Taipei is the bustling capital of Taiwan, best known for the distinct bamboo-inspired Taipei 101. Visitors pour into Taipei for shopping in districts such as hip Ximending and for gluttony in markets including the famed Shilin Night Market and Raohe Night Market.
Visiting this bustling city soon? Your accommodation choice will be crucial to ensure that you enjoy the trip that you worked for. So here’s a guide on where to stay in Taipei for the best experiences, organized by six districts – Zhongzheng, Wanhua, Da’an, Shilin, Zhongshan, and Xinyi.
Where to stay in Taipei: Best areas
1. Zhongzheng District
This district of Taipei is for the history lovers! Here you can find Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, which is a beautifully-designed open space amidst this bustling city. You can also wander through Huashan Creative Park to enjoy an afternoon picnic, browse the craft stores or watch an independent film. This area is also home to many other historic buildings, so if you’re interested in learning more about Taiwan’s history, then this is the district for you!
Hotels in Zhongzheng, Taipei
Morwing Hotel: Best hotel for funky wall murals
The truly fabulous Morwing Hotel features a long menu of rooms with original wall murals that you can pick and choose from. Room 512 is Magic of Space and features zooming rockets and shooting stars, while young princesses might enjoy a stay in Room 407 with a mural telling a mermaid’s tale, or check out the City Maze room plastered with psychedelic images of Taipei 101. From sunfish to butterflies and vistas of Rome, the designs are endlessly fun, so take your time browsing before you choose!
Taipei attractions near Morwing Hotel: For a little nature break in the city, check out 2/28 Peace Park, built to honour the victims of the 2/28 Taiwan tragedy. Make an expedition to the National Taiwan Museum inside the 2/28 Peace Park to learn more about the history of Taiwan.
Address: No. 8號, Nanyang Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100
Rooms start at RM147 per night
Getting there: 10-minute walk from Taipei Main MRT Station (Exit Z10)
Taipei M Hotel Main Station: Best hotel for travel access
You won’t regret the unbelievable location of this hotel! It’s 270 metres from Taipei Main Station which is the major hub of the MRT lines. From there, you can get buses and trains to other parts of the city. It also contains a mall and a cinema. This hotel is perfect for business travellers and those looking to catch all the sights! You get a beautiful array of room choices, free Wifi, and also a fitness centre, a sun terrace, and refreshment bars!
Taipei attractions near Taipei M Hotel Main Station: You can walk in almost any direction and find cool bars, cafes, and restaurants, and National Taiwan Museum isn’t too far away. Be sure to head to The Red House bar area in Ximen (exit 6), and walk down past 2/28 Peace Park to get a look at the National Taiwan Library!
Address: No. 64, Sec. 1, Hankou St., Taipei, 100, Taiwan
Rooms start at RM192 per night
Getting there: 10-minute walk from Ximen Station exit 4
2. Wanhua District
Wanhua is host to one of the most vibrant parts of Taipei: Ximending. This is where the younger, student crowd spends their evenings. The streets are always buzzing with activity with street performers, shaved ice shops, clothing boutiques, street food, and of course the outdoor bar scene by The Red House. Ximen is a great place to get some traditional Taiwanese treats such as mango shaved ice as well as catch a movie, and then hit up a KTV!
Hotels in Wanhua
Airline Hotel: Best hotel for those with First Class flat-bed envy
Have you flown to Taipei on a budget airline and arrived feeling dishevelled and depressed? Have you felt green with envy at all those Business Class types turning left towards their huge seats on an A380? Well, now’s your chance for an equaliser. Stay at Airline Inn and enjoy a flying themed visit with cabin crew at the check-in desk, rooms featuring huge beds modelled after First Class flat beds, and corridors with windows showing clear blue skies and clouds shooting past. Underneath all the airline drama, rooms here have very good value given the space and facilities.
Taipei attractions near Airline Hotel: When you feel like checking back into planet earth, spend the day in Ximending, developed by the Japanese in 1908 as an entertainment and consumer district. The area is now known as the “Shibuya of Taipei” and is the hangout area of the city’s cool folks who shop, snap selfies and drink the night away in the district’s many cafes and bars.
Address: 8F. No 144, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd
Rooms start at RM200 per night
Getting there: 5-minute walk from Ximen Station, exit 6
Swiio Hotel: Best hotel for hipster art & trips to Longshan Temple
Located in swinging Ximending, this hip hotel features corridors and rooms decorated by local artists. Expect cutting edge graffiti, hand-painted wall murals and a variety of graphic arts throughout the hotel. Rooms are super comfy and feature kettle, fridge and plenty of hip touches. The triple rooms are ideal for groups of friends and make for a bargain stay.
Taipei attractions near Swiio Hotel: Once you’ve exhausted the distractions of Ximending, take a walk to Longshan Temple, built in 1738 by settlers from China and used as a meeting point for migrants from Fujian. The temple is one of the largest and oldest in Taiwan and has survived numerous wars and earthquakes and is a good point for touching base with Taipei’s spiritual side.
Address: No.72, Sec. 2, Wuchang St
Rooms start at RM186 per night
Getting there: 8-minute walk from Ximen Station
3. Da’an District
Similar to Xinyi, although a bit more residential, Da’an is still a big hub for Western expats. Here, you will find amazing cocktail bars, cute artsy cafes, and small clothing boutiques. If you want a great traditional experience but don’t have the time to go too far to the outskirts of Taipei, then go check out the Jade and Flower Markets which are positioned in this area under an expressway. Wander through beautiful Da’an Park, which is especially beautiful in autumn, for a lazy afternoon of picnicking and frisbee. This area is for the traveller who wants that mixture of city and suburban life.
Hotels in Da’an
Shangri-la’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel: Best hotel for luxury travellers
Located near both the Brown and the Red Lines, Shangri-la’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel is a great place for those wanting to be in the Western part of the city with easy access to travel around. At this hotel, you will find excellent views and modern designs mixed with traditional. You can eat and drink at the hotel’s nine different restaurants and bars or you can exercise or freshen up in the beautiful health club and salon and spa!
Taipei attractions near Shangri-la’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel: From here, you can walk to Da’an Park and spend a sunny day relaxing by the pond. You can also check out the recently-opened Redpoint Brewing Company Taproom for high-quality Western food and beer brewed right here in Taipei!
Address: 201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei 10675 Taiwan
Rooms start at RM913 per night
Getting there: 0-minute walk from Technology Building Station on the Brown Line
4. Shilin District
This is probably one of the most popular travel destinations for Taipei visitors. That’s because this area is home to Shilin Night Market, the most if not the second-most popular night market in the city. You will get the foodie experience of a lifetime by wandering through the varied stalls in the evening.
This area is more residential, but you will still find a lot of cocktail bars to suit your taste. This is also a very Western area, with Taipei American School and Taipei European School not being too far off. So, if you want to experience more Western stores, bars, and restaurants, this is your spot.
Hotels in Shilin
The Tango: Best hotel for a stylish yet simple feel
Here you can be a casual traveller without having to stay in hostels or cheap hotel rooms. You can still retain convenience and access to the great parts of the city. This hotel is just outside of Jiantan Station on the Red Line. It’s great if you need to mix business with travel, but even if not, the rooms are comfortable and well-designed. Each morning, enjoy an amazing breakfast buffet!
Taipei attractions near The Tango: You can walk to Shilin Night Market or even take the MRT one stop up to Shilin. The hotel is located not far from National Palace Museum, and there is a great nightlife area next to Yuanshan Station (one stop behind) at Maji Square.
Address: No 16-6, Jihe Rd., Shilin Dist., Shilin District , 111 Taipei, Taiwan Rooms start at RM487 per night
Getting there: Get off at Jiantan station (you can see it from the station!)
Dandy Hotel Tianmu: Best hotel for Art Deco style & Shilin Night Market
In an upmarket neighbourhood and housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, the Dandy is one of the city’s best mid-range options. With 54 rooms, it still manages to offer personal touches and rooms are well-equipped with huge TVs and fast internet access. Downstairs is the X-Café, opened in collaboration with TEDx Taipei, serving up good international food and cocktails in its alfresco space.
Taipei attractions near Dandy Hotel Tianmu: The hotel is near a number of major Japanese department stores such as Dayeh Takashimaya and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi. It’s also a 10-minute cab ride from Shilin Night Market, Taipei’s most famous night market where you can wander the maze-like alleyways lit up with red Chinese lanterns and enjoy celebrated Taiwanese snacks such as oyster omelette, Chinese sausages and great chunks of fried chicken.
Address: No. 2, Ln. 728, Sec. 6, Zhongshan N. Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111
Rooms start at RM278 per night
Getting there: 20-minute walk from Zhishan Station
5. Zhongshan District
Zhongshan District is a wonderful place for tourists looking to be near everything but doesn’t necessarily need the flashy nightlife or expensive restaurants. In Zhongshan District, you can find lovely riverside parks as well as the Miramar Ferris Wheel. It’s a good place to go if travelling with family. The National Palace Museum which hosts an amazing Chinese art collection is just a little farther north and is a great place for history buffs.
Hotels in Zhongshan
Grand Hotel: Best hotel for history buffs
After Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan in 1949, he realised that accommodating foreign dignitaries in Taipei would be a challenge as there simply weren’t enough quality hotels, and from this realisation, the Grand Hotel was born. This old dame stands at 87 metres and is one of the highest classical Chinese buildings in the world and was also the tallest building in Taipei until 1981.
Having entertained notables including Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Lee Kuan Yew (a big fan who stayed here 14 times – he even had the hotel butler accompany him throughout his trips to Taiwan!) and Margaret Thatcher, the Grand has a few stories to tell. It even has a set of mysterious underground tunnels and was used in scenes of Ang Lee’s fantastic 1994 movie Eat Drink Man Woman. Currently, the rooms are looking a bit faded, but that’s the price you pay for staying somewhere with such a historical pedigree. It is perfect for families too, complete with a pool, a range of restaurants and good value rooms.
Taipei attractions near the Grand Hotel: The excellent Taipei Fine Arts Museum is a short walk away, as is the quirky Tudor style Taipei Story House with its tea rooms and cultural exhibits. If you’re in need of a bit of fresh air, take a stroll around Dajia and Yingfeng Riverside Parks and enjoy the beautifully lit-up Dazhi Bridge after dark.
Address: 1, Zhongshan N. Rd., Sec.4
Rooms start at RM376 per night
Getting there: The hotel offers frequent free shuttle bus services to a number of MRT stations including Yuanshan and Dazhi
Hotel Quote: Best hotel for trips to Xingtian Temple & visits to fortune tellers
Situated in the pulsating heart of downtown Taipei, the understated wood tones and metallic features used in award-winning boutique Hotel Quote offer a soothing and sophisticated respite from the noisy streets. The distinctly hushed masculine tones continue into the 64 rooms which are spacious, practical and ooze charm. Coffee fans will get all swoony with the Nespresso machines in each room (more expensive rooms feature BOSE stereos). The communal lounge is open 24 hours and has free snacks, drinks and fruits to chomp on and Mac workstations for you to catch up with your life. Grab a room on a higher floor for twinkling city views.
Taipei attractions near Hotel Quote: In the daytime, take a walk to Xingtian Temple, one of the city’s most important centres of traditional folk worship. If that tickles your fancy, you’ll find also enjoy the small underground street of fortune tellers on Minquan East Road. In the evenings, check to see if there are any concerts happening at the Taipei Arena, a popular venue for Korean and Japanese superstars.
Address: No 333, Nanjing East Road
Rooms start at RM365 per night
Getting there: 5-minute walk from Taipei Arena Station
6. Xinyi District
Xinyi District is for the party folks. This is where gleaming skyscrapers reach for the sky, and Taipei 101 towers over them all. You can enjoy a wonderful view of the city from Taipei 101’s Observation Deck; just make sure it’s a clear day! This part of the city hosts a number of swanky clubs and lounges for those wild nights out. Shoppers should also book hotels in this area as the shopping malls are most concentrated here. You can find everything you need from Gucci to H&M from within the Walls of The Breeze Center or ATT4Fun. There is plenty to see here from tree lights to street performers and holiday decorations if you happen to go during a Taiwanese or Western holiday.
Hotels in Xinyi
Eslite Hotel: Best hotel for designers, book worms & creative souls
Designed by renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito, this new 104-room hotel features design features from Taipei of the 1930s, 40s and 50s with each hotel room featuring black and white photography of the city, gorgeous modern interpretations of retro furniture, high ceilings and eye-popping downtown city views. The innovative design continues into the restaurant which features 7,700 red bricks divided into 22 walls based on four design patterns, which provides a feast for the eyes over dinner. The hotel also has a reading room packed full of tomes on art, design, innovation and architecture and a number of areas displaying quality modern art.
Taipei attractions near Eslite Hotel: Those with artistic tendencies will enjoy exploring The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and the Red Dot Design Museum, which are both just a short walk away.
Address: 98 Yanchang Road
Rooms start at RM925 per night
Getting there: 11-minute walk from Taipei City Hall Station
W Hotel Taipei: Best hotel for cutting edge design, shopping in Xinyi & trips to Taipei 101
If you feel like a weekend splurge in Taipei, the W Hotel is the place to do it. The hotel is one of the design icons of the city with a distinctly futuristic motif throughout. The careful use of dancing lights and contemporary design features make for an eye-pleasing stay. The menu of room choices reads from Spectacular which offers views of the towering Taipei 101 and an indoor terrace with lounge and mixologist lab with glass bar, to Cool Corner, an L-shaped room with amazing city views, traditional Chinese chairs and quality facilities and furnishings. The rooftop pool is the place to get your Taipei bearings before disappearing into one of the hotel’s many top notch bars and cafes.
Taipei attractions near W Hotel Taipei: If you can bear to leave the building, you’ll find yourself in Xinyi District, home of Taipei 101 and the city’s prime retail district where you can do some serious shopping. Get the most out of your visit with a trip to the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall. A trip to the 89th storey Taipei 101 Observatory is also a must; the lift goes up 1010 metres in a hair-raising 40 seconds and brings you to amazing city views.
Address: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Xinyi District
Rooms start at RM1251 per night
Getting there: 2-minute walk from Taipei City Hall Station
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