To tell you the truth, my first impression of this guest house was a bit negative despite the cool pictures on its Hostelworld page. First, there was a negative post in there. Second, it was a bit difficult to find, as per the instructions given, which included taking a cab that I eventually did. Fortunately, everything changed when I met the owner and his sister, who are both very helpful and kind. Okay, so here is the drill. When you finally find the guest house, you are redirected to the breakfast café facing it via a note at the door. The owner is the café owner’s brother. The said sister would then contact his brother to check you in because he does not live in the guest house.
He then sits with you at the lobby for some briefing. He will bring out a huge photocopied map of the area originally drawn by hand. He will then draw popular routes with his colored pens. If you have special requests for instructions on other places of interest, ask him and he will show you where to take the bus. He also gives you a NT$20 off voucher for his sister’s breakfast café. The set of keys include two (one for the room door and the other for the locker) and an electronic sensor thingy for the main door. He will ask for NT$500 deposit which you could get back once you check out, which you do via his sister again at the café. At first I thought that the deposit is way too steep, equivalent to one night’s stay, but then again it is because of that electronic thingy.
The dorm room for boys is on the second floor. There are six bunks. The bathroom is shared and is by the staircase right next to the room. The same set up is true for the girls’ dorm on the third floor. The fourth floor is a family room that could fit four. Anyway, I was alone at first, as in alone in the whole building, but then some girls arrived in the evening. I was still alone in the room, but at least there were people at the building aside from me. The Wi-Fi reaches the room, by the way.
TAICHUNG: Corner Backpacker Hostel