Long overdue review. Was in Taipei alone for a week in Dec 2013. I was so glad I booked Star Hostel and not anywhere else. It's the ideal place for any solo traveller who's there to chill but doesn't wanna be left in complete solitude.
Firstly, the location was central. 5-minute walk away from Taipei MRT, Taipei Railway Station, Taipei Bus Interchange and Taipei High Speed Rail. You have ALL the necessary modes of transport that will get you to the different parts of the city AND the country. No fear of not being able to find your way back at night as long as you find one of the huge landmarks-Taipei Interchange/Railway, you will be able to orientate yourself and get back safely. There's also a direct bus that gets you from/to the airport. And if you're looking for a short hike, direct bus from Taipei Railway brings you to YangMingShan. Taipei MRT is also the interchange station for 2(or 3?) of the more commonly used lines that will bring you to ZhongXiaoFuXing and Ximending. If all that's not good enough for you, it's really easy to hail a cab/taxi right downstairs. U-bikes are also available for rent near Taipei MRT and you can drop off the bicycles at other stations around the city.
Star Hostel is a 2-minute walk away from Spot Taipei, the arts film cinema surrounded by lovely cafes and Japanese restaurants. If you're ready to walk a little before 12 midnight, take a slow 20-minute stroll to NingXia Night Market (宁夏夜市）for awesome braised pork rice (Lu Rou Fan 鲁肉饭）. Need urgent supplies or supper after midnight? A few 7-elevens and 24 hr marts just 3-5 mins walk away.
Coin operated laundry machines and dryers. Open air balcony with racks and hangers to hang your clothes. Definitely needed if you're going to be there for more than a week.
The reception and common lounge is in the building with shared dorms while my private room was in another building. If you feel like having a chat, just pop over next door. The 2 buildings also 'meet' on the roof top balcony where there's plenty of space for supper and journal writing if you wish to keep an eye on the washing machines beside you.
My private room had ample space for me to lay out my shopping on the floor while I watched TV. Even had a table and chair for my small items and daily go-out bag. Private shower with curtain and a hairdryer. Nothing fancy but really a luxury for a backpacker. Has all the necessities a traveller needs.
And yes, daily room-cleaning services too.
Security is not an issue. Just don't lose your transponder that gives you access to the building (a round token that works somewhat like hotel security cards) and your room key.
I met a few Star Hostel staff members, all of them were friendly and thoughtful. They were eager to find out what you wanted from your stay in the city and they were happy to help you print out maps, numbers etc. All that helpfulness and sincerity with no tip required.
If you intend to have Taipei as a base, they will be able to store your luggage till you're back from your tour and ready to lug everything direct to the airport.
Definitely will be back the next time I visit Taipei. ❤
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 【SHAREHOUSE 132-Zhongshan MRT (中山站) on Red/Green line】 ************************************************************* 【rooms、rate、available from...】 We now only provide room reservation for over one month(over 30 days) 【Price Include】 -Spacious living room -Contemporary private ensuite rooms with flat screen TV -Dorm with shared bathrooms -Free wifi -Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwaves, oven, toaster, electric kettle and sink -Coin-op washer and dryer and space to hang dry your clothes -Air conditioning in all rooms -Cozy common area with TV 【Location】 We’re located on the beautiful tree-lined Zhongshan Boulevard, just 3 minutes away from MRT Zhongshan Station and 10 minutes away from Taipei Main Station. ... more less
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- Star Hotel Taipei