For those going to Taipei hoping to meet Chinese Celebrities, this is the hotel to be. Smack in the middle of Xi Men Walker, the plaza square outside the hotel is usually use as the autograph signing spot and promotion area for artists.
Make sure that you book months ahead. Rooms in this hotel can be a bit hard to get since it's a well-known strategic place for fans attending promo events and concerts.
Note: Chinese Name of the hotel for easy communication with local bus operators / taxi
長虹大飯店 (Rainbow Hotel)
飯店地址：台北市萬華區漢中街36號 (Hotel address: No. 36, Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei)
Unique Quality: Best place if you want to see celebs for free. I was here and saw Show Lou, Elva, Cindy Wang, Yoga Lin and Lee Min Ho. But be informed that when big names come out to promote, the plaza square will be quite crowded. I remember seeing fans line up a block long for Show Lou. The event started at 3pm, fans started to line up at 6am.
Breakfast here is typically Asian. Unlike other hotels in the area. Some sauteed veggies, congee and eggs. Although buffet, it didn't take long for us to look for other option.
Rooms area are a bit small. They provide some bathroom necessities and also coffee and tea.
Directions: Xi Men MRT, Exit 6.
We booked a triple room and stayed here for 4 nights. Took Guo Guang Bus from the airport to Taipei Main station for abt 50mins. Cost NT125 per trip. Then took a cab for abt NT100 to Ximending. For triple room, the cost is NT2600 per night excluding breakfast. There is free access to internet in our room. The hotel in mandarin is called Chang Hong Fang Dian.
Unique Quality: This is a very centralised area in Ximending. Very near to Ximending Metro and all popular eateries.
Directions: Take to Ximending Metro, Exit 6. Cab cannot near Rainbow Hotel as it is surrounded by pedestrian walk at night.
Rainbow hotel or "Chang Hong" is a great place to stay, it is along the stretch of ximending and about 5 mins walk from the mrt station. You can't miss it while walking along the stretch of ximending.
Although the room is a little tiny, it is clean and the beds are comfortable not like this budget hotel "Lilai Hotel", which my friend and I stayed in, the beds at Lilai were hard like rock and the walk from the mrt station to Lilai was super duper far.
Rooms were clean. Standard double room was small but comfortable. Everything worked from hot water, air con , toilet flush to tv. Friends who took a triple were given a suite which was spacious. Best that you call hotel itself to make reservations. Walk in rate for std double is NT$2150 but if you call or fax for rooms, it will cost you NT$1680. We booked through an agent and got a cheaper rate. just try your luck when surfing the net. Landlady provided us with info on bus nos. etc. She was also able to book for us seats on the Fei Gou (Freego) (Flying Dog)bus back to Taoyuan airport. Cost us each NT$180. Got to the airport within an hour.
Unique Quality: Free internet available. Very friendly and hospitable staff. Just walk out of the hotel door and you are in the middle of the night life in Ximenting. Ximen subway station is less than 5 minutes' walk from this hotel. Soothing music while walking along corridors of this hotel. Food available just outside whether it be MacD or KFC or local snacks.
- location is in xi men ding, itz juz beside california fitness gym!
- i stayed there for a night! itz like hotel81 in singapore.
- itz juz rooms, a restaurant, lobby... dun expect swimming pools or gym in there
- rooms r spacious!
- NT1680 a night for standard room
Unique Quality: location is king!
I have stayed in this hotel for 5 nights. Easy to find if you drop off at East Dragon using the Freego bus - just a 3 mins walk. It is in the midst of the Ximending shopping area. Only 3 - 5 mins walk to the MRT. Service is great, though I don't think that they speak in English.
Travellers who are not too keen on budget hostel or expensive hotels can try one of the few mid range hotels like east dragon and rainbow. Rainbow hotel is a three star hotel which is located right smack in the middle of ximending. Even though the hotel is inexpensive, basic amenities are not compromised. Toothbrushes, towels, tv, hair dryer and a fridge are available in each room. Breakfast is provided every morning but the menu never changes. For those who need to use the internet, there are 2 computers that are free for use on level 3. Should you need to keep your belongings safe, you can also leave them with the staff at the counter. For those who are interested to stay in this hotel, please book more than a month in advance as rooms are limited and are usually snapped up more than 1 month in advance.
Directions: Opposite the watsons store in ximending
Strategic location - XiMenDing
Unique Quality: Good food + Shopping below the hotel. Weekend would have Celebrities get there to promote their albums, especially summer school holiday.
You don't expect much from a 3 star hotel. Rainbow had a good location, right in Ximending, and a 5 min walk to the MRT, that was what matters the most.
Room is in clean,working condition, what you expect you will find. There's the TV with its satallite channels. So many channels. Ther's the hairdryer etc. The internet you can use at the 2 terminals on the 3rd floor. What I like most is the service of the staff. They are very helpful and friendly when you ask them stuff.
Breakfast provided was lousy, toast and porridge. After the first day, we went to the Ximending's Yong Heng Dou Jiang to eat our daily breakfast. Cost us about 30NT for a Hamburger egg bun.
Oh by the way, they don't have twin beds, only double bed.
Directions: The nearest MRT is Ximen, it's near the exit 6 entrance. You have to walk along the main thoroughfare, to the square where you will make a slight turn. It's diagonally across a huge watsons store.
A very satisfied one....No complaints except the breakfast is the same every morning... Up to standard... Basic 3 star hotel... Air-con room with attached bathroom... TV with many channels...
Unique Quality: A very convenient hotel... 3 minutes walk to the sub-way station... No worry for your meals... Shopping area...
Directions: Right at the centre of Ximending and you will never miss it!
Right at the centre of Ximen Ding, this hotel is very convenient as it is just a five minutes walk away from the Ximen MRT station. My friend and I loved the fact that it was so near the MRT station, and we were able to get around to various parts of Taipei easily because of that.
The hotel staff are really friendly too. We asked them for information on food and shopping, and they were always happy to give us informations and directions. 5 stars for their services! They also have adapters for guest who forgot to pack their adapters. Guests who want to use the adapters have to give the staff a NT $200 deposit that will be fully-refunded once the adapters are given back.
One grouse I have is the breakfast, which was horrible. It was very minimal and basic. So, do not expect an international buffet. Breakfast provided was the same for the two days I bothered going to eat: bread, porridge, ham, eggs and pickled vegetables.
Shops around Ximen Ding are opened until 11pm, so there are plenty to do. If you feel like staying in the hotel, there are over 80 channels on the television to choose from, including HBO, Star Movies (English and Chinese) and Cinemax. There are also anime and sports channels, but the sports channels are dubbed in Mandarin. I had a scream watching WWE in Mandarin as the dubbing was so bad that the characters' mouth move but the sound only come seconds later.
For people who want late suppers, food vendors are also open until 11pm or later, or you can go to the 24 hour convi-stores which can be found everywhere. The variety of ready-to-eat food is an eye-opener for me.
Unique Quality: Fantastic staff, conveninent location
Directions: Exit from Ximen MRT station Exit 6.
Walk straight into Ximen Ding, and turn left at the cross junction (just before KFC). It is on the same street as the Sony Digital Station (You will not miss this shop, the sign is very big!)
The basic amenities and facilities are there and working fine. Toiletries are changed daily. Perhaps I was unlucky cause' the toilet in my hotel room got clogged once. The person who came to service it was rather unfriendly. However, this was just a stand-alone incident and the lobby staff are friendly and welcoming. Overall, considering that this is a budget hotel, I would still recommend this hotel due to its excellent location.
Unique Quality: This hotel is well situated in Hsimenting besides a cross street. It is around 5 minutes walk from the Hsimen MRT station. You can shop till the stores' closing time, and if you are looking for night entertainment e.g. karaoke, there are a few closeby too. You can also walk on foot from here to the "Books" street. (The street with the most bookshops in all of Taiwan.)
I heard from my friend that rainbow hotel in ximending do not have daily room cleaning service. Is that true? If not i'll be staying in rainbow for 1 week with the same bedsheet everyday and dirty room with dustbins full of rubbish? Hope someone can verify this. Thanks
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