Dec 6, 2009

Our Taipei Accomodation

In our 3 nights and 2 days trip in Taipei (you read it right, its really 3nights and 2 days), we stayed in two budget hotels strategically located near the Taipei Main Station. These hotels are just wall away from each other.

Our first night was at Royal Hotel, it wasn't pre booked, we just walked in when we arrived from the airport at 2AM and fortunately got a decent room for two for the night. Our stay there was from 2AM to 2PM and paid NT1,250 (around 38 USD) . Fair enough ....

The place is no frills, pretty basic, clean and just 5 minutes away from the Bus Terminals and the Taipei Main Station. They have a TV, tea and hot water in the room and provides basic toiletries. I wouldn't ask for more for that price and wouldn't mind staying here again. The old guy at the reception is nice but only understands a little English.

On our second night, we transferred to Keymans Hotel, this one was pre booked from their website for NT1,720 with breakfast included.  It's adjacent to Royal Hotel. So upon check out at Royal Hotel, we immediately check in at Keymans. The check in process was fast  even though there are plenty of check ins during that time. We were given the room 601, just next to the elevator.

Our room at Keymans Hotel is a lot better and wider. The ambiance is cozier and more relax. The room has a wide screen TV, mini ref, bigger bathroom with toiletries, hair dryer and free mineral water, tea and coffee. However, there's no extra power outlet in the room. The one available was at the bathroom and it seems to not work with my battery charger but it does with my cousin. The front desk people can speak English, polite and very willing to help. There is available computer at the lobby with internet access and printer. They also allow free baggage deposit beyond your check out time. We check out at 12:30 noon, deposited our baggage until past 8pm.

Photo above is basically their breakfast menu. The free buffet breakfast is ample. I just had a hard time figuring out what ingredients to put in on the plain congee. The breakfast area can really get crowded, so there's a possibility you'll have to wait until a table is available.

This is the entrance to Keymans Hotel, next door is Royal Hotel and then Go City Inn, and then the convenience store Family Mart. This location is really perfect for Taipei first timers, aside from the 5 minute walk away from the Taipei main station, within the area are numerous eateries, fastfood joints like Mc Donalds, Starbucks, etc, and several Malls.

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