If you want to experience the cool historic area of Tainan, here's your place - in a quiet spot right in the center of it all. Tainan is a world away from Taipei and holds its own relaxed, educated sophistication. This friendly history-steeped neighborhood takes you an easy stroll to many café's, a mid-east bakery, speciality shops, parks, traditional markets, historical sites, five elements body adjustment practitioners, crafts shops, shrines, temples with a gentle vast green view right from your bedroom across Japanese-era school buildings, coconut trees and the school athletic field. Between us and the main north-south NanMen Street is the city's best steak restaurant. Taiwan's first school and Confucian Temple is a block away, with the hubbub (Chinese say re4 nao4) of people coming and going. And much much more, just within a short walk. Its a photographer's paradise. Bicycles (or taxis) can easily take you anywhere in this small coastal city founded by the Dutch in the early 1600's as a trading port. It's always had a strong international presence. As a westerner, its one of the easiest places to mingle with ... anybody, feeling welcome everywhere.
Me, I've been "a lifetime" in Taiwan, and speak and read Chinese rather well. I get around wonderfully and love helping you communicate effectively and get around where you want to be.
Unusual for Taiwan, this apartment has natural light on 4 sides and a lovely ocean cross-breeze. It has 2 levels - the house (4th fl) and the partially covered roof (5th Fl) with its own bathroom and an outdoor bathtub. This was a standard Chinese apartment. Then it was bought by an American architect and renovated to be more spacious and bright, and invite the exceptional view into the house. The bright, clean stairway up to our 4th floor has solid wood banister and plant-filled windows at each level. There's an open-plan kitchen with everything a chinese (and most other country) cook needs. Most recently (fall 2012), Italian cooks served up 2 weeks of great meals, so I know it can be done (I tend to eat out a lot as I ride my bike around town daily and enjoy the wonder of Tainan's food with its never-ending variety).
Out the window beside the comfortable double bed you'll see the Japanese-era architecture of a girls' junior high school, with its vast track field lined in coconut trees. I repeat it, because it really is that exceptional. There's lots of activity outside that window during the school year, starting 7am (note this, late sleepers ... and there's a quieter bedroom option for those who consider this too much). There's wifi (no TV, 'cause noone's seriously asked yet, if you want it, seriously ask). Smoking outside, and there's LOTS of outside. It's perfect for one person or a couple for some days, a week or even longer. If you're thinking about using the whole 2-level apartment, that's a separate listing - "Apartment Tainan Historic Area".
It's easy to get here from HSR (we're at the Koxinga Shrine stop of the City Hall transfer bus), from Taiwan Rail (20 min stroll from train station) or by bus (10 min taxi ride from the parking lot they let you out in). Tainan is perfect for biking around and discovering alleys and hidden temples and the snack stalls everywhere that this city is famous for. There's also a minibus we can reserve from the Kaohsiung International airport - right to and from the door. (~10USD)
Also, there's a few things to know: military jets often fly over Tainan, as early as 7am and as late as ~7pm. The airport is just a mile away, so you get to see and hear underbellies of planes through the day, as one will all over Tainan. Late sleepers note that the school in back of the house has Monday morning assembly on the track field, complete with marching band and speeches from the principal. It's entertaining - if you are prepared for it. There's a darker, quieter bedroom. Request that room, if quiet and late sleeping is what you need.
When you book, I'll ask you what you're keen to do, so I can sketch you out a custom-made guide to Tainan, your way.
If you are traveling with pets or kids, let me know beforehand so I can prepare what's needed.
If you are visiting Tainan, the Bright Room is a good base from which to explore the city as it is convenient for many of the sights such as the Confusius Temple, the South Gate and the Museum of Literature. Jane was very helpful and went out of her way to get information for us about places which most visitors would not wish to go to, such as the tourist railway at Wushulin.
Jane's apartment is lovely, comfortable, and perfectly located . It is a pleasant walk from the train station, in a quiet setting, with great views of Tianan from the rooftop terrace. Jane is a relaxed and interesting host and shared wonderful stories about Taiwan and Tianan (which she clearly loves). She also has lots of maps and guidebooks for Tianan. One evening we had dinner with Jane and 4 of her very fascinating friends (Taiwanese and expats). Thank you for opening your home to us. We loved our stay in Tianan (3 nights).
Jane's place was very nice and clean, the roof terrace is great! and the location is perfect - especially for exploring the city by foot.
However, the air conditioning was very loud and there was no real internet in the apartment. There are several nice cafés with wifi close by, but I missed having internet in the evening to talk to my friends in Europe.
Jane is a very friendly welcoming host, reliable and quick in the correspondence and an active, interesting woman enriching to talk to. She gave me several helpful tips and offered me to join her activities- making me feel very welcome. Thank you Jane !
We had an excellent stay at Jane's. Jane is a wonderful host and we found it very interesting to get to know her better.
Jane made sure we had maps of Tainan and gave us tips of places to visit and eat.
As a Westerner who has lived in Asia for a few decades, she has many stories to tell about the differences in life in Asia / Taiwan from what we know in the Western World. Most are funny and some are profound and life changing.
We would definitely recommend a stay at Jane's house. Her roof top terrace is as described fantastic.
I very much enjoyed my stay in Jane's apartment. A fantastic location, and although Jane herself wasn't around her friend was a great host. Communication with Jane by email was easy and straightforward.
Everything is great at Jane's place. We enjoyed our trip in Tainan.
Jane leave me a message the night before we heading to Tainan, but we don't have internet access that night, so I didn't know she was trying to reach me. The next morning when we heading to Tainan, Jane text to my cell, we confirm everything via cell that morning. She was very informative and care about her guests. The little book Jane let us use was very helpful. the location is very convenient to every historical location. My husband and I had a wonderful time in Tainan.
The room is nice and clean! The hostess was very nice and warmly!
Jane was a wonderful host! She accepted our reservation request when we booked only one day in advance--and during Chinese New Year when everything else in Tainan was already booked or way over our budget. She was very helpful explaining how to get around and was available if we needed assistance with anything. Also, her apartment is in a great location in the heart of the city. The room was clean and comfortable. We were able to walk almost everywhere we wanted to go. Thank you, Jane for the great experience in Tainan!
If you come to Tainan and stay at Jane's, you'll have 2 journeys into one.
In the first one, you will discover the oldest city of Taiwan, full of colors, little streets and markets, and plenty of shrines of course ! (at every corner!!!)
In the second one, you will meet people, experience music, laughing and sharing.
We really felt at some friend's place / at home. The location of the flat is perfect, and you will wake up in a smooth bed and with the birds singing at your window.
And last but not least, the sesame rolls are unforgetable...
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.