I needed an affordrable hotel away from Taipei's dead center and at $88 per night the Forward Nangang fit the bill. Since it did not have any English Tripadvisor reviews, I took a 'leap in the dark' by merely checking out the website to see pics of the interior before I booked for one night. It looked new, so I figured it cannot be too bad.
My expectations were completely surpassed; the hotel is not only new, but has this cool modern ambiance - really loved the design of both the common areas and the rooms. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I won't take up internet space describing what could be seen in a photo, please see attached a couple of mine, or search Google images by typing up the hotel's name - what you will see is pretty much what it is in reality.
Since it is a three star hotel, it doesn't have a full list of amenities i.e. it lacks a restaurant, valet, concierge etc. so you pretty much have to haul your luggage to your room on your own. In our case, one of the front desk girls helped us, which was very nice of her!
What I really found handy was the availability of laundry facilities (two new washers and dryers) which can be used between 10am and 10pm free of charge (detergent included)! There is a lounge right next to the laundry room where you can wait for the wash cycle to be over, while you browse an expansive selection of (mostly Chinese) magazines or use the computer there. The little gym is right next door; there are free water bottles provided to replenish what's lost during exercise.
Our room rate also included breakfast, served from 7am-10am in the hotel 'cafeteria', which looks just like a modern cafe. It included a standard fare, which I have seen in other Taiwanese hotels - eggs, breakfast meats, some Chinese pickles, breads, salads, noodles etc + some juices. Nothing special, but still extensive enough compared to breakfast served in similar type of hotels in the USA.
Service was very good - the girls at the front desk (who pretty much are responsible for all services provided, except for cleaning) were very nice, responsive and spoke the best English that I came accross while in Taiwan.
There is free wi-fi, free water bottles and fruit upon arrival in the rooms, but it seems this all is standard for good hotels in Taiwan.
If you are to come in with a car, there is free parking in the basement. The lot only has 5 spots, so not sure what happens once it gets full.
The hotel's location is not central, it is about 7km from Taipei 101 and 70km from Taoyuan International Airport, but since we drove, this was not a problem for us.
We were hungry for some 'Western' food, so we appreciated the proximity of both Pizza Hut and Subway to the hotel.
I highly recommend to anyone who wouldn't mind the lack of certain amenities and would appreciate saving a buck or two on room rate.
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