel is definitely much better. We booked a room for 4 on the second level. For one the rooms are brighter and cleaner. The shared bathrooms are really clean. Staff are really friendly too. The hostel is also located near Zhongshan MRT station (~5 min including climbing stairs), and around 10min walk to Taipei Main Station

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

In Star Hostel:
Transport - easy reachable by bus, cab, Taipei Main Station 台北车站 (15min walk), Zhong Shan MRT 中山捷运站 (5min walk). I will suggest you to walk from Zhong Shan Mrt cause nearer. If you want to go Tao Yuan Airport 桃园机场 simply go Taipei main station and purchase a ticket for Kuo Kuang Bus 国光客运 with only NTD125.

Security - Safe, all main entrance doors are equipped with security system whereby you only can access by room key.

Environment - Modern design with clean rooms and clean toilets. Feel free to meet new friends from all over the world under one roof.

Facilities - Shoe rack, fridge, kitchen where you can cook (plates,cup etc are ready), washing machine (balcony to hang your clothes with hanger ready), computer set, Wifi service, lots of books, hair dryer, comb, towel for rent.

Service - Superbly good, provide all the info you want, guide you to your room, breakfast ready, very friendly.

Room Rates - Affordable price that worth to stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Morgan Hill, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

clean, excellent location for shopping, Taipei Main Train station and local buses, very good value for those looking for a place to stay in Taipei without spending a lot of money. very helpful staff. lots of eating places within same neighborhood.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2F, No.132, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei 104, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Taipei > Neihu District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 183 Specialty Lodging in Taipei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Star hostel is a contemporary budget accommodation situated in the heart of Taipei city. We offer a clean, friendly and safe place for travelers at a very reasonable price. We are conveniently located on the beautiful tree-lined Zhongshan Boulevard, just 3 minutes away from MRT Zhongshan station and 10 minutes away from Taipei main station. Access to attractions in Taipei city and beyond is just a stone throw away! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Star Hotel Taipei

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