I stayed in this hotel from 19th to 24th December and I must say I'm left with pleasant memories, with minimal hiccups here and there.
Location:- The hotel is conveniently located about 2 mins away from Shuanglian MRT, which is 2 stops away from Taipei Main Station. Remember to get out via Exit 1 so that you won't have to cross the road back to the hotel. If you are coming from the airport, just buy a ticket at the Evergreen bus counter (150NT) and hop on the bus that comes once every 20 mins. The whole journey takes slightly less than an hour and you get down on your 3rd stop. Just inform the driver where you want to get off just to be sure.
If you want to go back to the airport after your stay, just wait at the same bus-stop. The bus comes by every 20 mins (you gotta flag it down) and you pay just before you get off the airport (150NT). It takes slightly longer from the hotel to the airport because the bus stops at more places.
The hotel is located opposite a hospital, but in case you think it'll be noisy, the number of ambulances on siren I heard at night numbered at most two, and the sound is quite muffled. You don't have to worry about traffic noise, especially if you are staying on a higher floor.
There are many quaint eateries surrounding the hotel. Check out the Lao Dong Beef Noodle shop located just opposite the Shuanglian MRT, it's good. From the hotel, turn left and walk straight, past the MRT, and continue for about 10 more mins, you will hit Ningxia Night Market. It's a small night market with two rows of food stalls, but enough to get a bite and also play some fun games.
There is a convenience store just a couple of steps away and to the right of the hotel entrance. Beside the convenience store is a police post, and it is pretty safe to walk around at night.
I stayed in their superior single room. It's small but cosy. If you plan to bring more than one luggage, I suggest you ask for a larger room. The only space I can find to put my luggage is at the foot of the bed near the door, and if I want to open the door, I've to close up my luggage else it's a squeeze.
The LCD TV is of a respectable size, with sufficient channels for you to kill some time at night before you sleep. There is also complementary bottles of water everyday in the fridge, plus a safe. The wardrobe is pathetic, with 2 hangers, so you might want to bring a few hangers in your own luggage if you want to hang out more than 2 articles of clothing.
Bathroom is big. There is a jacuzzi bathtub but I didn't use the jacuzzi feature as the wall socket where the wire leads out from has came off and I don't want to end up electrocuted in the bath. The bathtub is those standalone ones and water will splash out and soak the floor, a minor inconvenience for me but some might mind wet bathrooms.
The bed is cosy, and aircon is working well, except it gets too cold, but then again it'll depend on the season you are travelling, and I traveled in the cold season.
The rooms are generally noise insulated from each other. However, you can hear the voices of people when they are walking outside the corridor, and if you can hear them, they probably can hear you too.
If you ever get a room, ask for a high floor, and ask for one that is situated deeper inside. Every floor has 4 rooms, but one of the room is just situated right next to the lift. It's really strange and if you value more privacy, find a room that is located deeper in.
For this price, I must say that the hotel breakfast is good! The variety is not what you will get in those larger hotels. They serve the usual ham + egg, bread and buns, plain porridge with 3 side dishes (the variety changes everyday), coffee, tea, juice, hot soup and fruits. You get to eat a satisfying and hearty breakfast, and it is quite appetizing. You get free flow of coffee 24/7 also from the coffee dispenser.
In general, the hotel staff are very friendly and can speak pretty good English. There are a couple of maps available at the reception area. All in all, I'm satisfied with my stay and if you are on a budget, this is a wonderful place to park yourself at for a couple of days.
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