Hello, hello! I’m back from my week-long, birthday trip in Taiwan and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! First thing’s first, a quick overview of the first hostel I stayed at, the Flip-Flop Garden Hostel.
Prior to my arrival, I had to inform the staff that I will be arriving Taipei at 12:10 (because, cheap flights, duuuh!) because they do not have a 24 hour reception and their check-in time is at 15:00-2:30. If having gone without notice, they would have cancelled my booking by 2:30. But of course, just by simply letting them know, they said that their staff will wait up for me up until 3:30, since it takes around an hour to get a bus at the airport, and around another hour to get to the hostel. Public transportation instructions at the bottom!
As I arrived (past 3:30, hehe! Thank you Flip-flop Garden for your kind consideration!), I walked into this absolutely beautiful entry way, that lit up the dark street in the early morning. I was greeted by a very friendly staff member named York, who did not seem to have any problem at all waiting up for me to check me in and give me a proper tour of the property. Thanks, York! 🙂
First thing that you will see to your right, before entering the hostel, is the common room. This area provides a lot of sitting space to chill-out, relax, and meet new people.
I booked a bed in a 3-bed female dorm, which was found on the 4th floor, which is the all-female floor. The room was very clean, cozy, and surprisingly spacious. The room had one regular single bed and one bunk bed. Being the last one in totally meant that the upper bunk was mine! Not that it was a problem. Rooms are equipped with a personal safe, which can only be opened by your key card, a bathing towel, and free wi-fi.
On the same floor, you will find the common bathroom. Which had three showers, two toilets, and two hair dryers. This bathroom can only be opened with your keycard, so always keep it with you!
FREE BREAKFAST INCLUDED
Downstairs, you will find the breakfast station. Where you can claim your free breakfast and a great “good morning” greeting from the amazingly friendly staff. What a way to start any day! On that day, the breakfast menu was “Sunny egg, ham, sweet potato, and toast.” Breakfast is served at 8:00-9:30.
Since I am a vegetarian, this is what my breakfast looked like! I hear the words food and free, and I’m on board. No, actually, I was already on board when i heard “food”.
This is the common eating area, equipped with a long dining table for everyone to share, all the basic utensils you need, two dish washing stations (don’t forget to wash your own plates!), two refrigerators (don’t forget to label your food! I heard the staff can get really hungry at night!), a rice cooker (I’m Filipina. This is important.), and segregated trash bins, because the Earth is, like, dying. So, do your thaang.
Overall, although very short, I had an extremely pleasant stay at this beautiful hostel. With an amazing and accommodating staff, coziness and cleanliness on point, there really isn’t much else you can ask for. I really do wish I could have stayed longer and I know I will be coming back to check this place out when I’m back in Taipei!
*Shoutout to York and the lady at the front desk who helped me with all public transportation hacks and how to get to my next hostel!
Free continental breakfast and WiFi
Limited hour front desk
TOTAL COST: PHP 898
Address: No.122, Changan W. Rd, Datong Dist, Taipei, Taiwan
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