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“Excellent Hotel, Value-for-money” 5 of 5 bubbles
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If Inn
Ranked #218 of 565 Hotels in Taipei
Singapore, null, Singapore
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Excellent Hotel, Value-for-money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Rooms:
I booked a four-person room, it's cosy and nice. TVs come fitted with cable channels, my parents enjoyed watching old Hong Kong movies when we're back in hotel after a long day's walk. Beds are great, although it's a bit tight to fit 2 queens sized beds into what seems like a 32 squared metre room (I'm not sure about the room size). We had to pack our luggages on the bed due to a lack of floor space to fully open our 28-inch and 24-inch luggages.

Although room is located on the 2nd floor, the double-layered windows have excellent sound-proofing capabilities from the traffic below. (sound-proofing so fantastic, we can even hear the air-con)


Service:
Service is excellent and hassle-free. We pre-arranged transport to and fro the hotel and Taoyuan airport, because I'm travelling with my parents and with a few luggage. It only costs me NT1200 (Airport -> Hotel) and NT1100 (Hotel -> Airport). Pickup and dropoff is no delay. Traffic condition is good, because we left airport at 2pm and reached hotel at around 2.40pm. On departure day, we left at 4.30pm and reached airport at 5pm. Please bear in mind traffic conditions, when arranging for transport during peak hours.

Staff are friendly and makes you feel welcome all the time, regardless of how busy they are, they will stop to speak to you and introduce new things around Taipei as much as they can, true to the friendly traits of a typical Taiwanese.


Location:
Hotel is located within walking distance from Dagiaotou (大桥头) MRT station, but would not advise to walk, if you are travelling with elderlies who may not be able to walk long distance, (about 600 - 700 metres). May not sound much, but after a long day out, you would want to reach your hotel quickly, so the "to and fro" is already more than 1km. If you wish, you may take bus 274 from Taipei Main Station (direction towards LuZhou - 泸州), only 5 bus stops (alight at BaoAn Street Entrance - 保安街口), you'll reach the bus stop opposite a 7-Eleven store. Walking to the hotel is less than 50m from this bus stop.


Meals:
Breakfast is convenient, they have a dining area downstairs that serves only breakfast, but it's pretty decent. Apart from the usual bread that you can toast and spread yourself, they also have the regular chinese fare, like fried noodles, nuggets, steamed dumplings and buns, etc. If these don't fit your appetite, "Wellcome" (supermarket) is just across the street, you can get you regular supermarket stuff from there. Otherwise, you may get regular Taiwanese breakfast from the store right next to the dining area, to get fried carrot cake, fried onion crepe and also fried dumplings, sandwiches, etc.

If you're returning to hotel mid-day to drop off your shopping loot before continuing the second round for the night, you can also consider having you lunch / dinner at a food stall just down the side side of the street as the hotel, towards the Dagiaotou MRT station route (about 150 metres - 200 metres) from the hotel. They have awesome pig's blood soup and fried chicken thigh and drumstick. Most of their dishes are delicious!

Nearby:
Apart from Wellcome Supermarket, Carrefour is also nearby. Just ask the staff how to go. Also, there is a "Ningxia Night Market" (宁夏夜市) (about 600 metres walk from the hotel), you can quell your hunger pangs at night by dropping by for supper. If you want to experience true morning market crowds at their wet market, there's also a market place nearby the hotel (about 400 metres from the hotel - towards Dagiaotou station direction), you can experience the morning market crowds and witness the everyday life of a typical Taiwanese by walking through that small street.


Interesting Fact:
Apparently, we found out from the driver who drove us to the Airport, that almost half the shops on that street belongs to the famous Taiwanese socialite, 许纯美. -.-'

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colorado
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

The If Inn was great, family of four, decent size room and nice bathroom, and all nicely updated. Breakfast downstairs included and proudly served by a very nice gentleman who loved to explain all the dishes to us, and also enjoyed watching our kids eat and then eat some more! Walking distance to metro station, and desk staff very helpful with suggestions, directions, anything we asked. We recommend the inn!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

The building this place is in has an unusual layout, it only occupies the first floor, there are businesses and other hotels on other floors. I mention this because currently there is some construction going on outside, which made for an unpleasant 8am Saturday wakeup call.

The rooms were quite small, and had nowhere to put luggage (as you can see from my photo) however you really cant complain for the money, it was clean and modern, with the exception of the TV which had no HDMI inputs.

The futuristic high tech toilet was a nice gimmick (see photos), being there when it was cold made the heated seat very much appreciated, and also made it a top location for writing reviews on trip advisor.

The internet at this place was off the chain, downloaded stuff at 3megs/second. For those uneducated that is top tier speeds and it also allowed torrent's.

Breakfast ended at 10am and was served in a small cafe on the street, a bit difficult to describe. It was half decent for a western breakfast, it had scrambled eggs, toast and ok coffee.

I think this place is really good value for money. Dollar for dollar it is one of the best places I have stayed in.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Simon L
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Manila
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

"If Inn" is one of the most comfortable boutique hotels I have ever stayed in. Their beds are so comfy I really didn't want to go out of the room anymore. Entrance to hotel was quite unusual but apart from that, everything is well.

I liked how they presented their breakfast on the ground floor cafe, simple and complete. Great value for money. You can always consider to take the bus below just a few steps away and drop at any MRT station, it is really a 10 - 15 min. walk to the nearest MRT station, so I would prefer taking the bus rather than walking.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank abetstone
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

"If Inn"

This will be my first choice hotel in Taipei .

Room - clean, got everything i needed. Smart designs which provided extra wifi service .(very useful for people on business trip.)

Location - super convenient, just a few minutes from Daqiaotou MRT station, and a great night market near by.

Service - loved the staffs, i would go out of my way to say that they DEFINE Taiwanese service industry. Helpful, kind and warm people.

櫃檯服務人員熱情的招呼,在走道遇到房務人員也都親切的問侯,讓我們倍感溫馨。除了軟體服務棒外,硬體的設備也相當用心,房間具設計感且一應俱全,更讓我驚訝的是提供免費的茶飲咖啡點心,讓旅客自行取用,讓出門在外的遊客能夠感到相當的自在。大推~~~台北自由行的朋友~~~ps.週邊機能超方便的啦~超商.宵夜.康是美.捷運.美食.什麼都有喔!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Helenbling
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

My family (2 adults and 2 kids, 5 and 7 yrs) stayed at the If Inn for two nights at the beginning of April 2013. We had stayed at the Dong Wu Hotel up the road (also very good!) the week before, but they were booked out due to the holiday weekend. we thought we'd give the If Inn a try as we wanted to stay in the area (local, which we liked, and close to MRT station - though taxis are so cheap and nice that we tended to use them).

The hotel is currently being renovated, and this was only partly complete, but up to the reception, which is on the first floor, we hardly noticed. The entry is a bit strange, which requires key access or buzzing reception, though it is possible that this is just a temporary arrangement until the renovations are complete. The room, which had two queen beds plus a small sofa and writing desk, though not large, was brand new, and had all the necessary equipment. There was a small but very nice bathroom (the kids loved the heated toilet seat!), and a pretty high tech security system, which an electronically locking door. (To be honest, this worried us a bit, in case of a fire). There was also free wifi.

The staff were wonderful and spoke English. Extremely helpful and friendly, giving us tips and happily helping us with taxis etc.

Only downside was that because the restaurant was not finished, the breakfast was take away sandwiches or similar, but the owner/manager (?) assured us that the renovations would be complete within the next few weeks. This will provide the usual in restaurant breakfast service once complete.

On the whole, although a bit quirky (mainly due to the first floor entry and reception area) the If Inn was great value for money and definitely worth a visit.

BTW whilst the website is in Mandarin, the photos from the online booking sites are accurate.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: If Inn
Address: 2F,No.197,Sec. 2,Yanping North Road, Taipei 103, Taiwan
Location: Taiwan > Taipei
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #218 of 565 Hotels in Taipei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — If Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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