At heart of Taipei business district, this Homelike B&B is convenient to anywhere in Taipei. And convenience is not its strongest feature -- tidiness and cleanness of the room, and the soft-talking host who makes the apartment ever-renewing...
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interaction with Guests
We will certain meet face-to-face when check-in. Afterwards, we can email, or SMS, or Whatsapp, (website hidden), (website hidden)....you name it!
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!
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.
1. No curfew restriction. You can come back late.
2. Do not bring non-guest here, please, not even stopping by for 3 minutes, please, except for the new rules below. There are plenty of good coffee, tea and fruit juice bars around here for happy gatherings!
*NB. New guest-staying rules: If you have a few friends for afternoon tea for no more than 4 hours in the B&B (but no staying overnight), an extra USD35 (or TWD1,000) cleaning charge will be incurred. For one friend staying overnight, two-day prior notice to me is required and a surcharge of USD65 (TWD1,820) will be incurred -- in exchange, I will let the guest use my room, and I will move myself out that night! For avoidance of doubt, the breakfast refund does not apply to such additional guest circumstances.
3. Wifi is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
4. Many a guest prefers to enjoy his/own exploration of this area and savors breakfast/brunch as part of morning entertainment. This is admirable, and a coupon worth of 2 US dollars per morning (for Dante Cafe in the neighbourhood) will be provided!
Mr. Liu was very friendly and easy-going. It was raining hard on the day of my arrival, but he stayed late to welcome me in person. The apt was clean and the location was so convenient. I had good time during my 6-day stay there.
It has been a wonderful experience at Fong-yu's place. It's very clean, with all the amenities necessary for a comfy stay - even facial puff for make-up removal is available. The location is superb, literally 5 mins walk to the subway station. I had the luxury of having the entire apartment to myself as Fong-yu was away after giving me the keys and telling me about the facilities in his place. He has been very friendly and responsive in the entire process. I'd strongly recommend this place if you visit Taipei.
A location that could not be more convenient. A nice apartment with everything we need for a comfortable stay. Above all, the host Fongyu is a super nice guy, he is very helpful and kind. Only a small pity is that we have not got some more time to talk with our host - judging by the books and well arranged apartment we know he is well educated and with a good taste l. All in all, a highly recommended lodging for business and pleasure travelers. 房间位置超级方便，配置齐全，房东超级好，强力推荐！
東房在我的旅程裡給了我很大的空間, 讓我感覺到很自在。房間非常大, 大得有點難以致信, 房間的設施也非常足夠, 雖然他工作非常繁忙, 但是他都可以去照顧我的問題, 真的非常感謝。
地點方面 :走到市政府捷運站不用5分鐘, 非常方便。
Fong-Yu is a great host, he makes you feel like at home. And the apt is spotless clean and perfectly located--at the heart of the city and close to many hot spots: within walking distance to 101, Eslite bookstore, att 4 fun, etc. Highly recommend and surely will be back again!
Fong-Yu is such a wonderful host! His place is super clean, safe, and centrally located five minutes walking distance to Taipei city hall metro and bus station.
Unfortunately he was away when I stayed there, and only met him briefly for about two hours. He showed me and explained everything I need to know so I can have a smooth travel.
Thank you and I highly recommend this place to anyone, and I will certainly come back and stay at his place again in the future.
It was a pleasant stay at Fong-Yu's apartment. He was easy to reach and very responsive from the minute I booked until check-out. The location is a prime spot right off the City Hall MRT, making it super convenient to get anywhere. There are so many cafes and restaurants as well as shopping within walking distance or a brief bus or MRT ride, and they're building a new arena (Da Ju Dan - 大巨蛋) right next to the alley!
Fong-Yu's place is exactly as pictured, spacious and clean — you instantly feel at home. The weather got a little chilly in Taipei while I was there, and Fong-Yu even provided a little heater for my guest room. It was a shame both Fong-Yu and I had busy schedules during my time there that we did not get to chat (this also means he gives you a lot of space with the place to yourself most of the day). I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Taipei!
I am from Taipei, Taiwan, a incurable fan of travel, skiing (surviving two bone fractures), movie and Issac Asimov si-fi!
我是台北人，單身，愛好旅行和滑雪（ski，骨折2次仍不屈不撓），熱愛看電影和科幻小說（big fan of Asimov！）