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Chaiin Hotel - Dongmen
Ranked #136 of 575 Hotels in Taipei
Sydney, Australia
1 review
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“Great find, convenient, unpretentious”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

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.

Room Tip: Prefer higher floors, but only 1 small elevator so was a bit of a wait during busy times. Ask for a...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Chaiin Hotel is a very comfortable and convenient place to stay in Taipei and a great value. First, the hotel is new and its very existence apppears to have been planned around the extension of Taipei's MRT metro system. The hotel is located right above the recently completed Dongmen MRT station. As of this month, the new extensions of the red and yellow MRT lines are in full service, so Dongmen MRT is at the intersection of two of the most important MRT lines in Taipei, which allows you to get from the hotel to just about anywhere in the city either directly or with at most one transfer. In addition, the local neighborhood is commercial and lively without being excessively so. The famous Din Tai Fung and the other Yongkang St restaurants are right across the street. Second, the hotel is new, stylish, modern, and spotlessly clean. The rooms are not large, but they are well thought out and very well appointed. My executive room with window (about €75/US$100 per night for 7 nights) was on the 10th floor. It had a double bed, lots of light and decent views with huge windows (and good curtains), and was probably about 16-17 m2 (180 sq ft) including the bathroom and dressing area---more than enough space for the business traveller or a vacationing couple. It had every amenity that one could want and did not feel crowded because the space was well organized. My room rate included an excellent breakfast buffet including western items but with the best variety and quality on the Taiwanese side. The food was truly excellent. Every day, there seemed to be at least the following: a sauteed vegetable such as water spinach or other spicy greens or sauteed cabbage, some dish involving stir fried soft tofu & vegetables, omelet, fried rice, battered taro or sweet potato, fish balls or pieces of fish, different types of sausages, and congee. The hard part was not filling up too much, because there is a lot of good food to try inn Taipei during the day. Finally, the staff were all very professional, friendly, and helpful and all spoke good English. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: The hotel occupies the 3nd through 12th floors. Some of the rooms on the lower floors may not have w...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Great location, just a min walk from the Dongmen MRT station with the famous DimTaiFung just across the road!! The rooms are small but very clean, quite and new! I love the the hotel and the area, there are many nice and quite cafes, delicious foods and nice shops in the area. A great place to walk around and enjoy the foods.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Located 1 minutes from Dongmen MTR station. Room small but clean an pretty new. Price reasonable (it is not the chip pest hotel but reasonable )
Staff speak some English and wheeling to help. Don't count in them for true planning.
If you need the hotel for sleeping it is a good hotel .

Room Tip: I slept in floor 12 , I asked for city view but there is no really city view in this hotel. The ho...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Chaiin Hotel - Dongmen
Address: 3-12F, No.163, Section 2 Xinyi Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei 100, Taiwan
Region: Taiwan > Taipei
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Ranked #136 of 575 Hotels in Taipei
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Hotel Class:3 star — Chaiin Hotel - Dongmen 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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