Where to stay in Taichung for every budget: 9 Best value for money choices!​

Where to stay in Taichung for every budget: 9 Best value for money choices!

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If you are in search of some of the best experiences Taipei has to offer without the crowds, then Taichung should definitely be on your shortlist. 

Taichung is an under the radar spot in Taiwan, but as its second biggest city, you will be missing out if you don’t add this to your must-visit list in Taipei.

Back then, Taichung was only known as being an industrial city, but things have changed and the city is now welcoming more and more visitors. Find out how to get from Taipei Airport to Taichung here.

Navigating this city is not as straightforward as in Taipei though, since it does not have a metro system in place, but that is set to change at the end of 2020 as the Metro Green Line is due to open.

As such, planning where to stay in Taichung will make an impact on your travels there, as you don’t want to be stuck in a hotel that is inaccessible. If you do want to stay off the main areas, you can try to figure out the bus service or just use Uber. 

Read on to find out the best places to stay in Taichung and make the most of your time there!

Tip: we sort these hotels by price range per night per room, and all of them will have WiFi, ensuite bathroom and are clean, as we are clean freaks. 
Budget: up to US$50; Mid range: US$50-150; Luxury: above US$150

Related: How to get from Taipei to Jiufen

Which area to stay in Taichung?

Taichung is a big city, with 29 districts and a population of over 2.8 million. 

Most of the tourism activities revolves around a handful of them only, and we will dive a bit deeper into what each has to offer and which hotels are the best in our opinion.

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Central district, 中區

This is the perfect spot if you are looking for somewhere old school, traditional, and has a slower pace of life in general. 

The central district is where the old city hall is located, as well as excellent food choices. 

Visitors can explore this area and find the Old Taichung Train Station, a beautiful red brick building from the Japanese era. 

Just a short walk away, you will find the quaint Taichung Park, yet another remnant of Japanese rule. Although it is a popular spot for locals to kick back and relax, the space is large enough that you will still have lots of personal space. 

And finally, no trip would be complete with a visit to Taichung Second Market, the most authentic and local market experience you can find in this city. Packed full of yummy food as well as the best place to find local produce, you simply cannot miss out this spot.

Central district: Budget choice

Park City Hotel Central Taichung​

4.2
4.2/5

Address: No. 66, Min Quan Road, Central District, 400 Taichung, Taiwan

In terms of location, this hotel occupies one of the more enviable spots in Central District.

park city hotel central taichung

Just a short 10 minutes walk away from the train station, which is most likely where you will be coming from, it offers no frills but comfortable accommodation in rooms that comes with their own ensuite bathroom. 

At this price point, the amenities are surprisingly complete, offering both WiFi and wired internet connectivity. Hotel front desk is manned 24 hours, which is not something that all hotels of this budget have, and they have a bunch of great staff.

When you need a workout, the hotel has a small fitness centre to sweat it out. 

If you are driving from Taipei or anywhere else, you can park your car for free!

  • Pros
  • Modern and comfortable
  • Central location
  • Comfortable rooms
  • Cons
  • Soundproofing needs to be improved

Central district: Mid range choice

Holiday Inn Express Taichung Park

4.3
4.3/5

Address: No. 66, Min Quan Road, Central District, 400 Taichung, Taiwan

Fancy staying right beside the largest park in Taichung? Where you can a breath of fresh air the moment you wake up and open your windows? 

As far as hotels goes, this is one of our favourites as well as many other travellers. 

holiday inn express taichung parkIt is located right at the edge of the district, bordering the Taichung Park, and is a short 8 minutes walk to the train station. 

Near the hotel, you can find lots of shops providing a wide range of services, from small eateries to restaurants serving international cuisine. Not only that, it is also within a short distance to popular places such as Sunshine Outlet, Yizhong Night Market and Miyahara Ice Cream Shop.

We also love that their rooms are all decked out in floor to ceiling windows, offering you a great view of the city and beyond. Be sure to ask for a room on a high floor that overlooks the park. 

Standard rooms are large, at 26 square metres, and all of them comes with their own ensuite bathroom.

  • Pros
  • Modern and comfortable
  • Nice views
  • Malls nearby
  • Cons
  • Not much variety for breakfast and the area is small!

Central district: Luxury choice

1969 Blue Sky Hotel​

4.4
4.4/5

No. 38, Shifu Road, Central District, 400 Taichung, Taiwan 

THe 1969 Blue Sky Hotel is as fancy as you can get here in Taichung. 

Styled in a vintage meets modern manner, it is the top hotel in Central district. What you will be getting is high quality beddings, comfort, and discreet staff who are well trained to speak English and provide the best service.

1969 Blue Sky hotel

Each rooms comes with all the amenities that you would expect in a posh hotel, and you can enjoy your daily dose of coffee with an in room machine. 

The design and service standards set it apart, and the rooms and large, even if you have a baby bed in it. 

Location wise, it is away from the main street, but near enough to be able to access the shops outside. You should also try out the excellent Chinese restaurant on the second floor!

  • Pros
  • Modern and comfortable
  • High quality
  • Great service
  • Very clean
  • Cons
  • Make sure to ask for room without column in it

North District, 北區

The North District is larger and further out from the train station, and sits between Central district and Beitun. 

It is not the most popular district, but that makes it a pleasant area to stay in without the crowds. 

And at the same time it accessible to many interesting attractions such as the Yizhong Street market, the Botanical Gardens, where the National Museum of Natural Science resides, as well as the Taichung Mayor’s House.

Foodies will also love this area (or just about any area in Taiwan), as there are so many options every corner you turn. 

North district: Budget choice

FunHouse YZ

4.3
4.3/5

No. 18, Jinxin Street, North District, 40455 Taichung, Taiwan

Occupying a fantastic location in the heart of the North district, the FunHouse is only a short 5 minutes walk away to the Yichong Night Market.

The rooms are basic but comfortable, and comes with a kettle and free high speed WiFi. 

funhouse yz taichung

We always appreciate budget hotels that have 24 hours front desk service, just in case there is any emergency needs in the middle of the night, and FunHouse has that. 

Nearby, you can walk to the Taichung Confucius Temple, one of the landmarks in the city, and the popular Chungyo Department Store is only 250 metres away. 

We also like that the basic rooms all have access to views of the city as well as a small balcony.

  • Pros
  • Very reasonably priced
  • Comfortable bedding
  • Great service
  • Very clean
  • Cons
  • Soundproofing can be improved
  • Make sure to bring cash as the machines are old and might break down easily

North district: Mid range choice

InHouse Hotel Grand

4.5
4.5/5

No. 228, Wuquan Road, North District, 40443 Taichung, Taiwan

As you walk through the lobby, you will be impressed by the sleek and modern look this hotel has adopted.

The 24 hours front desk staff are well trained and can provide lots of suggestions on activities to do in Taichung, plus checking in is a breeze.

inhouse hotel grand taichung

For fitness buffs, there is an outdoor swimming poo as well as a fitness center that can cater to your needs. 

In each well furnished room, you can expect to find quality fittings and the ensuite bathroom comes with a bath tub, something that is pretty rare in Taichung, especially at this price point.

The rooms are large, and have ample space for sitting and storing of your luggages. 

If you want to indulge, InHouse Hotel also has one of the best luxury options available in their Presidential Suite.

  • Pros
  • Comfortable bedding
  • Quality finishings all around
  • Very clean
  • Ensuite bath tub
  • Cons
  • Design might turn some people off, as the mood is generally darker due to the heavy use of wood
  • Need to reserve a time slot for breakfast

North district: Luxury choice

Airbnb

The main luxury option in North district can be found in InHouse Hotel Grand, and generally there isn’t any other option in here. However, we highly recommend checking out Airbnb apartments as an alternative instead. 

There are several units near the Yizhong Night Market that are perfect for its size and location, garnering lots of positive reviews. In fact, most of them are suitable for up to 3 couples, allowing you to split the cost among your group. 

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  • Pros
  • Large space
  • Feels like home, full of amenities
  • Great locations
  • Cons
  • No room service
  • Check in timing may not be flexible
  • Generally no security

Xitun District, 西屯區

As the second most populated district in Taichung, Xitun is also where you will find the Feng Chia Night Market, one of the biggest of its kind in Taiwan, and definitely a must visit.

This district has gone through quite a lot of changes over the last few decades, turning into a hip and fashionable area for the youth to hang out.

Due to the age of this district, many of the buildings are rather old and run down, but redevelopment efforts have converted them into hip and quirky shops that house some of the coolest cafes and restaurants in Taichung.

It seems that the visitors who stays here are generally backpacker types, reminding us of Khao San Road in Thailand, and there is an abundance of guest houses and hostels here.

Another place that you should visit is the National Taichung Theater, an eye catching modern building which was designed by a Japanese architect. His inspiration came from whirlpools, which led to this masterpiece.

The only setback to staying in this district is the distance from the train station. It is rather far away, which means you will need to arrange for transport to and fro as you plan your trip. 

Xitun: Budget Choice

Whoops Hotel

4.3
4.3/5

 No. 1-1, Lane 138, Wenhua Road, 40742 Xitun, Taiwan

Right before you enter the Whoops Hotel, you can see the fun and youthful vibe that’s radiating from the colorful stickers of cartoon characters plastered on its walls. 

The team at the front desk is usually made up of people in the early to mid twenties, and they mostly are well trained to handle English speaking tourists. 

whoops hotel taichung

Within the hotel, there are a few types of rooms that are available, starting from the basic double room, to the family room that can accommodate up to 4 persons. 

Obviously, the amenities are basic, but certainly not lacking, including all the necessities such as shower gels, WiFi access, and air conditioning. 

  • Pros
  • Well priced
  • Great location
  • Perfect for budget travellers
  • Lively vibe
  • Cons
  • Water pressure is somewhat low
  • Hints of smoke smell throughout the hotel
  • Breakfast not included unless you select add on

Xitun: Mid range choice

28 Shu Xiang Hotel

4.7
4.7/5

No. 85, Yingcheng 1st Street, 407 Xitun, Taiwan

While not exactly within walking distance to the Feng Chia Night Market, the distance is short enough that a Uber ride will cost less than a large chicken cutlet. 

The hotel is beautifully designed, giving off a sense of serenity and spaciousness. It makes use of a lot of earthy tones, evident in the wood furniture, and pairs them up with liberal displays of hanging plants.

28 shu xiang hotel taichung

Its rooms are very comfortable, and all of them comes with a decent sized balcony where you can enjoy views of the city. 

At the lobby, you can dip your fingers into the snack bar which operates 24 hours! Perfect for late night cravings.

The amenity kit in the room adds a nice touch to all visitors too. 

  • Pros
  • Beautiful design
  • Family and child friendly
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Cons
  • Breakfast variety is limited
  • Needs to have a shower glass to separate wet and dry areas

Xitun: Luxury choice

Millennium Hotel Taichung

4.4
4.4/5

No. 77, Shizheng Road, 40756 Xitun, Taiwan

This international hotel chain offers a wide range of options in the room choices. Instead of going for their standard rooms, we recommend booking a stay at their Club Room or the Studio Vee Room. 

millennium hotel taichung

The rooms are huge, and you will be pampered in the large luxurious bath tub and high quality amenities from Hermes. 

These rooms are situated on the higher floors, which afford you a bird’s eye view of the city below you. The views at night are lovely. 

Staying in the Studio Vee also means you get access to the Executive Lounge, where you can enjoy your breakfast in privacy, express check in, and unlimited refreshments. 

  • Pros
  • Very high quality fittings
  • Large space
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks
  • Get treated like a VIP
  • Cons
  • Hotel is slightly dated
  • Needs to have a shower glass to separate wet and dry areas

How many days should I spend in Taichung?

As we mentioned earlier, Taichung is actually a pretty big city, and there are lots to do. Plus, you can use it as a jump off point to visit many other amazing places nearby, such as Sun Moon Lake, Chiayi and Alishan.

If you are only exploring Taichung, we suggest a minimum of 3 full days. 

How do you travel around Taichung?

There isn’t a metro service at this time, but that will change at the end of 2020 when the metro is completed. Right now, your best option is to take the public bus service or use Uber. If you are willing to try out the bus service, you will be glad to know that the first 10km is free, which means pretty much most rides are free!

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Where do you intend to stay in Taichung?

As you can see, the range of options you have is excellent, whichever your budget dictates. 

There are lots of sights to check out in Taichung, and during one of the days, you can check out the nature areas that are well within reach of the city centre. 

Which part of Taichung did you like most? Share you comments down below!

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Logistics before visiting Taichung Taiwan

Stay connected
Before you travel, make sure to pre-book a mobile router so that you can get access to the internet easily with WiFi. The router can be shared by a few friends, making it super budget friendly. 

Save on currency exchange rates
Stop paying exorbitant rates forever! Make use of TransferWise debit card to get the best rates across the globe. You can also use it to transfer money worldwide for cheap.

Find cheap flights.
Air tickets are usually the bulk of your expenses. Set up an alert and snag cheap fares with Skyscanner.

Find the best accommodation.
Book a place ahead of time to get good rates. Booking.com has transparent fees and excellent rates. 

Handy travel guide.
For the old school kid in you, get a travel guide book and get lost exploring the city.

Photos.
Your mobile phone can do a pretty good job, but if you need an upgrade, we recommend the Sony A6000 (US) (International)

Travel insurance.
You don’t need us to teach you to be a responsible adult, do you? Get a quote here.

Planned for you activities in Taichung.
Need a guide to show you and your group around? Lots of operators here to choose from here. You know who they are and how they are reviewed. 

More resources to help you.
All other useful travel resources we use when we book our trips.

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