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“Don't come here unless you're possessed by the spirit of zebras and leopards and intend to live in the wild with other animals.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taipei Ximen Zebra Apartment

Taipei Ximen Zebra Apartment
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Taipei Ximen Zebra Apartment
Ranked #501 of 566 Hotels in Taipei
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Don't come here unless you're possessed by the spirit of zebras and leopards and intend to live in the wild with other animals.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Upon our arrival, the owner, Cindy, was not available until we called her. For a prompt booking, she was obviously not as enthusiastic to welcome us on time.

Location was also a huge problem. On the map it looks accessible to XimenDing
But if you take the cab in, even the most learned cab driver has no clue where this road is. It's so deep in that you feel like you're living in the projects.

Place was damp, toilet papers never replaced, floors extremely dirty and corridors filled with aging trash.

Water came out in spurts and then at some point in time, no hot water at all anymore. You'd turn the knob to max heat and it literally DRIPS warm water out.

Not all the plugs worked too. International ones worked but the other local ones didn't.

There were spiders and Mosquitos in the apartment as well. Many mosquito bites every night. Outside the apartment there were Mosquitos flying in droves. I reached out and grabbed randomly and killed two Mosquitos with that. That was how many there were.

The biggest let down was when the owner decided to let 7 China-Chinese (PRC) guests into the apartment. These 7 PRCs were clearly all over the age of 60 and for an apartment that insists it is a place for youths, it certainly wasn't holding on to its words. The owner's attempts to SUGGEST they take a hotel instead fell on deaf ears but she did nothing to kick them out.

The killing points were when they smoked in the apartment(some of us really cannot take smoke), spoke loudly all the way past midnight, washed their laundry and hung it all over the apartment (even blocking the way to the shared computer and a Japanese guest's toiletries) AND before we forget, one of them leaving their dentures in the common cups in the common area overnight, at the door when we came back.

The 7PRCs treated the place like their house and even locked the main door with the manual lock. If any of us had gone out. We would not have been able to come back in. Irresponsible! The Japanese guest and two other HongKongers were also shocked at this.

However, it is not our PRC guests that we are pointing the fingers at. Culture is a person's own fault. But it is the owner's responsibility in this matter that was the most disappointing. After texting her (we never ever see her) she replied its not within her power to help. At our expense most unfortunately.

When we left. There was no trace of Cindy to see if everything was ok. We just packed and left like this. Probably was better that she never was there since she never was from the start.

We most definitely will never be coming back. And I suggest you never do too unless you find yourself possessed by a wild animal spirit and wish to roam among dodgy leopard and zebra-printed sheets with the Mosquitos and spiders.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank TimothySim
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  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 425 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Don't stay here unless you have a cell phone to contact owner about arrival times, even though website says email is acceptable. We sent the owner 5 emails asking about arrival times and she never responded. When we arrived at the airport we called from a pay phone (which was an ordeal in itself since we didn't have small change nor did we know how to dial), and arrived at the hostel. We told the owner that we emailed her and her only response was that she never received anything. She wasn't interested in verifying that the email she provided hostel bookers was correct so it's still probably wrong. The location is hard to find but the directions provided are decent so pay close attention. The location, once you find it is pretty decent; about 10 mins from the metro and 20 mins from Longshan temple and snake alley. Basically this hostel is a long skinny plot of land with a "living room" which is more like an office with a couch, desk and tv, a mud room packed to the rafters with bikes and other stuff, several rooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen in the back with a cold water only washer (hang clothes to dry). The rooms themselves aren't really rooms but more like temporary walls (with locking doors but no outside windows, every sound your neighbor makes can be heard). Inside the rooms, these strange bunk bed/levels have been built with shelves and the mattress rests on this. You put the sheets on yourself, the beds are pretty comfy but the pillows are hard big round plastic things. A/C and fans are provided but there is no airflow in these rooms, which I could see as painful in the summer heat. The bathrooms are always wet, we couldn't figure out why but the floor, the sink, the toilet were always wet, like someone took the shower hose and rinsed everything down when cleaning and that's it. Only two other rooms were occupied while we were there and using the bathroom was a bit difficult but I imagine two bathrooms aren't nearly enough when the placed is fully booked. Overall the place was cleaned regularly but it was only a surface cleaning was done as the corners and such, especially in the rooms, was dirty. The place also seemed very messy as half empty bottled and used toiletries were all over the place. There is no daily cleaning service for the rooms.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Sarah C
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Tainan, Taiwan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

A friend and I went to Taipei for a couple of days and decided to book the Zebra Apartments.

Likes: The hostel is within walking distance of Ximending, which is a really great place for shopping, entertainment, etc. I really loved the location and it was easy to get to. Also, I thought the actual rooms were cute and clean. A/C worked and there were enough plugs for all of my electronics. The hostel was very quiet and I slept well. The cost was cheap.

Dislikes: The check-in system (no reception) is really inconvenient. I'm living in Taiwan so I had a phone, and when I got there I had to call the place in order to get inside. Even though my check-in time was 3:00, I had to wait until 5:00 for my room to be ready, which is fine but they don't have lockers so I had to leave my bags in the living room. If you didn't have a phone to call the owners, you would be completely screwed. Also, the bathrooms were a little dirty and the living room was cluttered.

In summary, if the owners could make a few small adjustments, their hostel would be much more comfortable. 1) Change the check-in system so that someone is there to open the door 2) clean the bathroom and living room area

I would stay here again, but if you are coming from outside of Taiwan and have no phone, I would hesitate before booking. Otherwise, the cost and location make it worth booking, in my opinion.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Amy H
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Property: Taipei Ximen Zebra Apartment
Address: No.13 Lane 29, Xichang Street, Wanhua District, Taipei 10847, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Taipei
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #501 of 566 Hotels in Taipei
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Number of rooms: 5
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