Taiwan budget hotels review
Gosleep Hankou 高系旅 – SGD67
This is a budget hotel located in Ximen area. The hotel lobby is situated at the first level. Breakfast is included, and is served at the lobby area. To get to the rooms level, you have to tap your room card on a censor in the lift to reach the floor. This give added feeling of security. The room is big, in fact it is the biggest out of the three hotel that I stayed. However, the room has no windows. The bathing area is a semi-walled up area, which you can feel up, sit by it, and bath using a small heart shaped container, reminiscent of a japanese sauna. Free wifi is available, and signal strength is strong. Staffs are very friendly and polite. If you are going out of town, and will not be back for a night or two, you can choose to check-out, and deposit your luggage with them. In fact, they seem a little over-zealous in helping me look after my luggage. Luggages are kept at the hotel lobby out in plain sight though. However, it is next to the staff counter, and is monitored by CCTV. Take a right turn outside the hotel, and a right into a back alley, and you will find some nice snacks. One of my favourite is the Kebab stall right at the entrance of the alley. For NT55 you get a bun stuffed with ample barbequed chicken, tomato, and cheese.
ITrip Hotel – SGD63
This is another budget hotel in the Ximen area. It is located within a shopping center, which can be hard to find as signs are not very prominent. The shopping center is directly opposite the hotel lobby of Wonstar Hotel. Enter through the main entrance of the shopping center, walking straight and passing in between counters selling handphones, to reach the lift landing. After 10pm, the main entrance is closed, and you will have to enter through the back gate. This is off a back alley, the same one mentioned above, with the kebab seller. The lobby and rooms are located on the 9th level. Not easily found indeed. Initially, it feels a little sleazy but upon reaching the hotel lobby, it is much better. Hotel staffs are warm and friendly. Lobby is clean and brightly lit, with a dining area directly opposite it. Breakfast is included. Free wifi is available. The room is the smallest of the three. Our room has no windows. Bathroom has a separate bathtub and shower area. Very interesting. Overall a nice cosy, no-frills hotel. Luggage deposit service is available and feels safe.
Ximen Hotel – SGD66
This is quite an old hotel, definitely the oldest out of the three. It faces the main road, hence is the easiest to find. However, it is also feels the most sleazy of the three, as it also charges per hour. The hotel reception is not on the first floor, making it easy to miss it. Instead, it is situated at the fourth level. Upon reaching the reception, there were many couples hanging around, some smoking, others speaking very loudly. This really adds to the bad vibes the hotel is sending out. Staffs are not very polite. The luggage deposition room doesn’t feel safe too, as people seem to be walking in and out of the room. My room is located one story above the reception The room is old, and definitely need touching up. Toilet comes with a bathtub, but with stains on it. Room has a window which opens up to the buzzing of air conditioner units. The room has a coach swing, which adds some novelty. Room cleaning is not prompt too. On my second night stay, the room was not made up at all. However, the cleaning aunty, did come over to replace the towels, water and top up the complimentary coffee and tea. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the room, apart from the toilet. I wonder why…