I stayed here 4 nights, and wow, I felt lucky to have found this hotel for my first trip to Taipei. This hotel reminded me of a really nice hostel except with private rooms. I liked it much better than the more prestigious and centrally located Cosmos Hotel where I stayed the night before.
Basically despite its budget price, the whole hotel was in great condition and nearly spotlessly clean, two things that matter a lot to me in a hotel.
On top of those, other positives:
- Friendly staff
- Free self-service laundry
- Lounge with indoor and outdoor seating, a computer, tea, coffee, and free sandwiches on Friday and Saturday (see picture)
- Room bathroom, especially rainfall showerhead
- I liked the location - see more below
What would make it even better:
- View from the room: My room faced another so I had to close my shade for privacy
- Room was very small but fine for one person with carry-on luggage
- Could hear noise in the hallway from my room, including elevator. Not enough to disturb my sleep.
- Lacking shared amenities of 4-star and up hotels like gym, spa, onsite restaurant, etc.
- A bit strict about check-in and check-out time; understandable for a fully booked hotel
- Could be even less expensive
Location within Taipei depends on what you're into.
On location benefits: I loved the surrounding neighborhood, and the hotel is about 100 meters from an MRT (subway) station on a line useful for sightseeing. The hotel is also a good jumping off point to many sights I wanted to see -- basically all of Tripadvisor's "Taipei in 3 Days" Day 1 activities.
If you most want nightlife, Elephant Mountain and/or the Maokong Gondola, you're best off staying near Taipei 101. This hotel is 40 minutes and more by public transport from all of that.
Lastly, worth knowing that this hotel has a sister hotel, Tango Inn Ximen. That's smack in the middle of a neighborhood known for shopping and gay bars, and closer to Taipei's urban sightseeing.