I stay at hostels. ‘Coz I’m cheap. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

So this time around, in my nomad-ing, I stayed at three different hostels in Taipei (some I booked on the day, while at the airport, the high speed rail and the MRT, gotta love the Agoda app).

And I’m usually a solo female traveler. What that means is, that while I don’t ask for much, I ask for a female room. Because… reasons.

Another thing I look for is location. If you are a tourist or if you are a digital nomad (like me, that needs to get stuff done), staying at Taipei Main Station gives you access to pretty much all modes of transportation, several malls (underground and above ground), restaurants and all sorts of stuff (just trust me on this one).

So I’m going to rate these hostels on some rubric: cleanliness, staff friendliness, spacious (in terms of leg room and height, not that I’m a tall person, but you might be), people per room (although this one you can options), sound (1 for quiet as a mouse to 5 for needs some earplugs) and dodgy building (yes, because a lot of these hostels are in mix use buildings, and some can be quite dodgy on the outside; it’s 1 for dodgy and 3 for meh it’s alright). Other things to consider: locker, wifi (okay, this is pretty much a given, they all have it), female room (in this post, it’s all a yes), female bathroom, slippers, breakfast, and curtain (for privacy in your bunk beds).

I’ll rate them from 1 (meh) to 5 (awesome) or a plain yes or no. I’m not going to add price to the rubric, because they are all pretty cheap.

Let’s begin!

Pillow Hostel

This is one of the cheapest places I found. It’s okay, but a bit crowded.

Cleanliness: 😴😴😴😴

Staff Friendliness: 😴😴😴

Spacious: 😴😴

People per Room: 😴😴😴😴 (Although it’s technically, like not a room, it’s just a curtain between sections, so if people in the next section snores, you can hear it)

Sound: 😴😴😴😴😴 (but you can ask for free ear plugs)

Dodgy Building: 😴😴😴

Locker: ✅

Wifi: ✅

Female Room: ✅

Female Bathroom: ✅

Slippers: ❎ (but you’re not allowed to wear shoes past the entrance, you can go barefoot or buy slippers from them. yes, buy, so barefoot it is)

Breakfast: ❎

Curtain: ✅

Link: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1827659&hid=1374470

 

We Come Hostel

This place is hipster, I’ll give them that.

It even earned them an Instagram post from me.

Cleanliness: 😴😴😴😴

Staff Friendliness: 😴😴😴

Spacious: 😴😴😴

People per Room: 😴😴😴😴

Sound: 😴😴😴

Dodgy Building: 😴😴😴

Locker: ✅

Wifi: ✅

Female Room: ✅

Female Bathroom: ❎

Slippers: ✅

Breakfast: ✅ (a pleasant surprise, but you know, it’s pretty basic hostel toast, cereal, coffee type breakfast)

Curtain: ✅

Link: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1827659&hid=870083

Work Inn TPE

Apparently, they have a few branches in Taipei. They are also kinda hipster. And there location is by far the most convenient, it’s literally next to an MRT exit (their building actually have 2 more hostels in it).

Calling themselves Work Inn and all, I actually manage to catch up on some work while I was here.

Also I stayed here twice, so maybe that says something.

They also earned an Instagram post from me.

Cleanliness: 😴😴😴😴

Staff Friendliness: 😴😴😴

Spacious: 😴😴😴😴

People per Room: 😴😴😴😴😴😴 (technically a 6 person room, but on a Sunday night, I had the room all to myself, and on other days I only shared with 1 or 2 other people)

Sound: 😴

Dodgy Building: 😴😴

Locker: ✅ (but the one I got was beneath the bed, on the floor)

Wifi: ✅

Female Room: ✅ (actually, they have a female floor)

Female Bathroom: ✅

Slippers: ✅

Breakfast: ❎

Curtain: ✅ (they had roller blinds)

Link: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1827659&hid=914412

 

‘Coz I can’t always afford to stay at nice hotels (just kidding, I can never afford it, I just wait for free nights).

Staying at citizenM in Taipei: Room Tour

Until next time!

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