TS Hotel 大順大飯店 (Taiwan)

When going free and easy, dealing with accommodation would be a concern for every traveller. Taiwan offers four types of accommodation: Hotel, Hostel, Minsu (B&B) and Apartments.
- If staying budget is your utmost priority, you could stay in a hostel where you will meet a lot of interesting people. (If travelling in pairs, a doubles in a hotel may be more economical)
- For a more personal stay, you can consider a Minsu where you will have the opportunity to interact with locals. (Usually outside Taipei city, such as Jiufen, Yilan, Hua Lien)
- If you travel in small groups and want to stay together, consider apartments where you will have a living hall to mingle with one another. (Take note that some apartments are actually divided into parts to be let out to other guests. Look for individual suites for more privacy)
- Finally, hotels are for those who prefer some services such as housekeeping and left luggage services.

Now that you have decided the type of accommodation that suits you, finding a suitable location for your stay is just as important. The top 3 locations that Singaporeans love to stay in Taipei would be Ximending (西門町), Taipei Main Station (台北火車站) and Xinyi District (信義區).
- If you want to live in the heart of Taiwan's fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture, Ximending is a great place to stay. Ximending is where you can find countless of restaurants, shops and fun attractions. From street performances to kitschy themed restaurants, it is no wonder youths love this place!
- If you intend to use the High Speed Rail, consider staying at Taipei Main Station for convenience. For those who are interesting in getting electronic products, NOVA electronics Mall and Hankou Street is nearby. However, Guang Hua Digital Plaza is a mere two stops away from Taipei Main Station.
- For the most cosmopolitan district of Taipei, stay at Xinyi District. Here you can find the financial district, American Chinese restaurants and a number of department stores.

My family and I decided on Hotel at Ximending. We decided on Ta Shun Hotel is located 2 minutes away from Ximending MRT (Exit 1). The hotel's location is great as it is located on a quiet street away from the bustling streets of Ximending, lots of amenities nearby such as 7-elevens, Carrefour and cheap eating places! There is free breakfast, free WIFI and the staff are friendly and will provide you with useful travel information. The hotel rooms are named suites and we stayed in their Deluxe Suite for two adults at (NT$2380/S$100.25 per night). Additional guest at NT$500/S21.06 per night. However, take note that the additional bed is a tatami mat. Overall, the hotel is of good value!

The rooms are well-air conditions. They are relatively large considering that this is a city. This is one of the Deluxe Suite.

Deluxe Suite (NT$2380/S$100.25 per night)

The other Deluxe Suite that we had.
Deluxe Suite (NT$2380/S$100.25 per night)

Not all the rooms come with a bath. If you want a bath, make sure to request for it when making the reservation.

Basic amenities are in place. Bottles of water, sachets of coffee and tea bags are replaced on a daily basis. There is a bar fridge.
Basic Amenities

Breakfast coupons will be issued upon check in and you will have to pass your coupon to one of the staffs during your breakfast! The complimentary breakfast is buffet style with limited variety. You will be served a continental breakfast with fares such as Taiwanese-style porridge (congee) with some side dishes, suitable for the hotel's clientele who are mostly Asian. There are "western" fares such as bread and jam. Coffee is made by a decent coffee machine, while orange juice was from syrup and the soya bean drink was freshly made. The breakfast served was tasty and filling. Unfortunately, they do not change their menu but there are plenty of food options from nearby eateries such as JSP, 85 Degrees C, Fei Tian and 50 蓝(a.k.a KOI in Singapore). Despite the shortcomings, the breakfast is of good quality considering that it is included in the room rate.
Daily breakfast

Say hi to the fortune cat at the lobby for me!
The fortunate cat in the lobby

Ximending is just 2 minutes away. You can come here for theme restaurants and shops. (including Uniqlo).

Stomach growling in the middle of the night? There is a huge 7-eleven just across the street from the hotel.

There is even a bubble store nearby. You don't have to travel far to find 50 蓝(a.k.a KOI in Singapore).
50 蓝(a.k.a KOI in Singapore)

 The street that TS Hotel is on.
Han Zhong St

Exterior of TS Hotel.
TS Hotel
The hotel can arrange buses or taxis back to Taoyuan Internation Airport.
- Freego bus service can be arranged at NTS150 per pax. The bus will come 50 minute of an hour (e.g. 1350,1450,1550). The bus will go around picking guest to the airport and you will have to change bus somewhere. Otherwise, you can go to Taipei Main Station (1 stop away) to take a direct bus to the airport.
- A taxi for 1-3 pax cost NT$1100 and 4-8 pax cost NT$1400. We took this option as it was more convenient and my family could travel together.

What you need to know:
- For triple rooms that were originally doubles. The additional bed would be a thin mattress (Tatami Mat) with blankets on a wooden floor.
- Having breakfast with the taste of a home cooked meal included in your hotel room price is definitely a huge plus point for the hotel.
- Rooms on the 7th floor is not served by lift
- Free breakfast, Free Wifi
- Located at Ximen Station, 1 stop away from Taipei Main Station.
- Great location, great service, great value

TS hotel 大順大飯店 
(Also known as Ta Shune Hotel)
170-172 HanZhong St.
Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 888-6-2381-8710
Reservations: 886-2-2388-1315
Fax: 886-2-2381-8713
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About Haoming Koo

Koo Haoming. Founder of The Fat Chemist. Currently an undergrad at the National University of Singapore with a burning passion for science! Inspired to start a blog after reading the book, "Napoleon's Buttons, How 17 Molecules Changed History". The book fills the gap between Chemistry and History. Adapting the style of the book, posts written by me highlight the chemistry in the food we eat.
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