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Taiwan Hotels & Sleeping

  
 
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Taiwan doesn't sleep. Just look at the number of 24-hour stores out there! But since you have to, here's an introduction to accommodation options in the ROC.

Hostels & Camping

For the budget-minded, there are hostels in Taipei and many other sizable cities. Camping is possible in many places and often very inexpensive; some campsites will supply a tent.

Motels

Motels can be easily found in suburbs. Despite the name, these have little if anything to do with the cheap functional motels common in North America. In Taiwan, motels are intended for romantic trysts and can be quite extravagant in decor and facitilies. Many feature enormous baths with massage jets, separate massage showers, marble tiles, and so forth. Suites come with flat screen TVs. During the daytime, most offer "rests" of a few hours, and check-in times for overnight stays can be as late at 10pm. Taichung is considered the motel-capital of Taiwan.

Hotels

Taiwanese hotels range in quality from seedy to very luxurious. Most Western hotel chains operate in Taiwan such as Sheraton, Westin and Hyatt. There are plenty of five-star hotels around. Keep in mind, however, that many international hotels are outrageously expensive, while comparable and much cheaper accommodation is usually available in the vicinity. For example, the hotel inside Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport charges three as much as similar hotels in Taoyuan, which is a half-hour cab ride away. Taxi drivers and tourist offices are invaluable resources for finding cheaper hotels.

Many hotels in Taiwan have both Chinese and Western names. These can differ radically. Find out and bring along the Chinese name (in Chinese characters) as locals will usually not be able to identify the English ones. Bringing the phone number is always a good idea; taxi drivers are usually willing to call to confirm the address before setting out. When visiting places less traveled by Westerners, don't be shy to walk in on the more pricey hotels, especially off-season, as sometimes very good deals can be had.

Hotel beds in Taiwan are often harder than in the West because of the old Asian tradition of sleeping on a wood board.

Homestays

In the past decade, thousands of B&Bs and homestays have opened their doors to guests. These places aren't much cheaper than hotels - and not all provide breakfast - but they do present a chance to get to know local people and local ways of life. In most, little English is spoken. Making reservations is always advisable, as the best homestays have few rooms and get booked solid two months' in advance during peak season.

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