In the last few years, Taipei, Taiwan has run a massive tourist campaign all over the world, but particularly in Asia. With tourists to Taipei increasing by more than 10% every year, many tourists to the Taiwanese capital stay in cheap independent boutique hotels rather than yet one more chain. Independent boutique hotels in Taipei have been on the rise, with several hundred now open and more opening monthly.
Like anywhere, some independent hotels in Taipei are world-class, some not so much. With these three best cheap boutique hotels though, any traveler wanting a unique experience will have an incredible stay.
Hotel Eight Zone – One of the top independent boutique hotels in Taipei, Hotel Eight Zone is a design hotel that just happens to offer gorgeous accommodation for an relatively inexpensive price.
Designed in a contemporary style, unlike most other hotels, Hotel Eight Zone chose to use only Taiwanese products, which is why Hotel Eight Zone looks so unusual. Guest rooms are minimalist and modern, but spacious and stunning, and feature 42″ flat screen TV with satellite, in-room Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe, mini refrigerator, humidifier, and bathrooms with separate showers. Room rate includes a buffet breakfast.
The hotel’s restaurant is already becoming a hit with Taipei’s in-crowd, as it’s chic, funky and cool and the food is great too. Plus, guests rave about how friendly and helpful the staff is. In fact, this Taipei independent hotel is so popular you’ll have to book a couple of months in advance.
Room rates begin at $110 a night on up, but the hotel does run packages and promotions so check their website first before booking.
Dandy Hotel, Daan Branch – Another lovely Taipei boutique hotel is the Dandy Hotel Daan. With its cool name and even cooler interior, the Dandy Hotel, Daan branch is well on its way to becoming so popular you’ll never get a room.
At the Dandy Hotel Daan branch guests will love the minimalist yet clean and fun design. They’ll love the guest rooms even more.
Each of the 70 rooms are based on a natural theme and feature a flat screen TV with satellite and DVD player, in-room Wi-Fi, coffee and tea makers, and hairdryer. The hotel also has computers and internet in the lobby, there’s a laundry room, and a laundry service and the room rate includes an extensive buffet breakfast.
The hotel is located in the Daan Park area of Taipei, not far from shopping and dining venues and close to a local train station. Nightly room rates begin as cheap as $115 for a double room. There are also two other Dandy Hotel locations but this is an independent chain.
Riviera Hotel – Completely different in style, the Riviera Hotel is much more sumptuous and more traditional than the first two independent hotels, but still as beautiful.
At the Riviera Hotel, the mood is a little more somber but cozy, with guest rooms that feature Wi-Fi internet, flat screen TV, in-room safe, coffee and tea maker, mini bar, bathrobe and slippers and designer toiletries.
The hotel is known for its Prime Rib Steakhouse, as well as for its Chinese banqueting, afternoon teas, its Terrace Lounge and, of course, its Yacht Club bar. With so many dining choices, you may never leave the hotel.
Don’t miss using the Riviera’s fitness center too. It’s on the rooftop with stunning views; something lovely to look at while you’re working out.
Room rates at the Riviera Hotel begin at $100, which includes a delicious buffet breakfast. No wonder this independent hotel gets such rave reviews.