Backpackers are flocking to the vibrant city of Taipei, with many of them opting to stay in hostels for cheap, fuss-free accommodations. But just because you’re cutting back on the costs doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on personality.
Nowadays, there are plenty of hostels that don’t just offer a reasonable price tag, but also a unique, memorable experience. If you’re wondering where to stay in Taipei where you can get both, check out our picks of the five coolest spots in the city.
Flip Flop Hostel – Garden/Main Station
Flip Flop is a hip hostel brand with two conveniently positioned branches in Taipei. Bright, colorful décor make the common areas in Flip Flop Hostel Main Station an inviting place to chill, while the expansive Flip Flop Hostel Garden offers charming areas both indoors and outdoors where travelers can hang out and socialize.
In both branches, guests have their pick of dormitory rooms and private suites. And while the vibe here is generally laidback, the staff also arranges live music and other fun events to mix it up and encourage guests to get to know each other.
Beds start at NT$325 at Main Station and NT$618 at Garden.
While it’s in the bustling heart of Taipei, it’s easy to forget inside the award-winning Star Hostel. Here, you can relax in the Instagram-worthy lounge area surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, lush plants, and warm wood furnishings. Featuring cozy sleeping areas, friendly staff, and free breakfast, Star Hostel is truly an oasis in the city center.
Head to the bar if you’re up for meeting new people as there’s always a lively crowd enjoying drinks at Star Hostel’s popular in-house bar. Enjoy some of the other activities that the hostel puts together for guests, such as film watching, day tours, and pub crawls.
Beds start at NT$550. Private rooms are also available starting at NT$1,400.
A lot of travelers consider Meander Taipei to be one of the best value accommodations and certainly one of the top hostels in Taipei. Located in the hip neighborhood of Ximending, it’s a skip and a hop away plenty of shopping and nightlife options.
The hostel’s clean, spacious rooms, complimentary toiletries, and amazing service are a treat, especially to weary backpackers who aren’t used to being pampered. If you run out of beds at Meander Taipei, try the brand’s second branch, Meander 1948 at Taipei Main Station.
Beds at Meander Taipei start at NT$500, while private rooms NT$1,520.
Space Inn Hengyang Branch
Interested in a space experience in Taiwan? Book a room at Space Inn Hengyang, where stepping through the door feels a little bit like getting transported into the Star Trek universe. The lounge area is particularly notable with futuristic-style chairs, glowing light fixtures, and dark walls.
The space-themed backpacker favorite offers male- and female-only dorms as well as mixed rooms, all of which are fitted with Wi-Fi and electronic sensor door locks. To wind down, Space Inn also has a Game Zone and an Internet Zone for free use of their guests.
Beds start at NT$560.
Rounding out our list is Originn Space, a hipster haven in Taipei that’s filled with vintage objects. Of all hostels in Taipei, it’s the most perfectly suited for a digital detox with minimal multimedia facilities, but plenty of books and vinyl records from the 60s and 70s to dive into. Free Wi-Fi is available for those who want to remain connected throughout their trip.
Best of all, OrigInn Space is located in the Dadaocheng neighborhood, near many tourist favorites like Ningxia Night Market and Ximending. Step out the door and discover the numerous markets, restaurants, and heritage and cultural sites around.
Rooms start at around NT$3,500.