Was looking for a small boutique style hotel with a good location and affordable rate at the last minute. Booked Chaiin Hotel the day before arrival.
Great choice. Entrance is on a side street, just off the main road, lobby is up a lift and located on the 3rd floor of the building. Despite late evening arrival, receptionist was friendly and efficient.
Location is excellent, entrance to Dongmen metro right next door, bus stop just opposite, and easy to get cabs (driving east only). Yongkang street is only a minute walk away with the original Din Tai Fung, and a range of little restaurants, cafes and shops, including a small supermarket. Saw three 7/11 stores nearby. Daan Park is about 10 min walk away, nice for a stroll and has an extensive kids playground area, good for families.
Hotel is not huge, but that's not what we were looking for. Didn't need and didn't want to pay for all the extras like concierge, gym, etc. Room we had was either a Deluxe or Executive (7th floor). Was small but had a clever design so that it didn't feel cramped. Fine for 2 people. Floor to ceiling windows, good curtains (lighter one to let in light, heavier one to block it out), big bed, space to put 2 suitcases, bathroom designed to take up less space (sink outside, toilet & standing shower only). Good water pressure from shower and well sealed glass door so water didn't leak outside. First hotel I've seen that included facial cleanser as part of their amenities. Only annoyance is that you have to put toilet paper in the bin, instead of toilet, but have come across this before in Taipei hotels. Would suggest the hotel adds a few more hooks to hang bathtowels, handtowel, or clothes etc.
Included breakfast was in a light cheery modern space next to reception. Limited choices, can get some toast, congee, asian selection, and self-serve coffee machine. Would have preferred some fruit instead of the salad. Skipped it on the 2nd morning to get breakfast along Yongkang Street instead.
Overall, really happy with this last minute find. Would definitely recommend for those looking for a modern, no-fuss, budget boutique option in Taipei.
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