South Island Taipei Homestay (南島‧嶼台北住宿) is a service apartment with 3 rooms for rental. There are 2 double rooms and 1 family quad room, all located at the same level. South Island is situated in the same building as TaipeiYork, near Ximengdin shopping district.
South Island is owned and run by 2 young Taiwan aborigines, Ah Chang and Xiao Wu. Goes without saying, all the rooms are nicely decorated and furnished with aboriginal theme. The apartment was spacious, bright and clean. The two young men really put in marvellous efforts to upkeep the rooms in pristine condition.
My family of 2A and 3C stayed in the 2 double rooms (一馆 & 二馆) during our December trip. Good amenities are provided; such as Queen size bed, sofa, wash machine & dryer combo (with detergent), A/C, flat screen TV, wardrobe, water kettle, small fridge, Hi-Fi stereo, hair dryer, towels, basic toiletries, complementary tea/coffee packs and mineral water, and most importantly free WiFi service with excellent connection. Great gesture of hospitality, the owner Ah Chang jolly took me to the family quad room (三馆) for a view when I requested before our departure to the airport. The family quad room is huge consists of 2 queen-size beds and all the basic amenities as the other rooms.
South Island is a self-managing apartment and there is no reception counter. Upon arriving to the apartment, you are required to call the owners to collect the access card to your room. The access card is used to access to both the lift and the apartment room. As the owners are not staying in the same building, if you are arriving late-night; you would have to do a self check-in by collecting the access cards from the letter box located at level 1. The owners will be popping by in due course to assist you on the following day.
The location of this apartment is fantastic. Ximengding shopping district is just less than 10 minutes walk from the apartment, and lots of shops and restaurants around the vicinity, 7-11 convenience store located just below the apartment, and KFC fast food restaurant situated directly across the road from the building.
The reservation process is fast and easy. Simply phone the owners or drop them an email.
Deposit is not required for tourists. Full payment is to be made upon arrival.
It was really a pleasant experience staying in this place. We will definitely stay here when we go to Taipei again.