Taiwan is not just about Taipei. In my week-long stay in this underrated country, I’ve explored a few places. One thing I like about traveling in Taiwan is, it’s quite affordable and there’s a wealth of budget hotels in Taiwan that are clean and stylish. Choosing a place to stay can be quite mind-boggling, so here’s a list of some of the best budgets hotels in Taiwan, from Taipei to Hualien, to Taitung and Kaoshiung. Check the room rates and guest reviews through the links below.
Disclosure: My trip to Taiwan was made possible by these hotels. But as always, all opinions here are my own.
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TAIPEI BUDGET HOTELS
02 HOTEL XIMEN
Conveniently located near Ximen Station and Ximending Youth Shopping District, 02 Hotel Ximen is a great choice for travelers. This is more like a studio /apartment located in a building, quite hard to locate as there is no name on the building. But I love the room here as it is spacious and clean, painted in cream with minimal décor which makes the atmosphere of the room calm and serene. My standard room is furnished with flat TV, refrigerator and washing machine. I wish they had microwave though so I could reheat my food. My bed was comfortable, a queen-sized bed, good for 2 persons, with a small seating area, pretty much like a small living room plus a balcony with a view of the surrounding areas. Towels and toiletries are provided. There’s Wi-Fi in the room.
02 Hotel Ximen has really polite and friendly staff too. Shout out to Den, who helped me a lot during my stay. He gave me ideas where to go and where to eat. Thankfully, this hotel is strategically located near Ximending area where restaurants and convenience stores abound. If you love shopping, Ximending Youth Shopping District is about a 10 minute walk.
As rooms in 02 Hotel Ximen are good for 2-4 persons, I’d recommend this for couples, family and friends traveling together. Read more details and guest reviews here.
O2 Hotel Ximen Branch
7F,No.81, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist, Ximending, Taipei
101 SINGLE BAR
101 Single Bar is good for solo travelers on a budget. This hotel is situated in Taipei’s business district, near Taipei 101. If you like dogs and cats, check out the adjacent pet shops. Beside the hotel there’s a bar, which is also owned by the hotel, in case you want to dine, try the famed Taipei beef noodles there. You can also grab food at the night market, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel.
The room is well-thought of, they used the small space smartly. My single room has a loft bed, good for 1 person supposedly, but me thinks it’s good for two. 101 Single Bar in Taipei also offers dorm rooms with bunk beds, for male and females. The bathroom is also shared, but they have like 3 bath rooms and toilets for every floor. Drinking water is free, there’s a water dispenser near the toilet area. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the room.
Room is provided with TV, electric kettle, hair dryer, alarm clock and slippers. Towels and toiletries are also provided. There’s a locker where you can place your stuff. Reception is at the bar, so you just leave the key in your room when you get out.
101 Single Bar
No.150, Section 2, Keelung Road, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
HUALIEN BUDGET HOTELS
One of my favorite hostels in Taiwan. Perfect for backpackers and budget travelers. The hostel is newly renovated. As you might have surmised, their design is cave-inspired, but the atmosphere is far from it, because it’s clean, serene and spacious. It’s like everything is spotless here, for a moment I thought I was in Japan!
The moment I checked-in, I knew I would have a nice stay. The staff are really pleasant and genuinely friendly. You have to leave your shoes in the lockers and use the indoor slippers they provide. There’s a red lift that can transport your luggage to the 2nd and 3rd floor in case you’ll be staying there. My air-conditioned room is shared, but it’s spacious, painted in white and the bunk beds that look like those in capsule hotels are quite spacious. Beds can accommodate 2 people, very comfortable and I especially love their soft comforters. If you’re worried about privacy, there’s a blind for each bed that you can pull down. The rooms at cave Hostel are also designed to help isolate noise, like your neighbor’s snoring.
Bathrooms and toilets are shared, available on each floor for both genders. Wi-Fi is complimentary. There’s a TV area and a work area at the top floor. Laundromat is also available for a minimal fee, in case you need to do your laundry. Lockers are available, located at the bottom of the bed. Breakfast is free. So if you think about it, the price is really cheap for the service you are getting!
Location is also convenient, near night market and convenience store and restaurants are stone’s throw away. You need to take a taxi though from Hualien Train Station to Cave Hostel for about TWD 100 (PHP 167/ USD 3.30/ SGD 5 ). Pretty easy to bike around the city as yellow bikes are available here too. Just make sure your Google Maps is ready. Overall, it was a pleasant stay.
No.248, Zhonghua Rd, Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan
TAITUNG BUDGET HOTELS
Home Rest Hotel
I fell for Home Rest Hotel because of their super pleasant and helpful staff, from the manager to the receptionist. I wish I stayed longer in Taitung. Home Rest Hotel is conveniently located in the city center, surrounded by restaurants, convenience stores and walking distance to the night market. Everything you need is within easy reach. Plus point is the bike that you can borrow to bike around Taitung City center. I biked to the beach, a nice place for hanging out in the afternoon and people watching. There are temples nearby that are worth a visit. Most of the local food favorites in Taipei are within easy reach too, so I went food tripping here.
The lobby is beautifully-designed, it’s motorcycle-themed. Looks like the owner is a big fan or motorbikes. My room at Home Rest Hotel is spacious, it has double beds. From my window, I can view Taitung city. The room is equipped with everything you need in a hotel- refrigerator, kettle, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, tea, coffee, TV, phone, hair dryer, bedroom sleepers and toiletries. There’s a table where you can work. In room Wi-Fi is complimentary. Breakfast is free, typical Taiwanese food and it’s really good! There’s also free coffee and biscuits for guests available at the pantry. Overall, I really like my stay here and I will surely return here to explore more of Taitung.
Home Rest Hotel
N0.132 ,Heping St.,Taitung County,Taiwan, Taitung City, Taitung, Taiwan
KAOSHIUNG BUDGET HOTELS
Tree House Hostel in Kaoshiung is not a budget hotel, but if you check their room rates, your jaw will drop! It’s quite cheap considering how posh their rooms are! It’s like staying in a luxurious hotel at a budget price!
Tree House Hotel is designed like a tree. The lobby is well-designed and every room has different themes. I find my room spacious, equipped with all the amenities you expect to find in a good hotel – TV, refrigerator, minibar, complimentary bottled water, tea and coffee, hair dryer, toiletries and bedroom sleepers. In-room Wi-Fi is complimentary.Breakfast is complimentary.
Tree House Hotel is pretty close to Formosa MRT Station as well as City Council Station. So it was easy for me to explore Kaoshiung attractions that are accessible by MRT and bus. The Liu He Night Market is also a 5 minute walk.
There’s a pool at the 6th floor, in case you want to take a dip. Interestingly, they also offer a free lesson for making chocolates (hello there chocolate lovers!) and you can eat it after. They also offer free lesson for planting and designing miniature cactus. I really enjoyed it!
Overall, this is one of my favorite hotels in Taiwan because of its convenient location and its price.
The Tree House Hotel
3F No.132, Liuhe 2nd Rd, Cianjin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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