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amba TAIPEI XIMENDING
Ranked #65 of 570 Hotels in Taipei
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
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34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Great location”
Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Great location if you prefer ximending. Staying here you would expect noise from the lively pedestrian only walking street, and we don't have any problem with that.

Room is modern and breakfast is great! The hotel is very busy so service is basic and don't expect too much personal attention.

I will come back again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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teresahuang77, 總經理 at amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Dear amba friend,

Thank you for staying with us and spare time to highlight your recent amba experience online.

I am glad to learn that you enjoyed our location, room design and breakfast. Your recognition is really encouraging to us all.

Thank you once again for your kind words towards amba!! We shall all look forward to welcoming you soon whenever your next trip brings you back to Taipei.

Teresa Huang
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Singapore, Singapore
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Pros :
Great location near many shops and restaurants
10min walk to MRT
Shops open till late in the evening in XMD
Rooms are new since hotel is ~ one year old
Free wifi.
Good size room (XL room)

Cons :
Hotel is on 5th floor of a building, in an area usually closed to traffic. No ground level lobby. Need to manage luggage yourself and walk from roadside.
Staff are not very knowledgeable or helpful.
Bedsheets and towels had some stains.
Beware, the online reservation system does not work well. We book an extra large room. The hotel's website said this room type has one or two sofa beds and a King bed, and can accommodate up to 6 people. We input the age of 2 kids (8, 12), and got a confirmation that breakfast was included in this "bed and breakfast package". Upon arrival, we found that we had to pay extra for the "sofa beds" and only breakfast for 2 adults were included. A sofa bed and child breakfast cost ~1300 NT per day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank anne332
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teresahuang77, 總經理 at amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Dear amba friend,

Thank you for choosing amba TAIPEI XIMENDING and spare time to share your recent amba experience with us.

First of all, I would like to thank you for your kind words toward amba regarding our location and room size. Yet, your valuable suggestions to our service, cleanliness and online reservation system concerns have been delivered to all departments concerned for future improvements needed.

Thank you once again for your feedback towards amba!! Your valuable comments are, by all means, what motivate us to do better and be better.

Teresa Huang
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Stayed at the Amba Hotel this past weekend (June 29-July 1) with a bunch of friends. It's located right in the heart of a young people trendy area...quite convenient for shopping and eating...about a 10 minute walk to the MRT. It's also part of a building where Eslite (a chic department store/book store) is. Overall, a young modern hotel with all the basics but could use a few key improvements:

1) We stayed in an Extra Large Room which was very spacious and looked exactly like the picture from the website. The way the rooms are designed are very basic but chic (reminds me of Ikea with all the light wood but a little hipper)...however, the only thing is that you can only really stay in a room like this if you are with someone close...like a partner or husband/wife or family because the bathrooms/showers (although with glass paned doors) face out into the room/living room itself (no enclosed space for privacy). This was fine on this trip as I was sharing the room with family, but it would be weird if you were sharing the room with someone you didn't know too well.

2) The lobby needs to be more inviting and provide guests with couches and seats especially since check in time isn't until 3pm. They have a cafe area with couches...but due to it always being booked for private events, hotel guests are basically hovering in an empty room without any chairs or seats. There are only a few in front of the front desk and they seem to be always in use. So if you had to get something out of your suitcase before you checked it into storage, you are doing this in an opened space on a concrete floor.

3) The front desk needs a few more staff. During check-out in the morning at 9:30am, there was only one person working and about 7 groups waiting in line to be checked out. I could tell the guests were getting quite impatient even though the guy working was sweating bullets and working through them as quickly as he could.

4) Lastly, the rooms could use a bit more cleaning up. I looked under one of the sofas and there was a huge stain with tiny bugs all over the stain...as if someone spilled something sweet and didn't mop it up and bugs got stuck to the goo. Gross.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank snowglobish
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teresahuang77, 總經理 at amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Dear amba friend,

Thank you for choosing amba TAIPEI XIMENDING and spare time to let us know your recent amba experience.

I am really happy to know that you had an overall enjoyable stay with us. Further to your valuable comments, I have delivered for internal discussion for any improvements needed. Please accept my sincerest thank you on behalf of the entire amba team for giving us the opportunity to keep on striving for excellence.

Thank you once again for your valuable suggestions to amba!! We shall all look forward to welcoming you soon whenever your next trip brings you back to Taipei.

Teresa Huang
General Manager
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Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Great location even though it took a while for us to locate the entrance - at the side of the shopping building. Taxi service is readily available n train station is merely 5 min walk. At night, the street is alive with shop, foodcarts, street performance. Commendable services for the staff at the level 1 lift lobby n level 5 conceige. We like the restaurant design; breakfast selection is average with mix of western n oriental dishes.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank LPmama
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teresahuang77, 總經理 at amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Dear amba friend,

Thank you for choosing amba TAIPEI XIMENDING and spare time to highlight your recent amba experience online with us.

I am overwhelmingly happy to learn that you had an overall enjoyable stay with us. Your kind words are, by all means, the greatest encouragement and will surely be shared with the entire amba team.

Thank you once again for your kind support towards amba!! We shall all look forward to seeing you soon whenever your next trip brings you back to Taipei.

Teresa Huang
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Initially it took us some time to locate the hotel, but it was ok once we are familar with the surroundings. The room was nice and cozy. Love the design of the amenities and the play with the chinese words for the facilities and amenities. Fun and quirky, i would say. Service was good and the staff were able to answer my questions. and coming forward to offer help once we reached coz check in was on 5th level.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ida P
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teresahuang77, 總經理 at amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Dear amba friend,

Thank you for choosing amba TAIPEI XIMENDING and spare time to highlight your recent amba experience with us.

It is truly enjoyable to learn that your overall stay with us was an enjoyable one. On top of all, I am especially pleased to know that our team could make prompt assistance during your time with us! Your kind recognition is no doubt the greatest encouragement and will surely be shared with the entire team.

Thank you once again for your kind support towards amba!! We shall all look forward to seeing you soon in the near future.

Teresa Huang
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Arlington, Virginia
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2013

6 adults... it's not easy to find a hotel that has suites in Taipei..so we rented 2 XL rooms here at Amba. Both rooms had a King and a long/large sofa, that the 3rd person could sleep on. Perfect.
Pros: Front desk staff very helpful, spoke english and was able to assist with early checkin, getting a car to the airport, and exchanging money. Location- excellent.. fun place at night time to walk around with all the shops and carts buzzing, note that in the morning, there are few places to grab breakfast in the area. Rooms- great, loved the flip flops, great A/C, comfy beds/sofa, shower had one of the best showerheads around, also the setup was the shower and toilet and sink were all separate, so with 3 ppl, we didn't have issues with bathroom hogging. Also, the soap provided was wonderful- we even bought some for a friend as a gift. We wanted local breakfasts, and there were 2 great breakfast shops 2 blocks away-- one did the soymilk and yo tiao, and green onion pancake with egg, and the other did baos with fillings.
Con-- if you're in an XL room, you may not have a real window-- ie you view into the middle of the hotel (think of a square in a square, so you can't really tell what the weather is outside via looking out your 'window). However, this should not deter anyone from staying here. Also, no fitness center or pool.

If I return, I would definitely stay here.. .as for the price, you can't get much better of a location and comfort.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank al182
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teresahuang77, 總經理 at amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear amba guest,

Thank you for staying with us and sparing time to share your recent amba experience online.

I am really glad to learn that you enjoyed your overall stay with us. Moreover, your many likes and compliments are indeed the biggest encouragement to the entire amba team!! We all are so much honored to receive such a high recognition from a valuable friend like you. Your kind words will surely be shared with the entire amba team, whom I believe will be much inspired!


Thank you once again for your time of sharing. We look forward to your next visit whenever your trip brings you back to Taipei.

Teresa Huang
General Manager
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Osaka, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Amba hotel is a lifestyle brand. It offers travellers like me to unwind easily in the busy life of Taipei. The ambiance of the lounge at 5th floor captures music lovers like us. We appreciate the comfortable of the sofa and the brilliant of the local music of Taiwan. The service at the reception was friendly and attentive. When we arrive at the hotel it was 10 am, we were so exhausted from the night before flight from Beijing and Osaka. We were thirsty wanting to find a place to rest, the hotel staff accommodating our needs and offered us a early check-in even though the hotel is fully booked. We appreciate their consideration. The open area (Tingba music Longue) at the reception offers a relaxing and cozy environment for anyone who looks for a quite place to appreciate Taiwanese music talents. The Chiba offers a nice selection menu choices on western and asian cuisine. The room is simple and comfortable with separate toilet and shower. There are many added points of the hotel. The only thing is that if they could spend a little more budget on the bedding choice, this will definitely makes it a high point. I will definitely recommend it to my friends who like to experience the creativities of young Taiwanese Artists. People who are interested in Asian culture and would like to explore the true young Taiwanese culture, Ximending is definitely the place to be!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank AngelinaChenski
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teresahuang77, 總經理 at amba TAIPEI XIMENDING, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear amba guest,

Thank you for choosing amba TAIPEI XIMENDING and sparing time to highlight your recent amba experience online.

First of all, I would like to send you my deepest thank you on behalf of the entire amba team for your high recognition. It is indeed inspiring and encouraging to receive such a wonderful review from our valued friends knowing that they had an enjoyable time with us!

It is really touching yet exciting to learn that you like tingba and chiba as much as we do. Meanwhile, I am glad to learn that our staff can make prompt response upon your check-in. Your kind feedback is by all means the greatest encouragement to us all!

Thank you once again for your valuable feedback. Your gracious support towards amba and the creative side of Taiwan is well received and truly appreciated. We shall all look forward to welcoming you soon whenever your trip brings you back to Taipei.

Teresa Huang
General Manager
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Property: amba TAIPEI XIMENDING
Address: 77 Section 2 Wuchang Street, Taipei 10843, Taiwan
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Location: Taiwan > Taipei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #65 of 570 Hotels in Taipei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — amba TAIPEI XIMENDING 4*
Number of rooms: 160
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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