I give this place a solid FIVE for the value, location, and service. It is not considered a 'five star' hotel (like a Four Seasons, Ritz, etc.) but it is very nice. I'd say it is a modern boutique in an awesome location (I may say that over and over again, because I am totally hooked on this place).
Trying to find it is a bit weird...the lobby is on the 5th floor of a department store. Just ask around where people are hanging or find the elevators. Once checked it, you'll have peace of mind because the floors need a hotel key to get to the floors.
The bar is very simple but elegant. Not a hang out place, but a nice quiet retreat if you need to escape from the rush of Taipei . The breakfast bar was only so-o. I'd save the money and just get food from the carts outside.
The front desk was very friendly and their English was very adequate. The concierge helped us navigate to a few other choice places.
When you get off the Blue/Green Line at Ximen (exit 6) it is about a 7 minute walk to the hotel. Lots of fun night life with great street food and western establishments too. Very clean area for the most part.
The rooms were clean, simple and comfortable. We got a room on the "inside" ring so there was no street noise and it still let in natural light in!
I cannot wait to go back!
BTW: We took the MRT to Taipei Main to the express train to TPE. WOW...fast, efficient and cheap!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- amba Taipei Ximending is located in the heart of trendy Ximending shopping and entertainment area in Western Taipei, just five minutes’ walk to the Taipei Metro Ximen Station, one metro stop from the Taipei Main Station for high-speed rail, and only 20 minutes’ drive to Taipei 101. Nominated as one of the best hotel openings by Wallpaper* magazine in 2012, amba Taipei Ximending occupies levels 5 to 10 of the fashionable Eslite shopping complex on Wuchang Street, junction of Kunming Street. This hip, eco-friendly hotel features free high-speed WiFi access hotel-wide, 160 contemporary guestrooms with separate rain shower, and free use of a self-service laundry room. Extra large rooms, loft rooms and balcony rooms can accommodate up to four adults, ideal for friends and family to share. Dining options include chiba – an international all day restaurant for fun dining, tingba - a retro chic music lounge, and tianba – a bakery with an alfresco courtyard. Best of all, there are many locally inspired fun elements awaiting for your discovery. ... more less
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