Ximen Corner Hostel has a much more traditional hostel feel than the previously reviewed Hotel Fun. If you are looking for a reasonably priced hostel smack dab in the middle of an active area of Taipei City, you'll want to keep reading.
During this trip to Taiwan I booked a private room for five nights. That was plenty of time for me to get a feel for what the hostel had to offer as far as its facilities. I was also able to get a feel for the staff (one word: friendly) and what it was like to stay in the center of Ximending, a popular shopping area for tourists and local Taiwanese alike.
As an older traveler I prefer having my own room and my own bathroom. As I tend to do a lot of work while I'm on the road, I also like accommodation that offers free Internet. It's hard to believe that some places still charge for Internet, but it does happen.
Ximen Corner Hostel met my minimum standards, so it was worth giving a try.
Overall, the facilities would best be described as minimal. They did offer single rooms with their own bathroom, so that need was met. But, aside from that there wasn't too much to be excited about.
The bed was simple yet comfortable. It wasn't particularly amazing, but at the same time there wasn't really anything wrong with it, especially considering this is a hostel and not some 5-star luxury hotel.
The rest of the room was very simple consisting of not much more that a small TV attached to the wall and a clothing rack reminiscent of a college dorm.
And, there was a very simple bathroom. It wasn't much to write home about, but it was a private bathroom. It definitely met the minimum criteria of what I was looking for. It was adequate though not much more than that.
Overall the room covered the basics and had a pretty decent Internet connection. Was is glamorous? No. But, was it comfortable while giving me a place to stash my clothes, sleep, and clean up? Yes to all the above.
The overall ambiance of this hostel is a bit hard to explain. It definitely emitted more of a hostel vibe than a hotel vibe. Yet, due to being in an older building in the city the layout has rooms feeling very private thus leading to limited interaction with other guests. That's not a bad thing, just an observation.
It's actually located right smack dab in the middle of Ximending, so while you may not bump into many people inside there's tons of food, shopping, and people watching once you step outside. And, the hostel itself is somehow pretty quiet despite its surroundings.
There is also a common room complete with arcade games if you want a change of scenery but don't want to go outside into the chaos.
I did not run into many people in the common room over my five days, but there was the occasional guest hanging out.
As the Ximen Corner Hostel is is a very popular area, it's not all that difficult to find. It's located on the 4th floor of a building in a side street off of the main Ximending shopping area. It's about a 3-5 minute walk (depending on foot traffic) from Exit 6 of the Ximen MRT Station (also referred to as the B 11 or G 12 stop) on the blue line.
If you are heading right to the hotel from the Taoyuan International Airport, you can jump on the Airport MRT line and head toward Taipei City. Transfer at either Beimen Station (G 13) or Taipei Main Station. Ximen is one stop away from both of them.
You could use a taxi or an Uber, but as it's so close to an MRT station those options might take longer due to traffic and cost more as well.
My overall experience at Ximen Corner Hostel was positive. Since I opted for a private room it was a bit pricey as far as hostels are concerned, but if you opt for one of the dormitory style rooms it's more in line with hostel-level pricing.
It was comfortable, quiet, had a solid Internet connection, and covered all my basic necessities. There was even a washer and dryer, and though there's only one I didn't have any problems getting a chance to use them.
They did offer breakfast, but I did not partake. For one, I really enjoy Taiwanese breakfast shop food (I'm talking to you dan bing). Second, it was pretty basic as in a loaf of bread, a toaster, and some hot tea. If you're extremely budget minded, it's better than nothing. However, I was OK with dropping the $2.50 at a local shop.
Now, to get the point of all of this. Would I consider staying here again?
That's not an easy question to answer. I was not overrun with awe at the facilities or the price. But, it's an extremely convenient location. And in all reality, that's what you are paying for when you choose a place like the Ximen Corner Hostel. It's incredibly convenient.
It's an excellent option if you're on a budget yet want to be near Ximending, which also means within a few minutes walk to one of the more convenient MRT lines.
If you have had the pleasure of staying here, we'd love to hear about your experience. Please share a few sentences in the comment section below.
Tim is a digital marketer by day and an amateur travel junkie by night. He grew up in the U.S.A. and spent half of his adult life living in Asia. A few of the next countries he hopes to visit are Portugal, Greece, Italy, and Brazil.