About three months before our trip to Taipei, we booked a family hotel room via Agoda.com in King Lei Lei Hotel in Ximending (台北市西门町) at a discounted price. The primary reason why we chose this hotel was its close proximity to many tourist places in the city. Several other satisfied guests recommend staying in this hotel because of comfort and convenience. The property is five minutes’ walk to Ximending metro station, which makes it accessible for us to travel to many areas easily. Below is my review of King Lei Lei Hotel as a budget hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.
Review of King Lei Lei Hotel 金丽丽旅社(Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan)
King Lei Lei Hotel may be an appealing option for backpackers, budget travelers, and other easygoing travelers in Taipei. It was built in 1980 and was renovated in only this year (2015). This budget hotel is nowhere a trendsetter in the “artsy” department. Thus, those looking for a more exquisite and elegant hotel should definitely think twice. In our case, since we’re out most of the time whenever we travel, we’re fine sticking just with the basics.
The “quad” room we occupied was good for four people. With two queen-size beds, a sofa, and a dresser, the room looked quite old-fashioned but it was in pretty good shape. In terms of design, King Lei Lei Hotel is not really fit for a king.
The bedroom was outfitted with standard amenities, such as the electric fan, AC, telephone, mini fridge, free Wi-Fi and cable LCD TV. All will be fine for families who are willing to overlook a scuff or two on the wall. The best things about this room were that it’s relatively spacious for a family and it had a laid back atmosphere which I thought could easily win over travelers looking for a quiet, unique place to stay.
The private bathroom had a minimalist theme. Shower was efficient with both cold and hot water. Slippers, towels, shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste were provided.
I’m not sure if people at the hotel counter know how to speak and understand English because we spoke to them in Mandarin all the time. They were not so friendly but were accommodating enough to manage our requests. We asked for additional coffee, towels, and tissue paper, and we were allowed to just get the stuff from the hotel’s moving cart of toiletries and freebies without question and without added cost.
The reception area wasn’t manned at all times, but there’s a bell that guests would have to ring to call the staff’s attention. We didn’t encounter any problem checking in and out of the hotel. Our room was cleaned and maintained daily.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
King Lei Lei Hotel in Ximending has 22 rooms. It’s good for couples, solo travelers, families with children (both young and older), and business travelers. As a point of reference for budgeting, the double room (for two) costs USD 26.23 per night, and the quad room (for four) costs USD 44. Considering price for value, it’s a bargain. 🙂 We stayed here for three nights.
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Check in time: 4:00PM
Check out time: 12:00NN