East Asia

Stylish design hotels in Taipei (city centre)

By , September 01, 2016

We’ve selected the design hotels in Taipei based on their interiors and all-round cool factor (gauging quality of food, coffee, toiletries) in the central districts of Datong, Zhongshan, Wanhua, and Xi Men Ding. For each hotel we list hotel highlights, tried-and-tested tips, and what to see in the neighborhood.

Bee House Taipei

Datong District

Scandinavian design with quality wooden furniture accentuated by the constant stream of sunlight in the room.


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Highlights : Start your day right with breakfast (guests unanimously say it’s delicious) and for pick-me-ups at anytime of the day there’s baked goods and coffee at the hotel’s cafe. End your day at the top-floor gym where you can enjoy a view of Taipei at night.

Tips : On a birthday trip? Stay at Bee House Taipei as guests have said the staff go above and beyond to make your extra day special (and you’ll get to try the cake from the cafe).

Neighborhood : The Q Square mall, next to the main train station, is a five-minute walk from the hotel as is the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. The Taipei Artist Village is a 15-minute walk from the hotel for which visitor information can be found here.

U Hotel

Zhongshan District

For everything you left at home, U Hotel‘s got your back! And the food!

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Highlights : Offers the staple Taiwanese beef noodles and afternoon tea from 2.30 pm to 5 pm. Coffee lovers will get perked up even without a shot of coffee when hearing Julius Meinl coffee is served at the hotel. International sockets (thank god), and family friend amenities including baby cots (full list here) are available from the front desk.

Tips : Book ahead as there are only 8 rooms! Good for families as set in a quiet neighborhood.

Neighborhood : From the hotel the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan is a four-minute walk, Suho Memorial Paper Museum is a 10-minute walk, and Siping Street is a 15-minute walk.

Check Inn


Complimentary breakfast and table football!

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Highlights : You don’t need to pack your own organic shampoo and body wash as Check Inn‘s bath products are all organic. The exposed, brick interior walls and wooden crate furniture give the space an industrial feel which helps set the urban holiday mood for your city-break, and lads…there’s table football in the cafe!

Tips : Request a quiet room if you want your R&R after a long day traipsing around Taipei. And as non-hotel guests frequent the hotel’s cafe we recommend making a reservation if you want to stay-in for dinner.

Neighborhood : There are lots of Chinese and Japanese restaurants within a 10-minute walking radius from the hotel or, if you don’t want to walk, you can hop on the MRT (the Xingtian Temple Station is literally right across from the hotel).


amba Taipei Ximending

Xi Men Ding

Eslite bookstore is in the same building as amba Taipei Ximending and a PlayStation and Apple TV can be borrowed from front desk.

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Highlights : Have the ultimate healthy living experience with green wood floors, natural cotton textiles, and locally produced ginger-scented bath gels. Find the technological comforts of home in your hotel room with high-speed data transfer rates. The hotel also has DJs every Friday and Saturday evening.

Tips : Don’t stop yourself from falling in love with the hotel’s bath set as you can purchase more to take home with you at the front desk. Also note that the room sizes range from 27 to 107 square metres so you can book according to your travel party size.

Neighborhood : The Raohe Night Market is a five-minute walk from the hotel as are Taipei 101 and the Xinyi shopping district, and the Ximending MRT Station is within a 10-minute walk.

CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III

Datong District

CityInn Hotel Taipei Station Branch III‘s design was created in collaboration with Quicksilver. Also, there’s a LOT of free stuff for guests!

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Highlights : Guests can have an unlimited amount of iced milk or lemon tea. Other freebies include use of the hotel’s 24-hour kitchen and 24-hour laundry room as well as complementary on-demand movies available in-room. Also, for you toilet fanatics, be pleased to know you’ll have elaborate Japanese toilets with advanced features such as seat warming. Oh and the fun designs of course!

Tips : While breakfast isn’t provided by the hotel (something’s gotta give with all the free stuff) there’s tons of places for food around the hotel with a lot of foods cheaper than in Singapore.

Neighborhood : From the hotel, the Taipei Main Station is a five-minute walk, the Ningxia Night Market is a nine-minute walk, and Dihua Street is a 16-minute walk.

CityInn Plus Ximending Brach

Xi Men Ding

We love that CityInn Plus Ximending Branch is making a name for “high-end” budget hotels. The “plus” category of CityInn hotels is considered the “luxury-end” of the budget-hotel group.

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Highlights : Free in-room/and throughout hotel WiFi and impeccably friendly staff.

Tips : Ideal for groups for the spacious rooms and travellers on a longer-duration trip for its budget rates, comfort, and ability to do laundry.

Neighborhood : Right at Hsimen MRT station – Taipei’s own “Harajuku” owing to the area’s various Japanese fashion stores. Zhongshan Hall, Red House Theater, and Tianhou Temple are also nearby.