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Banana Hostel
Ranked #38 of 241 Speciality Lodging in Taipei
Oldenburg, Germany
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19 reviews
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“amazing place to stay”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

I had no expectations before coming to Banana Hostel, but if I would have had some they would have been surpassed by this hostel.

Not only is the location great (close to nightmarkets, shopping districts, excellent restaurants and cute cafes, a central metro stop, marvellous parks and beautiful tourist spots), the hostel outstandingly clean and the facilities very good (I especially enjoyed the roof terrace and made good use of the washing machine and the excellent wifi in all rooms), also is the atmosphere brilliant. It was easy to get in touch with other travellers and to profit from the local advice the welcoming and amazingly friendly staff gave.

I stayed in many hostels all over the world and this is by far the best I have ever been in.
I as backpacker value hostels where you can meet others easily, but have as well some time to calm down from overwhelming travel experiences.

In Banana Hostel the stylish furnished lobby and kitchen give space for exchange and meetings and the (huge!) bunk bed cabins in the wall with dark curtains guarantee privacy and a good night sleep.

I highly recommend this hostel to everyone who is travelling alone or with friends and to everybody who is seeking for a possibility to catch up on the Taiwanese atmosphere and hospitality.

Room Tip: Even the 16-bed-dorms in the Cool Banana Hostel give more privacy than 4-bed-dorms in other hostels...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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LexiHuang, 業者 at Banana Hostel, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
Hey Marie, thank you for such kind words, that's really much appreciated! And we are lucky that we really see you again in Banana! Enjoy your Taiwan trip!!
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Gwynedd, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

Banana was very clean and friendly with lots of public areas for meeting other travellers. Very cool, stylish vibe to the place, with really helpful staff. They have put curtains on the bunks so even in the mixed dorm (which has about 6 bunks) you still have privacy. Great location, right next to Dongmen MTR station, so easy to get everywhere. If i ever visit Taipei again, i will stay here!

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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LexiHuang, 業者 at Banana Hostel, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
We really appreciate that you can leave us a perfect review, and so happy to see you like our staff and design. Hope our city has given you the same felling. Welcome back to Banana!!
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Banana Hostel is very new so everything is very clean. (Well I reckon if it gets old it will still be clean ;)) The location is very central just 2 min walk to the nearest metro station. The area is very safe at night. (Taipei is basically very safe every where at night but Dongmen district feels like a relatively newer and hipper district) And the hosts are super helpful. We originally booked a twin room for 4 nights but there was something wrong with the room we booked and the owners had to repair it just before we got there. They were so nice to upgrade us to a bigger room with no additional charge for the first 2 nights. Because the nicer room was booked by someone else already for our remaining 2 nights, our hosts promised to find another room for us in other hostels and they did, very efficiently. They are really very helpful in the course of this and made sure we had a good stay. I'll definitely consider staying with them again next time I visit Taipei. For the room rate I've paid, this hostel is top-notch!

Room Tip: I took a look at the mixed dorm room and female dorm room and they are relatively small with bunk be...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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LexiHuang, 業者 at Banana Hostel, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
Thank you so much for your good review of us! We felt sorry that we couldn't accommodate you for your full stay, and hope it didn't make too much trouble for you...Maybe we can host you again when you come to Taipei, and we won't send you to another place,promise! hehe :)
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I loved this place. The owners were a pair of cool couple, spoke good english and were more than helpful all the time. Their helper Eric always had a smile on his place. The availability of laundry, soap, towels, clean facilities everything. They are good for all types of travellers, I swear! :)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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LexiHuang, Owner at Banana Hostel, responded to this review, 4 September 2013
That's a really good review for us, thank you so much!! And we are always encourged by the postive opinions, thank you for giving us that! We'll try to be better for every traveller, and wish you will come back again!
Lexi
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2013

I stayed at this hostel a few days ago. It's great in many many ways. I will bullet point all the things:

1. Very Centrally located and near many of the tourist sites. Only 5 minutes from a Metro. And just outside the hostel you can take the 22 bus to Taipei Main Station.
2. Very clean and very new. Nice new beds, new bed sheets and blankets.
3. Banana cake and Bananas available all day. Bread with jam, peanut butter and chocolate for breakfast.
4. They provide locker and key to store your things.
5. Bathroom is very clean and new.
6. Owners are very nice and helpful.
7. They even provide a washing machine to wash your clothes.
8. TV and Wifi available
9. Very quiet at night.

Now, the bad thing is that it's quite small. It's an apartment with just 10 beds. So sometimes there are few people around (in case you want to meet them). And then because there are only 10 beds, the hostel gets booked up very quickly. So I was only able to stay 1 night, because it was full the next night, and I actually wanted to stay 2 nights. So I had to leave and go somewhere else.

But otherwise an awesome place, and highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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LexiHuang, Owner at Banana Hostel, responded to this review, 4 September 2013
Dear Armin, your review is really helpful and detail, thank you for spending time on it! Also sorry for accommodating you only one night. We are trying to make our hostel bigger, so maybe when you come back next time, you can stay with us as long as you want, haha! Wish you will have a wonderful trip in Asia~
Lexi
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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013

I stayed at Banana the first time in October 2012 and loved it so much that I've stayed there other times! It's a short walk from the Dong Men metro stop and in the other direction is the Chang Kai-Shek Memorial.

There are lots of guide books and information on fun things to do. The owners are awesome people! They aren't always there but they are very helpful. I try to stay there any time I'm in Taipei.

Room Tip: The dorm is great! It's a 6 bed room and I always stay there.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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1 Thank Chinadoll219
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LexiHuang, Owner at Banana Hostel, responded to this review, 4 September 2013
Jessica!!!!! Thank you for the review, we miss you so much!!! It's nice that you moved to Taiwan, which means you can come to Taipei any weekend! We really espect your stay at Banana again, see you soon!!!
Lexi
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Shenzhen, China
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Banana Hostel is conveniently located, clean and comfortable. My boyfriend and I stayed here our first night in Taipei and we loved it. Also, there is free home made banana bread, bananas and breakfast! Definitely recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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LexiHuang, Owner at Banana Hostel, responded to this review, 17 March 2013
Thank you so much for reviewing us! Although you had just stayed 1 night here, you have us so high rate for our accommodation, we really appreciate it. Hope you can stay with us again when you come to Taipei next time.
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Property: Banana Hostel
Address: No.7 Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan
Region: Taiwan > Taipei
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 241 Speciality Lodging in Taipei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's the most cozy and lovely place you can stay in Taipei!Banana is a whole new, cozy, and home-like small hostel located in the central of Taipei and welcoming all travelers.We love traveling and have stayed in some nice hostels and B&B, so we wish to provide a better accommodation to travelers like us and share the traveling experience with each other.We have diffirent room type for diffirent traveler, big common room, clean bathroom, and everything contained kitchen. You can stay here with reasonable price. Hope you'll enjoy this vibrant city and lovely BANANA! ... more   less 
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