While we are normally two travelling together, this time we were three, introducing our friend Kathy to a country we fell in love with on our first visit a couple of years ago.
We knew from our last visit that accommodation in Taipei is both expensive (when compared to accommodation in South East Asian cities), and small - much like Singapore. With three people we really needed a couple of rooms (three women and one bathroom is never going to result in a quick start to the day), we wanted a little bit of space for a better night’s sleep (did you know they estimate up to 45% of people snore - lol)…
After much research we discovered Jiizu Hostel, and it was simply perfect!!
Jiizu Hostel offers dorm and private rooms. They have rooms with and without windows, small rooms suitable for one or two people, and larger rooms fitting up to four people. With very reasonable prices we were able to afford to get a private room each - three women with three bathrooms is even better than three women with two bathrooms… And a room each meant no chance of disturbing each other during the night.
We opted for studio rooms with windows, small at around 10m2 (110 square feet), but perfect for one person (to be honest while possible for two people to share, you would spend much of your time tripping over each other or crawling up on the bed to get out of each other’s way). There was just enough room at the end of the bed to fit a small suitcase or large duffle case, and a little bit of space along the side of the bed which easily fits carry-on luggage.
We had three rooms next to each other. Each included a double bed, mini fridge, kettle, TV, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and private bathroom. There is a small space for hanging clothing, and a wall mounted work-bench with drawer - plenty big enough for a laptop. The only thing missing that we would normally like in a hotel room is an in-room safe, but that didn’t really pose a problem.
Our beds were super comfy, with very clean sheets, and lovely squishy pillows. We didn’t experience noise issues from nearby rooms, other than the usual doors closing in a hotel corridor. There was quite a bit of traffic noise from outside, but that’s not entirely unexpected in a big city like Taipei - we travel with earplugs. For future stays we would likely choose the internal studio rooms (no window so no traffic noise, and a little larger at nearly 13m2 or 135 square feet).
The bathrooms were compact but well laid out, and spotless. The shower (with rainshower head) is semi open so the floor of the room does get a little wet, but that didn’t cause us any issues. We each had plenty of hot water for our showers!
The hostel offers a communal kitchen with a couple of microwaves, hotplate, crockery and cutlery, sink, and shared fridge. A couple of shared computers are available to guests, and there is the biggest cuddliest teddy bear sharing some couch space in the small lobby space. Jiizu’s lobby / check in desk is located on the first floor (for those using US floor numbering, the second floor), accessed either via staircase or lift. As an added bonus, Jiizu Hostel offers coin laundry facilities - two washing machines and one dryer, at very reasonable prices.
Jiizu hostel has limited reception hours (7am-10pm), however self-service check-in is available outside manned hours. We were scheduled to arrive at Taipei Taoyuan Airport at 8:15pm so were not sure we would be at the hotel before 10pm. We emailed the hostel and confirmed that our room keys would be available to us on arrival for self-service check-in, we simply needed to visit reception before checking out so formal check-in records could be completed; so easy!
Location wise, Jiizu was perfect. We were 280 metres to exit 1 of Nanjing Sanmin train station, and in the opposite direction just 900 metres to Taipei Arena Station exit 5. There is a Family Mart just 9 metres from the hostel’s entrance, and a 7Eleven 100 metres away. The area is home to plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, ATMs and more. Using Taipei’s awesome public transport system there is easy access to everything else Taipei has to offer.
We loved our stay at Hostel Jiizu and can honestly say next time we visit Taipei it will be our first choice for accommodation! It’s not for you if you want space and fancy facilities, but if you just want a clean, safe, comfortable place to rest your head without breaking the bank, it is perfect!