Home to 2.7 million people, Taipei is the most populated city in Taiwan, so it’s no surprise that with such a large population it’s also thick with history and culture. From its spectacular food and markets to its breathtaking views and skyline, Taipei is a hotspot for travellers. But with so many exciting areas to stay in, with accommodation ranging budget to luxurious, how can you decide where to stay in Taipei? With its affordable and convenient public transportation, you’re never too far from anything, but here are the 7 of the best places to stay in Taipei to help you decide where to stay!
This area isn’t the best spot for anyone on a budget, but if you feel like spending a bit more Yuanshan is a great area to stay in. Yuanshan has incredible mountain views, and is home to a beautiful park, the Taipei Confucius Temple and perhaps the most iconic and famous hotel in Taiwan, the Grand Hotel which sits extravagantly on Yuanshan Mountain on the northern side of Taipei. Built in 1952, and completed in 1973, this hotel was created to accommodate foreign ambassadors during Chiang Kai-shek’s rule. It resembles traditional Chinese architecture and is extraordinary down to the smallest detail. The hotel has hosted guests from all over the world, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela, and Margaret Thatcher. Rooms average ~$130 USD, but if you’re able to swing it, this hotel is a must for anyone visiting Taipei.
If you can’t quite manage a room at Grand Hotel, head a little further north into the mountainsides of Taipei, to Beitou. Famous for its hot springs and nature scenery, Beitou is a beautiful district in Taipei which is accessible by MRT and public bus routes, so it’s never too far from within Taipei. This area has a generous supply of hotels, museums, and parks which make it a great spot for the visiting traveller. This district offers a slower pace and a more laid back experience for anyone ooking to enjoy the best Taipei has to offer with fewer crowds.
A little further north of Beitou and at the end of the red MRT line lies the sea-side town of Tamsui. Tamsui has attractions including the Fisherman’s Wharf, Lover’s Bridge, and a few small beaches. It also has a large array of shops, restaurants, stalls, and more, which make Tamsui a perfect spot to stay while visiting Taipei. Experience the best of both worlds here, spending time in the bustling city centre as well as a more relaxed, beach side vibe!
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Zhongzheng and Da’an Districts
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Back down south towards the heart of Taipei lies the luxury shopping area of Zhongzheng. This area features a few shopping malls including a SOGO department store, loads of local and western restaurants, and some of the most luxurious apartments in all of Taipei. A couple of the more popular areas surround the MRT stops of Zhongxiao Fuxing and Zhongxiao Dunhua, which both run off the blue line. Da’an also hosts National Taiwan University (NTU). You’ll find a plethora of options to choose from when staying in this area. Zhongzheng and Da’an offer restaurants to satisfy any foodie, fast-paced and high-end shopping opportunities, and the chance to fit in with the local crowds.
Further south still, the southernmost district of Taipei in fact, is the Wenshan District. Here you’ll find the Taipei Zoo, the Maokong Gondola, and plenty of hiking opportunities along the southern mountainside. There are also parks and rivers dotted throughout this area, making it a great spot for the visitor wanting to get out and about while they stay in Taipei. Wenshan fits the needs of those travelers craving greenery and open spaces. After a day in downtown Taipei, Wenshan is the perfect getaway since it’s conveniently accessible by any means of transportation.
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A little northeast of the Wenshan District sits Xinyi. This district hosts many important buildings and areas, including the Taipei City Government and Council, Taipei 101, Taipei World Trade Center, the Taipei International Convention Center, and National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, just to name a few. This is a fairly high-end area with shopping malls and department stores, and many top-tier restaurants. This area is for the visitor who wants to see and enjoy Taipei’s more luxurious accommodation and be a stone’s throw from its iconic landmarks.
Ximen and Wanhua District
Back towards the center of Taipei, nestled alongside the Tamsui River, is the Wanhua District which hosts the Ximen area. Here you’ll find Ximending - a large pedestrian shopping and eating area, the Red House Theater, night markets, temples, and more. There is a large art and theatrical presence here, and its creative personality and artistic atmosphere is always popular with younger travellers. There’s plenty of fun and excitement to be had in this area, and it’s perfect for all types of visitors.
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