Taiwanese hotels, hostels, dormitory bunk beds look pretty similar to those in other Asian countries. They are either very spacious and well equipped if you play a bit more or in case of dormitory rooms, the beds are structured in form of cages with a dividing screen to give you a bit privacy. Some look like catacombs, while others separate you from outside by a tiny curtain. Traveling offseason increases your chances that you may as well end up being the only occupant of the eight-bed dorm room.
Reception at 4am. Everyone fast asleep except me I guess. A small kitchen area with a kettle and sink sufficed before me setting off for a mountain adventure to the Yushan National Park. The reception was closed, of course, but some amenities were still available.
Ground floor hallway where we had laundry, bathrooms, storage room and staff room. Tiny but clean and tidy.
Ground floor hallway’s steps to the upper floor where the rooms were located.
Tainan hostel offered more than many hotels could do for this price. At my disposal, there was a huge kitchen area, the fresh bakery with jam, honey, choco spread. You could store your own food in the fridge. I did but forgot to take it upon leaving. It was a tasty mackerel if anyone wondered.
This is a view from the kitchen. You could enjoy your meal, whether it was breakfast, coffee or dinner at the end of your sightseeing day with friends, outside in the back garden with mellow music playing in the background.
Backyard garden with BBQ stall and stuff.
Water fountain if you get thirsty with your spicy food.
This is the alley to my hostel called something love, I don’t remember. The landlady was also running a small drink bar just opposite the hostel building. She was very helpful and offered a homemade bottled tea drink to suppress my thirst during my day out in the capital.
From my hostel to the main street. Once I unpacked and refreshed I was ready for some exploration. Outside the building, I met a nice English chap repairing his bike. It turned out he came to Taiwan for a visit twenty years ago, fell in love and stayed. Here you have, a movie love story.
The room was lovely, designed in 80’s style.
Spacious and warm it was. The shelves were filled with 80’s memorabilia. For those born in the 2000’s the film camera might look ancient, but that was used to capture a moment during travels. Just one click.
This hostel room offered a TV set, a fridge and a night table. Located on the first floor it also gave a nice view of the seashore. The landlords were the Taiwanese family. The lady was warm and smiling the man was distant and reserved. As they accepted money only (portable card reader would not recognise my Visa) I had to take a long walk to the nearest ATM point.
A rather comfortable bed and fresh white sheets. That would do for three nights.
Nice clean bathroom with shower area built in.
This is the main entrance. It may look nothing like hotel’s or hostel’s but once inside you start to feel the vibe.
This hostel was one of the finest and most luxurious places for such a small price. Yes, it was offseason but I was again the only guy in the dormitory room, which by the way looked very modern and sophisticated. The hostel was run by a young Taiwanese who was probably new to the business and was just happy to have anyone checking in.
Most hostels try to be original and welcoming to their guests. They come up with funny rules or reminders. This hostel was no exception, and I like it.
Massive room with eight beds. A big TV set, wardrobe, lockers and a very sophisticated bathroom with additions for the disabled.
The bunk beds were like capsules. Wide and comfy with think curtains to give you extra privacy. A night lamp and two phone chargers were also available. This whole room was exclusively mine for a few days. You had total privacy but lacked companionship of other travelers, of course. Each to their own.