Concurring with most comments here, this hotel has one of the best location in Ximending. Lots of shops around, right above a small shopping mall and is next to a busy road with abundant of cabs. Easy to locate, easy to move around.
This hotel has very innovative 'touches'. Had a good laugh at myself when finally discovered that the "Do Not Disturb" sign is a door magnet- fun & cool concept! Washer and dryer on the 6th floor is a good value add but didn't get to use, as they were used by other guests during the few times I tried my luck. The ginger range bath foam and shampoo were great. Staff was mostly helpful, polite and efficient.
On the other hand, (Not that I did not expect it -but to help manage the expectation of those who are evaluating this hotel), the layout was terrible. The sink and toilet cubicle (with door) were almost right in front of my bed with no separator (probably no choice due to the small room size). I felt like lying on a bed in a public toilet, facing the sink with a cubicle next to it. Everything else in the room feels like a student's hostel. Most walls felt like gypsum boards and not real walls. Soundproofing is as good as none. Not sure, if I was just unlucky, but if you are thinking of booking this hotel, try to ask for better rooms (if any and if available). Breakfast has almost the same menu everyday- only 2-3 types of changes.
Overall, I think the stay was ok as I was out most of the time and only there to sleep bah! High chance that I will not return to this hotel, unless the room's layout and soundproofing improve.
- 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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