industrial hotel room

Taipei Main Station Accommodation

Online it says Taipei Main Station is always the best place to stay whenever in Taipei because of it’s convenience in public transport and the availability of all travel related services within walking distance. And after living in a couple of hotels around Taipei, we couldn’t agree more.

yellow taxi on the road
Taipei Main Station

When we came back to Taipei last March 2018, we had the chance to stay in 2 hotels in the district — Muiu Capsule Inn and Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den. Both were really good places to stay and highly recommended but we have our own preference so stick with us till the end of the article to know which one we like more than the other.

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Muiu Capsule Inn

couple sitting on a couch
Muiu Capsule Inn lobby

This hotel has 3 floors, with over 47 rooms. Don’t get confused with the word ‘capsule’. It doesn’t mean that you literally sleep in a capsule bed similar to the ones in Japan; it only means that the rooms have enough space for you to stay comfortably. We’re guessing the reason why rooms are small is to push guests to spend time mingling with other guests in the common areas.

Rooms

Our room was perfectly tidy with a basic modern design that ensures a relaxing stay.

hotel room with girl in photo

The rooms are equipped with the essentials:

  • TV
  • towels
  • closet with hanging space
  • usb cable and regular socket
  • safety deposit box for your valuables
  • huge and comfy beds with all white linen

As this is considered a budget accommodation, there are no private bathrooms.

COMMON AREAS

You can store food in the refrigerator for free, while using the washing machine and dryer is chargeable.

common area in a hostel in taipei
feel at home but just put everything back to their original places

There is only 1 common area, located in the lobby, where breakfast is also served.

bathroom in hostel

For bathrooms, I would say we personally prefer the bathroom on level 12 because it’s the biggest. Floors 10 and 11 have a way smaller bathroom but although space is a bit of an issue, you are supplied with complete toiletries, from shampoo down to cotton buds.

PRICE Per NIGHT

USD 21 per night, for a private room for 2 with free buffet breakfast.

hallway with man on a handstand
we were playing around the quiet hallways of level 10 😀

When we say buffet breakfast, it means an endless supply of toast with your choice of jam. Tea and coffee is also free but breakfast is only served strictly from 7-10am.

SERVICES

Did we say Muiu Capsule Inn is wheelchair friendly?

common area of hostel
the local lady all the way to the back speaks Japanese!

While we were there, there was a Japanese speaking staff in the reception!

Tours and other travel services are offered in the reception, so just ask!

Food places are just across the street, from milktea stands to lunch meals. We visited Chingshin Milk Tea shop almost everyday as it was 2 minutes away by foot. So convenient!

location

10 minutes walk to Ximending Shopping District

5 minutes walk to Taipei Main Station – the biggest mtr station in all of Taipei which has a direct train to Taoyuan International Airport

contact information

For more information and to book your rooms, visit http://www.taipeimuiuinn.com.

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Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den

girl in hotel room looking outside the window

Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den is not as big as Muiu Capsule Inn — it’s only 1 whole floor of a building with 33 rooms but the design surely made up for it the lack of room availability. This hotel has an industrial feel, with exposed beams and brick walls, and wrought iron details.

ROOMs

The design alone made us love our room more! It was spacious and so was our bathroom! We also had a lounge chair and own hairdryer, towels, and toiletries.

industrial hotel room
bright and clean rooms

The rooms are equipped with the essentials:

  • towels
  • lounge chair
  • big flatscreen TV
  • huge and comfy beds
  • hooks for towels and clothes
  • usb cable and regular sockets
  • safety deposit box for your valuables
  • personal hairdryer, towels, toiletries

COMMON AREAS

There are 2 common areas in the hotel, which we think is pretty good because you can hide away from the chitter chatters of mingling guests if you’re not into that. Aside from huge common working tables, there are mini quiet corners to enjoy your solo time too.

boy in living room
Ian eating breakfast in his own quiet corner

The same with Muiu Capsule Inn, you can store food in the refrigerator for free, while using the washing machine and dryer is chargeable at TWD 30 per use.

PRICE Per NIGHT

USD 42 per night, for a private room for 2 with free buffet breakfast. 2 kids from 0-6 years can also stay for free.

hostel breakfast buffet

Breakfast is the same as Muiu Capsule Inn, although there are extra dishes like porridge and a few toppings, which is only served strictly from 7-10am.

SERVICES

Are you Thai? Not to worry! We met a new friend, Min, who is a Thai local and works in the hotel. She’d gladly help you if you’re having language issues.

industrial hotel lobby

Tours and other travel services are also offered in the reception, so just ask!

location


15 minutes walk to Ningxia Night market, where we had the best mochi dessert ever!

15 minutes walk to Ximending Shopping District

5 minutes walk to Taipei Main Station – the biggest mtr station in all of Taipei which has a direct train to Taoyuan International Airport

contact information

For more information and to book your rooms, visit http://www.mrlobstersecret.com.

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Taipei Main Station Accommodation

So which one do we prefer?

Hands down, Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den wins. Although the rates are double Muiu Capsule Inn’s, the comfort and space value is unbeatable. Oh, and did we tell you they also offer dorm rooms for roughly USD 14? Not bad at all!

industrial hotel room
do you enjoy sleeping in a dorm or your private room?

We love spending time in quiet corners as we avoid too much small talk with other guests so the many quiet corners of this hotel works well for us.

funky hotel details

And having our own spacious bathroom is one of the things we look forward to when traveling. Good thing we have that at Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den.

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BOOK MUIU CAPSULE INN via AGODA or BOOKING or taipeimuiuinn.com

BOOK MR. LOBSTER’S SECRET DEN via AGODA or BOOKING or mrlobstersecret.com

These links might or might not be cheaper than what is posted in their websites but it’s always best to compare.


We stayed in these 2 hotels for free, an X deal we got with Save Money in Taiwan, a travel company in Taipei.

The photos and opinions stated are our own as we are free to share our honest thoughts on this trip.


Which one suits you more? Love to hear from you!

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28 Replies to “Taipei Main Station Accommodation

  1. I’m planning to visit Taiwan soon! 🙂 I’ll keep a note of staying in the Taiwan Main Station. Love that there are affordable options there.

  2. both options looks amazing! i was in taiwan earlier this year and stayed at a few hostels. they were all really clean and modern. and close to the main train station too! i’ll have to check out these ones when i go back. thanks for sharing!

  3. You have to love Mr Lobster’s Secret Den for the name alone! And I’m liking the industrial look plus the quiet corners too. It feels calm, which is great when you’re on a busy trip.

  4. This place looks really cool! I love your photos. Will definitely keep it in mind if we’re in the area.

  5. Looks like a cool place! Love the cute kitchenette in your room. Their lobby looks like a great place to hang up with wifi!

    Thanks for recommending this

    1. Oh!! Please don’t miss out on it. Night markets are heavenly, and the food is so affordable with big value. The Taiwanese are the kindest people we have ever met too! We didn’t expect much before we visited but it’s now in our top 3 favorite countries.

  6. Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den sounds like a great place for families, if you can have 2 kids extra for the same price! Both look lovely and with dorm rooms from $14 – it sounds unbeatable.

  7. What a comprehensive post! It will definitely be very helpful to many and maybe me one day if I ever make it over to that side of the world – I hope so!

  8. I love all the places that you stayed at in Taipei! I was here a year ago and stayed in a very rundown hostel. It’s not as nice of a stay as the ones you’ve stayed at! Totally will check out your list when I go back to Taipei.

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