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NYS Loft Hotel: Industrial Charm in Taipei

NYS Loft Hotel: Industrial Charm in Taipei

For those who plan to visit Taipei, you’ll come to realize that the number of hotels to choose from can get overwhelming fast. That’s when having parameters to help with decision making becomes an absolutely necessity. For me, one of my biggest factors I always prioritize is great location. Which is why, when I discovered NYS Loft Hotel (3F, No. 1, Nanyang Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan,) a charming new hotel situated right across from Taipei Main Station, the city’s main train terminal, my mind was quickly made up. The hotel’s aesthetics and infrastructure have come to fuse different concepts to create an entirely new breed of hotel experience that is hard to peg down.

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How to get there from the airport: Go to the basement floor of the airport to get to the bus departures. At the ticketing booth, look for the Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport sign. Directly underneath is the bus listing. Take the 1819 Taipei Express Bus, which will drop you off to the left of the Taipei Main Station complex. Tickets are TWD $125 each way. The trip takes about 40 minutes. Look for Caesar Park Hotel across the street. NYS Loft Hotel is around the corner from the hotel. If you find yourself taking the underground mall route, take exit M6 or M8 to get to NYS Loft Hotel.

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  • All bathrooms come with free toiletries
  • Free towels and linens
  • Shared kitchen (open to all guests)
  • On-site washer/dryer with ironing service
  • Free unlimited wireless access
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Wake-up service
  • Shared lounge space with board games/puzzles
  • Airport pick-up for a surcharge (ask in advance)
  • Towels and security lockers available upon request (dorms only)
  • Multilingual: resources available in English, Japanese, and Chinese
  • Wheelchair friendly (there is an elevator)

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Located on the third floor, the 80-room property is a combination of shared and private rooms, spread across two floors. The hostel-hotel hybrid makes for a fully inclusive experience, with the rooms styles mixed together and not segregated unlike some other establishments. This facility was also designed for disabled guests in mind so if you are a person with disabilities, contact the hotel management who will gladly help accommodate any needs.

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Small spaces are utilized smartly

The type of room styles to choose from include:

  • Full-Bed Double Bedroom with Shared Shower (for 2 people)
  • Full-Bed Double Bedroom with Shared Bathroom (for 2 people)
  • Full-Bed Standard Double Room with No Window (for 2 people)
  • Comfort Triple Room with Shared Bathroom (for 3 people)
  • Standard Twin with Private Bathroom (for 2 people)
  • Double Deluxe Room with Sofa Bed and Private Bathroom (for 3 people)
  • Comfort Family Room with No Window and Private Bathroom (for 4 people)
  • Twin Standard Single Room with Shared Bathroom (1 person)
  • Deluxe Single Room with Shared Bathroom (1 person)
  • Comfort Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom (for 4 people)
  • Deluxe Twin Room with Shared Bathroom (for 2 people)

We opted for Standard Double Room with a full bed and private bathroom. Even though the rooms are small, you can’t help but admire the smart use of space. This room was made efficiently. From the small sofa in the corner to create a pseudo-lounge area to the outlets featuring USB ports and a number of outlet varieties so you can charge all items in one area, the attention to details negate the absence of space.

NOTE FOR FAMILIES TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN

All children are welcome but please note that this property property cannot accommodate additional beds in the rooms.


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INDUSTRIAL CHARM

When I asked Ivy and Kevin what the most important thing about the hotel, they both agreed that it was all about atmosphere. And from the moment you step into the hotel lobby, you can feel a strong commitment to creating all around good vibes. The theme of the hotel, according to Kevin, is inspired by their travels. During his adventures with Ivy around the world, they decided to pick up the “good feelings” from all the hotels/hostels they stayed at. This combination of ideas makes the hotel feel more open to all kinds of travelers, even families. There are no restrictions here. The balance between a hostel’s communality and a hotel’s penchant for intimacy, is perfectly struck NYS Loft. Some of my favorite details: the a grunge treatment to many of the barewood walls,with stenciled text effects to add texture. You can’t miss the graffiti wall with names of international cities. I also love how the common area feels so very retro with the throwback stereos and old vinyls lining the wall. You can clearly see that they borrowed from various design concepts. Repeated throughout the space is the overall presence of dark colors mixed with eye catching splashes of color.  NYS Loft is all about doing more with less space, a typical problem in densely concentrated Asian cities such as Taipei.

 


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QUICK BITES TO GO

A light selection of complimentary breakfast is offered on the weekends. If you’re looking for a big meal, get out on the streets where food is plentiful. The breakfast here is more something to hold you off until your next big meal. During our breakfast, we got to choose from salty porridge or a steamed pork bun. There was also a steamed cabbage bun for vegetarians. For beverages, you can choose between either milk tea, orange juice, or 3-in-1 coffee.


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The NYS Loft Hotel first opened its doors in mid-August of 2016 and have been enjoying steady business ever since. The owner, Kevin, is a Taiwan native and he runs this property with his lovely girlfriend Ivy, who takes on a supporting role as head of marketing. Kevin is an active owner; he handles all administrative work while engaging with all the customers to create a more personal stay. The two credit their success to their response to feedback, ensuring that all critiques given are immediately attended to. In the future, they’re toying with the idea of expanding but won’t until the NYS Loft runs smoothly and the customers feel absolutely comfortable in the environment the two have created.

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The 24-hour reception


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CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT

Check-In: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. All children are welcome. Please note that room with a 2-person rate is subjected for 2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child under 3 years old.

PRICE

Private rooms with showers starting at $88 per night. Four bed dormitories starting at $28.50 per night. BOOK HERE.

REVIEWS

Visit the NYS Loft Hotel Facebook as well NYS Loft Hotel on TripAdvisor for more firsthand reviews.

OVERALL RATING

8/10 ✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪

DISCLAIMER: My stay was courtesy of NYS Loft Hotel.  As always, all opinions and photos are my own, unless otherwise stated.

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Izzy Pulido is a Bostonian by way of the Philippines who loves to vagabond. At twenty-seven, she's traded in gallivanting around Europe for the 9-to-5 grind... but don't count out the vagabonding! With a new long distance relationship, she's bringing American travel to the forefront. She lives for good times, good food, and good peeps.

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  1. sabs

    6 March

    This looks like a cool place to stay, especially considering the location. I love the decor, the mosaic in the toilet and the decorations in the rest of the hotel. Will definitely keep it in mind if I get to Taipei!

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      The tiles in the bathroom were a nice touch! It was the one feminine trait of an otherwise neutral domain.

  2. Thanks for sharing this affordable lodging option. It looks really funky, and fun. We have never been, but will pin this away for a potential future trip.

  3. This place sounds so cool and comfortable. Love the decor and the mix of atmospheres between a hostel and a hotel. We’ll check this out next time were in Taipei.

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      The mixed atmosphere was great! I got the privacy I wanted but I never felt too isolated, you know what I mean right?

  4. I’m totally digging the industrial vibe of this place. I also appreciate that even though the rooms may be small, they make good use of the space. It looks hip and practical and sounds like the locations is also a plus!

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      I don’t mind if a room is small either, so long as they know how to be efficient and resourceful within the given dimensions!

  5. Looks like a nice option, thanks. Love room pics, seems clean and neat. What more can one need when exploring the city!

  6. Sally

    8 March

    This looks like a really funky hotel and I can’t believe how cheap it is for something so modern. And they have all the amenities you could really need. Wish I was going to Taipei tomorrow!

  7. I had to read twice the price that you’ve written there. 88 for a double and 28 for a bed in dormitory? It is true that the hostel looks very good and the interior has a wonderful designs, but I think that each country has its own limits in terms of price for hostels?! In Morocco for example I didn’t pay more that 20$/night for a single room in wonderful riads (the traditional Moroccan palaces). For the moment my conclusion is that Taipei is expensive for my budget, but take in mind that I live in Romania, so maybe that’s an explanation.

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      Taipei is definitely a more expensive pick, especially for Asian rates. But then again, it’s similar in price to Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. A dorm room for $28 is craaaaazy steep but I think the private room was the going rate for most private rooms in the city. Even an airbnb per night for a private room was like $50! It’s crazy!

  8. Sally

    8 March

    If I’ve never told you that I’m OBSESSED with your graphics, then now you know :). This hostel looks amazing and such a good price point too! I love how hip it is while making good use of space. Haven’t been to Taiwan quite yet but now I know where I’m staying when I do go. I love seeing how trendy hostels have become nowadays!

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      Awww thank you Sally! I always appreciate the compliment 😀 It’s very hip and trendy and personally, I love this shift in aesthetics! It’s much more personable!

  9. Aparna

    8 March

    I love that there is a shared kitchen available for all guests – when traveling, I like to make mysel a meal or so every few days atleast, esp with local market ingredients. Great concept, and will definitely keep in mind if I ever make it to Taipei!

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      I should’ve clarified more that it’s a kitchenette as opposed to an all-out shared kitchen. I love cooking my own things too but it seemed cheaper to eat out than to cook at home here!

  10. nicki

    8 March

    Definitely digging the design of these digs. I am in love with urban elements like the industrial designs you see here. I am adding this to my list for when I visit!

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      I loved the urban elements as well! If anyone as so does some grunge stenciling, I’m immediately sold!

  11. Tara

    8 March

    I really like the industrial vibe of the rooms and common spaces, and the price is quite reasonable. By the way, I love your graphics!

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      Thanks Tara for the graphics love 🙂 Means a lot to me!

  12. Candy

    8 March

    I’m loving the industrial vibe. It’s so awesome that they have a shared kitchen and you can even do laundry if you need to. And the location is definitely a selling factor for me 🙂

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      The shared kitchen is more like a common dining space as opposed to an all you can cook which is a bummer :/ But it’s nice to have laundry on site!

  13. The quirky decor had me in! The efficient use of space as you mentioned was quite clever. Looks like an amazing place to stay. And the options of shared and private rooms was really good as well!

  14. Paige

    9 March

    Holy cow, Iz. Your review game is insane! I’m truly so inspired by you! This place looks awesome. I love that there are so many options from dorms to completely private. Plus, their light breakfast is so yummy looking. Their rooms are so gorgeous and I would definitely stay here if when i go to Taipei. Plus, that location is great!

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      Awww Paige, thank you so much! LOL these reviews are really hard but I feel like they’re needed esp. when it comes to trip planning! The light breakfast was yum, I just wish there were more options! But Taipei is all about the street food so it wouldn’t make sense to eat at a hotel anyways 😛

  15. It really looks like a creative and warm place to stay in, i absolutely love it. I haven t been yet to Taiwan so i would definitely consider it for my future travel plans. The food looks Amazing !!!

  16. I have never been in Taipei but this looks very nice and affordable place to stay. I especially like the tiles on the bathroom… I want some of those to my house! Great post! I hope to visit here someday.

  17. Rhiannon

    12 March

    Taiwan has never really been somewhere I’ve been keen on visiting, but last year I had a short layover at Taipei airport and being there but not being able to explore the country made me eager to actually visit!
    This hotel looks like it’d be a great choice for me if I do go – I love that they have soundproof rooms! Not for any naughty reasons, more because I always panic I have my Netflix on too loud for my neighbours! $88 for a private room is really good value too, I’m impressed.

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      Hahaha I feel you! I’m always worried that because I’m so deaf, that my volume is on waaay too loud and I feel so bad for whoever has to deal with it! Definitely try to make it there! It is worth it but I dont think you’ll be indoors very often 😛

  18. Harsh Gupta

    12 March

    $88 for a private bedroomw with shower is not at all bad. I especially love the quirky , music themed common space – just my kind of place.

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      It’s good for Taiwan! Imagine this is a value hotel here and that’s the normal price. Oh you would’ve loved all the records hanging up! It was a neat space!

  19. Ariane

    12 March

    The NYS Loft hotel looks really, really great! you’ve been talking about the perks, but weren’t there any down turns? When I travel I always have something to criticise. That being said I would most definitely check into this fab place 🙂

    • Izzy Pulido

      16 April

      Thank you for that talking point! You are so right, I think I slightly touched upon it being small and the no breakfast issue but I’ll be more certain to talk about cons! 🙂

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