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Y Hotel Taipei Reviews
Convenient and reasonably priced Sep 09, 2011
I stayed at the Y hotel for a few nights while last in Taipei. Reservations was fairly easy, I only called up the hotel the day before to check on room availability and rates, and just have to show up on the day of check in before 6pm. For call-in reservations without any deposit, they will only hold the room until 6pm for you, which I think is fairly reasonable.
They were having promotional rates, at NTD1800 per night for single rooms, or NTD2400 for (double) twin share beds. But if you are solo, and the single rooms are not available, they can let you stay at the double at a discounted rate of NTD2100. That was what happened in my case, as the single room was only available for 2 nights, and hence I had to switch over to the double room for the remaining 2 nights.
I particularly like the location of the hotel, which is very good and strategic. It is centerally located in Taipei City near the Taipei Train Station. You only need to take the M8 exit at the station, walk 2-3 minutes across the street to reach the hotel.
The hotel and the rooms might appear a tad old, and in need of a new coat of paint, the room is as per what you can expect for a 3 star hotel in most Asian countries. Cheap toiletries of toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, razors, shower caps are all provided, as well as bath and face towels, and these are replenished or changed daily. The bed is surprisingly firm ( I was expecting a lumpy bed and hence was pleasantly surprised!), and good pillows. There are extra pillows and blanket in the wardrobe. There is an old TV set in every room, not the LCD flatscreen but for me, it was good enough.
And oh yeah, before I forget, the rooms are all equired with high speed wireless internet, which is free for all staying guests. The reception will provide you with your individual password, and the broadband speed is pretty fast and good.
In addition, there is a laundry room where you have coin operated washing machines and dryer (and standing iron)! Surely a facility which is welcoming after you have been travelling for a few days. The rates are like NTD50 for 20-30 minutes of the washer.
Breakfast is, however not provided. But being in a central location, there are many many food stalls around the hotel, where you can grab a bite. And then there are also a couple of 7-11 nearby.
Overall, with these rates and the excellent location, I think its a good value-for-money hotel. I save on taxis, as I get to travel around with city buses and metro trains, plus i can travel by public bus to the airport conveniently too.
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