Homelike B&B @ Walk to Taipei 101

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · F, No. 4, Alley 16, Lane 559, Zhōngxiào East Road, Section, Xinyi District, Taipei 11072, Taiwan

The Space

Welcome to Fong-Yu's B&B, a green choice (see below GREEN CHOICE -- REFUND).

New: High-Speed Wifi: It is just upgraded to 100M!

The guest's room is equipped with a cozy double bed, and an exclusive, guest-only bathroom. The kitchen and the living rooms (both shared) are spacious. The living room is ready for Xbox 360 (yes, it is part of the deal!). A study (next to the guest's room), equipped with an ergonomic chair and a two-screen desktop PC, can be offered case-by-case.

CONVENIENCE

Closest to No.1 Exit of "Taipei City Hall (市府站)" MRT Station (市府站): 7 min walk.

7-11 and FamilyMart, both open 24 hours (of course!), are 20 meters away. Literally!

SHOPPING

The location of the room is very close to the entertainment and fashion heart of Xinyi district, where all major department stores (Taipei 101, Shinkong Mitsukoshi, Bellavita, Hankyu, ATT4Fun, Neo19 and Eslite department stores, and Xinyi V-Show) and best restaurants of Taipei are within 20 min walk.

-- New Opening (Aug. 2013): Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store is within 15 min walk.

RESTAURANTS

Cafe Bistro ("黑米"): Famous for the best-in-town cuttlefish stewed rice -- 8 min walk

Phat Burger ("肥漢堡"): Arguably the best burger in town -- 7.5 min walk

Tao Qun Hakka Cultural Restaurant ("桃群餐廳"): Famous for Taiwanese basil omelet (九層塔煎蛋), sweet vinegar fish fillet (糖醋鮮魚), scallion pancake (蔥油餅), vinegar flavored pig intestine with ginger shreds (薑絲大腸) -- 8 min walk

Indian Palace ("印度皇宮", Indian cuisine, with memorable naans by Indian cooks!) -- 5 min walk

Teppanyaki restaurant "Da-xiao" ("大小鐵板燒") -- 0.5 min walk

PaPaRice, a lovely restaurant: Serving wonderful risotto from (phone number hidden) min walk

Kyoto Zhan Seafood Plaza ("京都棧海鮮廣場"): Serving wonderful seafood with friendly price. Some guests love its sweat potato vine (地瓜葉) -- 3 min walk

Korean restaurant "Han-Chuan-Guan" ("韓川館"): Just opened in Nov. 2013, and can't really tell, but there's a new opening 15% discount till end of Nov. 2013. It boasts for bibimbap (石鍋拌飯), copper barbecue (銅盤烤肉). -- 3 min walk

Al Dente Cucina ("亞緹義廚"), serving pizza, pasta and other Italian food for many years in town -- 6 min walk

Last but not least, for dumpling lovers (me, for one), "8-Way Dumping Restaurant ("八方雲集鍋貼水餃") is 3 min away. The fillings include: leek (韭菜), spicy (Korean style, "韓式辣味"), curry (咖哩), shrimp (鮮蝦), and vegetable (田園蔬菜) flavors.

TEA, COFFEE AND JUICE -- Where to start?

Jeanlook Coffee("湛盧咖啡") is 50 meters afar. For home-made coffee, Gimme (phone number hidden)) is within 4 min walk. For tea, Tea Room ("茶涎") is only 3 min walk.

Highly recommended: A "Latte Specialty Shop" (”拿鐵專賣店“,see photos) by a senior couple serving all sorts of latte coffee is within 4 min walk. This is for early birds: Open from (phone number hidden).

Grand opening: Drip Cafe ("好滴咖啡") is renowned for Japanese coffee. It is within 12 min walk.

World-famous: Artista Perfetto (”AP", ran by six world champions of latte art coming from Hong Kong, "世界拉花冠軍“): within 3 min walk

DESSERTS

Pâtisserie ALEX, offering a pond-side view and French desserts, is within 13 min walk.

AFTER DRINK & DESERTS

For less-adrenaline leisure, the pond and cafe ("小山堂") of Songshan Cultural & Creative Park (松山文創園區), is within 10 minutes' walk, perfect for keen photographers.

The Songshan Cultural & Creative Park is always with exhibitions, and the coffee / wine shops nearby, are perfect for a leisure afternoon. The shopping centres in Xinyi district is around the corner. For a night view over the Taipei City, the Four Beasts Mountain (四獸山) is of 40-min walk, overseeing Taipei 101!

COMEDY -- Live (in Mandarin)!

Live Comedy Club Taipei ("卡米地喜劇俱樂部") is next to the The Songshan Cultural & Creative Park, around 12 min walk.

TRANSPORT

Transportation is another strength: MRT station "Taipei City Hall" is within 10 minutes' walk; for inter-city buses, the Taipei City Hall Bus Station (市府轉運站, connecting to Yilan, Taoyuan, Shinchu ("新竹”), Taichung, Jinshan ("金山“)) is also 10 minutes away.

Local bus station: United Daily News station (聯合報站), is within 5 min walk.

ROOM SETTING

Guest room and a guest-only restroom. Guest will enjoy a most comfortable doublebed.

Free WiFi is provided 24 hours a day.

Washer and dryer are provided free of charge.

I will live in another room of the apartment. Communications will be most welcome.

The kitchen and the living room is shared.

GREEN CHOICE -- REFUND

For guest who brings his/her own toothbrush, toothpaste, and towel, a refund of TWD180 (circa USD6) will be made.

PERKS FOR REVISITORS (New)

1. A 5% discount off the listed price will apply -- thanks to Airbnb disintermediated -- and can go up to 10% for frequent revisitors (definition is yet to develop).

2. Using the study (書房) will be free for revisitors' use. The study, which is next to the guest room, is ready for office work: it has a large drawing board on one side of the wall, plus a desktop computer (a security password can be created for each revisitor) with two screens. The study is just upgraded for healthy reading: One month ago I just installed a self-made standing table (站立桌) so that the user can opt to stand to work, web-surf, etc, if he/she by any chance fancies standing working/reading.

Guest Access

The guest room and a guest-only bathroom. Also, as common space, the living room, the kitchen, and the area of dining table are accessible.

The Neighborhood

1. Many restaurants, coffee shops, convenient stores and a book shop of Eslite are within 10 min walk.
2. Bank of Taiwan as well as Mega Bank are within 3 min. walk. The ATMs in which allow you to drawn Taiwan Dollar notes directly, 24 hours a day!

Getting around

Subway (aka, MRT) station is within 3 min. walk. Inter-city bus station is within 3 min. walk, and intra-city bus stops are within 2 min. walk.

Other Things to Note

The doorbell is broken, so please send SMS or phone call to me before you arrive.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $321 /week
Monthly Price: $1228 /month
Cleaning Fee: $17
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • It can not be more apt description than ‘Home from Home’ I have stayed there for 3 nights and was sorry to leave… we both had busy schedules but have managed to make time for our chats and even with a bottle of red vine on the last evening. Had a lot of help with some sightseeing details and Fong Yu was always happy to advise. With my English , Polish and Shanghaies connections have managed to get him interested in my home town - Gdynia. I hope to be as attentive host as he was. If time allows I will be more than happy to pay a second visit and bring my friends and family to Taipei’s HOME.

    Anna Shilton ,

    March 2014
  • I had a great time staying at Fong-Yu's B&B. Fong Yu was an excellent host, considerate, patient, and open-minded. He even volunteered to take us out on a hiking trip one evening. The apartment was in the same trendy neighborhood as Taipei's W hotel. It was tidy,clean, and it had everything you need. (including an Xbox, an in-door exercise bicycle, and interesting books about Taipei.) If you like street food, this is also a perfect place to stay. I also jogged at nearby parks. It was great experience if you would like to "blend in" a bit and pretend to be a non-tourist .

    March 2014
  • I have to say that I have been Taiwan with the organized tour and well taken care business short trip many times but never by myself . This time, I hope I would explore Taiwan more with the local people and the real life of Taiwan , so I did not book the hotel but homestay and looked forward to travelling like home. In respect of Fong Yu’s confirmation , I have to thank for letting me to stay at his home for only 2 days which was out of his routine. Fong Yu's home was extra clean , safe and the location was very convenient. Only 5 mins walk to subway station where a big dept store and food court were just right above. However, I felt uneasy during my staying. 1/ I was embarrassed when Fong Yu said my luggage ( standard 20kg ) was too heavy to damage the floor . It seemed that I had planned to visit Taiwan for a month . Therefore, he suggested me not to take it to my room but study room. It was really inconvenient and embarrassing for a woman. 2/ Having asked Fong Yu of how and where to buy mobile card and subway card (which I could pay for the public bike), I found that Fong Yu did not know much it. Instead, he asked if I knew how to use (website hidden) search for details. Of course, I knew, but it was another story while you were there. Anyways, I managed myself. 3/ As far as concern the green policy, Fong Yu told me he would not make any refund due to 2 days bookings. For such small amount, of course , I didn’t mind (if I was notified before), but it was a matter of principal to me. Fong Yu finally accepted my grounds and settled after then. 4/ Moreover , I really felt bad when I asked help from Fong Yu to lift my luggage downstairs and he asked me why I did not make advance booking for taxi ( because I thought it was easy to grab a taxi like HK ). Fong Yu again told me to get the no. with (website hidden) search and he would normally let the guests manage their luggage themselves ( even it was raining ). With this reason, I decided to carry the luggage myself. However, Fong Yu’s cleaning helper came up to me once he heard the door opening. He was really kind , helpful and even refused to be taken care. Definitely, I hope I could take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to Fong Yu’s helper ( he made the home extra clean and tidy ). He is very honest and considerate. I am so impressed with his generosity and his heartwarming personality is highly appreciated . Personal opinion : I would not book Fong Yu’s home again. For the reason, I could book a business hotel where I could get more assistance...

    March 2014
  • If you get a chance to stay in Fong-yu's place, you will see what a well-organized person he is.
    His place is super clean and tidy.

    And the location is convenient, it's on Zhongxiao East Road, 2 minutes walk from City Hall station, so you can take a bus to get there right after landing. Taipei 101, Xinyi ESLITE bookstore and Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall are within walking distance.

    Fong-Yu is a thoughtful and considerate host. Since I bought my air tickets at the last minute, I didn't have any specific plans before I left home. So I asked him thousands of stupid questions via email. I know everybody was extremely busy before Chinese New Year, but he is such a prompt communicator that he did answer all of my emails and gave me lots of helpful suggestions and advices. He sent me several photos he's taken in his apartment, the bus schedule and a map of his neighborhood and made sure I had everything sorted prior to my arrival.

    All in all, a delightful stay and I will definitely visit Taipei again!

    February 2014
  • Great place, clean, central location. Host was kind and helpful, he lives in the flat and is at work in the day so you would have your own space too. He will either provide breakfast or give you a discount if you want to eat locally.

    The taxi drivers often don't speak English so get the address in Chinese too or get the driver to call fong for directions.

    Fong left me a pineapple cake for Chinese New Year and was good company, very helpful!

    January 2014
  • though we only stayed 2days there,it's enough to learn that Mr.Liu is a learned man who deeply loves the life. if u wanna stayed in Taipei for a period of time,this apartment with convenient transportation is a good choice!last but not the least, i wish Uncle Fongyu pass ACCA soon!

    January 2014
  • I stayed here for 10 nights…
    On top of all the good things others have commented, I would just add:

    *The toilet is heated, which I loved…lol
    *You are provided with storybooks to read at night…
    *Fong-yu is not home often, so there's lot of private time for yourself
    *Within 5~15min walk, you can find 2 banks (to exchange money), 1 post office, 1 dry cleaning store, 2 elite bookstores and some vegetarian dinning places, together with many other facilities…

    NOTE: the doorbell is broken, so make sure you can somehow reach Fong yu (e.g. borrowing the cab driver's phone) when you arrive at the gate (which is locked), so that he can come down and let you in…

    Nice place in general!

    December 2013
  • Fong-Yu is very helpful accommodating upon my arrival schedule. He is a nice guy to chat with, yet not bothering my privacy and schedule. I felt like having my own space even though you know there is another person in the apartment. I had fun and would definitely stay here again when I visit Taipei.

    December 2013
  • Fong-Yu is a nice person who offers a spare room in his apartment. He lives in an area of interesting cafes and restaurants and is a five minute walk to the MRT station Taipei City Hall. There is also a cultural park and museum of design right around the coner. This is also the destination of the bus from the airport, Since I was a little confuse by the map and directions, Fong-Yu walked over to the bus stop to show me the way home. After that, it was easy to find.
    Fong-yu is a lawyer and is responsible for his elderly parent, so he wash;t around very much. He brought me breakfast every morning before he headed off to work, We did have a nice conversation on my last morning,

    November 2013
  • My stay at this place was great! I am a solo female traveler for this trip. The neigborhood is very safe, and the place is super close to the City Hall Bus Station & MRT station & the police station. Food & coffee around there are awesome too! Make sure to check out Artista Perfetto & cafes at the Songshan Cultural Park

    November 2013
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