Incredible location! Right at Exit M8 of the Taipei Train Station. (Tip: use exit M8, not M6 as latter has no escalator otherwise you will have to carry your luggage up 2 flights of stairs like what we did.)
Staff are very helpful. They were so gracious in writing down Chinese names of places we wanted to visit.
Rooms are very clean albeit not so large but comfortable just the same. Lots of yummy food places around the area. There is a sausage stand just across the street which serves incredible pork sausage. There is also a bakery which sells the softest sponge cake ever.
The book store directly in front of the hotel does not have much English titles but it has lots and lots of knick knacks, and is open 24 hours.
Banks abound within the vicinity for foreign exchange but they are only open on weekdays. On weekends, you can use the foreign exchange counter at the ground floor of Mitsukoshi Dept Store (2-3 buildings away from the hotel) but the exchange rate is very low so better use the banks all the time, if possible.
There is a Family Mart also right across, and a 7-11 right beside the M8 exit.
Tales about the smell of the stinky tofu is correct but I didn't mind it at all so it was not a big issue but if you do mind it, just don't breathe til you clear the entrance, and you'd be just fine.
Price is reasonable though there may be cheaper accommodations in the area but the location is the "it" thing for me. We got a 5-day train pass so everytime we wanted to rest, we just hopped into the train, and went "home" to the Y.
Going to the airport was also a breeze. It was around 10-15 minute walk to the bus station. (TiP: dont use the "Z" exits going up to the bus station from the train station mall. They dont have escalators or elevator. A very helpful lady showed us the "Y" exits with escalators, and one brought us directly right to the entrance of the bus station. I forgot which "Y" exit but it is the one nearest to the Z3 exit of the train station mall.)
Taipei trip was very pleasant and enjoyable, thanks in great part to the Y.
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