If you thought staying in a hostel was just for young backpackers then think again! While I did spend many youthful travels living it up while saving money in hostels we have rediscovered them as a family. How does a common room with a cubby house in it sound? movie nights? food eating challenges plus the most friendly staff team we have encountered? Look no further! Let us introduce to you our favourite hostel ever. Star Hostel in Taipei, Taiwan.
Fist up, Taipei is awesome and we really think you should consider it as your next overseas adventure! Transport is really clean, fast and affordable, the food is awesome and the people are super friendly.
Location, Location, Location.
Star hostel is located in the midst of all the action. Its just a 5 min walk from Taipei main station and the airport station. As we walked to the hostel we went past lost of street food vendors, small hole in the wall restaurants, local shops and the best donut shop around. There is a 7/11 across the road, somewhere to eat on each corner and a food night market around 1.5kms away.
Star hostel is on the 3rd floor ( 4th rooms and 5th rooftop laundry) and don’t worry they have a lift to carry up your bags and perfect for us who have a wheelchair user in the family.
When you get out of the lift, reception is right there and this is where the fun starts! All over the walls are maps and information of cool things to discover in this city and further afield.
After check in you go up to the lockers and remove your shoes because everyone wears slippers inside. Your room card opens the main door and in you go. The main common area is amazing! so much light, heaps of places to sit and a giant cubby house! My kids loved the bean bags to relax in and there is enough space to have time alone or be social.
There is a communal kitchen where you can make your own meals with a big refrigerator. This was kept very clean as everyone staying there was very respectful of a shared space.
There is a laundry on the top floor ( stair access only) essential when travelling carry on only and with kids.
We had a family room which was 2 queen beds. Its simple yet really stylish with all the wood and white. We had our own bathroom and rooms are cleaned each day. The Aircon was amazing and we really needed it with temps in the high 30’s day and night!
This is included in your room rate and served between 8-10am in the communal kitchen area. Each morning the staff would be smiling and having a dance with Pepper putting on her favourite song. It’s a great way to meet other travellers and we met people from Korea, Indonesia, Germany, England, China and Taiwan. The breakfast is simple yet delicious and you can make extra toast if you re hungry.
Just outside the kitchen is a weekly wall planner with fun activities the hostel is hosting. My kids loved the movie nights which started at 845pm. The couches and floor were really comfy to just sit and relax all together. The movies are suitable for all ages and everyone loved watching Spirited Away ( it was in Japanese with English subtitles)
Food challenge night was a highlight and had such a good turnout from around the globe. We all got put into teams and had to try local delicacies like stinky tofu, chicken knees, blood sausage and a strong spirit. A can of beer was the prize and everyone did amazingly well trying new things. It was a fun night that brought everyone together.
Without a doubt this was the highlight as we met some amazing people working here. Lots of the staff had travelled extensively and worked in places like Australia, the UK and America. They adored the kids and were so open and friendly to us on every encounter. A special shout to out to Atalanta who became a firm favourite from the first time we connected.
We stayed at Star Hostel for 5 nights. Our room cost $130 a night. Hotels of similar standard and location but without the community were around $250 a night. To book head here.
This is in no way sponsored we paid for it ourselves and just loved this place!
While you are staying at Star Hostel there are loads of family friendly experiences but don’t just take my word for it! Head over and see what Evie and Emmie got up to while in Taipei at Mumpacktravel