I have had many friends ask me if I know where they can stay in Taiwan that rents month to month, or for only a few weeks at a time. Whether it be for a short time contract, short term work, a business trip, or a short time study, it can often be hard to find suitable accommodation that will not cost you a fortune. Therefore we have created this frequently asked question guide to help foreigner travelers find short term hotels that have what they need.
Your decision between an extended stay hotel and a regular hotel depends on your preferences and what amenities you anticipate needing. You can, however, enjoy more benefits with extended-stay hotels in terms of features, flexibility in booking, and prices.
Basic Taiwan Travel Tips:
Hotels in Taiwan:
Looking for a hotel? We recommend booking through Booking.com here, which provides the best quality selection of accommodation in Taiwan.
Find out where to stay in our Taiwan hotels guide or search for the best hotel deals in Taiwan here.
Tours in Taiwan:
There are many tour itineraries that you can enjoy in Taipei that will take you to multiple destinations and arrange transportation. For more information, you can check out Tripadvisor here, KKday here or Klook here, which are both great tour websites that can connect you with the right tour and tour guide for you.
Here are some of the most popular tours of Taiwan on TripAdvisor:
How to get around in Taiwan:
Taiwan's transportation system is convenient and safe. There are many options you can consider to get around in Taipei below:
By Train: Gets you to the city center of all major cities in Taiwan. It is about 800NT to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung. Roughly half the price of the HSR. Book tickets via the normal train (TRA) on Klook here.
By HSR: (High-Speed Rail) – Gets you quickly from north to south. Besides Taipei and Kaohsiung, most of the stations are far from city centers. It costs about 1500NT to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung. You can book tickets to the high-speed rail (HSR) on Klook here or KKDay here.
By MRT: (Mass Rapid Transit, Metro train, subway) – Easily gets you around Taipei and Kaohsiung. You can purchase a discount easy card to use on the MRT from Klook here or KKday here. You can also book an MRT travel pass on Klook here.
By Bus: Buses can be tricky. Long-range buses such as Ubus and King Bus are easier to understand and cheaper than the local train. They can take you to the city center of every city throughout Taiwan and to remote tourist destinations such as sun moon lake. A long-range bus from Taipei to Kaohsiung is about 500 NT. You can also book tickets to travel to Shifen via inter-city bus on Klook here. You can also book a Taipei Sightseeing: Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Bus on TripAdvisor here.
By Taxi: You can take short rides for about 150 NT, or hire a Taxi for a day for around 150 USD.
By Car: If you are looking for car rentals, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKday here. You can also check out our car rental guide here.
By Scooter: Looking for scooter rental in Taipei? You can search on Klook here or KKday here to search for options. You can also check out our scooter rental guide here.
By Bicycle: Cycling is the best way to enjoy Taiwan's landscapes if you have the time and energy. Looking for bicycle rentals in Taiwan? You can use Taiwan's many Youbike sharing stations, or search for rentals on KKday here, and search for tours on Klook here. You can also check out our Taiwan cycling guide here. â€‹You can also book a Sunset Riverside Bike Ride and Historical Tour, 4 Hour Cycling in Taipei, Ultimate 8-Hour Cycling City Tour, or Taipei City Bike Tour with Night Market Experience on TripAdvisor here.
For more information, check out our Taiwan transportation guide here.
What is the average price for extended stay hotels in Taiwan?
It might seem that extended-stay hotels would be more expensive than regular hotels. However, if you travel with your family or have a longer stay, they are usually more cost-effective. A regular hotel in Taiwan can cost you around NT$ 3000 per night, while an extended-stay hotel costs between NT$ 15,000 and NT$ 80,000 for a month.
What is the average price range for normal hotels in Taiwan?
The following prices are from personal experience booking many hotels in Taiwan over 5 years (Please note 1000 NT is roughly equal to 31 USD):
Typically, the cheapest of the cheap hotels will go from 700-1000 NT
Lower range Hotels will go from 1000-1700 NT
Mid Range Hotels will go from 1500-2500 NT
High Class Hotels will go from 2500-5000 NT
Super Fancy Hotels will go from 5000-30,000+ NT per night!
Please note these prices also vary by location.
Does Taiwan have Worktels, or long term hotel stays for people that need to work?
What is a Worktel?
Worktel is short for work hotel. It is a hotel room that has all the amenities you will need to complete office work, such as a desk, printer, coffee maker, etc. It is a place that you can live in, including a bed, bathroom, TV, and usually a fridge.
What is an extended-stay hotel?
An extended-stay hotel provides accommodations for long stays. Most of them come with amenities that will make you feel at home for several weeks or months. In most cases, they are close to attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. Also, in-suite kitchens and laundry are also commonly provided, making it a more cost-effective and convenient option than renting a hotel room. There are many types of extended stay hotels, including studios, apartments, and luxury hotels with features such as private terraces and multiple bedrooms. Additionally, they offer discounted rates compared to normal hotels.
What is the best way to find a website to use for booking a long-term hotel in Taiwan?
This can be done in a variety of ways. The easiest way to find extended stay hotels in Taiwan (or in any other city you plan to stay in) is to use your internet browser and search for them. It is important to find options that are suitable for you. Business travelers can also ask their company in Taiwan to assist them with booking one. Booking can be simplified this way. Through websites like mrhost, business travelers and anyone looking for an extended-stay hotel in Taiwan can find a variety of extended-stay hotels. The process will save both time and money.
mrhost has the widest selection of long-term and quarantine hotels and has listings for over 300 long-term stay hotels in Taiwan.
What are the basic accommodations of normal hotels/hostels in Taiwan?
For a private room:
What are the basic accommodations provided by an extended-stay hotel in Taiwan?
In Taiwan, extended-stay hotels might have the following special features:
Extended stay hotels may seem like they require you to book them for several weeks or months. However, what differentiates them from regular hotels is their layout and the amenities they offer, including your price per night. An extended-stay hotel differs from a normal hotel in a few ways.
Better Quality Services
The typical hotel room does not come with personalized services since guests come and go more frequently. An extended stay hotel can provide personalized voicemail messages for your room phone, receive mail and packages, and even has laundry facilities
Better Room Setup
Extended-stay hotels have a different room setup than normal hotels. Traditional hotel rooms typically have a private bathroom and are large (sometimes small). The bedroom and living area are mixed together, and you might not have a closet, but only a bar where you can hang your clothes. An extended-stay hotel, however, has separate bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, making it look more like an apartment. There will probably be a large closet, more freedom in designing your workspace, and a sofa to watch TV on after a long day, giving you the feeling of being at home away from home.
In most hotels, you'll find a mini-fridge, a coffee maker, and maybe (MAYBE) a microwave. Mini-fridges aren't even available in some hotels. It becomes pretty difficult to cook, and you have to rely on takeout meals all the time. An extended-stay hotel room, on the other hand, usually has a well-equipped kitchen, including a stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, and even a dishwasher. There is also a cabinet in the room where you can find the necessary utensils to cook.
How long can you stay at an extended-stay hotel in Taiwan?
Hotels that offer extended stays are useful for a range of reasons, including vacations, business travel, and other life moments in between. Taiwan requires that you book at least three days in advance, whereas you are usually able to stay as long as you like. Typically, you will see three-day, seven-day, fourteen-day, and thirty-day durations.
Why should you stay in an extended-stay hotel?
Business travelers, remote workers, interns, medical professionals, people on vacation, etc., are typically those who opt for extended stays.
Whether you're traveling to Taiwan for business or to work, you're not looking for a permanent home. You're just there for a short duration (2 to 3 months). If you're already in Taiwan, you may want to move to another city to take an exam, or you may want to move for an internship opportunity. An extended-stay hotel may also be a good choice for a vacation.
Extended-stay hotels will provide you with excellent soundproofed rooms, fax/photocopy equipment, WIFI, and more, which are all available in extended-stay hotels. In addition to the better wireless network, the business equipment, and environment. With these services and the proximity to public transportation, you will have access to more services and be in a more convenient environment.
A hotel with an extended stay offers spacious rooms where you can feel at ease. To make sure everyone gets a good night's sleep, many suites include additional beds or sofa beds.
Where can I learn more about quarantine restrictions in Taiwan?
What is the best website to find a quarantine hotel in Taiwan?
This can be done in a variety of ways. The easiest way to find extended stay hotels in Taiwan (or in any other city you plan to stay in) is to use your internet browser and search for them. Through websites like mrhost, business travelers and anyone looking for an extended-stay hotel in Taiwan can find a variety of extended-stay hotels. The process will save both time and money.
What plug/power does Taiwan use?/What kind of adapter do I need for Taiwan?/What kind of plug do I need in Taiwan?
Taiwan uses the same power and plugs as the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. The standard voltage is 100V at 60Hz.
If you are from Europe Australia, Asia, or Africa, you will need to bring a voltage converter. Click here to search voltage converters on Amazon.
What is the best hotel in…[city]? (what hotel to stay in..which hotel to stay in…)
Please note that I have not stayed in most of the hotels below. The following list is just for reference and is not necessarily the best hotel, but it's at least at the top of the list for each city. You should search and compare reviews online and then decide for yourself.
Taipei - W Hotel Taipei. For a list of other great hotels, click here.
Hualien - Hualien FarGlory Hotel. For a list of others, click here.
Tainan - Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Tainan. For a list of others, click here.
Kaohsiung - Kindness Hotel - Kaohsiung Main Station Front. For a list of others, click here.
Taichung – Divecube Hotel. For a list of others, click here.
Taoyuan - Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. For a list of others, click here.
Changhua - Forte Hotel Changhua. For a list of others, click here.
Hsinchu - Hotel Royal Hsinchu. For a list of others, click here.
Kending - Kenting Amanda Hotel. For a list of others, click here.
Taitung - Sheraton Taitung Hotel. For a list of others, click here.
Yilan - Wellspring By Silks. For a list of others, click here.
Sun Moon Lake - Hotel Del Lago. For a list of others, click here.
Penghu - Four Points by Sheraton Penghu. For a list of others, click here.
Kinmen - Golden Lake Hotel. For a list of others, click here.
Feel free to prove me wrong!
When is the best time to book hotels in Taiwan? When are the best hotel deals Taiwan?
Avoid extended weekend holidays if you want to save money. Places with nice ocean locations are cheaper in the winter, and hot spring locations are cheaper in the summer.
Business districts such as Taoyuan and Hsinchu will typically be cheaper on the weekends when there are fewer business travelers.
When is the best day to book hotels in Taiwan/ When is the best day of the week to book hotels in Taiwan?
According to Clark.com and MSN, the cheapest day to book is on the weekend, from Friday to Sunday.
How far in advance is the best time to book a hotel?
According to Tripadvisor, the best time to book a hotel is 3-5 months in advance.
It's said the best time to book is the day before, but this is not true for busy holidays when most of the hotels are going to be fully booked. For busy holidays, the farther out you can book the cheaper it should be.
What is free breakfast like in Taiwan?
Be careful with free breakfast advertising.
Unless it is a hotel with a restaurant and hot food, chances are you will get a 50 NT coupon for a local breakfast shop. For 50 NT, you will not get full, and breakfast will not end up being free.
Can I leave my luggage at a hotel in Taiwan?
Yes, as long as it is staffed 24/7. Don’t expect this from an AirBnb.
Attractions in Taiwan:
There are many attractions that you can enjoy in Taipei such as Taipei 101 Observatory, Taipei 101 460 Skyline Observatory, Taipei Children's Amusement Park, Maokong Gondola, National Palace Museum, Yehliu Ocean World, Yehliu Geopark, National Museum of Marine Science and Biology, i-ride 5D cinema, Astronomical Museum, Miniatures Museum of Taiwan, Double Decker Sightseeing Bus, Miramar Ferris Wheel Ticket, Taipei Zoo, Heping Island Park, Ju Ming Museum, Yuanshan Hotel Secret Road, National Taiwan Museum, New Taipei Gold Museum, Futian Leisure Farm, Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence, Chi Po-lin Museaum, Beitou Museum, Tsao Wonderland, Railway Museum, Fort San Domingo, 13 Levels Archaeology Museum, Austin Land, Museum of World Religions, Formosan Aboriginies Museum, ASE Parent-child Park, teamLab Future Park, Yukids Island, VR Experience, Bat Cave, Neidong Waterfall, Candlestick Islet, Jurassic Snow Park, Zhonghe High5 Amusement Park, Longshan Temple, Xingtian Temple, Ningxia Night Market, Yansan Night Market, Meteor Garden, Yingge Old Street, and many more attractions on Tripadvisor here, Klook here, or KKday here.
Activities in Taiwan:
Don't forget that there are many activities available in Taipei such as Indoor Skiing, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Wakeboarding, Surfing, Speedboat Surfing, SUP / Paddle Boarding, Diving, Snorkeling Kayaking, Canoeing, Water Biking, River Tracing / Canyoneering, ATVing, Horse Riding, Cooking Class, Archery, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Tree Climbing, Urban Camping, Glamping, Motorcycling, Motorbike Tour, Dragon Boat Racing, Escape Room, Shen'ao Rail Bike, Laser Gun Experience, Batting Cages, Bowling, Paintball, Flight Simulation Experience, Taipei Tram Driving Experience, Rail Simulation Experience, Taipei 101 Observation Deck activity, Strawberry Picking, Professional Photo Shoot, Body Relaxation SPA, Night Tour, Calligraphy Workshop, and more on Tripadvisor here, Klook here, or KKday here.
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We are US Expats that have extensive experience living, working, and travelling in Taiwan. In our day, we had to learn many things about Taiwan the hard way. But we have come to learn that Taiwan is one of the best places in the world for Foreigners to live. Our blog does not represent the opinions of every foreigner in Taiwan. We are just trying to help others learn more about this beautiful country.