Taipei has a plentiful supply of mid-range and luxury hotels scattered all over the city, with hefty discounts available year round – however, beware of major trade shows such as Computex (May/June), which can lead to a shortage of rooms. Budget accommodation is also easy to find, with Taipei the only city in Taiwan that offers a decent choice of hostels. Most of the cheap accommodation is concentrated in the old city centre, but in recent years a new crop of hostels has emerged in Shida, near the major universities and plenty of nightlife.

With a bigger budget, where you stay will largely depend on your priorities: Zhongzheng and the area around the train station is the best base for getting around and convenient if arriving by bus or train, but Zhongshan is where you’ll find most of the mid-range hotels and several five-stars. This district is not quite as convenient for transport, but there’s plenty to eat and Zhongshan Road is one of the city’s more leafy (and upmarket) thoroughfares. Wanhua and Datong are historic neighbourhoods, good for temples and traditional food, but with less choice when it comes to hotels and a long way from the nearest nightlife. East Taipei, which includes Songshan, Xinyi and most of Daan district, is where the majority of luxury hotels are located – this is the modern financial and commercial heart of the city, as well as the location of its trendier restaurants and bars, and beds are priced accordingly.

Book through Rough Guides’ trusted travel partners

Taiwan features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

Cool Taipei: 8 tips for exploring the city

Cool Taipei: 8 tips for exploring the city

As the only democracy in the Chinese speaking world and the most progressive city for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia, a legacy of artists and activists have worked to ma…

19 Oct 2016 • Colt St. George insert_drive_file Article
10 street foods you need to try in Taiwan

10 street foods you need to try in Taiwan

Taiwanese xiǎochī, or “small eats”, are justly famed, and no trip would be complete without several street food feasts. Night markets are among the best …

11 Nov 2015 • Rough Guides Editors insert_drive_file Article
The best of the world's smallest countries

The best of the world's smallest countries

Qatar Jutting northwards into the Persian Gulf, Qatar is one of the world’s smaller nations (about the size of Yorkshire, England), but it is also the world…

29 Oct 2014 • Greg Dickinson camera_alt Gallery
View more featureschevron_right

Weekly newsletter

Sign up now for travel inspiration, discounts and competitions

Sign up now and get 20% off any ebook