We stayed 5 days at Amba (16-21 March 2013). The hotel is very well situated. The walk to Ximen MRT station is less than 10 minutes and takes you through the exciting Ximending shopping district. Taking different routes to the mrt station makes for different adventure each time - I especially enjoy stopping at FongDa coffee (42 Chengdu road) for late tea and then heading off to the Red House. Amba is also a stone's throw from the tourist stops - Ah Zhong Mian Xian (阿宗麵線), Lao Tian Lu (老天祿), Modern Toilet etc. The Ximen station is one stop away from the very large Taipei Station underground mall as well as LongShan Temple and the atmospheric Huaxi night market (which I prefer to Shilin).
Our group of 6 took 2 rooms on the 9th floor. The rooms were clean and the layout was very comfortable. I highly recommend the family room (904) which is spacious, has separate toilet/shower facilities and provides private space with the help of curtains. The hotel arranged for our airport transportation. This is better than taking a taxi on your own because access to the hotel during weekend can be tricky when the main streets are closed and become pedestrian zones.
We tried out the hotel's restaurant (吃吧) one evening and found the food tasty, chic and extremely good value. The menu offers mainly pasta and sandwiches. The pasta in particular was impressive.
We can't be more pleased with our choice of hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- amba Taipei Ximending is located in the heart of trendy Ximending shopping and entertainment area in Western Taipei, just five minutes’ walk to the Taipei Metro Ximen Station, one metro stop from the Taipei Main Station for high-speed rail, and only 20 minutes’ drive to Taipei 101. Nominated as one of the best hotel openings by Wallpaper* magazine in 2012, amba Taipei Ximending occupies levels 5 to 10 of the fashionable Eslite shopping complex on Wuchang Street, junction of Kunming Street. This hip, eco-friendly hotel features free high-speed WiFi access hotel-wide, 160 contemporary guestrooms with separate rain shower, and free use of a self-service laundry room. Extra large rooms, loft rooms and balcony rooms can accommodate up to four adults, ideal for friends and family to share. Dining options include chiba – an international all day restaurant for fun dining, tingba - a retro chic music lounge, and tianba – a bakery with an alfresco courtyard. Best of all, there are many locally inspired fun elements awaiting for your discovery. ... more less
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